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I am Generation Equality: Wanjuhi Njoroge, climate activist and entrepreneur from the foot of Mount Kenya

Monday, June 14, 2021

Wanjuhi Njoroge, 31, was raised in Nyeri County, Kenya, in a rural town that sits at the foot of Mount Kenya. Passionate about her community, she established a library in her village in 2017 and supporting local farmers to move to more sustainable farming practices. In 2019 she joined the Kenyan national chapter of the African Women Leader’s Network (AWLN), an action-oriented movement of African women leaders to transform sustainable peace, security and development issues on the continent.

I am Generation Equality: Diane Ndarbawa, youth activist for economic justice

Friday, June 11, 2021

Diane Ndarbawa is the President of Manki Maroua, an association of girl-child mothers in Cameroon. She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights, working to ensure that systems and structures are gender-responsive, equitable, free of violence and harassment, and resilient to economic shocks such as the recent ones brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ndarbawa’s action priority is improving technical and financial support for women’s and girls’ projects.

UN Women Executive Director visits Mozambique, calls for women’s leadership in peacebuilding and ongoing humanitarian efforts, and bold commitments for the Generation Equality Forum

Thursday, May 27, 2021

During her official visit to Mozambique from 24-26 May, and in the lead up to the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka meets women leaders, government officials, the donor community and youth activists to promote women’s leadership in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and invites Mozambique to commit to Generation Equality Action Coalitions.

I am Generation Equality: Martha Clara Nakato, advocate for bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health rights in Uganda

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Most women in rural communities still lack ownership over their bodies and the power to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health needs, partly due to their limited access to essential reproductive health services.

Take five: Young women leaders in Malawi are ready to build back better from COVID-19

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Thelma Kaliu is a young feminist and an active member of the Young Feminist Network of Malawi. She is currently the Project Coordinator of the Spotlight Initiative project under Plan International, Malawi. In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Thelma attended the launch of the Malawi Chapter of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and was excited about the growth of a movement that was enthusiastically embracing young African women. Supported by the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, the largest effort to eliminate violence against women and girls worldwide, the AWLN network comprises over 500 African women across generations and sectors.

From where I stand: “A better understanding of climate change has transformed the way we work”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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.

I am Generation Equality: Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, economist, gender and youth activist

Friday, April 16, 2021

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, 33, is an African Economist, a Non-Resident Fellow with the Center for Global Development, Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Molaya Kgosi Trust, and the former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana. She is also a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, and United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) National Chapters: Driving Women’s Leadership in Africa

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

In her remarks at the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) National Chapters: Driving Women’s Leadership in Africa, on the margins of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "This is supposed to be a moment and an opportunity to reset our countries. If we reset our countries based on recommendations that come from committees that exclude women, you can imagine how unrepresentative those recommendations are going to be. "

A common voice from Africa at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 15, 2021

Ahead of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), from 15 - 26 March 2021, African countries present a common voice to expand women’s participation in public life and decision-making.

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Mzuri Issa, breaking down social barriers to women’s leadership in Tanzania, using the media

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Through her work at the Tanzania Media Women’s Association in Zanzibar, Mzuri Issa is at the forefront of pushing for legal reforms and changing policies and attitudes that impede women’s access to leadership and decision-making. Her tough childhood experiences motivate her to advocate for the rights of women and girls, using the media.

This is what leadership looks like: Bernadette Gomina, a pioneering parliamentarian in Central African Republic

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Bernadette Gomina is a Member of Parliament for the administrative division of Bayanga, in the south of the Central African Republic (CAR) and one of two women elected in the first round of the 2020–2021 legislative elections in the country. She details the challenges that women leaders face and how the Forum of Women Parliamentarians has helped spark change.

This is what leadership looks like: Rewriting Kenya’s laws with Millie Odhiambo

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Millie Odhiambo, 55, is one of Kenya’s fearless politicians. The legal frameworks she has ushered through Parliament provide unprecedented protection for victims of crime. Although sexual harassment and election-related violence often plague women politicians in Kenya, Odhiambo and her peers are proving that women deliver for gender equality and protection of survivors. She is also pushing for enforcing existing quota laws

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Fanta Diamande, a local peace mediator in Côte d'Ivoire

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Fanta Diamande, a 32-year-old community leader from northern Côte d'Ivoire, has been involved in the UN Women-supported Network of Women Peace Mediators since its beginning. Today, she is President of its Touba branch and a trainer for early warning monitors, who will flag election-related risks ahead of the parliamentary elections on 6 March.

I am Generation Equality: Natalie Robi Tingo, community mobilizer for ending FGM

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Natalie Robi Tingo, 28, is the Founder and Executive Director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, a women-led community-based organization in rural Kenya that has since 2015 worked to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by tackling its root causes and empowering women and girls.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Ghana

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

There has been an alarming rise in violence against women and girls in Ghana since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as a result of lockdowns, social isolation measures and school closures. INERELA+ Ghana is handling cases involving multiple forms of violence, including child abuse and exploitation, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, emotional and economic abuse, femicide and assault by law enforcement agents.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Uganda

Monday, December 7, 2020

In response to rising cases of violence, the Uganda Police Force with support from UN Women established a dedicated a toll-free hotline for reporting and responding to cases of violence against women and girls. The hotline was crucial in providing a criminal justice response and access to services for survivors during the lockdown.

In South Africa, young women leading HIV and violence prevention say men’s involvement is key

Monday, November 30, 2020

On World AIDS Day (1 December), we spoke to survivors and community changemakers in South Africa who as part of UN Women’s HeForShe community-based initiative and a joint UNAIDS programme are engaging men and women to reject violence against women and seek HIV testing and treatment.

Hand over the mic to: Aisha, Kenya

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Aisha*, 12 years old, is now living in a shelter in the coastal region of Kenya, with 34 other children who have experienced gender-based violence. When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these girls fell victims to sexual abuse within their homes.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Malawi

Monday, November 16, 2020

In Malawi, thirty-one-year old Alepher Matemba Banda is a nurse responding to a hotline at Chipatala cha pa foni, a national health helpline. Banda was among 40 helpline nurses and technicians who received training in gender-based violence and health, through a UN Women initiative funded by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

In the words of Gladys Koech: “It is not uncommon for husbands to leave their wives because the child has a disability.”

Monday, November 9, 2020

Gladys Koech has been working as an occupational therapist for persons with disabilities in Kenya’s coastal region for more than 10 years. Through the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), she also works with communities to strengthen their understanding of disabilities and combat widespread stigma. UN Women’s partnership with the Council of Governors in Kenya has boosted resources to helplines around the country. As COVID-19 has increased demand for psychosocial services, Koech has witnessed a growing trend of mothers of children with disabilities being abandoned by their partners. Part of UN Women’s COVID-19 response in Kenya is being carried out in conjunction with UNICEF and UNDP as part of the Joint Devolution Programme supported by the Governments of Sweden, Finland, and Italy.

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