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From where I stand: “It’s men who can convince other men about women’s rights”

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On 5 December we mark International Volunteers Day by celebrating the important contributions of UN Volunteers, such as Albert Mirindi, who is working to build resilient communities in Mali by ensuring that women are drivers of peace and decision-makers. More

From where I stand: “Being LGBT means fighting against prejudice and violence every day”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Helen Tavares knew she was different, but it took her a long time to accept her own sexual and gender identity because of societal pressure and expectations. Although homosexuality is legal in Cape Verde, LGBT people suffer discrimination and violence. Same sex marriages are not recognized and there is rampant discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing. More

From where I stand: “We must fight this perception that what happens in the family remains in the family”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

For Ina Grădinaru, a psychologist with a women’s centre in Moldova, her work with survivors of violence is much more than a job, it’s a social responsibility and her life mission. For the #HearMeToo campaign, she talks about her work, the persisting challenges and myths that must be broken to end the violence. More

From where I stand: “People with disabilities don’t talk about the violence they experience because often it means reporting the people closest to them”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amira Kushta* was diagnosed with a rare tumor in the spine and was paralyzed after back surgery when she was 19. Her house became her prison for 24 years. More

From where I stand: “For the 16 Days of Activism…I am planning to highlight women who are speaking up against harassment”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nesrine Charikhi is a radio reporter from Algiers, the capital of Algeria. In 2017, she took part in a training on gender-sensitive reporting for journalists organized by UN Women in partnership with the Algerian Ministry of Communication. One year later, Charikhi explains how the training has helped her change her way of reporting on violence against women and girls, especially through her radio show, “At the Heart of Society”. More

From where I stand: “I launched Thaiconsent to introduce the concept of consent”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

In Thailand, women are no longer willing to stay silent and live with a culture of rape. Launched in 2015 by a young activist, the ThaiConsent campaign is opening spaces for men and women discuss consent. More

From where I stand: “I created the Wangu Kanja Foundation to provide the kind of support to survivors that I didn’t receive”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Violence Against Children report in Kenya (2010) indicated that one in three Kenyan girls has experienced sexual violence before they turn 18. Wangu Kanja, a survivor of sexual violence, started a Foundation to provide much-needed support to survivors of gender-based violence in Kenya. More

From where I stand: “Don’t tell me how to dress!”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thai supermodel Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the founder of a campaign to stop victim-blaming, which has galvanized women all over the country. She is now taking the campaign to different platforms, public events, and universities in Thailand and abroad. More

From where I stand: “I went back to university to pursue my degree in Gender Studies; I am the only male student in the class”

Friday, November 9, 2018

Meet Imad Natour, a Palestinian police officer who specializes in domestic violence cases as part of the Family and Juvenile Protection Unit. The unit, supported by a joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, provides survivors of violence with medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection. The unit is also creating powerful gender equality advocates like Natour within communities. More

From where I stand: “I feel good about the change that I have been able to bring”

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Priyanka Kumari, 21, is a facilitator at the Women’s Empowerment Centre in Dungarpur town, Dungarpur district, Rajasthan, India. She been working tirelessly to fight against illiteracy and poor access to information. More

From where I stand: “I saved a life”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Malti Tudu, 20, from a village in Kishangunj district, Bihar, India is among a group of young passionate activists who are trying to stop child marriage, which affects one in four girls in the state of Bihar. More

From where I stand: “The adoption of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is only the beginning”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bajana Ceveli is the Executive Director of the Association for Women’s Security and Peace (AWSP) in Albania. Over the past three years, the Association, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, helped draft a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in September 2018. Ms. Ceveli spoke to UN Women about her personal motivation and why the National Action Plan is important for women. More

From where I stand: “Women don’t have to follow orders from men…women have rights too”

Monday, October 15, 2018

At thirty, Olga Macz is a teacher and entrepreneur, and a force to be reckoned with. She leads a women’s group in Campur, a small municipality in the mostly rural Alta Vara Paz department of Guatemala, which makes and sells organic shampoo. For many of the women, this is the first time that they are making their own money and making decisions. More

From where I stand: “We are trying to build a drone…to dispense medicines in rural areas”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fifteen-year-old Eno Ekanem was among 80 girls from 34 African countries who attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 August 2018. The camp marked the launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission, UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union More

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"

Monday, September 17, 2018

Marquita da Cunha is an army lieutenant with the Falintil–Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) who recently participated in a training designed for female military officers organized by UN Women and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in preparation for future deployment in UN peacekeeping operations. She spoke to UN Women about her journey. Her story is part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change. More

From where I stand: “I have my dignity back and I am proud of my little business”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

For over a decade, Boko Haram insurgency has displaced over 200,000 people within the borders of Cameroon. After being on the run for years, Rachel Medivede and her family settled in the northern town of Mora, where she received counselling and livelihood support from a UN Women-supported programme. Medivede now works as a dressmaker and has also started her own business of selling beignets. More

From where I stand: “Not being able to see was not an obstacle”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Palmira Martínez, a blind professional runner from Mexico, is among the 70,000 women who ran for gender equality as part of the largest 5K race for women in the world. More

From where I stand: “We learned how to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner, transforming them into positive solutions”

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many. She is mobilizing women in her community to advocate for equal access to water, and because of her work, several women now serve on local water management councils. More

From where I stand: “Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school. More

From where I stand: “I realized for the first time that female workers also have rights”

Monday, August 20, 2018

Aleeza Hafeez from Sialkot, one of Pakistan’s most industrialized areas, has her own income for the first time. Knowing her own rights and an enabling environment at the workplace made it possible for her to work and grow as a professional. The project has changed family dynamics too. Now, Hafeez’s father includes her when making family decisions, a role previously reserved for male members. More

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