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Rachel Medivede works as a dressmaker in Mora, Cameroon
UN Women

For over a decade, Boko Haram insurgency has displaced over 200,000 people within the borders of Cameroon. After being on the run for years, Rachel Medivede and her family settled in the northern town of Mora, where she received counselling and livelihood support from a UN Women-supported programme.

Areej Jamal Al-Khawlani
UN Women

Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani has worked with UN Women as a Programme Associate in Yemen since 2017. Prior to joining UN Women, she was part of the Yemen Parliamentarians Against Corruption and worked for the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. As the conflict in Yemen nears its fourth year, the conditions are worsening for women and girls: 76 per cent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are women and children, and an estimated 3 million women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence, according to UNFPA. In this interview, Ms.

UNFPA

On 1 August, just one week after the World Health Organization declared an end to the ninth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the tenth struck. Through it all, no group has been hit harder than women and girls, who account for roughly 60 per cent of those infected. Over half of them are of reproductive age. 

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs.
UN Women

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience. 

 Trin Gim, Ung Hoa District, South of Hanoi.
UN Women

When Trin Gim first started her biogas digester business, many members of her community raised their eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change.

UNHCR

Founder Samira Harnish, an Iraqi immigrant, is named Nansen Award regional finalist from the Americas.

UNHCR

When she first arrived in Jordan as a refugee from Sudan five years ago, Waed was painfully shy, refusing to talk to anyone outside her family. Now, sprinting around a basketball court flinging passes and shouting encouragement to her teammates, she says she is unrecognizable from the girl she once was. Waed attributes her transformation to Reclaim Childhood, a non-profit sports programme for refugee and local girls in Jordan.

Ana Knezevic, a single mother of child with disability, has organised making of the so called "granny's jam" together with other mothers and volunteers. The money earned from the sale of the jam goes directly for inclusion of children with disabilities.
UN Women

By making jam, a woman-run organization is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement.

For midwife Peter Door, spreading awareness about family planning is key to strengthening women's well-being and economic stability. Peter provides information on family planning to a mother in a Rumbek clinic.
UNFPA

Midwives play a critical role in South Sudan’s fight against maternal mortality. But for one midwife in Rumbek, their efforts cut even deeper. “My father has eight wives and 24 children,” said Peter Door, a father of one who decided to pursue a career in midwifery two years ago. For Peter, spreading awareness about – and providing access to – family planning is central to building a better future not only for women, but for their families and communities, too.

The rainbow flag, commonly known as the LGBT pride flag.
UN News Centre

India's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a key section of a colonial-era law which made specific sexual acts between adults illegal. "Today is a day of gay pride, a day of celebration, a day when respect and dignity was finally restored in India for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people," Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said in a statement.

Eight policewomen, representing different departments of Iraq's Ministry of Interior, attended the 2018 International Association of Women Police Conference in Calgary, Canada
ReliefWeb

As Iraq continues to face complex post-conflict challenges, the importance of an inclusive dialogue on peace and security is vital. Women are an important part of that discussion, and Iraq was the first Arab nation to issue a National Action Plan based on UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in 2014.

ReliefWeb

Trends in child marriage Over the past decade, child marriage has continued to decline. Globally, the proportion of young women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent, from 1 in 4 to about 1 in 5.

OHCHR

Rollback and regression on respect for international human rights norms threatens the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, including women with disabilities, UN human rights experts warned today.

Bakirova Kyzdarkan,  as  a  member  of  Water  Users  Association  Conflict  Resolution  Committee,  is  checking  the  installation  of  the  water  measurement  tool
UN Women

Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many.

Women in conflict settings face increased risks to their health and well-being. Their vulnerability is even higher if they are pregnant. After giving birth, Aslima, 35, seeks treatment for anaemia at a UNFPA-supported medical mission in Marawi.
UNFPA

To meet the needs of the roughly 2,000 displaced women and girls of reproductive age in and around Marawi, UNFPA is supporting 25 medical missions that provide reproductive health information and services. The initiative is a partnership with the Government and receives funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.

Mahjouba Mhamda and Cherkauia Mhamda.
UN Women

After 10 years of advocacy, ethnic Sulaliyyate women of Morocco finally have equal land rights. On 23 July, a State-run lottery distributed some 860 plots of land equally among men and women, as part of ongoing efforts to privatize land throughout the country.

Salia, now 18, tends to animals to provide for herself and her family. Just two years ago, Salia thought she would be a child bride.
UNFPA

Two years ago, 16-year-old Salia Shemsu waited to be married off. Like many young girls in Ethiopia, it was only a matter of time before she would need to leave her family for a husband. Then an opportunity she never expected arrived. A local announcement called for young people to join an entrepreneurship programme. Salia responded immediately. Salia’s district is among 30 in Ethiopia where a joint UNFPA-UNICEF programme is now empowering vulnerable adolescent girls and boys to support themselves and make healthy decisions – by providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so.

