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

For almost a year now, the Network has met weekly on WhatsApp and Zoom to find ways for Libyan women to enter male-dominated decision-making and negotiation spaces

“We believe that we should be one Libya,” said one member* of the Libyan Women’s Network for Peacebuilding, a new network of women representing a broad social, political, generational and geographic spectrum of war-divided Libya. The network was created with support from UN Women in July 2019. Separated by their…

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Coronavirus - Kenya: Women refugees on the front lines of COVID-19 response

Of the 71 million people forcibly displaced around the world, over 80 per cent of refugees and nearly all internally displaced people are hosted in low- and middle-income countries

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives everywhere, but we know that it hits hardest those who have the least, including refugees and displaced persons. For them, the dangers have compounded. Half of the world’s refugees are women and girls. Of the 71 million people forcibly displaced around the world, over…

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Coronavirus - Kenya: Government of Japan to deliver urgent COVID response package to Kenyan women and girls

The response is part of regional response programme in East Africa that aims to reach over 50,000 vulnerable individuals

The Government of Japan’s humanitarian response to COVID-19 will see urgent provisions reach some of Kenya’s most vulnerable women, and other groups, empowering them to become active in community recovery plans. The response is part of regional response programme in East Africa that aims to reach over 50,000 vulnerable individuals…

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Coronavirus - Africa: UN Women delivers lifeline support to women’s and grassroots organizations for COVID-19 response

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF EVAW) will allocate an additional USD 9 million to up to 44 civil society existing grantees in Sub-Saharan Africa

In addition to the dramatic health crisis, the COVID-19 global pandemic has presented grave new threats to the critical work and very existence of local civil society organizations working on the front lines of crises, making the need to mobilize support for their efforts more urgent than ever before. Women’s…

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

A Coalition of 40 women’s organizations [The South Sudan Women Coalition for Peace and Development] was formed and UN Women contributed to supporting its engagement

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. ”South Sudan, like many other countries in the world and in Africa, has been overwhelmed…

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From where I stand: “I believe times have changed and my community needs adapt to this change”

Lamido Ibrahim Hamawa, 63, was elected as the traditional leader of Zamay Kanton, in Cameroon’s Far North Region in 2012

Ibrahim Hamawa, is the Lamido— traditional leader— of Zamay Kanton, a village in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The 63-year-old leader has already appointed the first-ever woman as a Lawal (Chief) and encouraging more women to take up decision-making roles within the traditional council. If women from other countries…

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Procter & Gamble announces newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit

Co-hosted with UN Women, P&G’s first IMEA #WeSeeEqual Summit brought together business and government leaders, and influencers to share inspiration

P&G and UN Women today held the #WeSeeEqual Summit in Mumbai, India. Co-hosted with UN Women, P&G’s first IMEA #WeSeeEqual Summit brought together business and government leaders, and influencers to share inspiration and surface insights around the myths that prevent us from accelerating our progress for gender equality. The Summit…

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Global winners of "SDGs and Her" Competition celebrated at New York event

The SDGs and Her competition is open to women who own and/or lead micro-enterprises with nine or fewer employees, and which have loan eligibility under USD $10,000 or annual sales under USD 100,000

Today, the global winners of the SDGs and Her Competition were celebrated at a side-event during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. The contest—co-sponsored by the World Bank Group, UNDP, UN Women, and the Wharton School Zicklin Center—showcases women micro-entrepreneurs who are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their businesses. The first-place…

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Statement by UN Women, jointly issued with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa

Appeal for clemency for Noura Hussein

Statement by UN Women, jointly issued with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa: UN Women, UNFPA and the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa join the people of Sudan who are appealing for clemency in the case of 19-year…

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UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa

UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women

On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital…