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In the words of Varanisese Maisamoa: “We want to empower our market vendors to be climate resilient”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, showing the heightened vulnerability of people living in the Pacific Islands, where climate change has led to a series of increasingly severe cyclones in the recent years. With farms, markets, including the Rakiraki Market and its accommodation centre for rural women destroyed, livelihoods of market vendors such as Varanisese Maisamoa were compromised. But today, through UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project, Maisamoa, aged 39 years, has not only got back on her feet, she has also become a strong leader in her community. As leader of Rakiraki’s women’s group, and now, as the President of the Rakiraki Market Vendors Association, her insights were critical in helping UN Women adapt its existing M4C project to provide humanitarian support to market vendors impacted by the cyclone. Rakiraki Market’s reconstruction is currently underway, featuring Category-5 cyclone resilient infrastructure, a rain water harvesting system, flood resistant drainage, and a gender-responsive design. The Markets for Change project is principally funded by the Australian Government and implemented in partnership with UNDP. More

Humanitarian actors, Member States and the UN place gender equality at the centre of effective refugee response

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The side event held as part of the Global Compact on Refugees thematic discussions, on 17 October, in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on: “The centrality of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls for the formulation of the global compact on refugees.” More

Humanitarian actors highlight women’s role in recovery and peacebuilding in Iraq

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On 19 September, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations in Geneva, human rights activists and UN Women participated in a side event of the 36th Human Rights Council, where they discussed the “Impact of Terrorism on the Rights of Women”. The panellists at the event, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq, included Iraq's Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mu'ayad Salih; the Chief of Crisis Preparedness, Prevention and Response at... More

Dignity kits distribution begins for Barbuda women and girls impacted by Hurricane Irma and Jose

Monday, September 11, 2017

UN Women and UNFPA fast track funds to Antigua and Barbuda to help women and girls 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

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Making sure humanitarian aid reaches women

Monday, August 21, 2017

Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. UN Women is leveraging its partnerships to ensure women’s leadership in humanitarian response in Sierra Leone and to meet the urgent gender-based needs of the affected population. More

Finding a new normal in the Za’atari refugee camp

Monday, June 19, 2017

Of Syrian and Jordanian descent, Hadeel Al-Zoubi, 40 years old, is the UN Women Senior Camp Assistant at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. She joined UN Women in 2013 because she felt compelled to help people caught in the Syrian refugee crisis. More

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

Friday, June 16, 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

Supporting Rohingya refugee women impacted by Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh

Monday, June 5, 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

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Viet Nam ranks among the 12 countries with the highest levels of exposure to natural disasters this year. Until recently, women’s role in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response was not recognized, which compromised these efforts. With the support of UN Women, local women are now leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. When the Kien Giang river flooded last year in the middle of the night, the damage to lives and livelihoods of the people of My Thuy commune was minimal, because of the preparations and adaptations. More

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

Thursday, May 18, 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

Op-ed: Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In an op-ed ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlight the importance of recognizing the greater risks women experience and their unique roles in resilience building, disaster response and recovery. More

At Brussels Conference, UN Women calls for economic opportunities and political engagement of Syrian women

Monday, April 3, 2017

As Syria enters its seventh year of war, leaving millions of refugees and internally displaced people in need of emergency and humanitarian assistance, UN Women will join major donors, government representatives, UN agencies, civil society, humanitarian and development organizations at the “Brussels conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” taking place from 4 – 5 April. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at Helsinki Conference on Syria

Monday, January 23, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will travel to Finland this week to participate at the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region on 24 January More

Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work. More

In post-hurricane Haiti, women work together to rebuild

Friday, November 4, 2016

It’s been a month since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, taking the lives of hundreds of people in the South, Grand’Anse and Nippes departments ( districts) and leaving more than 1.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance, but the women and girls in the most affected areas remember it as if it was yesterday. More

Dignity for women and girls: UN Women Iraq distributes necessity kits to newly displaced women and girls from Mosul

Monday, October 31, 2016

UN Women has joined partners in providing emergency assistance in camps and host communities impacted by the Mosul operations. Since the Mosul operations began on 17 October 2016, the humanitarian crisis has deepened, with more than 15,000 individuals displaced and an anticipated 1.2 million expected as the operations continue. More

Expert’s take: Why women must be at the heart of the humanitarian response in Haiti

Friday, October 14, 2016

Anthony Ngororano, Programme Advisor and Head of the Africa Section at UN Women Headquarters who is currently serving as Representative a.i. UN Women Haiti, writes about how all of Haiti can benefit from including women and women's needs in the humanitarian response in Haiti. More

UN Women provides immediate support to women in Grande Anse after Hurricane Matthew

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

On October 11, UN Women staff in Haiti visited Jeremie, one of the most affected areas by Hurricane Matthew in the Grande Anse Department, and met with women's organizations, civil society and local authorities to discuss and respond to the most urgent challenges that women and girls are facing after the catastrophic storm. More

Preparing for disasters, rebuilding in the aftermath

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

On International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, UN Women spotlights women’s rights and potential for building more disaster resilient communities and nations. More

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