Take five

These question and answer pieces provide expert insight into gender equality and women's empowerment issues.

Gerifel Cerillo. Photo: UN Women/Pairach Homtong

Take five: “Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships”

Gerifel Cerillo, coordinator of Tanggol Bavi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines, speaks about how infrastructure problems place a burden on women. More »
Angela Mwai. Photo: Philippe Woods

Take five: “One of the main obstacles to gender parity is the glass ceiling”

Angela Mwai, leader of the Gender Equality Unit at UN-Habitat and the agency’s Gender Focal Point, discusses the importance of mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment in all of UN-Habitat’s work. More »
Tchonko Becky Bessong, a radio presenter with CRTV, Cameroon’s public radio and television broadcasting company. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: “With my voice, I can impact the masses”

Tchonko Becky Bissong, a popular radio presenter with CRTV, Cameroon’s public radio and television broadcasting company, talks about the situation of women’s political participation in Cameroon and the role that media can play in raising awareness. More »

Jaha Dukureh, Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim

Take five: “We must support women and girls, especially survivors, to lead change”

UN Women Regional Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, speaks to UN Women about how best to address the particular vulnerabilities faced by migrant women and girls. More »
Verona Collantes. Photo: UN Women

Take five: UN Women at the global climate conference, COP 24

Verona Collantes is an Intergovernmental Specialist with UN Women and the focal point for the three Rio Conventions – climate change, desertification and biodiversity. More »
Jean Arnault speaks at UN  Headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Take five: “A successful peace process simply demands the active and meaningful participation of women at all levels”

UN Women spoke with Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, about gender parity within the Mission and its priorities over the next year. More »

Areej Jamal Al-Khawlani Photo: UN Women/Yasmin Labidi

Take five: “Yemeni women and girls are the ones who are paying the price of war”

Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani has worked with UN Women as a Programme Associate in Yemen since 2017. Prior to joining UN Women, she was part of the Yemen Parliamentarians Against Corruption and worked for the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. In this interview, she shares the current needs and priorities of Yemeni women and girls. More »
 Katia Uriona  speaks. Photo: Órgano Electoral Plurinacional

Take five: “Legal reform did not change patriarchal systems or machismo culture overnight”

Katia Uriona is the former President of the Electoral Tribunal of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Before that, as the Executive Secretary of the national Women’s Coordinator, Uriona played an instrumental role in advocating for Law 243 on violence against women in politics in 2012. More »

Take five: “If you are invisible in everyday life, your needs will not be thought of, let alone addressed, in a crisis situation”

Matcha Phorn-in is the Executive Director of Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon, a civil society organization working with young people from marginalized communities, many of whom are indigenous, in disaster-prone Thai villages at the border with Myanmar. Phorn-in is from an ethnic minority and identifies as a lesbian feminist human-rights defender. More »

Svitlana Moroz. Photo courtesy: Istvan Gabor Takacs

Take five: "We have the expertise to bring solutions"

Svitlana Moroz is a Ukrainian women’s rights activist living with HIV. She is one of the founders of the Union of Women of Ukraine affected by HIV “Positive Women” and since 2013 she has coordinated activities for the Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS. More »
Portrait of Beena Pallical, India, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), 2017. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

Take five: "We are seeking nothing more than our due share of services and opportunities"

Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia. The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus of a two-year programme funded by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. More »
Corina Rodriguez Enriquez. Photo courtesy of Silvia Lodwick

Take Five: “Leaving no one behind requires specific attention to those that have less resources and opportunities”

Corina Rodríguez Enríquez is an economist and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the Executive Committee member of the organization, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN). As the High-Level Political Forum meets in New York to review progress on Sustainable Development Goals, Enríquez spoke to UN Women about the SDGs under review, and what it will take to leave no one behind. More »

Purna Sen is UN Women’s Director of the Policy Division, and UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take Five: “To change the culture of tolerance of sexual harassment, we need unequivocal leadership”

Purna Sen is UN Women’s Director of the Policy Division, and has been recently appointed as the UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. In an interview, she explains her new role and what UN Women is doing to address sexual harassment within its own workplace and in the UN system. More »
Thelma Aldana. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: “A feminist in decision-making roles makes a difference”

Thelma Aldana is the Public Prosecutor and Head of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, who will complete her term in May 2018. She is known as a champion of women’s rights, UN Security Council resolution 1325, and the force behind the creation of specialized courts for femicide and violence against women cases in 2010. More »
Lina Sinjab, Syrian journalist. Photo: Photo credit: Tineke D'haese/OXFAM

