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Malian artists take a stand to end violence against women

25 July 2017

Launched in April 2017 by a group of young women artists from different parts of Africa, the ‘Moussoya ye Koba Ye’ programme (meaning “It’s a great thing to be a woman”) aims to engage youth to take a stand against gender-based violence in Mali. The initiative is funded by the Embassy of Canada. More

In Kenya, women gear up for county elections

24 July 2017

UN Women is working with community elders to break the cultural barriers to women’s political participation. For the upcoming general elections on 8 August, hopes are running high among women candidates. A total of nine women are competing for Governors, 115 as members of the National Assembly, 25 as senators’ and 261 as members of the County Assemblies. More

Joint UN-AU delegation to focus on women’s participation and leadership in electoral and peace processes during visit to DRC

24 July 2017

Following a high-level visit to Nigeria, the joint UN-AU delegation led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will be in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to urge action to strengthen meaningful participation of women in peace and security and elections. The UN Deputy Chief will be joined in the DRC by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, and the African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop. More

Joint UN–AU high-level delegation to Nigeria and the DRC to spotlight women, peace and security agenda

19 July 2017

Today, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed began a first-of-its-kind visit to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), joined by the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop. More

Maternal health gets a new boost in Liberia

17 July 2017

With 1,072 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births, Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In the remote areas, infrastructure and facilities in clinics are often lacking; midwives and health workers have to deliver babies without any electricity at night. With the installation of solar lighting systems by UN Women and partners, conditions have improved in 26 clinics and five newly constructed Maternal Waiting Rooms across Liberia. More

High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment calls for ending gender discrimination to ensure the full potential of Africa’s youth at African Union Summit

30 June 2017

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment was represented at the  4 th  African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, 29-30 June,  in Addis Ababa, by HLP member Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba, Founder and Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media.  More

In Benin, small savings and loans groups drive rural women’s empowerment

28 June 2017

Across rural Africa, women farmers are benefiting from Savings and Loans Groups to grow their businesses. Some 40 per cent of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality grantees in Africa are now using this methodology, leading to better nutrition, business development and sustainable land management outcomes. The Miguéze’ programme, for example, has impacted 2,780 people, and women are emerging as leaders and role models. More

From where I stand: “We thought gender was only for educated people”

26 June 2017

Modesta Mujawariya is a co-founder of a small farmer’s cooperative in Rwanda. Although she had twelve plots of land, she didn’t know the exact size of her land and how to estimate yields. The Buy from Women platform connected her to markets and information through mobile technology. One of her biggest surprises was learning about how gender equality matters in agriculture. More

In Tanzania, refugee women find safety and embrace new lives

16 June 2017

In three Women’s Centres supported by UN Women in Tanzania, women refugees find safe spaces to network, learn new skills and recover from the trauma of war and sexual violence. Many have picked up new trades and advocate for their own rights. Some have found new family and new lives. More

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

16 June 2017

UN Women is working with Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority to ensure that all interventions to address the drought take into considerations the unique vulnerabilities of women and children. More

Press Release: New platform launched to galvanize and boost women’s leadership of Africa

02 June 2017

UN Women, the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of Germany today launched the African Women Leaders Network, a ground-breaking initiative that seeks to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa with a focus on governance, peace and stability. More

Media Advisory: High-Level Panel and Launch of the African Women Leaders Network

02 June 2017

The African Union Commission, UN Women and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations will launch the African Women Leaders Network - a platform to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa with a focus on governance, peace and stability, following the “High-Level Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation.” The Forum is scheduled to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 31 May to 2 June. More

In the words of Itumeleng Komanyane: If male policymakers don’t understand gender, how can they pass progressive policies to protect women?

31 May 2017

Itumeleng Komanyane is the International Programme Manager at Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa, which advances gender equality and addresses HIV and AIDS across eighteen countries in Africa. At Sonke, she coordinated a multi-country project funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system) from 2011-2014, which focused on increasing support among men and boys to end gender based violence in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Recently, Komanyane attended the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. More

Coverage: Executive Director in Rwanda

10 May 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Rwanda to participate in the Transform Africa Summit (10 – 12 May), which has become a landmark forum on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the continent, gathering around 4,000 participants annually. More

UN Women Executive Director to call for bridging the gender digital divide at Transform Africa Summit

08 May 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Rwanda to participate in the Transform Africa Summit (10 – 12 May), which has become a landmark forum on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the continent, gathering around 4,000 participants annually. More

In the words of Patricia Munabi: “Citizens must engage with the budget and hold leaders accountable”

01 May 2017

Patricia Munabi is the Executive Director of Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a women’s rights organization in Uganda. From 2010 - 2012, FOWODE was supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality to implement gender-responsive budgeting at a local and national level in Uganda. This involved training women in 16 local communities to form Village Budget Clubs to ensure that women are actively involved in budget allocation and decisions at the local level. Some 200 legislators and government officials were also trained to implement gender-responsive programmes at the national level. More

Community leadership makes markets safer for women traders in Tanzania

11 April 2017

For women working in the Mchikichini market, violence and discrimination used to be a daily reality. But now, thanks to the “Give Payment, Not Abuse: Protecting Informal Women Traders in Dar es Salaam from Violence against Women” project, women market traders are protected by law and can work without the fear of violence. More

From where I stand: “I started my business with 15 dollars”

04 April 2017

Sandra Letio started a soap-making business with only USD 15. Today, she is 29 and her business is valued at USD 700,000. With sheer determination, talent, supportive parents and a team of young staff who believed in her, Letio overcame the barriers she encountered. At the CSW 61 Youth Forum, she inspired young entrepreneurs, but also reminded decision-makers to give equal opportunities to youth. More

From where I stand: “We barely had a meal in three days”

29 March 2017

Florence Luanda Maheshe found herself in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with six children to feed and barely enough food. Once the camp closed, she was left with no support. Access to a small piece of land and assistance from a NGO supported by UN Women helped Maheshe stand on her own feet. More

From where I stand: “I feel like my life is headed somewhere”

21 March 2017

Bondu Salia, a single mother with a high school diploma in Business Studies, struggled against all odds to provide a better life for her two children. She is among 400 women who have been trained to set up their own small-scale businesses as part of the UN Women-Coca Cola initiative, “5by20”, which aims to empower 5 million women in Africa by 2020. Salia’s story relates to Sustainable Development Goal 8, which promotes decent work for all and encourages entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium sized enterprises. More

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