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Ask a girl who codes: What’s your message to girls who want to join ICT?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rebecca Azanaw, 17, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participated in the first coding camp as part of the joint UN Women and ITU “African Girls Can Code Initiative”, funded by the Government of Denmark. In February 2019, she and 10 other girls from the programme met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, to share their experiences and ambitions. On International Girls in ICT Day, we hear from Azanew on how she has continued to hone her skills and empowered others. More

From where I stand: “Technologies are the best and most effective tools for making change”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Nino Nanitashvili was just 18 when she became the only girl in Georgia involved in a Google developer group. She went on to found Women Techmakers, which encourages women to explore new roles in IT. More

Design thinking workshop in Namibia tackles the challenges of youth participation in peace and security

Thursday, April 18, 2019

On 11 April 2019, the conference room at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management pulsated with energy, as 40 youth activists from around the world debated challenges and solutions to ensure young women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding processes in their countries and regions. More

From where I stand: “Girls have to contribute towards innovation and technology”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

At 16, Jakomba Jabbie is one of the most vocal advocates for the education of all girls in the Gambia, especially when it comes to science and technology skills. More

At CSW 63, youth ask for increased investment, accountability and seat at decision-making tables

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

At a side event during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth leaders from 100 countries urged political leaders and senior UN officials to make strong commitments that safeguard and improve access to social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure for women and girls, including young women and girls, worldwide. Equally important, they said, was to engage young people in shaping the solutions that affect their lives. More

Youth activists call for safer streets in Maputo

Friday, March 8, 2019

Every morning, 13-year-old Jareeyah* from Maputo sets out for a 10-minute walk from home to her high school. The trek isn’t long, but it always makes her uneasy. Jareeyah lives in the densely populated neighbourhood, Ka Maxakene, in the heart of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. The capital launched a Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programme, as part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative. More

UN Secretary-General to African girl coders: It needs a movement of girls to bring more women in science and technology

Monday, February 11, 2019

On the sidelines of the African Union Summit, 11 girls from the African Girls can Code Initiative met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres to share their experiences and ambitions. More

Young educators in China are questioning gender norms and preventing violence

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Change Makers programme introduces young people to basic principles and thinking around gender equality, and then equips them with communications and advocacy skills to craft and share the information with their peers aged 13 to 18. More

In the words of Hajer Sharief: “Peacebuilding is not only about stopping violence, it is also about the prevention of violence”

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hajer Sharief is the co-founder of the organization “Together We Build it”, which aims to promote a peaceful democratic transition in Libya, inclusive of women and youth. More

Coverage: Young women peacebuilders call for inclusion and representation

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

An event organized by UN Women, the Global Network for Women Peacebuilders, UNFPA, Peacebuilding Support Office and the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh and Finland, brought together young women from four countries to share experiences and speak about their peacebuilding work. A dialogue with policy makers—Member States and UN experts—provided the space for discussion of the impact of violent conflicts on young women, and the actions they are taking to build peace and prevent conflicts. More

Ask a Journalist: What does 18 look like around the world through girls’ eyes?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jessica Bennett is gender editor at The New York Times and has recently led an exciting multi-media project releasing on the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), “This is 18”. It shows what life looks like for girls turning 18 in 2018 around the world, captured through photographs, audio and video. The project was photographed entirely by young women, each of whom was paired with a professional mentor. Ms. Bennett spoke to UN Women about the making of the project. More

A letter to girls from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of the Girl Child

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "This is a critical time for the girls of our world". More

In her footsteps: The Day of the Girl

Monday, October 8, 2018

On International Day of the Girl (11 October), themed “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, meet some amazing (s)heroes who are rising against all odds, inspiring others and innovating for a better future. More

Sport paves the way for skills and jobs for young mothers in Brazil

Monday, October 8, 2018

After empowering hundreds of girls and young mothers in poor communities across Rio de Janeiro, the joint programme by UN Women and International Olympic Committee enters its second phase More

From where I stand: “We are trying to build a drone…to dispense medicines in rural areas”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fifteen-year-old Eno Ekanem was among 80 girls from 34 African countries who attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 August 2018. The camp marked the launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission, UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union More

In the words of Taffan Ako: “I believe you have to be in the system in order to change the system”

Friday, October 5, 2018

A refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan, Taffan Ako fled to Sweden in 1997 with her family. Today she is the Coordinator of One Young World Ambassadors for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe and founder of EmpowHERment, an organization that assists women and young girls who have been former ISIS sex slaves or victims of human trafficking. Her foundation finances integration projects for children and women in Europe and in Iraqi Kurdistan. Ako was one of the Young Leaders attending the EU Development Days in June 2018 and spoke to UN Women about her experience growing up as a refugee in Sweden and her activism today. More

Meet the African girls who are coding to make a difference

Thursday, October 4, 2018

More than 80 girls from 34 African countries attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 10 days in August 2018. The camp served to launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). More

Press release: Global Citizens stood up for gender equality and education — and world leaders took action

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Over 2.1M actions led to commitments worth $7.75B, set to affect the lives of 254M. More

From where I stand: “When we sing, we feel free”

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia’s Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey. More

From where I stand: “It’s possible to achieve the just and humane society that I envision”

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sophia Dianne Garcia from the Philippines is a youth activist who teaches young people to advocate for their rights and for peace. She spoke to UN Women about what sustainable peace means for her, as part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change. More

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