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From where I stand: "Organizations share the voices of women […] but we want to put our voices into action"

Monday, August 17, 2020

Nelly is a South Sudanese refugee leader in the Bidibidi settlement in Uganda. In this story, adapted from the Who Holds the Microphone Series, she discusses her engagement with the humanitarian community and emphasizes the need for resources, income-generating activities and spaces dedicated to women, where they can freely discuss their experiences and challenges.

In the words of Christine Sadia: “Women must be given tools and training, so they fully comprehend what the risks are”

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dr. Christine Sadia is a gender and public health expert with over 30 years’ experience advising governments on health and gender issues, such as psychosocial needs of women in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and HIV programming during the Indonesia tsunami. UN Women is supporting Dr. Sadia in her current role as a Gender and Public Health Advisor for Kenya’s State Department for Gender Affairs, to advise on the country’s national emergency response for COVID-19.

Small business owners in South Sudan bear the brunt of COVID-19 as livelihoods shrink

Thursday, July 23, 2020

As of early July, South Sudan confirmed more than 2,000 coronavirus cases. The implementation of social distancing rules, curfews and the closure of non-essential business has had a drastic impact on small businesses, especially in the informal sector where women constitute the majority of the work force. Now that businesses have been allowed to re-open with social distancing measures in place, women are working to adapt their businesses and get back on their feet.

Take five: Why we should take online violence against women and girls seriously during and beyond COVID-19

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Cecilia Mwende Maundu is a broadcast journalist based in Kenya and a specialist in gender digital safety. She is also the current Secretary General of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Kenyan chapter. During COVID-19, women and girls are using the internet more than ever to stay connected with the world, but they are also the targets of online violence in the form of physical threats, sexual harassment, stalking, zoombombing and sex trolling.

From where I stand: “I want the views of older persons included in the planning of COVID-19 recovery programmes for my community”

Monday, July 13, 2020

Monica Chiwalo is 82 and mostly dependent on her children. She raised four children on her own after the death of her husband. The COVID-19 outbreak in Tanzania has devastated the livelihoods of families that rely on the informal sector and have no safety nets. Elderly women like Chiwalo are especially vulnerable to its health and economic impacts. Their voice and experience must be included in recovery efforts.

UN Women supports Maasai women-led enterprises to respond to COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Ngorongoro district in Arusha region is a land of craters, sacred forests and mountains, wild animals and the unique Maasai people. It is striking how this noble community has learnt to co-exist with nature, sharing land, wild food, herbs and water with the wild animals that roam freely in this beautiful paradise. This remarkable way of life has endured for many years and attracted thousands of tourists from around the world to Tanzania’s tourism hub, creating business opportunities for the Maasai people.

Women peace mediators become key actors on the front lines of COVID-19 prevention in refugee settlements in Uganda

Monday, June 15, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda continues to rise, women peace mediators, who resolve community disputes and challenges, have joined the fight against the pandemic in refugee settlements in the districts of Yumbe and Adjumani, bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As of 9 June, Uganda has recorded 646 infections.

In the words of Zahra Namuli: "I’m happy that I have been able to change people’s perception about COVID-19”

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Zahra Namuli is a journalist reporting on health issues at NBS TV in Uganda. During a time when most people are quarantined at home, Namuli is one of the few remaining female journalists at the front line reporting about COVID -19 in Uganda. UN Women works to strengthen gender-sensitive reporting in countries around the world.

From where I stand: “Due to COVID-19 people were not going to the police”

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Simret Tesfaye is nurse at the Association for Women's Sanctuary and Development, a non-profit organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which manages six shelters for survivors of gender-based violence. Currently, she is working at the Transitional Shelter that opened in April 2020 with support from UN Women.

From where I stand: “Although the situation is unpredictable, we are still working to maintain peace”

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lieutenant Dr. Arya Khadka is a Nepali peacekeeper serving as a medical officer with the United Nations Mission (MINUSCA) in Bambari, Central African Republic, where prevention efforts are being implemented to deter the COVID-19 outbreak. In a recent Instagram interview with UN Peacekeeping leading up to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Lt. Dr. Khadka shared some of the challenges as well as what motivates her. This story has been written based on her interview.

On the front lines of COVID-19, women’s organizations provide vital services as first responders as violence against women spikes

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

“Women’s organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response continue to adapt and provide vital services for survivors, even in the face of unprecedented challenges. As violence against women rises, the services offered by women’s organizations must be included in governments’ COVID-19 response packages,” said Aldijana Sisic, Chief of the UN Trust Fund.

From where I stand: “It has become impossible to meet daily needs”

Friday, May 22, 2020

Esther Macharia, 37, is a single mother and the only breadwinner for herself and her daughter. When the COVID-19 crisis came to Kenya, she lost nearly her entire income as a rideshare driver in Nairobi, as people are no longer requesting rides. Her story reflects the hardship that millions of women now face, as workers with low wages and without safety nets.

In the words of Sylvia Karungi: "Life has been challenging with social distancing."

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sylvia Karungi is a member of the National Association of Women with Disabilities in Uganda (NAWODU), an organization for women with disabilities that receives funding from UN Women under the EU spotlight programme. She is also a community Psychologist.

Meeting of African Ministers in charge of Gender and Women’s Affairs on “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework

Monday, May 11, 2020

UN Women and the African Union, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host the inaugural meeting of African Ministers for Gender and Women’s Affairs, on 12 May 2020 under the theme “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework.” Focusing on how to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on African women and girls, the meeting will be co-chaired by UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Chairperson of the...

I am Generation Equality: Fatma Ahmed, activist for women’s inclusion in sport

Friday, May 1, 2020

Fatma Ahmed, 25, is a Generation Equality Champion and Founder of the Girls’ Inclusion in Sports Campaign based in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Take five: “We need to have a common vision and ideology to advocate for the rights of all women and girls with one voice”

Monday, March 30, 2020

Getrude Mligo, 23, was born two years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As a high school student in Songea region of Tanzania, the gender inequalities she saw in her community, especially child marriages that forced girls out of school, prompted her to look back to the 1995 blueprint and begin asking questions. In 2020, Mligo participated in a UN Women mentorship programme as part of UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign, in partnership with Plan International, which paired her with UN Women Representative in Tanzania, Hodan Addou. In this interview, Mligo shares what it means to be a champion for Generation Equality.

Ending violence against women in the context of COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020

As the current COVID-19 global pandemic spreads through the world, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), and its grantees, recognize the gender dimensions of the impact from the COVID-19 outbreak. In this challenging time, the need to respond to the immediate and long-term consequences of the current crisis for women and girls is critical.

I am Generation Equality: Jerry Azilinon, HeForShe champion, youth activist

Monday, March 16, 2020

Jerry Azilinon, 23, is a HeForShe Champion for UN Women in Senegal and also a champion for the One Campaign against extreme poverty.. He is part of UNICEF Youth Council in Senegal and in his spare time he serves as Vice-Coach of an all-female soccer team.

Op-ed: It is time for action! Uniting for Africa’s transformation

Monday, March 9, 2020

In a joint op-ed, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde call to support African women in taking their rightful place in the next chapter of the continent and building a future where women and girls can live out their lives freely, in purpose and happiness.

My Take, Your Take: Fighting for justice and gender equality in Liberia

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Gwendolyn Myers, a 29-year-old peace activist from Liberia, talks with a veteran activist, Abla Gadegbeku William, 59, who has fought for the rights of women and children for more than two decades.

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