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Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, 33, is an African Economist, a Non-Resident Fellow with the Center for Global Development, Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Molaya Kgosi Trust, and the former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana. She is also a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, and United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
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Uruguay’s Care Act has changed the concept of “care”. Under the new law, all children, persons with disabilities and elderly persons, have the right to get care. The state not only provides care services, but also guarantees their quality by providing training and regulations.
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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri participated in the opening ceremony of the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay with President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez; Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay; Marina Arismendi, Minister of Social Development of Uruguay; Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA.
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We have before us an opportunity to end poverty and transform gender relations irreversibly, with the mission to end gender inequality by 2030. And, here in Latin America, the time is to hold strongly to the achievements and progress women have conquered in the past years and to continue being a progressive global force to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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Uruguay’s Council of Ministers has just approved a Government bill that aims "to guarantee women a life free of gender-based violence." The bill, which will now go to the Senate, not only defines gender violence and how it manifests itself but would also bring about a change to current criminal law and create an institutional response system as well as specialized courts.
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On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson today highlighted the need for women’s political participation and leadership at all levels.
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A new series of commercials featuring public figures, as well as workshops and support for women politicians from all parties, and a project to broaden the current quota law are all stimulating the participation of women in decision-making in Uruguay.
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As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected.
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Uruguay was the first country to ratify International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic workers’ rights, adopted two years back on 16 June 2011, in Geneva. A Uruguayan union leader looks back on that achievement, its impact and what remains to be done.
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In Uruguay, a 2009 law guarantees at least 30 per cent of candidates on electoral lists are women. To prepare for national elections next year, UN Women has been training a group of 25 young leaders from four political parties through tutorials.
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A group of motorcycle buffs joined forces with Harley-Davidson Johannesburg and UN Women in a novel initiative to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. Over 16 days, they rode 8,200 km, across Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.
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Lourdes Figueroa is a woman like any other: she has plans, hopes and aspirations. At 36, she likes to live life to the fullest, but like all of us, sometimes finds herself both laughing and crying at times.
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A new scenario-based training programme by UN Women and the DPKO is teaching troops and officers to better understand, prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence.
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Dr. Underwood speaks about her work with southern African communities, and the links between economic empowerment and HIV prevention in young girls.
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Remarks of Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the Plenary Session on “Sustainability of Delivering as One in the framework of a new modality for international cooperation for development. Montevideo, Uruguay, 8 November 2011.
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Fifteen years ago, Aurora Castro, along with other women she knew in the Carrasco Norte district of Montevideo, dreamed of having a place where women could come together to discuss their problems and concerns. Today, that dream has become a reality at the Centre for Women. Castro is proud of their accomplishment; the sense of satisfaction she exuded during her November 9 meeting with Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women, was palpable.
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La Directora Ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres aplaude el exito de la campana contra la violencia h
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UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study in July 2011 that assessed the mechanisms currently in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that violence against women, especially within families and between partners, continues to persist. It also looks at the steps taken by governments to combat the issue through legal and judicial measures, as well as through the work of security forces.