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    • Alem Kifle received medical treatment, counseling and training at a Good Samaritan Association (GSA) shelter, and then returned to her hometown with startup capital from GSA to open and run a small tea and coffee shop. Photo: UN Women/Tensae Yemane.
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Trafficked and returned: Supporting migrant women survivors in Ethiopia during COVID-19

Migrant women and girls can experience violence at all stages of migration – while travelling or in transit, on arrival in the country of destination, and upon return to their home country

“The soldiers were shooting us from behind as we ran away in the forest. Some girls were raped and beaten. When we got caught [in a neighbouring country], the police made us sleep next to a toilet. We had to beg them for food,” shares Alem Kifle* about her migration…

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UN Women Uganda launches 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign

The event is aimed at raising awareness at the local and national levels about violence against women and its impact on national development

The National Launch for Uganda’s 16 Days of Activism campaign took place in Kamdini, Oyam District on26 November 2021. This launch was organized following multiple consultative National Organising Committee (NOC) meetings, led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD). “Launching 16 Days of Activism in Oyam District…

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    • Panelists of the Gender Café on AfCFTA opportunities. Photo: UN Women Rwanda
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The Road to an Inclusive Economic Recovery: UN Women Rwanda facilitates a stakeholders’ dialogue on leveraging AfCFTA opportunities for women entrepreneurs

The UN Women Gender Café is a quarterly platform organized to provide space for dialogue on conversations of relevance to women’s empowerment, self-reflection and advancing gender equality

The establishment of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a tremendous milestone in the pursuit of integrated and inclusive economic growth in Africa. It holds a promise to enlarge the playing field for Small and Medium Enterprises especially those that are led by women. In the efforts to…

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    • Ifrah Ahmed, Founder and Executive Director of Ifrah Foundation and Dr Sadiq Syed, Country Program Manager of UN Women Somalia, signing the agreement
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UN Women and Ifrah Foundation sign partnership agreement to fight female genital mutilation (FGM)

The partnership will help enable it to reach out to communities and collaborate with clan elders, religious leaders, women, men and youth in collective advocacy against FGM in Somalia’s South West State and Jubaland

The United Nations in Somalia recently partnered with a leading Somali non-governmental organization to step up the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) in two of the Horn of Africa country’s Federal Member States. “This partnership agreement that we have signed with the Ifrah Foundation will provide further opportunities for…

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New Country Surveys to Inform Policies on Violence Against Women in the Region

Accelerating the use of data to inform policy and decision-making on violence against women will have a lasting impact on women and girls in East and Southern Africa

Representatives from national governments, regional bodies, international development agencies, and civil society organizations today convened at a high-level forum on the use of gender data and statistics to address violence against women in East and Southern Africa (ESA). The joint UN Women-UNFPA forum titled “From Prevalence Surveys to Action” showcased…

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UN Women Launches Unstereotype Alliance Nigeria Chapter to Eradicate Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Nigerian Advertising

The Unstereotype Alliance is a thought and action platform that unites the influence of the advertising, media, and marketing community as a force for transformative change

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women is launching the Nigeria chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance - a global coalition committed to ending harmful stereotypes in media and advertising. The Unstereotype Alliance is a thought and action platform that unites the influence of the…

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More than 1500 women and girls affected by armed conflict benefit from dignity kits in Cabo Delgado

The kits are composed of personal hygiene items necessary for women and girls as they continue in resettlement centers after being forced to flee their places of origin in search of safety

An estimated 1.3 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection in Mozambique's three northern provinces - Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula - due to the conflict in Cabo Delgado. About 670,000 people were internally displaced in northern Mozambique by the end of 2020, including at least…

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Build back equal: New handbook on gender-responsive legislation

The handbook is timely as countries put in place COVID-19 recovery plans and work to rebuild more equitable and inclusive societies

Lawmakers around the world have a new resource to help them address gender inequality with the publication of the new IPU and UN Women Handbook on gender-responsive law making. The handbook is timely as countries put in place COVID-19 recovery plans and work to rebuild more equitable and inclusive societies. It…

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    • HE Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania launching the Gender Bench Book on Women’s Rights. Photo: UN Women/Hanna Mtango
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Tanzania Launches Gender Bench Book on Women’s Rights

The Gender Bench Book aims to provide an accessible, user-friendly reference guide for judicial officers in protecting the rights of women and girls

UN Women, in collaboration with the Tanzania Women Judges Association (TAWJA), has produced the country’s first Gender Bench Book on women’s rights. Launched on 28 October by the President of Tanzania, HE Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Gender Bench Book aims to provide an accessible, user-friendly reference guide for judicial officers…

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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…