Take Five: “Women pay the highest price in the Syrian conflict”

Lina Sinjab is a Syrian journalist who has covered the conflict in Syria for BBC and other media outlets since 2011. She served as the moderator of a dialogue between Syrian women and policy-makers, held on the sidelines of the EU-UN conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” organized in Brussels last month. Ms. Sinjab spoke to UN Women about her views on the role of Syrian women in the conflict and the construction of peace. More » 

Ana Peláez Narváez, from Spain at UN Women headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Women/Susan Markisz

Take five: “Nothing about disability should be done without women with disabilities”

Renowned disability rights activist, Ana Peláez Narváez, from Spain, is the first woman with disability to be elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on 7 June, 2018. More »
Suhela Khan. Photo: UN Women/Jeevan Kanakkassery

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India, talks about how women’s access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a transformation in the energy sector. More »

Take Five: "Thousands of people leave their homes, families and, often, countries in order to help humanity as UN Volunteers"

Toily Kurbanov (Russian Federation) is the Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services, of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. Mr Kurbanov spoke to UN Women during his official mission to Kenya and South Sudan about the importance of volunteerism and UNV’s contributions in addressing women’s issues. More »

Yelda Şahin Akıllı, Project Coordinator at the Foundation for Women’s Solidarity. Photo: Courtesy of FWS.

Take five: “Most services for refugees in Turkey are gender-blind”

Yelda Şahin Akıllı, a feminist activist and student at the Department of Gender and Women Studies at Ankara University and the Project Coordinator of The Foundation for Women’s Solidarity project to foster dialogue between women’s organizations and local actors, speaks to UN Women about to preventing gender-based discrimination and violence against women among the refugee population in Turkey. More »
Valentine Njoroge. Photo: UN Women/Deepika Nath

Take five: It's time to change the narrative

Valentine Njoroge is a Kenyan journalist and media practitioner. She spoke to UN Women about why it is time to change the narrative of African women in the media. Ms. Njoroge is a trustee of the New Faces New Voices programme led by UN Women's partner the Graca Machel Trust. More »   
Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Take five: “Demand to have a seat at the table, don’t wait for an invitation”

As hundreds of youth activists from around the world convene at the United Nations for the annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, from 30-31 January 2018, UN Women spoke to Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. Ms. Wickramanayake is the first female Youth Envoy, and have worked on youth issues since the age of 21. More »  

Gloria Reyes, Congresswoman, speaks in the UN Women Dominican Republic Programme Presence about the new political parties’ project on 24 July 2017 in Santo Domingo. Photo: UN Women/Andrea Dominguez

Take five: “It’s a matter of justice—50/50 gender parity in political parties”

Congresswoman Gloria Reyes is a strong advocate for increasing women’s political participation and recently backed a law against child marriage in the Dominican Republic. She participated in a regional forum organized by UN Women from 9 to 11 of October, focusing on abolishing child marriage in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. More » 
Aurélie Roche-Mair. Photo: Elodie Burrillon/http://hucopix.com

Take five: “Uncovering the untold stories of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict”

Aurélie Roche-Mair is the Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Hague Office, where she manages the International Criminal Justice Programme. As a member of the Justice Rapid Response-UN Women Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Justice Experts Roster, Ms. Roche-Mair served as the Gender Adviser to the judges during the trial of the former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, in 2016. More » 
Tolulope Lewis-Tamoka, UN Women Africa Programme Adviser. Photo credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: “Thomas & Friends™ bring gender equality to pre-schoolers”

Recently, the United Nations and Mattel, Inc. announced a collaboration to incorporate five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the storylines of the animated children’s television series Thomas & Friends™, to be aired in over 110 countries in 33 languages. Tolulope Lewis-Tamoka, Africa Programme Adviser, provided guidance to the production team for the development of a new African female character, Nia, who champions gender equality. More » 

Shamima Ali . Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: “The most effective solutions come from listening to women”

Shamima Ali, the chairperson and one of the founding members of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women speaks about what’s driving high levels of violence against women in Fiji and how it can be prevented. More » 
Shahra Razavi. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: Families are changing, policies impacting them must change too
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. More »

Victoria Tauli Corpuz. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Take five: “The dominant economic paradigms are at odds with the rights of indigenous peoples”
Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, speaks about engaging indigenous women in climate action. More »

Chidi King,Director of the Equality Department of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Take five: At the current rate of progress, no equal pay until 2069
Chidi King, Director of the Equality Department of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the main international trade union organization representing the interests of working people worldwide, and a member of UN Women and ILO’s Equal Pay Champions initiative, unpacks the issue. More »

