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    • Beatrice Nanok making UN Women lanyard at the Kalobeyei Handicraft Cooperative. The products from the cooperative are sold both locally and internationally. Image Source: UN Women/Tabitha Icuga
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Building Resilience in Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement

The cooperative uses traditional skills, upscaling to current trends, to produce artworks such as jewelry, baskets, fashion bags, clothes, and purses, which are sold to both national and international markets

In Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement camp, 20 km from Kakuma in Turkana County, Lilo* a refugee from Congo is busy sewing bags in preparation for World Refugee Day. Lilo, a mother of six, left Congo in 2017. “I used to be a community radio presenter. One day as I was looking for…

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From the streets to becoming an automotive technician: UN Women striving to boost the economic autonomy of vulnerable women in Muhanga district

UN Women Rwanda partnered with YWCA Rwanda to provide hands-on skills to vulnerable women

By now, we’ve all heard about the low numbers of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Some argue it’s a pipeline issue that if we can interest more young girls in STEM subjects, the issue will resolve itself over time. But evidence for that is thin. Twenty-year-old Akimana,…

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    • Enhancing livelihoods and business skills for vulnerable women in Somalia
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Enhancing livelihoods and business skills for vulnerable women in Somalia

UN Women’s LEAP programme in Somalia adopted Triple Nexus programming in promoting women’s leadership in humanitarian settings

Ongoing armed conflict and insecurity in Somalia, unprecedented natural disasters - mainly prolonged droughts and locusts – leave women in Somalia with limited options. With support from the Government of Japan, UN Women is creating opportunities for climate security, climate-smart agriculture, livelihoods and business skills for women in Somalia. Overall,…

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    • UN Women Launches its Third Strategic Plan (2022-2025) to Support the Advancement of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Uganda
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UN Women Launches its Third Strategic Plan (2022-2025) to Support the Advancement of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Uganda

The purpose of the launch was to raise awareness of the UN Women’s new Strategic Note and work in Uganda

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) launched its Strategic Note for the period starting 2022-2025 at a high-level event held at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. The purpose of the launch was to raise awareness of the UN Women’s new Strategic Note…

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    • Market Women in Uganda Celebrate International Women’s Day
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Market Women in Uganda Celebrate International Women’s Day

This activity was moderated by IST, who engaged the market women in English and the local language Luganda

On 18 March 2022, UN Women supported a commemoration event for market women, at Kalerwe Market in Kampala, to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022. The vibrant engagement allowed Ugandan market women an opportunity to celebrate their important role feeding Uganda. The commemoration of International Women’s Day this year was…

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    • UN Women in Uganda Provides Holistic Support Package for Survivors of Violence
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UN Women in Uganda Provides Holistic Support Package for Survivors of Violence

UN Women is supporting multiple interventions for women and girls in refugee camps

UN Women supports implementing partners TPO Uganda and Refugee Law Project, to support women and girls who were forced to flee conflict. At Bidi Bidi settlement women benefiting from Refugee Law Project’s “English for Adults” shared their inspirational stories; their success was made possible by psychosocial support offered by TPO…

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Partnership for Change: UN Women engages traditional leaders to transform social norms

Traditional leaders have been catalysts for change against child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM)

UN Women in Africa has led the effort to engage with cultural and traditional community leaders in ending harmful practices impacting women and girls. Evidence-based engagement proved that working with community leaders is essential for effectively changing social norms. Traditional leaders have been catalysts for change against child marriage and…

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    • Officials attending the launch of two LEAP project publications in Somalia. Photo: UN Women Somalia
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UN Women Somalia, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD) and Ministries of Women launch two research studies

The two studies focused on addressing barriers marginalized women and those with disabilities face in agriculture in Kismayo and Baidoa

UN Women Somalia, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD) and Ministries of Women, Jubaland and South West State launched two research studies focused on gender, climate and conflict analysis, and market assessments of micro-business opportunities at a high level event in Mogadishu on…

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Kenya Elections: National Police Service on elections safety, sexual violence and reform

Kenya’s police service is undergoing significant reforms to create a gender transformative service and better manage GBV response

Violence against women in elections (VAWiE) is one of the major hindrances to their engagement with electoral processes and taking on leadership roles; this includes physical, verbal and psychological violence in the private and public space, and more recently cyber-based abuse. Commissioner Dominic Kisavi has been serving Kenya’s National Police Service…

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    • UN Women Supports Women and Girls affected by conflict with a 2nd Empowerment Hub in Nigeria
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UN Women Supports Women and Girls affected by conflict with a 2nd Empowerment Hub in Nigeria

The empowerment will provide space for women and girls to learn livelihood skills in order to increase their economic security

As part of international Women’s Month, on March 15, 2022, UN Women in collaboration with the Ministry of women Affairs and Yobe State Government commissioned a Women and Girls Entrepreneurship Development and Empowerment Hub in Damaturu, Yobe State.  This Women and Girls Entrepreneurship Development and Empowerment Hub (WEDEH) is the…