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30 Nov 2017 description
report UN Women

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

19 Sep 2017 description
report UN Women

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030.

18 Feb 2016 description
report UN Women

The official opening of the Uganda Women’s Situation Room was held on 15 February 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. The Women’s Situation Room is an early warning and rapid response mechanism against violence arising before, during and after elections. Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for 18 February and elections for local government councils will run until 15 March.

16 Oct 2015 description

Women form a large proportion of agricultural labor force in sub-saharan Africa and thus play a vital role in ensuring family nutrition and food security. A new study measuring the economic costs of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in three African countries — Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda — provides further evidence that reducing the gender gap translates into significant poverty reduction and improved nutritional outcomes.

05 Nov 2013 description

Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Geneva/New York/Nairobi, 6 November 2013 – Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations today.

07 Nov 2012 description
report UN Women

Women in conflict and transitional countries take centre stage

Funds allocated received by more than 350 initiatives in 128 countries in 16-year history

New York, 7 November—The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) today kicked off its 16th year announcing more than US$8 million in grants to 12 local initiatives in 18 countries. In ten countries, funds will be used to address violence against women in conflict, post conflict and transitional settings, including Libya for the first time.

26 Sep 2012 description

In some developing countries, informal or traditional justice systems resolve up to 80 percent of disputes, over everything from cattle to contracts, dowries to divorce.

Disproportionately, these mechanisms affect women and children.

A new report, commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women and produced by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, provides the most comprehensive UN study on this complex area of justice to date. It draws conclusions based on research in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Malawi, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and 12 other developing countries.

10 May 2012 description
report UN Women

An illiterate grandmother from a small village in Malawi, Stella, found it hard to imagine the future that lay ahead when she arrived at the Barefoot College of India.

Six months later she emerged as one of 25 trained African solar engineers. Her mission: to electrify her home village using renewable energy sources.

10 Apr 2012 description
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Now that I am aware of my rights as a citizen, I feel so empowered”, said Aber Evalyn a 51 year-old woman from Uum village in the North of Uganda after participating in trainings held by the Forum for Women in Democracy to increase women’s involvement in the decision-making processes at the community level.

01 Mar 2012 description
report UN Women

Each year hundreds of organizations and civil society activists attend the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). They come from across the world to share and exchange ideas, make connections and push for change. Here are some of their voices on what they hope to achieve.

Aminata Sidibé

CSW 56 Participant Voices- Aminata Sidibé, Mali

14 Mar 2011 description
report UN Women

Posted on March 14 2011

United Nations, New York - UN Women, under the Fund for Women's Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS, today announced approximately US$1.5 million in small grants to twenty grassroots and community-based organizations in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen women's property and inheritance rights as a critical strategy for addressing women's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.

"There is evidence that increasing women's economic security through access to assets such as land, property, income, credit and skills training helps to …