Adriana Quiñones, UN Women´s Country Representative in Guatemala. Photo: UN Women/Ecuador Garcia

Take five: Fighting femicide in Latin America
Latin America is seeing a wave of powerful protests against gender-related killings. As women and men demand #NiUnaMas (not one more women shall be killed), Adriana Quiñones, UN Women´s Country Representative in Guatemala talks about regional initiatives to prevent femicide. She was formerly the Regional Advisor on ending violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean. More »

Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, speaks at the symposium to discuss the Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database on 6 May 2016 in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: “In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”
As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, talks about a new UN Women initiative, Roadmap for Substantive Equality:2030. More »

Anna Green, CEO of ANZ Lao. Photo: ANZ Lao

Take five: “Women in the organization view themselves as leaders”
Anna Green has fought for equality in the workplace her whole career. Now, as CEO of ANZ Lao, she’s using the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, to empower other women and improve diversity in the company. More »

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain

Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”
Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). More »

Mustafa Seçkin, Vice-President, Unilever N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Ice Cream & Beverages Categories, with members of Unilever turkey diversity and inclusion committee at the WEPs Implementation Guide launch event in Istanbul on 25 January 2017. Photo: Global Compact Turkey/Tolga Sezgin

Take five: “Globally, women now represent 50 per cent of the company’s board members”
Mustafa Seçkin, Vice-President, Unilever N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Ice Cream & Beverages Categories, talks about how the Women’s Empowerment Principles have shaped and improved work place culture and performance at Unilever Turkey. More »

Janet Anyango, Programme Officer with the Federation of Women Lawyers, Kenya. Photo: Sandra Photography

Take five: “To end FGM, we have to break the culture of silence”
In Western Kenya FGM rates among younger girls is going up. Janet Anyango, Programme Officer with the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Kenya, talks about the practice of FGM in the communities and what is being done to end FGM. More »

Donna Gabaccia. Photo: Margarita Stetsiouk

Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?
Donna Gabaccia, a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and award-winning author on gender and migration, speaks about the challenges and opportunities to protect women’s rights and support families in the context of migration. More »

Awa Ndiaye Seck Photo: UN Women DRC

Take five: Empowering women through climate-smart agriculture in the DRC
As world leaders attend the Convention on Climate Change (COP 22), UN Women’s country representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Awa Ndiaye underlines the importance of empowering women through sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture.  More »

Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women Photo: UN Women/Jacob Crawfurd

Take five with Papa Seck: Getting better at gender data—why does it matter?
As the new UN Women “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme is launched on 21 September at an event in New York, Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women, talks about why having data and accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights is an urgent need. More »

Nguyen Ngoc Ly Photo: Dang Thuy Trang, CECR

Take five: On the front line of disasters, women are more at risk and less heard
Nguyen Ngoc Ly is the founder and director of Center for Environment and Community Research. She is part of the Climate Change Working Group that UN Women works with to expand women’s leadership and participation in climate change action and disaster risk reduction. More »

Mimoza Dhembi. Photo credit: UN Women/Yllka Parllaku

Take Five: “We want to make gender-responsive budgeting a part of every state institution’s budgeting processes”

Mimoza Dhembi has been the General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania since 2000 and is one of the pioneers of the Public Financial Management reform in Albania. She has been crucial in establishing a successful collaboration with UN Women in mainstreaming gender through the introduction of gender-responsive budgeting in the Medium-Term Budget Program. More »

A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Senior Programme Adviser, Head of the Asia-Pacific and Least Developed Countries Section, and UN Women Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: South-south cooperation, a tool for advancing gender equality and inclusive development
Following the Global South-South Development Expo, A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Senior Programme Adviser, Head of the Asia-Pacific and Least Developed Countries Section, and UN Women Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, talks about why ensuring that gender issues are a central part of cooperation between countries is an under-utilized but powerful vehicle for more inclusive and sustainable development. More »

Joy Chebet Bii, 20, a Mozilla Club captain in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Dennis Mukundi

Take five with Joy Chebet Bii: Why does digital literacy matter for women and girls?
Joy Chebet Bii is a 20-year-old living in Nairobi, Kenya. Joy, a student in mathematics and computer science at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is a Mozilla Club captain. Through a partnership between UN Women and The Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Clubs teach web literacy skills to women and girls in Cape Town and Nairobi. Joy uses her expertise to teach girls in Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi, basic coding and digital literacy. More »