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Bringing some happiness: Women ushering change and well-being in their communities

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Date: 20 March 2013

To mark the first International Day of Happiness (20 March), we bring you the stories of change-makers whose daily efforts make many people happy, as they improve lives and help many to overcome hardships.

Young Palestinian activists carry out their role in bringing about peace

A journalist and a political activist in the Occupied Palestinian Territory speak at an Open Day event on the duty of younger generations to step up and encourage change as active participants in the peace process. Read more»

How ending violence against women and girls became my passion

A remarkable 24-year-old man from Tanzania won the global UNiTE T-shirt design competition in 2011, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2012 and led the Caravan for Change against violence and harmful traditional practices in November 2012. Read more»

Legal help leads to brighter futures for Tajikistan’s rural women

Women in Tajikistan are being empowered through District Task Forces which advise on legal issues such as land rights and social protection benefits. They continue to grow and are changing lives of entire families. Read more»

Burns Violence Survivors rebuild their lives in Nepal

In a country where an estimated 50 per cent of suicide cases follow burns violence, an NGO supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is helping survivors of burn attacks access treatment, counseling and the legal aid they need. Read more »

Planting the seeds of healing: moving from words to action in Colombia

Mayerlis Angarita, a survivor of the armed conflict in Colombia, is using the power of words and the recovery of collective memory as a healing mechanism for the ravages of conflict and as a tool to raise awareness of women’s rights. Read more»