MATUNDO, Mozambique/LILONGWE, Malawi - Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm struck, communities throughout Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling from days of fatal downpours and flooding.
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What do you do when you're a young health prevention champion speaking to rural communities during a cholera epidemic on safety measures and the beaming woman of the house hands you a glass of water from her well, similar to one you had just inspected and found of questionable security?
Lilongwe, MALAWI-Almost half a million women and girls are in need of sexual and reproductive health services in Malawi, following the recent floods caused by tropical cyclone Idai, which have affected 14 out of the 28 districts. Persistent heavy rains have affected close to one million people and left 56 people dead, following the onset of flooding early this year.
PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone - Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage marriage, she says.
Abuja, 13 March 2019 - "In Northern Nigeria where I work as a nurse and polio vaccinator, only women are allowed to enter houses because most women in this part of the country are in purdah (practice of seclusion)", says Ramatu Garba of Dala Local Government in Kano State.
From your perspective, how critical is the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and why is it needed? I believe that the CSW is truly critical as the unique global body where issues that are fundamental to women’s socioeconomic progress can be addressed.
A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman who dreams of having affordable health care, were among the speakers opening the United Nation's largest annual gathering on gender equality and women's rights on Monday.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened the event by enumerating some of the world's collective challenges, "from climate change...to the weakening of commitment to multilateralism," stressing that "gender equality and women's rights are fundamental to addressing each of these". "We can only re-establish trust and rebuild global solidarity by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all", he maintained.
Around the world, women human rights defenders and women's rights activists fight for the rights and freedoms of women and all individuals, every day. In the course of their work to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, these activists face violence, discrimination and and intimidation.
A future of work in which women will no longer lag behind men is within reach, but it will take a quantum leap, not just hesitant incremental steps, to get there, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report published for International Women's Day on 8 March.