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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

From where I stand: “I had minimized my interactions with men since I was eighteen to avoid rape”

03 March 2017

Gulzada Serzhan shares the damaging impact of sexual harassment at work place and the heightened risk faced by women of alternative sexualities. More

From where I stand: “Their expressions when they created their first website were priceless”

28 February 2017

In the small town of Tafila, in the southern part of Jordan, a social enterprise started by young Jordanian women is teaching teenagers, including girls, computer programming. As the world of work changes, education and training in ICT is critical in preparing women to seize the opportunities in the growing digital economy. More

From where I stand: “I became the first fisherwoman in my community”

24 February 2017

Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal. Paving the way for other women, she now runs a training centre for women where they can learn entrepreneurship skills and access support. More

From where I stand: “When I’m stung, I am reminded of how strong I already am”

24 February 2017

Oralia Ruano Lima was among the first women in her indigenous community to join an all-female entrepreneurship project as a beekeeper. Today the women beekeepers of Urlanta, a village in the south-eastern region of Guatemala, are bringing in sustainable jobs and income to their rural communities, and changing mindsets and attitudes towards women. More

From where I stand: “I set up a tourist guest house to support my family”

24 February 2017

Saudita Marku, a city girl, looked for new income opportunities to support her family when after marriage she moved to rural village in Albania. She now runs a guest house for tourists, and also a bee-keeping business. More

From where I stand: “One day, I want to wake up to find gender equality is real”

24 February 2017

Hayfa Sdiri has created a platform for Tunisian youth, connecting entrepreneurs with ideas, skills and funders. More

From where I stand: “Some demand sex before awarding a contract”

24 February 2017

Sarah Quaye Reeves is a proud restaurant owner whose business has grown and become more competitive since the expansion of business registration and other services came to her city. But her number one challenge remains the daily sexual harassment from some of her male customers. More

From where I stand: “I became a man, just to access the mines”

23 February 2017

Pili Hussein is Tanzania’s first woman miner, who disguised herself as a man to access the Tanzanite mines. During the week, she worked alongside men in the mines and on weekends, as a farm hand. Today, she has 70 employees, a mining license, and wants to make sure that the next generation of women miners don’t face the same barriers as she did. More

From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

22 February 2017

Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community More

From where I stand: “Fed up with the harassment, I appealed to the media”

21 February 2017

Tatiana Covalciuc returned to Moldova to start a business, but faced corruption. Today she aims to set up support structures for returning migrants. More

From where I stand: “Today, I am living my dream, because I got a second chance”

31 January 2017

Aissata Ibrahim Maiga is a 37-year-old journalist from Mali, currently anchoring the 8 p.m. news on the national television. More

From where I stand: Chum Sopha

01 December 2016

Chum Sopha, now 29, works with HIV-positive women in Roka Village in north-west Cambodia. More

From where I stand: Natalia Minayeva

30 November 2016

On World AIDS Day, we highlight the story of Natalia Minayeva from Kazakhstan, who was imprisoned in the so-called “AIDS barracks” and now works to protect the rights of HIV-positive women. More

From where I stand: Balla Mariko

15 November 2016

Balla Mariko, 40, a father of two young daughters and a son, is a member of civil society networks working to promote human rights. More

From where I stand: Maia Țaran

15 November 2016

With 6 out of 10 women having experienced intimate partner violence, most Moldovans perceive violence against women as an unresolvable issue. Maia Țaran, 38, lives in Firladeni, a village in the south of Moldova. After receiving support from the women’s shelter in Causeni, she became a “positive champion” and is now helping other women survivors to speak out and seek help. More

From where I stand: Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova and Aigul Alybaeva

14 November 2016

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova is participating in a school-based education programme to empower girls, initiate inter-generational dialogues to change attitudes and to end bride kidnapping, early and/or forced marriages. Her mother, Aigul Alybaeva, supports her daughter’s participation in the programme and talks with her about various issues, including violence against women and girls. More

From where I stand: Francesca De Antoni

14 November 2016

Francesca De Antoni, 31, is a UN Volunteer and a Programme Coordinator based in UN Women’s office in Mali for a project supported by the Peace Building Fund. More

From where I stand: Raja Shahwan

04 November 2016

Raja Shahwan, 40, participated in the “Spring Forward for Women” regional programme funded by the European Union and UN Women to promote the access and effective participation of marginalized women in economic and public life. Today Ms. Shahwan is employed full-time and an active member of the Women Local Committees in Gaza, Palestine, which help women participate in local governance and community activities. More

From where I stand: Rita Lopidia

25 October 2016

Rita Lopidia addressed the UN Security Council Open Debate on the 16th anniversary of SCr 1325 on 25th October. Lopidia, a former member of UN Women’s Peace and Security section, is based in Juba, South Sudan and has ten years of experience in women, peace and security issues in both Sudan and South Sudan. She contributed towards the development of the South Sudan UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan and participated as a civil society delegate to the August 2015 peace process. More

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