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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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    • Participants in the celebration of the SDGs and Her Competition winners in New York pose for a photo. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard
    • Winner of the SDGs and Her Competition, Lucy Odiwa, owner of Tanzania-based WomenChoice Industries. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard
    • UN Women Executive Director with the SDGs and Her Competition second-place winner Charlot Magay, owner of Mukuru Clean Stoves of Kenya. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard
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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…

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New platform launched to galvanize and boost women’s leadership of Africa

Forum organized by African Union Commission and UN Women, with the support of Germany, outlines roadmap for women in governance, peace and security

UN Women, the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of Germany today launched the African Women Leaders Network, a ground-breaking initiative that seeks to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa with a focus on governance, peace and stability. The Network was launched following the three-day…

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Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience to Recognize Young Innovators

The theme for the Sharefair is on Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women

UN Women Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa in collaboration with IGAD, FAO, IFAD, AfDB, UNISDR among others will host a Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience on 9th and 10th November 2016 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme for the Sharefair is on Strengthening Resilience…

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African Human Rights Day Commemoration “A Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Implementation of Women’s rights and the African Decade of Human Rights”

A multi-stakeholder consultation on the accelerated implementation of women’s rights and the African Decade of Human Rights was organized jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for…

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Call for Inclusion of Women in Peace Processes: UN Women launches the global study on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in eastern and southern Africa

Women’s empowerment contributes to the success of peace talks and the achievement of sustainable peace

Women’s empowerment contributes to the success of peace talks and the achievement of sustainable peace, accelerates economic recovery, strengthens peace operations, improves our humanitarian assistance, and can help counter violent extremism,  according to the Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325): Preventing Conflict,…

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U.S. Government and UN Women to build women-friendly workplaces

Today, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a program to advance safe, secure, and women-friendly workplaces in the agribusiness sector in Egypt. Dr. Miwa Kato, UN Women Country Director, noted…