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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

Asia-Pacific calls for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

02 March 2017

The Asia-Pacific policy dialogue on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”, held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 23–24 February, concluded by recommending decisive measures to remove the barriers to women’s economic empowerment. The recommendations will inform the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in March 2017. More

Stepping out of the Boma: Maasai women of Tanzania take charge of their own lives and livelihood

13 October 2016

In Tanzania, UN Women and partner workshops have empowered hundreds of Maasai women to acquire land, find additional employment and diversify their economic activities to supplement their families’ income. More

Decent work for women: an infographic for International Workers' Day 2015

01 May 2015

Drawing on data from the recently released UN Women flagship report "Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights", this infographic provides a vision for women's right to work, and their rights at work. More

Socially-excluded widows mobilize for their rights

21 June 2013

Along with partners, UN Women is working on initiatives to support widows in Guatemala, India and Malawi. To mark International Widows Day, a look at the work that is currently underway. More

UN Women opens Nordic Liaison Office in Copenhagen

24 April 2013

The new UN Women presence in Copenhagen provides a strategic opportunity to liaise with Nordic governments, parliamentarians, the private sector, civil society and UN Women National Committees in Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. More

New Horizons: Ethiopian women join efforts to escape poverty

23 April 2013

In Ethiopia, impoverished women are earning an income, developing new skills, and starting collective savings thanks to a nation-wide economic empowerment programme benefitting approximately 10,000 women in the Ethiopian countryside. More

Syrian Women Refugees Stitch Together Trust and Hope

16 April 2013

At one of the largest refugee camps in Jordan, Syrian refugees are attending tailoring workshops and taking part in a programme to sew baby outfits for new mothers at camp hospitals. While earning an income, they are bonding with others and speaking up about gender-based violence. More

In Tajikistan, rural women gain business skills and independence through self-help groups

10 April 2013

A UN Women supported project is training the families of migrants and rural women’s groups to start their own businesses, helping them access micro-credits, and fostering their economic empowerment. They also learn how to save energy and manage household budgets. More

The Knowledge Gateway to help entrepreneurs, workers and experts network and share information

08 March 2013

UN Women Deputy Executive Director John Hendra introduced the new Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, currently being developed by UN Women in partnership with the Government of Canada during a side event on 6 March at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57). More

Economies rebound faster from crisis when responses focus on women's needs

21 January 2013

The need for gender-sensitive economic policies is the focus of two UN Women research papers being launched at a two-day workshop being held in New York from 21-22 January. Renowned feminist academics and policy experts will share critical perspectives on financial and economic crisis recovery. More

Pooling resources for local development: Tanzanian women take matters into their own hands

15 January 2013

In the southern highlands of Tanzania, women entrepreneurs are gaining economic independence and access to decision-making after creating a Food Processing Trust. It is the result of training and community consultations supported by UN Women and local government authorities. More

Recognition and protection for Pakistan’s home-based workers

06 July 2012

Five years ago, the death of Shahida Parveen's husband left her facing a frightening future. Unsure how best to support herself and her four children, she began to stitch footballs at her home in the small rural village of Mehat Pur, in Pakistan's Punjab Province. The work was unstable, unregulated, and her monthly income (approximately Rs. 2,500 or US$27.98) didn't meet the rising price of food. She started to borrow money for groceries and the tuition of her children, leaving her in debt and vulnerable to exploitation. More

UN Women and Latin American Development Bank sign cooperation agreement

20 June 2012

On the sidelines of the Rio+20 Conference this week, UN Women and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) signed an agreement with the aim of strengthening the work developed by both organizations in the area of poverty reduction. More

Rural women in Uzbekistan unite to learn business skills and generate livelihoods

31 May 2012

For Dilsora Rahimova, business training and the support of other women, were all she needed to soar. After joining a self-help group and applying the training to her traditional embroidery skills, the 43-year-old craftswoman and mother from Uzbekistan's Kashkadarya province slowly built the confidence to submit her work to a few exhibitions. More

Better Working Conditions for Domestic Workers in Paraguay

15 December 2011

In Paraguay (paid) domestic work represents the main source of employment for thousands of women who live in poverty, a situation that affects 34 percent of the population. More

South Sudanese Women Call for their Full Engagement in the Development Planning for South Sudan

13 December 2011

On the eve of the first international meeting on the future of South Sudan, women leaders from the world's newest nation today put forth concrete policy recommendations on development, security and governance priorities for their country. More

Women’s Engagement in Economic Recovery

18 November 2011

Remarks of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women at High Level Meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Executive Board of UN Women. 18 November 2011. More

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