At thirty, Olga Macz is a teacher and entrepreneur, and a force to be reckoned with. She leads a women’s group in Campur, a small municipality in the mostly rural Alta Vara Paz department of Guatemala, which makes and sells organic shampoo. For many of the women, this is the first time that they are making their own money and making decisions.
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Alphonsine Nyiranzeyimana, a farmer from Cyahinda, in the southern part of Rwanda, says that learning new farming techniques completely changed her life. She’s not exaggerating. Today, Nyiranzeyimana is the leader of a farmers’ cooperative and the yield on some of her crops has more than doubled. The agricultural sector accounts for a third of Rwanda's GDP and more than 70 per cent of Rwandan women are engaged in farming activities since their childhood. Yet, they don’t have the same access to land, production inputs, finance or markets as men.
Women and girls make up nearly half of the 258 million people worldwide who have crossed international borders to escape danger or pursue opportunity. Amidst unprecedented levels of forced displacement – with 68.5 million people driven from their homes by the end of 2017 – about half of refugees, too, are women and girls.
At 16 years of age, Maysam Hamed found herself in the women's prison in Jordan. Her crime was that she had run away from child abuse at her father's house, and had found herself on the streets, until the authorities took her in for administrative detention.
In South-West Colombia, where the civil war has left a lasting impact, the Nueva Vida (New Life) project, supported by UN Women and funded by the Embassy of Norway in Colombia, aims to boost women's income and participation in the fishing sector.
Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia receives the Women of Achievement Award from President of Global Partnerships Forum, Amir Dossal and UN Women Deputy Executive Directory Lakshmi Puri.