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Gary Barker is CEO and Founder of Promundo, an international organization working to promote gender justice and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. As Promundo launched its State of the World’s Fathers 2019 report at the Women Deliver global conference, Barker spoke to UN Women about men’s role in gender equality advocacy, and the importance of closing the gap in unpaid care work.
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In Moldova, widespread patriarchal attitudes and gender-based stereotypes perpetuate the idea that women are responsible for child and home care, with fathers expected to be breadwinners. To challenge this widespread notion, the Embassy of Sweden organised in partnership with the UN in Moldova the photo exhibition Dads from Moldova and Sweden.
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In Kenya, where sexual and gender-based violence is a problem of significant magnitude, Charles Kosgei a Catechist (Christian teacher) at a local church in Kapkuptoro, Kericho County, is teaching women and men about positive masculinities and encouraging them to reject the normalization of violence.
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In Samoa, indigenous women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender equality.
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On the International Day of Families, 15 May, UN Women Chief of Research and Data, Shahra Razavi, talks about women’s rights within families. In many parts of the world, families come in different shapes and forms than what was traditionally viewed as the norm. Families in a Changing World will be the focus of UN Women’s forthcoming flagship report, the 2018 edition of Progress of the World’s Women. With families becoming more diverse, laws and policies must be responsive to the needs of real-world families. The report will look at how laws, policies and public action can support families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice.
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On behalf of H.E President Paul Biya of Cameroon, the Prime Minister and Head of Government Philemon Yang has pledged his support for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign at a launch event attended by government representatives, heads of UN agencies and civil society organizations.
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Six months into a one-year Male Advocacy Programme to support Goal 5 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, initial reports show promise of changing gender norms and prevention of violence.
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Farhan Akhtar, a regional UN Women Ambassador for South Asia and an advocate for the HeForShe campaign, writes about masculinity in the 21st Century, and the pressures men face around identity.
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Spoken word artist Soré Agbaje performed a poem at the Global Civil Society Dialogue on 23 November. A student at Brooklyn College in New York, majoring in political science and double minoring in journalism and TV/radio, she explains how she uses the art and language through the I Sell The Shadow spoken word initiative to shed light on issues that affect people in her community and around the world. In her own words…
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UN Women’s #GetFree University Tour is a new effort to connect passionate student activists in a global network to raise awareness around gender equality. It aims to bring UN Women’s HeForShe movement directly to university students, convening thought leaders and providing a forum for critical debate and discussion.
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Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Broadband Commission for Digital Development Gender Working Group meeting and launch of the report on cyber violence against women and girls, New York, 24 September.
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An innovative programme is increasing men’s participation in domestic activities to promote gender equality and address violence against women and girls. At least 1600 men have taken part in the course, which is supported by UN Women, and complemented by a series of awareness-raising activities.