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In Guatemala, investing in indigenous women’s economic empowerment is key to building back better after COVID-19

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Since March 2020, Guatemala has recorded more than 600 COVID-19 deaths and over 11,000 infections. Amidst this crisis, indigenous women have continued to use their voices, knowledge and capacities to assist their communities and adapt their livelihoods. To build back better, their needs and concerns, but also their leadership must be placed at the centre of COVID-19 recovery plans.

Cultivating change: Women farmers in Dominica find new paths to market amidst COVID-19 shutdowns

Monday, June 1, 2020

To support the women farmers during this crisis, UN Women has re-oriented its project, which initially intended to establish a seed bank to guard against future disasters. The project will now temporarily pivot to connect farmers to new outlets and market opportunities.

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.

Take five: As Haiti battles COVID-19, services to protect women and girls with disabilities are critical

Monday, May 18, 2020

Emanuela Paul is the Rethinking Power Program Coordinator with Beyond Borders/Depase Fwontyè yo. The programme focuses on preventing violence against women and girls, including women and girls with disabilities, in Haiti and implements a project with funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. In light of COVID-19, she explains how her organization has adapted its approach to community mobilization and the dialogues they create in the community.

Take Five: "What we are going through right now is a life lesson for everyone."

Friday, May 8, 2020

Natalia Klinsky Amelunge is a 28-year-old doctor working on the front lines of COVID-19 at the National Health Fund in Bolivia and the Anita Leigue Municipal Health Center. She spoke with UN Women about the challenges that women face in the front-line response and what we can learn from them. In Bolivia, UN Women has launched public communication campaigns to make women’s role visible and to prevent the shadow pandemic of violence against women. In coordination with the government, UN Women is also distributing food, clothing and other necessities in migrant camps bordering Chile.

Imprisoned, quarantined women need hygiene supplies in El Salvador

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In El Salvador, UNFPA and UN Women have distributed more than 1,300 dignity kits containing essential hygiene supplies such as soap and menstrual pads to women living in prisons.

She persists: Sport is a tool for empowering girls in Brazil

Monday, April 6, 2020

UN Women and the International Olympic Committee’s programme, “One Win Leads to Another” gives tools of empowerment to girls and young women from vulnerable communities across Brazil through weekly sport practice and life skills training. In February, before coronavirus containment measures were put in place, some girls from the programme met the international football star and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva. Now, as the girls are confined to their...

From where I stand: “I am fearful for smaller countries that have limited resources during COVID-19”

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ryancia Henry is originally from Antigua and Barbuda, she moved four months ago to Montecito, California, to take up the position of Director of Housekeeping, managing a team of 60 people, at a hotel that has now closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With international travel disrupted, and movement restrictions within the United States of America, Ryancia is among millions of workers in the hospitality industry considering what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on her, her staff, her family and her friends.

I am Generation Equality: Vanina Escales, journalist and activist

Friday, March 13, 2020

Vanina Escales is one of the founders of Ni Una Menos, a cultural, political and social movement that swept across Latin America and the world. She also works with the Centre of Legal and Social Studies in Argentina.

Marta Vieira da Silva and One Win Leads to Another girls celebrate women’s empowerment in Brazil Carnival

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Global soccer star, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and UN SDG Advocate, Marta Vieira da Silva was honoured in the Carnival parade in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

I am Generation Equality: Hingride Marcelle Leite de Jesus, rugby player, community facilitator

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Hingride Marcelle Leite de Jesus is a 20-year-old graduate of One Win Leads to Another, a joint programme between UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, which provides weekly sport practice and life skills sessions for adolescent girls in Brazil. She recently met with the football player Marta Vieira da Silva, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and participated in a Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I am Generation Equality: Majandra Rodriguez Acha, youth leader, climate justice believer

Friday, January 3, 2020

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Ajna Jusić, 26 years old, is the President of the Forgotten Children of War Association, a psychologist and a feminist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I am Generation Equality: Francy Jaramillo Piedrahita, human rights defender and peacebuilder

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Francy L. Jaramillo Piedrahita is a human rights defender with over a decade of experience working on women’s rights, LGBTQ issues and peacebuilding in Colombia. She has been leading the localization of the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 and the peace agreement between the Government and the FARC in Cauca, Colombia.

Student leaders in Guatemala lead research and advocacy to end sexual harassment

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

For far too long, sexual harassment and violence have been normalized in college campuses across Guatemala, creating a pervasive rape culture. Armed with new data and research, students and leading and shaping public opinion for recognizing sexual harassment as a crime.

I am Generation Equality: Marissa Gabriela Solano, feminist and human rights activist

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Marissa Gabriela Solano, 33, is a Honduran audiovisual producer, human rights activist, and a self-proclaimed feminist. She focuses on afro-descendant people’s rights and published studies and led audio-visual workshops on the issue.

In Colombia, peace is a journey

Friday, October 18, 2019

The conflict in Colombia has left deep scars, and lasting peace is more of a journey than a destination. The one thing that remains constant in this journey is the power and perseverance of women forging peace against all odds, defending human rights every day. Through projects funded by the Government of Sweden and Norway, UN Women has accompanied Colombian women in this journey.

In the Bolivian Amazon, women are protecting the forest and empowering themselves

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

While parts of the Amazon are in flames across Brazil and eastern Bolivia—from fires largely caused by burning to clear arable land—communities in northern Bolivia are protecting their forests through a series of economic empowerment projects.

Empowering Venezuelan migrant women in Brazil

Monday, September 9, 2019

In Brazil, UN women is supporting vulnerable Venezualan migrant women though various services and training, including psychosocial assistance and cash support.

From where I stand: “We can break barriers and provide a better future for ourselves and our families”

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Gabriela Avila migrated from Venezuela to Brazil two-and-a-half years ago in the hope of offering her 6-year-old daughter better living conditions. When they arrived in Boa Vista, the capital of the Brazilian border state of Roraima, they lived on the streets until Avila found a job as a kitchen assistant and could afford paying rent. Having overcome many challenges, she now works with other refugees and migrants from Venezuela.

In the words of Claudia Macz Chen: “I know the challenges for indigenous girls, I've had to overcome them myself”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

As a mentor, Claudia Macz Chen, 25, works with girls to encourage their empowerment, self-esteem and continued education in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. She attended her first training with the Population Council in the Chisec Municipality when she was 17 and has since honed her leadership and advocacy skills. With UN Women’s support, she participated in the National Women’s Forum, having received training on the monitoring of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.

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