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Korka Diaw is a Senegalese farmer. She leads REFAN, the Network of Women Farmers in the North of Senegal, which empowers women and fights poverty through agriculture. In this story, she talks about adapting to COVID-19 and climate change.
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While everyone is facing unprecedented challenges, women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19. Here’s how COVID-19 is rolling back on women’s economic gains of past decades, unless we act now, and act deliberately.
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The pandemic will push 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty.
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Moni Rani Das, born and raised in a “cleaners’ colony”—poor and segregated settlements where street cleaners and domestic workers live—in Dhaka, Bangladesh, never imagined that she would be advocating for her rights and those of nearly 3 million Dalit [1] women of her country. Today, she is the first Dalit person to be part of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh.
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In the 1990s, Marija Andjelkovic worked at a call centre for girls experiencing violence, when she received a training on human trafficking. In those days, trafficking was not a known, researched and understood phenomenon in Serbia which left an institutional vacuum in addressing the needs of survivors. She was one of the first civil society activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in the Balkan region, and went on to become the founder and Director of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action.
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As the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opens today at the UN, focusing on the theme of “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”, here is what Alice Lesepen has to say. From the indigenous community of Rendille Community in Marsabit County, Kenya, Ms. Lesepen works with women at the grassroots level, with a focus on the empowerment of indigenous women. She spoke to UN Women recently on what are the top priorities of her community.
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The future we want rests on freeing women’s power and potential. The numbers tell a compelling story: If women played an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as US$28 trillion, or 26 per cent, could be added to the global annual Gross Domestic Product by 2025.
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More women than men live in poverty, but the incidence of poverty differs by age, marital status, household composition and other factors. For the first time, UN Women and the World Bank have analyzed household survey data for 89 countries by sex, age, household composition and other relevant variables to better understand the profile of the poor. The findings aim to improve policy interventions to eradicate global poverty and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Op-ed by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director UN Women
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A programme on Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment has benefited more than 2,000 rural women to date through trainings on basic business skills and financial management. It has also given them access to small loans at lower than average interest rates.
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UN Women statement for International Widows' Day, 23 June
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Florence Luanda Maheshe found herself in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with six children to feed and barely enough food. Once the camp closed, she was left with no support. Access to a small piece of land and assistance from a NGO supported by UN Women helped Maheshe stand on her own feet.
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Haidara, Djeneba Sy is a religious woman leader from Mali, and a fearless advocate for women’s economic empowerment and rights. Women can play a significant role in combating extremism, she says, but not when they are poor and weak.
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Khateeja Mallah (Durdana), 31, is a widow from Pakistan’s Dadu District in Sindh Province. She is one of 1,214 landless women farmers who have received land tenancy rights through a programme being implemented by UN Women, FAO and ILO.
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In Bolivia, after studying at the UN Women-supported School for Women Leaders, an indigenous Aymara woman managed to overcome a childhood and adolescence of labour exploitation to become an advocate for women's rights.
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 W20 Meeting on 24 May, 2016.
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Nahimana Fainesi fled her native Burundi and has been living in the Lusenda refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo where she works as a farmer in a UN Women cash-for-work programme.
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As Syrian women peace advocates meet in Beirut ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, we bring you the story of Zaad, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee studying and working at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan.
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More than 5,000 Syrian women and girls visit ‘Oases’ safe spaces in the Za’atari camp per month, and several hundred have independently earned incomes through UN Women’s work programme in Jordan.
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After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. On this year’s International Day of Older Persons, it’s time to shine a spotlight on ending pensioner poverty, and providing decent elder care services for all.