Ichrak Rhouma participated in the Political Academy Project. She was elected on May 6th, 2018 in Sidi Hassine council, Tunis.
UN Women

Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections.

ReliefWeb

UNHCR is expanding cash-based assistance so that the millions of people that it serves can meet their needs in dignity, are protected and can become more resilient. Taking a bank card to a cash machine in Beirut, Syrian widow Manar Al Sayer taps in a PIN and withdraws a few Lebanese pounds.

 "Your story is my story"- Reading performance on Conflict Related Sexual Violence, on Arasta Bridge, Prizren. Organized by NGO THY in cooperation with forumZFD - Kosovo Program, Integra, and Dokufest Reading performance by Melihate Qena Gresa Pallaska Of
UN Women

On 9 August, Dokufest, a major international documentary and short film festival held annually in Prizren, in the southwest of Kosovo, shone a light on conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) with two UN Women-supported activities.

Xhoana Vranici, Spartak Kosta and Kleodora Elmasllari (left to right) are among the first group of journalism students in Albania to have followed a specific course on how to report trafficking of women and girls  Photo: UN Women Albania/Yllka Parllaku
UN Women

Spartak Kosta is a third-year journalism student at the University of History and Philology in Tirana, Albania. He was among the first group of students to take a new university course on the reporting of trafficking of women and girls. The educational course was developed at the recommendation of a UN Women monitoring report. The study finds that journalists often write shallow trafficking stories that lack deep analysis and use unethical language with regards to victims.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (left) interacts with women in Baidoa on her visit to Somalia.
UN News Centre

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s comments were made on Sunday in Baidoa, the interim capital of Somalia’s South West State (SWS), at the start of a three-day visit to the country, said UNSOM, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia.

ReliefWeb

Rohingya women living in Bangladesh are developing health problems, missing out on aid and are at greater risk of abuse due to unsafe and unsuitable facilities in many parts of the refugee camps, Oxfam warned today.

Aleeza Hafeez
UN Women

Aleeza Hafeez from Sailkot, one of Pakistan’s most industrialized areas, has her own income for the first time. Knowing her own rights and an enabling environment at the workplace made it possible for her to work and grow as a professional. The project has changed family dynamics too. Now, Hafeez’s father includes her when making family decisions, a role previously reserved for male members.

"He expected me to know everything he was thinking. If I didn’t, his verbal attacks were merciless," said Gemila*, a survivor of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Turkey/Rebecca Zerzan
UNFPA

“His verbal attacks were merciless,” says Gemila, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, about her husband. UNFPA Turkey is running safe spaces funded by the European Commission - Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations - ECHO to help survivors of gender-based violence like Gemila.

Giang Thi So’s daughter-in-law stands before her home, where she lives in with her husband, their two children and Mrs. So. She married Mrs. So’s youngest son at age 18 and couldn’t afford to go to school after her primary education.
UN Women

Women and girls from ethnic minority and across Viet Nam are especially vulnerable to violence and discrimination, both because of their gender and restrictive social roles and expectations within their homes and communities, as well as their ethnicity. They also lack access to services and economic resources, such as land and financing, even more than non-ethnic and non-indigenous women. Until recently, one of the barriers to adequately addressing their needs and challenges was the lack of data about their experiences.

With the support of the Rural Youth Mobility Project, Imen was able to buy and install a drip irrigation system for her field of Aloe Vera.
FAO

Working closely with national stakeholders, through the RYM project on youth mobility, food security, and rural poverty reduction, FAO has promoted innovative pathways for decent youth employment and agricultural entrepreneurship in areas prone to migration. In particular, the project provided unemployed youth with training and equipment, helping them launch their own small agricultural enterprises, also by productively investing the remittances received form the diaspora.

Angelique Twagiramungu, a participant of UN Women's leadership and public speaking training in Karongi District and member of the National Women`s Council in Rwanda.
UN Women

Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics.

Minister of Public Health, Family and Social Cohesion Maria Inácia Có Mendes Sanhá and First Lady Maria Rosa Goudiaby Vaz cut a ribbon to open a UNFPA-supported maternity waiting home in Buba.
UNFPA

Until last month, when a woman needed an emergency Caesarean section on the island of Bubaque, in Guinea-Bissau, she had to take a five-hour boat ride to the capital city. And the boat ran only once a week. Bubaque’s regional hospital – which serves 17 islands in the Bijagos archipelago – did not have any surgical ward at all. It also lacked the ability to provide emergency obstetric and neonatal care. A new surgical ward, supported by UNFPA and the government of Portugal, opened at the regional hospital on 25 July.

Mariéme Jamme, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader with students at Morneau Shepell Secondary School in Kakuma
UNHCR

Mariéme Jamme, who received no education until she was 16, is now a technology entrepreneur with a mission to train young women. Mariéme is one of 16 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders (YGLs) on a visit to Kakuma, and the Kalobeyei settlement in north-western Kenya, to meet refugees and host communities.

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