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Despite compounding challenges, women in Iraq play vital roles in the country’s COVID-19 response

Monday, July 6, 2020

Despite the unprecedented challenges, Iraqi women are playing vital roles in the country’s COVID-19 response, serving as leaders, health and social workers, and responders to domestic and gender-based violence.

Op-ed: The role of digitalization in the Decade of Action

Monday, July 6, 2020

In an op-ed on the role of digitalization in the decade of action, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses the role of digitalization in achieving the SDGs, and the importance of technology and innovation to achieving gender equality and inclusive development has never been clearer nor more urgent.

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.

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.

Connected by their phones, women peacebuilders lead COVID-19 prevention efforts across Libya

Friday, June 19, 2020

Separated by their country’s divisions, both geographically and politically, 36 Libyan women have since used their phones to connect, discuss and overcome their differences in the interest of one goal: Peace.

Women refugees on the front lines of COVID-19 response

Thursday, June 18, 2020

We’re bringing forward the voices of women refugees who have been on the front lines of the pandemic, and who know the specific needs of their community better than anyone else. From sharing information on how to prevent the virus spread in Bangladesh to sewing protective face masks in Kenya, women refugees have stepped up to protect their communities and they cannot afford to be invisible in recovery plans.

Including widows in the work to “build back better” from COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In a statement for International Widows Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "Widows must not be left out of our work to “build back better” from COVID-19. Let us ensure that our recovery prioritizes their unique needs and supports societies to be more inclusive, resilient and equal for all".

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.

Supporting local women-run businesses in COVID-19 response

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Government of Sweden and UN Women Moldova provided 28,000 units of protective equipment to social assistance staff from 36 territorial departments throughout the country. The coveralls and masks were purchased from three local companies run by women. Thus, the procurements provided financial support both to factories and to employees who kept their jobs and salaries during this time of crisis provoked by COVID-19. At the same time, textile enterprises took steps to help front-line workers.

Tajik businesses run by women living with HIV supply key protective gear for COVID-19 response

Monday, June 8, 2020

Dilyora Mammadova, a woman living with HIV from Tajikistan, is working with affected women and high-risk groups, helping identify new cases of local HIV infection, supporting women with the same diagnosis, and bringing them medicine. Through a joint UN Women- UNAIDS project for women living with HIV in 2019, her small sewing workshop and her business proposal received funding. Nowadays, due to the high demand for COVID-19 protection masks, Mammadova is supplying masks.

In Georgia, women farmers show solidarity amid COVID-19

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

In early May, women from the village of Maradisi, in southeast Georgia, gained wide renown. Naira Paksadze, together with other women, hoed their neighbour’s potato field in order to save the family’s potato harvest. At the time, every member of the family was being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, while weeds were growing wild throughout their potato field – their only source of income.

UN Women and Rohingya women on the front line of COVID-19 response

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The world in lockdown has created a ‘profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway[1]. Primarily as caregivers, women are not just sustaining families, but also serving as front-line responders, mainly in the health and service sector.

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.

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.

From where I stand: “Domestic workers should also be entitled to a salary during times of crisis”

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Ana Paula Soares, 27, has been her family’s breadwinner since 2017. When the COVID-19 crisis came to Timor-Leste, she lost her income as a domestic worker with no way to support her family. Her story reflects the hardship that millions of women now face, as workers in the informal economy.

Using technology to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees during COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps.

Far from the spotlight, women workers are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Monday, April 27, 2020

In 2019, over 700,000 Bangladeshi workers migrated overseas, through the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and around 100,000 of them were women. As countries around the world implement lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, many Bangladeshi migrants are back home with no income.

From where I stand: “Policies and regulation can be updated day-to-day…we have to quickly and firmly handle the situation”

Monday, April 20, 2020

Nicha Nitinavakarn is a police captain working in the Arrival Immigration Bureau at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, where women make up most of the workforce. Her responsibilities include passport check, entry approval and problem-solving for all arrival issues. She is one of the many women who are part of the essential workforce as four billion people around the world are under stay-home orders to curb the spread of COVID-19

Press release: Women hit harder by socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific, says UN Women report

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The coronavirus is exacerbating pervasive gender inequalities and discrimination facing women in the region.

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.

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