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From where I stand: “I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Colombian women growing coffee, brewing peace

Friday, October 13, 2017

Colombia’s half-a-century-long armed conflict has deeply wounded the country’s rural areas. Today, rural and indigenous women suffer the highest levels of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. According to national statistics, 41.9 per cent of rural women-led households live in poverty and 9.6 per cent in extreme poverty. An initiative by UN Women has supported rural and indigenous women to develop leadership and business skills to boost their economic and political empowerment as the country strives for peace.

A new life for women in Colombia’s artisanal fishing industry

Monday, October 2, 2017

In South-West Colombia, where the civil war has left 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.

Brazil commemorates week of appreciation for domestic workers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In Brazil, the National Domestic Workers’ Day is commemorated on April 27, and appreciation activities were held throughout the week. In Salvador, a special session was held in the City Hall, together with mobilizations of domestic workers. Meanwhile, in Sao Paulo, public events were organized with support of the Central Workers’ Union (CUT) and the Inter-American Trade Union Institute for Racial Equality (Inspir).

Textile workers in Honduras organize to defend their rights together

Monday, March 27, 2017

Although diagnosed with a disability due to excessive work and stress, Maria Gutierrez couldn’t convince her factory manager initially to lower the production outputs she was expected to deliver. But with the help of a feminist collective, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, she was able to defend her rights. Today she is known for her organizing skills among the textile workers of Honduras. The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed promoting women’s right to organize as an integral part of women’s economic empowerment.

In the words of Maximina Salazar: "My friend, you have rights, don’t let others trample on them."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Maximina Salazar was born in 1952 in Pedro Carbo, a town on the outskirts of the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has worked as a domestic worker since the age of 11 and started organizing domestic workers in her community after receiving trainings through the María Guare Foundation, a UN Women partner.

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017

In Uruguay, care law catalyzes change, ushering services and breaking stereotypes

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Uruguay’s Care Act has changed the concept of “care”. Under the new law, all children, persons with disabilities and elderly persons, have the right to get care. The state not only provides care services, but also guarantees their quality by providing training and regulations.

“We count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189”—Executive Director

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Today’s 67 million domestic workers are a huge and vital force whose contribution to our economies has been too long overlooked and insufficiently rewarded. The vast majority (83 per cent) are women from poorer sections of society and many are migrants, both factors that make it hard for them to be heard.  Most are excluded from labour laws and social security protection, consolidating and deepening their lack of status, distancing them from their rights, and entrenching them in...

UN Women and Boliviana de Aviación flight for gender equality

Monday, August 8, 2016

Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) reaffirmed its commitment to gender equality and joined on July 16 the HeForShe Campaign, promoted by UN Women.

From where I stand: Patricia Pérez Gómez

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Patricia Pérez Gómez, 27, is a migrant woman worker from Poconichim, Mexico, and part of the Chiapas State Coalition of Migrant Communities.

From child labourer to women’s rights defender

Friday, June 10, 2016

In Bolivia, after studying at the UN Women-supported School for Women Leaders, an indigenous Aymara woman managed to overcome a childhood and adolescence of labour exploitation to become an advocate for women's rights.

Women entrepreneurs find hope in post-earthquake Ecuador

Friday, June 3, 2016

In Manabí, one of the provinces hardest-hit by the April earthquake, some 80 women now living in shelters recently took a UN Women skills-training workshop on business development, fuelling dreams of recovery.

Boosting incomes and hope in rural Mexico and Central America

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

María José Schaeffer, a UN Women Programme Analyst in Guatemala who coordinates two multi-country economic empowerment programmes, recounts a recent monitoring mission to Oaxaca, Mexico.

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