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Women-run businesses thrive in Albania's capital

21 April 2017

In Tirana, Albania “Competitive Fund for Women Entrepreneurs” of the Municipality of Tirana supports innovative and comprehensive business ideas through funding and training. More

In Serbia, women survivors of domestic violence find hope in the “Good Garden”

19 April 2017

The “Good Garden” is a social enterprise for growing organic vegetables, and also a training centre for organic production for women survivors of domestic violence who wish to get involved in this sustainable farming method. More

Leveraging the Technovation Challenge, Tunisian girls start coding

17 April 2017

Girls across Tunisia are getting ready for the third edition of the Technovation Challenge, a global initiative that invites girls aged 10 – 18 years to learn and apply technology to solve problems within their communities. Working in teams, girls build mobile applications and use business planning to launch these apps, supported by mentors. Some 70 teams and more than 300 applicants have registered for the 2017 national pitch in Tunisia, and finalists would be announced in May 2017. 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

World Health Day 2017

06 April 2017

This year, World Health Day, 7 April, focuses on the issue of depression. Impacting millions of people around the world, depression is the leading cause of illness and disability across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More

Abolishing chhaupadi, breaking the stigma of menstruation in rural Nepal

06 April 2017

In rural Nepal, menstruating girls are banished to sheds called “chhaupadi”, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of illness and animal attacks. To stop the practice, which has been outlawed since 2005, Restless Development Nepal has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to educate young people and break the myths about menstruation in their communities. More

Textile workers in Honduras organize to defend their rights together

27 March 2017

Although diagnosed with a disability due to excessive work and stress, Maria Gutierrez couldn’t convince her factory manager initially to lower the production outputs she was expected to deliver. But with the help of a feminist collective, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, she was able to defend her rights. Today she is known for her organizing skills among the textile workers of Honduras. The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed promoting women’s right to organize as an integral part of women’s economic empowerment. More

Why I come to CSW…

27 March 2017

More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries came to New York in March to take part in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is the largest global intergovernmental forum on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We asked civil society representatives what they come to the forum for, and what do they takeaway. More

“No job is impossible for women”

22 March 2017

Sixty-three-year-old Soledad Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children. Today, she dreams of building her own construction company. More

Youth powering gender equality at CSW61

10 March 2017

At the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth come together to strategize and collaborate to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. More

In Uruguay, care law catalyzes change, ushering services and breaking stereotypes

28 February 2017

Uruguay’s Care Act has changed the concept of “care”. Under the new law, all children, persons with disabilities and elderly persons, have the right to get care. The state not only provides care services, but also guarantees their quality by providing training and regulations. More

Women farmers of Nepal take charge of their lives and livelihoods

28 February 2017

A joint programme by UN Women and partners in Nepal has not only improved women farmers’ agricultural production and income, but also changed gender-discriminatory attitudes of their male counterparts. More

Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”

27 February 2017

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, which places gender equality at the heart of good business practices. Mr. Baitassov has also joined UN Women’s HeforShe campaign. More

In El Salvador, rural women plant seeds of independence

27 February 2017

In El Salvador, where land ownership still remains a barrier for women, a rural women’s cooperative paves the way for income, access to public services and legal support. A child care facility run by the women enable them to work outside their homes. More

Take Five: At the current rate of progress, no equal pay until 2069

24 February 2017

Across the world, women still get paid 23 per cent less than men. Chidi King, Director of the Equality Department of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the main international trade union organization representing the interests of working people worldwide, and a member of UN Women and ILO’s Equal Pay Champions initiative, unpacks the issue. More

Bringing women on equal footing with men in Kosovo* Police

24 February 2017

Established in partnership with UN Women in Kosovo, the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police trains and supports women to take on leadership roles, and break the stereotypes and cultural barriers that discourage women from joining the security sector. More

Take five: “Globally, women now represent 50 per cent of the company’s board members”

23 February 2017

Mustafa Seçkin, Vice-President, Unilever N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Ice Cream & Beverages Categories, talks about how the Women’s Empowerment Principles have shaped and improved work place culture and performance at Unilever Turkey. Recently, Unilever (global) also announced a partnership with UN Women to improve women’s safety in the tea industry More

Take five: “Women in the organization view themselves as leaders”

23 February 2017

Anna Green has fought for equality in the workplace her whole career. Now, as CEO of ANZ Lao, she’s using the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, to empower other women and improve diversity in the company. More

In Georgia, sisters turn a lifelong passion into livelihood

22 February 2017

The Kvitia sisters, Nona and Nana have been baking oladis since childhood. Later on, baking them became their first source of income. More

Take five: Fighting femicide in Latin America

15 February 2017

Latin America is seeing a wave of powerful protests against gender-related killings. As women and men demand #NiUnaMas (not one more women shall be killed), Adriana Quiñones, UN Women´s Country Representative in Guatemala talks about regional initiatives to prevent femicide. She was formerly the Regional Advisor on ending violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

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