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Not waiting for handouts: Five stories of resilience from one of the world’s largest refugee camps

Friday, August 16, 2019

In some of the world’s largest camps, refugees and the native communities power their own economies. Students compete for admission into a better school, journalists report on daily news, entrepreneurs learn new skills and health workers deliver babies. And women are often a forgotten part of this workforce. Meet five women and girls who are doing the usual and unusual jobs that keep life going, and aspiring for more.

From where I stand: “People said, how are you going to play football, you’re a girl!”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fathime Tibu, 26, is the youngest female coach of MTG United, the football league for Moving the Goalposts (MTG), a sport for development organization based in Kilifi, Kenya. She recently spoke to UN Women about her own journey, aspirations, and how sport is a powerful tool to empower girls.

In the words of Dorcas Amakobe: “We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold”

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dorcas Amakobe is the Executive Director of “Moving the Goalposts”, a sport for development organization based Kilifi, a coastal town in Kenya. As part of a UN Women programme funded by the Government of Japan on enhancing women’s active participation in prevention of violent extremism in Kenya, the organization ran a project that provided livelihood skills training and helped build financial independence of young women engaged in its sport programme to build their resilience.

From where I stand: “Girls need to believe in themselves”

Monday, July 22, 2019

Wilma Riziki Kazunguis learned to play football as a teenager. Today she is an entrepreneur and a football coach from Kilifi, Kenya.

Ask an activist: Why is economic independence important for indigenous women in Kenya?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Agnes Leina is an Indigenous woman from northern Kenya. She is the founder and Executive Director of the I’llaramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a resource centre offering livelihood options for women and working with pastoralist communities to recognize the equal value and potential of women and girls to contribute towards their families and communities. Ms. Leina was one of the participants of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’s largest annual gathering on women’s rights issues.

From where I stand: “I created the Wangu Kanja Foundation to provide the kind of support to survivors that I didn’t receive”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Violence Against Children report in Kenya (2010) indicated that one in three Kenyan girls has experienced sexual violence before they turn 18. Wangu Kanja, a survivor of sexual violence, started a Foundation to provide much-needed support to survivors of gender-based violence in Kenya.

Experts recommend gender-responsive planning, investment and management for sustainable development outcomes for women

Friday, July 6, 2018

In the lead-up to the High-Level Political Forum for sustainable development (9 – 18 July), the main UN process for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of experts at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasized that planning, investments and management of infrastructure and basic services must take into account women’s use of time and space and address their disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work.

From where I stand: “What we need is free education for girls”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Purity Soinato Oiyie is a Maasai girl from Kenya who escaped Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage. She spoke at the opening session of the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights. In her own words, she shares her story and her dream to start a school for girls in her community.

From where I stand: “We want to be heard, to be recognized, this land is ours”

Monday, April 16, 2018

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.

Mango farmers in Kenya get access to new technology to counter post-harvest losses

Friday, March 2, 2018

As Kenya’s mango production continues to grow, access to existing and new technology is critical to maintain and improve productivity. UN Women is fostering collaboration with universities, research institutions and private sector partners in Kenya to make sure that women farmers are not left behind as the technologies evolve.

Take five: It's time to change the narrative

Thursday, February 1, 2018

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. She is also a member of the Women in Media Network's (WIMN) Kenyan Chapter and conducted a study titled, “Women in Media: what is the narrative?”. Ms. Njoroge spoke to UN Women about her experience working to advance women's efforts in media.

From where I stand: “I am a father and I have daughters. I do not want to see their rights denied or limited just because they are girls”

Friday, December 1, 2017

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.

In Kenya, women gear up for county elections

Monday, July 24, 2017

UN Women is working with community elders to break the cultural barriers to women’s political participation. For the upcoming general elections on 8 August, hopes are running high among women candidates. A total of nine women are competing for Governors, 115 as members of the National Assembly, 25 as senators’ and 261 as members of the County Assemblies.

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

Friday, June 16, 2017

UN Women is working with Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority to ensure that all interventions to address the drought take into considerations the unique vulnerabilities of women and children.

Take five: “To end FGM, we have to break the culture of silence”

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In Western Kenya FGM rates among younger girls is going up. Janet Anyango talks about what it will take to root out the practice

Training in Kenya boosts deployment of female military officers for peacekeeping

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Forty-one female military officers from 31 countries just completed the fifth edition of the Female Military Officers Course co-organized by UN Women and the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Take five with Joy Chebet Bii: Why does digital literacy matter for women and girls?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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 skills.

Women police climb the ranks across Africa

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Across the globe, women are still only a tiny portion of the security sector, but across Africa, some inroads are being made.

From where I stand: Lucy Nduati

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lucy Nduati is a 34-year-old single mother and a police officer from Nairobi.

Strengthening the capacity of networks of women with disabilities on humanitarian action

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Women leaders with disabilities from the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD) representing 10 African countries, and refugee women with disabilities met in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-12 February to participate in the workshop "Enhancing the Network's Humanitarian Advocacy at Regional and Global Events".

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