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In the words of Jana Mustafa: “Disability should not stop anyone from starting over”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jana Mustafa is a former employee of a local NGO and a survivor of violence. One day she hopes to open a small business to support her six-year-old son Jamal and prove that her disability is not an issue. More

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

Expert’s take: When building climate resilience, women’s needs cannot be an afterthought

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dilruba Haider is a Programme Specialist on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Humanitarian Actions, with UN Women Bangladesh Country Office. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Haider worked with UNDP, DFID and local non-profit organizations in Bangladesh. During her 24-year career in this field, Ms. Haider’s work has spanned shaping and influencing policies, as well as working with grassroots women in disaster-prone areas. 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

UN Women statement for World Humanitarian Day, 19 August

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This year we are focusing on the issue of civilians trapped in situations of conflict. UN Women fully supports the UN's #NotATarget campaign, and we demand again, as mandated by international humanitarian law, that civilians not be a target of armed conflict. More

Editorial spotlight: World Refugee Day

Monday, June 19, 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

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 Tanzania, refugee women find safety and embrace new lives

Friday, June 16, 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

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

Friday, June 16, 2017

Statement for World Refugee Day, 20 June, by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and United Nations Population Fund Acting Executive Director Natalia Kanem 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

UN Women launches new programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, will participate at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (24-26 May) in Cancun, Mexico, which will convene more than 5,000 delegates to discuss how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. 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

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri discusses gender equality in crisis situations with key Ambassadors in Geneva

Friday, April 28, 2017

In a high-level roundtable discussion with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, Ambassadors and representatives of Member States in Geneva discussed accelerating progress towards the 2030 agenda in the context of increasing vulnerabilities and crises. More

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