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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

Women in rural Cambodia cultivate their way out of vulnerability

19 July 2017

In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women—including those who are illiterate or single mothers—to help them improve their livelihoods. More

In Albania, elections herald historic increase in number of women MPs

18 July 2017

In the recently concluded national elections, Albania has reached a new milestone with 28 per cent of women parliamentarians. Women candidates benefited from the gender quota and public forums organized by UN Women and partners that enabled them to outreach to the public. Efforts continue to boost women’s political participation nationally and to secure gender balance in local elections. 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

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum

06 July 2017

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN platform for review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 10 – 19 July. 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

Editorial spotlight: World Refugee Day

19 June 2017

Every year on 20 June we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees around the world. Half of the 19.6 million refugees worldwide are women, with specific needs and vulnerabilities that are rarely at the forefront of humanitarian action. 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

Oslo Hackathon explores new technology to empower women in humanitarian crisis

13 June 2017

The first “blockchain hackathon”, co-organized by UN Women and Innovation Norway at the Katapult Future Fest in Oslo, brought together technology innovators to address day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and displaced persons. Blockchain is a technology that offers decentralized and secure online database, records and money transfer systems. More

Editorial spotlight: Amplifying the voices of women with disabilities

12 June 2017

At the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, taking place from 13-15 June, UN Women will amplify the voices of women with disabilities and highlight the importance of their representation in decision-making. More

In Moldova, women survivors rise to break the cycle of violence

08 June 2017

Women who have experienced violence and overcome it, know how to end and prevent it—that’s the premise of UN Women Moldova’s Positive Champions initiative. Using a peer-support model, the initiative has supported 44 women across villages and towns to share their experience and inspire women survivors to break the cycle of violence. More

Internally displaced women of Ukraine find voice through interactive theatre

07 June 2017

As the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, a local non-profit organization based in Kyiv empowers internally displaced women like Olesya Arkhypova by engaging them, along with women from the host communities, in live theatre. Together with local activists, the women depict and seek solutions to everyday challenges they face in host communities. More

Supporting Rohingya refugee women impacted by Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh

05 June 2017

UN Women in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is helping provide emergency shelters and other supports to ensure the safety and protection of thousands of women in the two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district in southeast Bangladesh that was struck by Cyclone Mora in the morning of 30 May 2017. At least 27 refugees were injured by the storm. More

From housewives to local councils, rural women in Kyrgyzstan shift gears

30 May 2017

In villages across Kyrgyzstan, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods after completing leadership and skills training programmes. Most of the participants are now running small-scale businesses and some have joined local councils to shape laws and policies. More

Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

18 May 2017

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector. With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the Forum will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

Take Five: Families are changing, policies impacting them must change too

15 May 2017

On the International Day of Families, 15 May, UN Women Chief of Research and Data, Shahra Razavi, talks about women’s rights within families. In many parts of the world, families come in different shapes and forms than what was traditionally viewed as the norm. Families in a Changing World will be the focus of UN Women’s forthcoming flagship report, the 2018 edition of Progress of the World’s Women. With families becoming more diverse, laws and policies must be responsive to the needs of real-world families. The report will look at how laws, policies and public action can support families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice. More

Take five: “The dominant economic paradigms are at odds with the rights of indigenous peoples”

04 May 2017

Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, recently talked with UN Women about engaging indigenous women in climate action during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (24 April – 5 May, 2017). The Forum marked the 10-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and hosted a side event on indigenous women. More

Brazil commemorates week of appreciation for domestic workers

03 May 2017

In Brazil, National Domestic Workers’ Day was commemorated on 27 April, and appreciation activities were held throughout the week. More

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