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In Rwanda, weaving baskets and brighter futures

Monday, August 19, 2019

To support livelihoods of women in Kigeme Refugee Camp, UN Women funded the Women Opportunity Centre, supported by the Government of Sweden. The Centre provides women a safe space, trainings and a showroom for their products to improve their livelihoods at the camp and beyond.

From where I stand: “Equality between men and women…is a moral imperative”

Friday, July 12, 2019

Taher Sellami, a young entrepreneur and business student, is striving to use innovative technologies to drive social change in Tunisia and worldwide.

From where I stand: “My dream is to open the first baby photography studio in Palestine”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Doaa Eshtayeh, from Nablus, Palestine, found her talent and passion in photography and has made it her profession. Doaa is the main provider for her family, thanks to the support she received through a UN Women project that helped her develop her skills and buy the equipment she needed.

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,...

Grooming her business in Nepal: Beautician-turned entrepreneur

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In the historical town of Banepa, 35-year-old Sulochana Timalsina runs a little shop, half of which is a grocery store and the other half a beauty parlour. The two units share a single space with different purposes for her clients, but one single purpose for this young entrepreneur – empowerment.

The future of a globalized economy is female

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Stories of five women entrepreneurs who are transforming their own lives and shaping better future for their families, communities and nations.

From where I stand: “Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household’s income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to a profitable entrepreneur.

From where I stand: “I have my dignity back and I am proud of my little business”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

For over a decade, Boko Haram insurgency has displaced over 200,000 people within the borders of Cameroon. After being on the run for years, Rachel Medivede and her family settled in the northern town of Mora, where she received counselling and livelihood support from a UN Women-supported programme. Medivede now works as a dressmaker and has also started her own business of selling beignets.

In Serbia, mothers and their children with disabilities find hope in jam

Friday, September 7, 2018

By making jam, a woman-run organization is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement.

Saving for a rainy day

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before, with the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women.

Economies that work for women, work for everyone

Monday, January 22, 2018

The future we want rests on freeing women’s power and potential. The numbers tell a compelling story: If women played an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as US$28 trillion, or 26 per cent, could be added to the global annual Gross Domestic Product by 2025.

Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri urges investment in women’s entrepreneurship at the She Means Business Forum in Viet Nam

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri starts today a visit to Viet Nam to participate in the “Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business”, which is part of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, in Hue.

UN High-Level Panel puts the spotlight on the private sector’s potential to advance women’s economic empowerment

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Business leaders and global experts gathered on 6 September 2017 in London to discuss how the private sector can advance the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia lead the way from poverty to empowerment

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A programme on Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment has benefited more than 2,000 rural women to date through trainings on basic business skills and financial management. It has also given them access to small loans at lower than average interest rates.

In Benin, small savings and loans groups drive rural women’s empowerment

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Across rural Africa, women farmers are benefiting from Savings and Loans Groups to grow their businesses. Some 40 per cent of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality grantees in Africa are now using this methodology, leading to better nutrition, business development and sustainable land management outcomes. The Miguéze’ programme, for example, has impacted 2,780 people, and women are emerging as leaders and role models.

Women-run businesses thrive in Albania's capital

Friday, April 21, 2017

In Tirana, Albania “Competitive Fund for Women Entrepreneurs” of the Municipality of Tirana supports innovative and comprehensive business ideas through funding and training.

From where I stand: “I started my business with 15 dollars”

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sandra Letio started a soap-making business with only USD 15. Today, she is 29 and her business is valued at USD 700,000. With sheer determination, talent, supportive parents and a team of young staff who believed in her, Letio overcame the barriers she encountered. At the CSW 61 Youth Forum, she inspired young entrepreneurs, but also reminded decision-makers to give equal opportunities to youth.

From where I stand: “I feel like my life is headed somewhere”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bondu Salia, a single mother with a high school diploma in Business Studies, struggled against all odds to provide a better life for her two children. She is among 400 women who have been trained to set up their own small-scale businesses as part of the UN Women-Coca Cola initiative, “5by20”, which aims to empower 5 million women in Africa by 2020. Salia’s story relates to Sustainable Development Goal 8, which promotes decent work for all and encourages entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium sized enterprises.

In the words of Aisulu Jenalieva: “Women can have more freedom and men can share domestic work”

Monday, March 20, 2017

Aisulu Jenalieva, 48, has gone from being an abandoned wife of a migrant worker without the means to support her family, to leading a self-help group and collective that runs Jirgatol district’s first dairy production facility in north-east Tajikistan. Her entire perspective has changed since participating in the project. “Earlier, my only wish for my daughter was that she got a good husband, a good household and a piece of land. Now, I want a good education for her,” says Jenalieva.

Women farmers of Nepal take charge of their lives and livelihoods

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A joint programme by UN Women and partners in Nepal has not only improved women farmers’ agricultural production and income, but also changed gender-discriminatory attitudes of their male counterparts.

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