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Not waiting for handouts: Five stories of resilience from one of the world’s largest refugee camps

Friday, August 16, 2019

In some of the world’s largest camps, refugees and the native communities power their own economies. Students compete for admission into a better school, journalists report on daily news, entrepreneurs learn new skills and health workers deliver babies. And women are often a forgotten part of this workforce. Meet five women and girls who are doing the usual and unusual jobs that keep life going, and aspiring for more.

In the words of Madina Mousa: “I could not stay idle in the face of hardship”

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Madina Mousa fled the war in Syria with her family in 2013, and now lives in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She started volunteering to help other refugees and now works as a Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO), local partner organization of UN Women implementing the regional programme, “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey”, funded by the European Union under the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU MADAD Fund).

From where I stand: “A woman can and should be able to work”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Deep within the rural community of Karak lies the town of Taibeh, where 39-year-old Mona Ahmed Alqkla, found a safe place for her family seven years ago after fleeing the conflict in Dara'a, Syria. She had never had the opportunity to work, until now. She recently joined the incentive-based volunteer programme as a tailor in the Oasis Centre in Taibeh, which was launched by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with UN Women in March 2019.

UN Women announces Beijing+25 Youth Task Force

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

UN Women is pleased to announce the “Beijing+25 Youth Task Force”, comprising of 30 young leaders from different youth-led and youth-serving organizations, with diverse areas of expertise and from all regions of the world.

Take five: “Addressing gender and protection issues in humanitarian action is lifesaving and planning and budgeting needs to reflect that”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Nimarta Khuman, a Gender and Protection Advisor, explains what it means to incorporate gender and protection in humanitarian action and why it’s important.

Ask a director: What can men in the film industry do to end underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women on screen and behind the camera?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tom Donahue is the acclaimed director of This Changes Everything, a feature-length documentary releasing on Friday, 9 August, uncovering what is beneath the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry. Donahue teamed up with actor and activist Geena Davis, who is the Executive Producer of the film, for a conversation with UN Women.

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.

From where I stand: “Young women's inclusion in peacebuilding will create sustainable peace”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

At 32, Susan Sebit is an accomplished lawyer and advocate from South Sudan. She works to protect women and children from violence and to ensure the implementation of existing women, peace and security global frameworks.

From where I stand: “People said, how are you going to play football, you’re a girl!”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fathime Tibu, 26, is the youngest female coach of MTG United, the football league for Moving the Goalposts (MTG), a sport for development organization based in Kilifi, Kenya. She recently spoke to UN Women about her own journey, aspirations, and how sport is a powerful tool to empower girls.

From where I stand: “We fight prejudices by raising our voices”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Alexandra Tomasevic, 25, is an aspiring journalist, a literature student in Belgrade, Serbia, and she has cerebral palsy. Tomasevic has advocated for children and youth with disabilities since she was a young girl, and is a participant of UN Women’s mentoring programme.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2019: Transforming education for a new generation of leaders

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

In her statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to transform education by making learning accessible to all young people, regardless of their access to a physical classroom and better integrating technology into education, so that girls can connect to educational materials wherever they are.

The 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Friday, August 2, 2019

In her 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka considers where the breakthroughs have been in gender equality, and to point out where we have opportunities for targeted action, and investments that will bring us closer to substantive equality and change that will last.

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Friday, August 2, 2019

UN Women joins all indigenous peoples everywhere, especially indigenous women and girls, in commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme of “Indigenous Languages” challenges us to ensure that indigenous women and girls have a voice—quite literally—in the diverse political, civil, social, economic and cultural spaces that they occupy.

Press Release: HeForShe at the World Scout Jamboree, Youth Leading the Way

Friday, August 2, 2019

World Scouting, in partnership with HeForShe – the global solidarity movement for gender equality, invites international Scouts to commit to gender equality, engaging over 40,000 Scouts at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

UN Women to host Facebook Live with actor and activist Geena Davis ahead of “This Changes Everything” premiere

Thursday, August 1, 2019

On 5 August, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and activist Geena Davis, ahead of the premiere of the film, This Changes Everything, beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT).

In rural Kyrgyzstan, Coding Caravan encourages girls’ leadership and entrepreneurship

Thursday, August 1, 2019

In rural Kyrgyzstan, the first ever Technovation Coding Caravan for girls has taught more than 600 girls the basics of computer programming. Launched in Talas Province, the caravan reached Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Jalal-Abad, Batken, and Osh provinces this spring.

Creating spaces of empowerment and leadership for women key to achieve an inclusive 2030 Agenda, says President of the UN General Assembly during visit to Jordan

Monday, July 29, 2019

The President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 21-24 July. Commending Jordan’s efforts in response to the refugee crisis, she also noted the government's awareness and commitment to work towards attaining Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In collaboration with UN Women, she had the opportunity to meet vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls as well as Jordanian women leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities to promote women’s empowerment.

In the words of Milica Gudović: “Economic empowerment is crucial, not only for survivors, but for any woman”

Monday, July 29, 2019

Milica Gudović is an activist of the Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA). Here she speaks about the work of ATINA which is supported by UN Women with funding from the European Union. With vocational training and business skills, the organization helps survivors of trafficking to reintegrate into society, become independent and and earn an income. ATINA also provides psychosocial support, legal aid and safe-houses for the survivors of trafficking.

Trafficked: Three survivors of human trafficking share their stories

Monday, July 29, 2019

On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, three women survivors tell us their stories. Their words are testament to their incredible resilience and point toward the urgency for action to prosecute perpetrators and support survivors along their journeys to restored dignity, health and hope.

In the words of Dorcas Amakobe: “We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold”

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dorcas Amakobe is the Executive Director of “Moving the Goalposts”, a sport for development organization based Kilifi, a coastal town in Kenya. As part of a UN Women programme funded by the Government of Japan on enhancing women’s active participation in prevention of violent extremism in Kenya, the organization ran a project that provided livelihood skills training and helped build financial independence of young women engaged in its sport programme to build their resilience.

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