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Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ethiopia

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is on a joint visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 October, together with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. This will be the Executive Director’s first official country visit to Ethiopia, and the first official visit to Africa for President Niinistö.

Boosting harvests for women in the hills of Nepal

Friday, September 6, 2019

UN Women’s Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment (AWEE) Programme works in Kavrepalanchokand five other districts of Nepal to support over 2,000 marginalized women including those affected by conflict, survivors of human trafficking, migrants who have returned home, home-based workers and women living with HIV and AIDS.

Women in rural Kyrgyzstan bring change through water, technology and better infrastructure

Monday, March 4, 2019

Shakhodat Teshebayeva from Khalmion, a village in southern Kyrgyzstan bordering Uzbekistan, is 50 years old and the sole breadwinner of her family. Her income comes from farming, working for 8-10 long hours in the fields every day. She doesn’t shy away from the hard work, but lately, the hard has become impossible, because of the growing water crisis.

UN Women Executive Director in Finland for annual consultations

Monday, February 25, 2019

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits Finland to meet with Finnish Government officials, Members of Parliament, private sector and the academia.

In the words of Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa: “There is a need for female peacekeepers”

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, participated in the ninth edition of the Female Military Officers’ Course in April 2018. The course aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping. Women currently represent only 4 per cent of the more than 80,000 UN Peacekeepers, despite their key role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve, especially women and girls. Captain Vuniwaqa spoke to UN Women about women’s role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve.

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.

Coverage: Young women peacebuilders call for inclusion and representation

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

An event organized by UN Women, the Global Network for Women Peacebuilders, UNFPA, Peacebuilding Support Office and the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh and Finland, brought together young women from four countries to share experiences and speak about their peacebuilding work. A dialogue with policy makers—Member States and UN experts—provided the space for discussion of the impact of violent conflicts on young women, and the actions they are taking to build peace and prevent conflicts.

From where I stand: “We learned how to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner, transforming them into positive solutions”

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many. She is mobilizing women in her community to advocate for equal access to water, and because of her work, several women now serve on local water management councils.

The Road towards a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for Lebanon

Monday, August 20, 2018

Wedged between prolonged conflict on both its northern and southern borders with Syria and Israel, respectively, Lebanon has endured immense stress over the past several decades. Presently, Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, and the country is still reeling from the effects of an internal armed conflict that dates to the 1970s. Recognizing that women and girls are differently impacted by conflict and the critical role they play in building and sustaining peace, in 2017 the Council of Ministers tasked the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), to develop Lebanon’s first National Action Plan (NAP) to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan

Friday, August 10, 2018

1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq.

Interview with Anne-Mari Virolainen, former Minister for Trade and International Development of Finland

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In 2018, the Government of Finland contributed regular resources of USD 12.1 million to UN Women. In addition, the Government contributed USD 5.3 million in other resources support—bringing its overall 2018 contribution to approximately USD 18.7 million and making Finland UN Women’s seventh largest contributor. In an interview, former Minister for Trade and International Development of Finland, Anne-Mari Virolainen, explains why gender equality is Finland’s top priority in foreign and development policy.

From where I stand: “The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dilera Mavlonova is only 16 years old, but she knows the importance of women’s leadership in water management. After learning advocacy skills through a UN Women programme, she and her peers raised awareness about women’s unequal burden to provide water for their homes in the village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, where there is an unfolding water crisis. As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles.

From where I stand: “Always rely on yourself”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Maha Aasi Emm Ala’a, a Syrian refugee, came to the UN Women-run women’s centre in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp with severe depression after her husband passed away. She received counseling and found tailoring work through the cash-for-work programme. As refugee crises become more protracted, humanitarian assistance must take into account immediate and long-term needs of women and girls. The women’s centres in Za’atari Refugee Camp are building women’s resilience and empowering them as leaders, workers and entrepreneurs.

Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Female Military Officers’ Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping, is a two-week course organized by UN Women and partners, provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers.

Speech: “The women, peace and security agenda is a powerful tool”—Executive Director

Friday, April 13, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Launch Event of Finland’s 1325 National Action Plan in Helsinki, Finland on 13 April.

UN Women Executive Director to visit Nordic countries for annual consultations

Thursday, April 12, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Helsinki, Finland, on 12-13th April to discuss the status of gender equality globally, as well as Finland’s contribution to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide—a top priority that Finland and UN Women share. Following this, the Executive Director will visit Sweden on April 16-18 to attend the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, as well as take part in a ministerial roundtable discussing gender equality as a means for economic development, and the methods and best practices that have proven to be most effective in achieving real change.

Youth in rural Kyrgyzstan champion gender equality and access to clean water

Friday, March 2, 2018

To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan. The project, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s self-help groups from marginalized communities, to empower local communities and enhance equal access to natural resources.

Making the business case for sexual and reproductive health rights

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

High-level event on the margins of 72nd UN General Assembly highlights sexual and reproductive health rights are essential to women’s empowerment.

Interview with Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkänen

Friday, July 7, 2017

In a May 2017 interview, the Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen referred to his country’s combined core and non-core contribution of approximately USD 14.53 to UN Women in 2016, and urged other Member States to also step up and help UN Women deliver on its mandate of achieving gender equality by 2030. Finland has been one of UN Women’s largest donors, topping the list in 2014.

Speech: “To promote gender equality and women’s rights, we need peace”—Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Closing remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Panel discussion on Women Girls Gender Equality in Action, during the Helsinki Conference on Syria.

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