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Demecia Yat de Xol was just 28 years old when she was forced into sexual slavery in the small village of Sepur Zarco by the Guatemalan military. On 26 February 2016, at age 61, Doña Demecia sat in Guatemala’s High-Risk Court, waiting for a verdict.
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Marie Sophie Pettersson is Humanitarian Action and Resilience Building Programme Specialist with UN Women, currently working in Myanmar. She visited Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from October-December 2017 to support UN Women’s engagement in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response. Marie Sophie has worked with UN Women since 2014 in crisis and disaster response, recovery, preparedness and resilience building. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked in Bangladesh on economic empowerment programmes and innovations to address poverty.
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Catherine Wolf is a Programme Analyst with UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, overseeing the projects in Africa and Europe and Central Asia. She is based in Turkey, and recently visited a project in Armenia, implemented by Green Lane, a non-governmental organization that works in partnership with UN Women to empower rural women.
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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.
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María José Schaeffer, a UN Women Programme Analyst in Guatemala who coordinates two multi-country economic empowerment programmes, recounts a recent monitoring mission to Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Nadege Beauvil reflects on her work with local grass-roots women's organization on projects to spur women to vote in Haiti.
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“A day in the life of…”, a new editorial series, provides a glimpse into the daily work and challenges Dina Zorba, Head of Office for UN Women in Yemen, faces in the field.
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As part of our editorial series titled "A day in the life of...", Ellie van Baaren, regional communications and media specialist for UN Women’s Fiji Multi-Country Office, provides a glimpse into her work in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.
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Stephanie Raison writes about a day in her life as the Communications and Advocacy Officer for UN Women in United Republic of Tanzania.