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Take five: “Changing everyday habits will have an impact”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.

Youth activists call for safer streets in Maputo

Friday, March 8, 2019

Every morning, 13-year-old Jareeyah* from Maputo sets out for a 10-minute walk from home to her high school. The trek isn’t long, but it always makes her uneasy. Jareeyah lives in the densely populated neighbourhood, Ka Maxakene, in the heart of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. The capital launched a Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programme, as part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative.

In rural Georgia women are asking for kindergartens, here’s why

Thursday, March 7, 2019

In remote villages across Georgia, better roads and kindergartens are high on women’s agenda, and understandably so. How long it takes them to commute due to the lack of road infrastructure or essential public services such as kindergartens, and how far a mother has to go to get affordable childcare, determines how much time she has left in a day to get paid work.

The journey along the gender road in Cameroon

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A 200-kilometre road (124 miles) project stretches between the townships of Batschenga, Ntui and Yoko, in central Cameroon. The road crosses farms, forests, water bodies and pastoral areas that sustain the mostly agrarian economy of nearly 40 villages and three towns. The road, a basic infrastructure that many countries take for granted, literally shapes the lives and livelihood of the people living along it. It decides whether a small entrepreneur will get her products transported on time,...

Safe spaces for women, by women, bring smart infrastructure for all

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

From marketplaces in the Pacific to parks in eastern Europe, women are rising up and demanding safety, respect and inclusion in public spaces, and coming together to make it happen. Through community efforts, UN Women is working around the world to help women claim their space.

From where I stand: “I never gave up and I am learning everyday”

Monday, March 4, 2019

Globally, 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked, and 56 per cent of them are women, according to latest data from The World Bank. The trend continues in Africa, where up to 95 million unbanked adults receive cash payments for agricultural products, and 65 million save using semiformal methods. Lack of access to banking services and financial skills such as savings, budgeting and debt management, means women who are already poor, have little or no means to invest, retire or build a cushion against emergencies. In humanitarian crisis, these challenges are compounded. Esperance Mutegwaraba, 61, fled the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 along with 30,000 refugees.

Take five: “Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships”

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bavi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Phillipines. Cerillo’s organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around Manila, where infrastructure problems place a burden on women. In February 2019, Cerillo attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing +25 Review.

Take Five: "Thousands of people leave their homes, families and, often, countries in order to help humanity as UN Volunteers"

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mr Toily Kurbanov (Russian Federation) took up his appointment as the Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services, of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in August 2016. Mr Kurbanov spoke to UN Women during his official mission to Kenya and South Sudan about the importance of volunteerism and UNV’s contributions in addressing women’s issues. UNV is working together with UN Women and Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in organizing workshops on gender-responsive peacebuilding in conflicted-afflicted areas.

From where I stand: “I learned to see beyond a physical space – and see what people needed”

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dalia Osama is a Palestinian female architect from Rafah City, Gaza Strip, who has redesigned and restored the only public garden in Al-Shoka neighbourhood, which was destroyed during 2014 conflict.

A garden for all—women and youth rebuild safe and inclusive spaces in Gaza

Friday, March 2, 2018

Green, open spaces where everyone can convene, relax and take a break may be taken for granted in some parts of the world. For women and girls in Al-Shoka, a conflict affected neighbourhood in Gaza, this was a distant dream, until now. It took three female architects and a group of young people to rebuild the only public garden in Al-Shoka, since it was destroyed during the 2014 conflict.

Standing up for survivors in the Shari’a court every day: Ayah al-Wakil is determined to leave no woman behind

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ayah al-Wakil is a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip. Going to the Shari'a court every day to file cases on behalf of survivors of violence has been her morning routine since 2015. In November 2015, she was selected as one of the four female lawyers for a training with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, supported by the UN Women/UNDP joint programme, to defend women's rights at the Shari'a court.

In Cameroon, former hostages of Boko Haram find safety and build resilience

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Women refugees find safe spaces to network, learn new skills and recover from the trauma of war and sexual violence in two Women Cohesion Spaces (WCS) supported by UN Women in Cameroon and funded by the Government of Japan and the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB). Many have regained their health after spending several months as hostages.

In Moldova, a woman councillor leads the way in transforming a landfill into a forest

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Situated in Rapa lui Visan, an important natural tourist spot in Moldova, Taraclia village put up with an unhealthy landfill until Pelaghia Traci, a local councillor mentored by a UN Women-supported initiative, got her neighbours to act.

“The issues at stake for women and girls around the world are far too important and far too urgent”—Lakshmi Puri

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Address by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Equality Assembly, Gender Equality and Urban Equity: Contributing to the Post 2015 Development Agenda, during United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Putting gender equality at the heart of the New Urban Agenda

Friday, October 14, 2016

At Habitat III and processes leading up to it, UN Women strongly advocated and supported the development of the New Urban Agenda by placing women’s rights at its heart, encouraging all stakeholders to seize the opportunity to shape sustainable, gender-responsive and inclusive cities, and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in its true spirit of inclusion and equality.

In the words of Ndèye Daro Niang: “I am a valued member of my community”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ms. Niang is one of 213 women with disabilities who have benefited from the Gender Equitable Local Development programme implemented by UN Women in 58 local councils in Senegal, with financial support from Luxembourg. Through workshops and information sessions, women with disabilities have been sensitized and trained on Senegal’s landmark social orientation law, adopted in 2010, and on addressing the unique and specific needs of disabled women in menstrual hygiene management.

“The new urban agenda should integrate a gender perspective”—Lakshmi Puri

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Role of Local Authorities and Networks on the Implementation of the SDGs” event on 17 May in New York.

“Women play a crucial role in marine environments and fisheries economies” – gender and development expert

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

UN Women interviews Mariette Correa, Senior Programme Coordinator with International Collective in Support of Fishworkers about the challenges women face in the industry, the impact of fish harvesting policies, and how to secure sustainable small-scale fisheries for women’s economic empowerment.

UN Women stresses women’s role in water management at the Water for Life Conference

Friday, June 12, 2015

Equal access to water for men and Over 900 government representatives of UN Member States, experts, academics, and members of international, civil society and private sector organizations from more than 100 countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 9-10 June to review the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water For Life” (2005-2015), a global initiative for international cooperation in water management launched by the Government of Tajikistan 10 years ago.

Boosting financial and business literacy in Rwanda

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Over 200 executive women from government, private enterprises, and international organizations took part in a two-hour financial planning and business investment seminar dubbed “Finishing Rich”, the first in a series of luncheon-events supported by the Rwanda Development Board, UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)...

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