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From where I stand: “Women need to live a life without violence”

Monday, January 15, 2018

Marie Goretti Ndacayisaba is the Executive Director of Dushirehamwe (meaning, ‘let’s be together for peace’) in Burundi. She promotes women’s role in peacebuilding. In a conversation with UN Women, Ndacayisaba talks about her own journey as a peacebuilder, the current situation in Burundi and why we must engage women. More

From where I stand: “Empowerment begins with knowing your labour rights”

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ayk Sbaihat is a Palestinian human rights lawyer who used to provide legal aid to survivors of violence. In 2016, she took on a new journey, through the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) of UN Women, helping female workers in Jenin, a northern city in the West Bank, to protect their labour rights. More

From where I stand: Afro-descendent women of Colombia rise for justice

Monday, January 8, 2018

Charo Mina-Rojas has worked for many years to educate grassroots Afro-descendant communities of Colombia on Law 70 of 1993, which recognizes their cultural, territorial and political rights. Following the historic peace agreement which ended the more than 50-year conflict between the Government of Colombia and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Mina-Rojas advocates for justice and equality for Colombia’s afro-descendent women. More

From where I stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases. More

From where I stand: “I am different, but that doesn’t mean that I should be condemned”

Monday, December 18, 2017

Olga Berdeu, 50, is a woman with disabilities from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, who attended UN Women’s "We have abilities, we want possibilities!" initiative, which aims to strengthen the leadership skills of women with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova. The initiative ran from June to October 2017 and was part of the UN “Women in Politics” Programme, financed by the Government of Sweden. More

From where I stand: Leaving no one behind in Barbuda

Thursday, December 7, 2017

As the hurricane season ends in the Caribbean, and three months since Hurricane Irma caused the entire island of Barbuda to evacuate, Farmala Jacobs, Acting Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda says the devastating hurricanes across the Caribbean this year show that we can no longer afford to leave anyone behind, and most certainly not women and girls. More

From where I stand: “I am a father and I have daughters. I do not want to see their rights denied or limited just because they are girls”

Friday, December 1, 2017

In Kenya, where sexual and gender-based violence is a problem of significant magnitude, Charles Kosgei a Catechist (Christian teacher) at a local church in Kapkuptoro, Kericho County, is teaching women and men about positive masculinities and encouraging them to reject the normalization of violence. More

From where I stand: “Ending violence against women and girls is hard work, but it’s not impossible“

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

At 16 years of age, David Kovačić is a gender equality activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an active member of the Be a Man club, a youth initiative that's spreading across the country, he believes that real men are not violent, and encouraging his peers to take a stand against gender-based violence. More

From where I stand: “It is important to show women athletes can be anywhere and can do anything”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Raphaela Barbosa, a handball player from the northern region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aspires to play for Brazil’s national team one day. She believes that female athletes must be more visible, so that society changes its attitudes about men and women. More

From where I stand: “Women are the leaders of today”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

For Khadeja Ramali from Libya, empowering young women to participate in the peacebuilding process is crucial to rebuilding the country post Arab Spring. More

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her. More

From where I stand: “Peace is not the absence of armed conflict”

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cherisse Francis says she is a feminist because she believes in gender equality, and believes that to truly experience peace, women and girls must be on equal footing with men and boys. More

From where I stand: “I have seen the impact women’s voices can have”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Syar S. Alia is a young woman advocate for gender equality from Malaysia. Her journey as an advocate began with the first Young Women Making Change workshop for cis and trans women in Malaysia, supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. More

From where I stand: “I want the women in this country to be on equal footing with men”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Massah Lewally was one of the first female drivers in the UN system in Sierra Leone. She took up driving so that she could visit the UN projects and learn more. As the crisis continues to unfold in Sierra Leone, with nearly 6,000 people impacted by the mudslides, Lewally is working round the clock and assisting women. More

From where I stand: “The violence that marked my childhood made me the activist I am today”

Monday, August 21, 2017

Adão Paía is a young man from Mozambique who dislikes all forms of violence. Living with abuse since he was five, he feels that he had no childhood. Today, he works to convince men and boys in his community to share domestic responsibility with women and reject gender-based violence. More

From where I stand: “We are not the ones to be shamed! Our attackers should be ashamed and prosecuted!”

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dina Smailova, survivor of gang rape, decided to break her silence 25 years after the attack. Today, she leads the national movement against sexual violence in Kazakhstan. More

From where I stand: “They said that a woman couldn’t run for elections…I proved them wrong”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coumba Diaw is the only female Mayor in the Louga region of Senegal. She grew up listening to a rhetoric that restricted women from participating in politics and public life. But that didn’t stop her. Today she makes other elected officials aware of the importance of women’s leadership. More

From where I stand: “If I am on the receiving end of violence, should I not be included in the discussions to end it?”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hajiya Amina Ahmed is a peacebuilder from Nigeria who works across religious and ethnic lines to empower women and build peaceful communities. During a recent visit to a rural community, she, along with other women peacebuilders, convinced the community leader to appoint women in the traditional councils. More

From where I stand: “Peace is not an overnight miracle. Everyone needs to contribute to build peace”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Saba Ismail started working on peacebuilding in Pakistan when she was 15 years old. The perceptions about young people is a major barrier to their engagement in peacebuilding, she says, as their work is not taken seriously. The heightened insecurity makes it even harder for young women. Still, she hopes to see diversities celebrated and everyone contributing to peace. More

From where I stand: “It is time that the world hears our voice”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca is an indigenous youth activist from Brazil. Since leaving her home at 17, she has embarked on a relentless pursuit of rights and recognition for young indigenous women. More

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