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Traditional, religious and civil society leaders of Africa vow to take bold action to end violence against women and girls in the African continent

Across the continent of Africa, traditional leaders, including religious leaders, continue to play significant roles as influencers and custodians of cultural practices within communities

Traditional, religious and civil society leaders of Africa gathered today in Addis Ababa to confirm their commitment in joining hands with the African Union Commission, the United Nations and the Spotlight Initiative and taking bold action to end child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices. On behalf…

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Addressing the digital gender divide in Africa through the African Girls Can Code Initiative

There is a gender digital divide globally: girls are disadvantaged when it comes to digital adoption

Globally, 3.7 billion people do not have access to the internet. Half of them are women. In some parts of the world the digital gender divide has been shrinking, but data shows it is growing in Africa. The pandemic has shown that access to technology is not a luxury anymore,…

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Keeping Kenya’s women-led businesses afloat during COVID-19 lockdown

As Kenya adopted containment measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, many small business operations were hit hard

Irene Auma had just returned home to Ugunja in Western Kenya from Uganda when Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the country would go into lockdown. “I had just bought goods worth USD 500 from Uganda to sell in my stall at the market,” said Irene. “All my goods perished, there…

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Ending violence against women in Uganda takes a step forward with critical law reforms passed in Parliament

Overhauling outdated and discriminatory legislation is essential to ending violence against women and girls, and the women’s movement in Uganda has ensured an incredible leap forward was taken in 2021

This year, after decades of lobbying and advocacy, the women’s movement in Uganda has reason to celebrate – they successfully ushered the passage of amendments to two outdated laws through Parliament. In March, the passage of the Succession (Amendment) Bill addressed the historical discrimination faced by girls and women due…

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I am Generation Equality: Hanna Kidane, feminist climate justice champion in Ethiopia

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality

I am Generation Equality because…  I speak up for women’s rights. It is a cause that can’t be explained from a single perspective because it has roots in many factors including our surroundings and loved ones. I have seen countless people being limited just because of their gender, and this…

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As COVID-19 exposes the fault lines of gender equality, a strong focus on violence against women at the UN General Assembly

Call to action to FUND-RESPOND-PREVENT-COLLECT to world leaders to urgently address violence against women and girls

With alarming rise of domestic violence reports during the pandemic lockdowns from millions of women worldwide, UN Women convened today a high-level meeting with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Member States, UN agencies, activists, the private sector and philanthropies. The spotlight was on the urgent need for targeted investments, commitments…

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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…