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  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Expert’s take: Bringing light to the darkest places   2 weeks, 5 days ago · View

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    Gender and Humanitarian Advisor Blerta Aliko. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

    Every year on World Humanitarian Day my mind returns to memories of a dark day, 19 August 2003. I had just finished a three-month detail assignment in New York as part of the team working to close down the “Oil for Food Programme”. I was [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: China’s ‘left-behind girls’ learn self-protection   2 weeks, 6 days ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Safe spaces for girls left by migrating parents have been set up and trainings are on-going for children, teachers, community leaders and public authorities to prevent sexual violence, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. A normally quiet second-grade girl, Yuan Yuan* suffers from a mild mental disorder which [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Nawal El Moutawakel – Hurdles only strengthen her track   3 weeks, 1 day ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Bursting through the barriers of the male-dominated profession of competitive sport, Nawal El Moutawakel is the first Arab, African, and Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold medal, which she did for the 400-metre hurdles in 1984. She followed up her win serving as the first Minister of Sports in Morocco.

    She leads [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Young, and restless, to bring lasting change   3 weeks, 2 days ago · View

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    It all started with a visit to a rural Indian village. Sanchaita Gajapati Raju draws inspiration from her mother, who from a very young age instilled in her a deep civic sense and encouraged her to help those less fortunate. On a visit to an impoverished village, Sanchaita noted the lack of facilities and [...]

  • ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Raised in Nigeria, Nnenna Agba gained nationwide popularity when she went on the widely watched television show America’s Next Top Model. With hard-won scholarships, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry; she also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Urban Affairs. Nnenna is supporting the education of [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: The fearless seafarer   3 weeks, 5 days ago · View

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    She was brought up by a single mother in rural Jamaica, in a family of modest means. Today she is the Commanding Officer of Jamaica’s Coast Guard, the first woman to attain the prestigious position in the island state, as well as the entire Caribbean region. Commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman learnt early in life never [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: China’s ‘left-behind girls’ learn self-protection   3 weeks, 6 days ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Safe spaces for girls left by migrating parents have been set up and trainings are on-going for children, teachers, community leaders and public authorities to prevent sexual violence, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. A normally quiet second-grade girl, Yuan Yuan* suffers from a mild mental disorder which [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: ‘Ready for the lists’, say Uruguayan women   1 month ago · View

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    Some of the protagonists of the ads receive United Nations distinctions. From left to right: Dani Umpi (artist), Ximena Torres (communicator and businesswoman), Carolina García (journalist), Emilia Díaz (actress), Florencia Infante (actress and communicator), Daniela Bouret (director of the Solís Theatre), Pilar Teijeiro (journalist), Jorge Esmoris (actor). Photo: UN Uruguay/Esteban Zunín

    “Recently, Uruguay has made headlines around the [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Chanda Kochhar – “The sky’s the limit”   1 month, 2 weeks ago · View

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    In 2014, Chanda Kochhar, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India’s largest private sector bank and the second-largest bank in the country, was named among Fortune’s 50 most powerful women in business for the fourth consecutive year. She is widely recognized for her role in shaping the retail [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Trinidadian women gain ground at the ballot box   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

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    Gloria Calliste, candidate for Councillor, local government, walking in her constituency. Photo: The Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

    With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Network of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago is training women to be more effective in running for election. They seek to learn the rules, use the rules and [...]

  • ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women During the FIFA World Cup, one million stickers that read “ O valente não é violento ” (“The brave are not violent”) are being distributed throughout Brazil. Each includes one of ten different soccer-related puns in Portuguese, which aim to educate soccer fans about the responsibility men should take to end violence against women and [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Maha Almuneef – Breaking stereotypes, reaching goals   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

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    Maha Almuneef, a 53-year-old mother of three living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a Board-certified physician with a vision: ending violence against women. Maha, undeterred by the traditional image of a woman’s place in society, earned her medical degree and established the National Family Safety Program (NFSP), the first specialized institution to address the [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: A brave crusader, opening many doors   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

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    A true force of nature: this is how she is popularly known. Braving criticism and challenging discrimination and stereotypes, Georgina Beyer paved a new path when she became the world’s first openly transsexual mayor in 1995, as well as the first openly transsexual Member of Parliament (MP) in 2000. A long-standing human rights [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Liv Arnesen – Trekking across the globe for environmental change   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

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    On her first trip to the South Pole, she started at Hercules Inlet at the southern end of the Weddell Sea, and arrived in the South Pole in just 50 days, a journey of 1,200 km. She says it is perseverance, patience and stubbornness that made the hazardous, yet dream, trek a reality. [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Once we make this dream a reality…   1 month, 4 weeks ago · View

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    Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in for a second term as President of Chile in March 2014. Previously, she was the first  Executive Director of UN Women, from its inception in 2010 until March 2013. A longstanding women’s rights advocate, she has promoted gender equality and empowerment of women throughout her distinguished political career, including as [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Sanja Juričić-Franić – Raising a glass to gender equality   1 month, 4 weeks ago · View

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    At a winery at the end of a town in rural Herzegovina, a 32-year-old woman stands amid barrels of wine, staring across the vineyards. Her name is Sanja Juričić-Franić. Together with two more women, her sister and her mother, she leads the “Gangaš” winery in Čitluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sanja holds a Masters’ [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Picture it: The day the Beijing Declaration becomes irrelevant   1 month, 4 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Nive Sharat Chandran is a 23-year-old From New Zealand who has served as the Vice-President and on the Board of Directors of the YWCA in Auckland. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of domestic violence among OECD countries.

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    On average women earn 13 per cent less [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Towards Beijing+20: The time is now   1 month, 4 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist who attended the Beijing Conference in 1995. Today, she heads Karama, an international organization based in Cairo that is working to end violence against women in the Arab region and is a partner of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. Ms. Osman is also a [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: “It is not a dream, it is a duty”   2 months ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Fatou Lo attended the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing as a teenaged youth delegate. Today, she is the Deputy Representative of UN Women in Sudan. If I needed a reminder that time is passing by quickly, this year and next would serve that purpose. It is hard to believe that [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: “Fulfil the promises that we made to our daughters”   2 months ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women When I look back at the Beijing Conference, I remember the feeling of celebration. I think of the women’s chain that we organized in Beijing by holding hands in a circular formation around the venue of the conference. I can still feel the courage, strength and resolve of my Rwandan sisters. Rwanda now [...]

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