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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
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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.
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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.

Aleeza Hafeez
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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.

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.
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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.

25 November 2018 to 10 December 2018

    One in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. It happens in every country and every society. It happens at home, in schools, on the streets, at work, on the internet and in refugee camps. It happens during war, and even in the absence of war. Too often, it is normalized and goes unpunished. No matter where violence against women happens, what form it takes, and whom it impacts, it must be stopped.

    International Day of the Girl Child
    11 October 2018

      Girls are a source of energy, power, and creativity—and they can drive change and help build a better future for us all. Yet, most girls continue to face challenges, violence, and discrimination that prevent them from realizing their full potential and rights.

      Commemorated annually on 11 October, the International Day of the Girl puts a spotlight on the needs and challenges girls face around the world, while advocating for girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

      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.
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      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.

      Intesar Hassan, 20, Syrian refugee woman learned to be a hairdresser through aworkshop at the Oasis Center for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls in the Azraq refugee camp.
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      1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq.

      UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regnér visits a safe space for survivors of gender-base violence set up by the Panamanian National Women’s Institute (INAMU). Photo credit: Natalia Ramirez
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      UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regnér wrapped up a two-day trip to Panama, visiting a Government-sponsored safe space for survivors of gender-base violence. UN Women's work on femicide It took Irinea Buendía six years to get justice for her daughter's murder, but her pursuit of justice led to a historic precedent in prosecuting femicide in Mexico.

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      Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia's Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades

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