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  • ThumbnailIn the Katwe slum in Kampala, Uganda, a group of women living with HIV are cultivating food, cleaning up the community and raising awareness of the right to sanitation and adequate housing. Cross-posted from UN Women Unclogging the drains; the Galima women conduct a community cleanup campaign. Photo: Shelter & Settlements Alternatives: Uganda Human Settlements Network (SSA:UHSNET) [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: UN Women Chief goes back to school in Viet Nam   1 week, 6 days ago · View

    During her first visit to the country, the former teacher engaged young students on leadership and ending gender-based violence. Cross posted from UN Women High School students in Hanoi were thrilled today to welcome an eminent teacher back to the classroom. As part of a three-day visit to Viet Nam, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Collecting herstories in Egypt   3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailIn the words of Maissan Hassan, a 29-year-old Egyptian woman who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage Studies. She is Programme Manager for the Women and Memory Forum (WMF), a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. Cross posted from UN Women I grew up listening to my mother’s stories of her hard-fought [...]

  • ThumbnailIn the words of Fatima Leonor Gamboa, a 28-year-old Maya indigenous defense lawyer who represents women survivors of violence. She works to ensure greater gender equality among Maya communities in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Cross posted from UN Women We all start our writing by mentioning the things that characterize us. I can say that I am a [...]

  • ThumbnailIn the words of Gulnara Baimambetova, a 57-year-old Kyrgyz woman who has spent more than 36 years advocating for the social and economic rights of rural women through the Women Entrepreneurs Support Association (WESA), which is a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. Cross posted from UN Women I come from Kyrgyzstan, a small, mountainous [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Empowering Kenya’s Maasai women through greater voice and rights   3 weeks, 1 day ago · View

    ThumbnailIn the words of Beatrice Sisina Shanka, a 26-year-old community activist from the Inkinyie community. She works for Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a non-governmental organization that addresses human rights and development concerns of pastoralist (nomadic livestock herding) indigenous peoples of Kenya, with a focus on women and girls. Cross posted from UN Women Empowering Maasai women is [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: We must embrace diversity by accepting our past   3 weeks, 2 days ago · View

    In the words of Aili Limakka Laue, a 33-year-old Inuit activist from Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland (Denmark). She is studying social and political science at the University of Greenland, has been a union volunteer for almost a decade and in 2009 she was elected to the board of the National Inuit Youth Council, Sorlak. She is also [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Women of Latin America build bridges, changing status quo in politics   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailCross posted from UN Women In Honduras and El Salvador, a spotlight on efforts towards addressing electoral challenges through trainings for candidates.  We women represent the majority of the population. To contemplate a situation in which the majority of the population is excluded from decision-making spaces, is a reality that has little in common with the implementation [...]

  • ThumbnailAccording to the country’s first comprehensive baseline study, two in three women suffer gender violence and justice remains elusive. Cross-posted from Women When Kim*’s husband was diagnosed with HIV, he began to subject his wife to unrelenting emotional and physical abuse. “When he tested positive, life became more difficult; he did not want me to go [...]

  • ThumbnailAs the UN discusses the new development agenda that will be adopted beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target date of 2015, youth activist Chamathya Fernando with the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association talks about how these goals have impacted the lives of women and girls in an urban low-income settlement. Fernando will speak at a [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Cameroon elections catapult women   5 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailThis unprecedented increase, bringing the proportion of women in the National Assembly to 31 per cent, a result of synergy between actors, adoption of an Electoral Code and involvement of a gender expert. Cross-posted from UN Women In Cameroon, defenders of gender equality and the empowerment of women today have a reason to celebrate. This follows the [...]

  • ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women “If you were a UN peacekeeper in a conflict country, what would you do if you came across a badly wounded teenage girl who had been gang-raped? Which UN rules and regulations would you follow? What would be your responsibility?” These were just some of the questions that 56 UN peacekeepers considered during a [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: In Ethiopia, church bells ring for women and girls   6 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReligious leaders in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are raising awareness against violence against women and girls among their peers and in schools, while offering training for survivors. Cross-posted from UN Women As a priest, people listen to me and that gives me a position to speak out against gender-based violence ,” says Melakesina, priest and head of the [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: One in four men admit to rape in parts of Asia: UN survey   7 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women An unprecedented UN study of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific, released today, found that, on average, half of those interviewed reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner, ranging from 26 per cent to 80 per cent across nine sites studied in six countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Healing unseen wounds in Mogadishu   7 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women “I was alone,” remembers 14-year-old Hoda*, recalling that evening in January 2013. “My father is a police officer, and he was working that night.” Hoda was in the bathroom preparing for bed, while two armed men quietly broke into her house. A man of 75 years and his son then hid under her [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: In Afghanistan, women and girls strive to get an education   9 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailIn a country where education for all remains a challenge, UN Women is supporting efforts to reach women and girls through English classes and trainings in computer skills. On 10 July, the CEDAW Committee will review examines Afghanistan’s first report on progress and challenges towards gender equality. Cross-posted from UN Women “Educating women and girls and women’s [...]

  • ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women As the United Nations Security Council adopts a new resolution on conflict-related sexual violence today, we detail the efforts of a UN Trust Fund-supported programme that works to ensure that sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge during the 1974-1979 genocide in Cambodia is never forgotten. “I buried my Khmer Rouge experiences for [...]

  • ThumbnailAs the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two years old, we offer a look at how governments, unions and the private sector, supported by UN Women, are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected. Cross-posted from UN Women According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there [...]

  • ThumbnailUruguay was the first country to ratify International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic workers’ rights, adopted two years back on 16 June 2011, in Geneva. A Uruguayan union leader looks back on that achievement, its impact and what remains to be done. Cross-posted from UN Women “Come on women, it’s time for us to stand up [...]

  • ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women UN-Habitat studies show that women in urban areas are twice as likely as men to suffer some form of violence, especially in developing countries. Violence is a daily reality that disproportionately affects women and girls in the poorest districts of any city. Owing to their poverty, survivors among these populations have less access [...]

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