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Together: Resisting, supporting, healing!

Friday, May 14, 2021

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia , we bring you the voices of eight LGBTIQ+ activists sharing their stories of resisting, supporting, and healing.

How women in Ecuador are restoring a fragile ecosystem in the face of climate crisis

Friday, May 7, 2021

Women in Ecuador have stayed in the páramo, an ecosystem in the Andes, despite the threats that desertification, overgrazing and other human activities pose to their sustenance. With funding from the Municipality of Madrid, UN Women is working with the Azuay provincial government to improve the resilience of communities in Azuay province through a comprehensive intervention that includes women-led sustainable agricultural production. The project is also dismantling gender stereotypes and empowering women to contribute to decision-making processes in their communities.

In the words of Laura Vallés: "I promoted the program 'Women in Works' where I link women who do not have resources with women who do have links or resources, in order to empower us and help us all win."

Monday, March 8, 2021

"My profession is very much inspired by activities led by women, as businesswomen, entrepreneurs, executives or decision-makers.

Women in leadership: Marcelina Solis, midwife and traditional doctor in Colombia, at the service of the response in times of COVID-19.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Marcelina has lost count of how many babies she has helped to deliver. In the time of COVID-19, she attended the births of women who could not access health services. Generation after generation, the isolated populations in the Colombian Pacific, where inequality gaps lurk on a daily basis, have made midwifery and traditional medicine one of the most recognized and important jobs for the Afro-descendant communities that inhabit this territory.

Women in leadership: Dora Saldarriaga, lawyer and advocate for gender parity in politics in Colombia.

Monday, March 8, 2021

"If it were not for all those women who have fought before us, I would not be a councilwoman," says Dora Saldarriaga. A lawyer from Santa Helena, a rural area of the city of Medellin, Colombia, she began her activism by exposing the inequalities and various problems that exist in the countryside. All this led her to encounter the issues of gender and feminism during her time as a professor at the Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana: "that is where I began my activism in feminist...

Women in leadership: Izkia Siches Pastén, the first woman president of the Chilean Medical College and an advocate for gender equality in the healthcare system

Monday, March 8, 2021

"I believe that the participation of women in leadership is relevant, because we are the ones who realize the shortcomings, such as, for example, the few spaces for political participation within the guilds that bring together professionals, especially those that are very masculinized," says Iskia Siches. "The great value of what we have done during our administration is being able to institutionalize these changes because tomorrow, when we are no longer leading the Medical Association, this...

Women in leadership: Meet Justice LisaRamsumair-Hinds, advocating for gender sensitive adjudication around the world.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Justice Lisa Ramsumair Hinds began her career as a Prosecutor in Jamaica. She was sworn in as a Magistrate in her native Trinidad and Tobago in 2007 and after a decade in the summary courts, was elevated to Judge in 2017. She is a champion for Gender Sensitive Adjudication, raising awareness and sharing her knowledge around the world.

Claiming women’s space in leadership

Monday, March 1, 2021

Across all sectors, communities and societies, women have key contributions to make to leadership. From politics and corporations to sports and STEM, diverse leadership benefits everyone. Leaders need to represent the people they serve to best understand their wants and needs.

Women in Mexico sow seeds of hope through the ‘Second Chance’ programme

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme in Mexico, in partnership with the south-central state of Puebla’s ministries of Substantive Equality and Welfare and SEPICJ AC, has trained 80 women to manage and maintain a greenhouse, to economically empower them and foster leadership skills.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Bolivia

Monday, November 16, 2020

Yobanca Fernandez Flores has been a women’s rights activist for more than 35 years. She is also the National President of the Community Promoters for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in Bolivia. Together with hundreds of women leaders in the country, the Community Promoters have formed a network of advocates who provide direct support to victims and survivors of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is women’s leadership not in the headlines?

Monday, September 14, 2020

This year, International Day of Democracy comes as a reminder that unlocking the full breadth of perspectives, experiences and leadership of women is vital for building back better from this pandemic.

A look back: Twenty-five years ago, they were at the Fourth World Conference on Women

Monday, September 14, 2020

We are looking back and going forward this month, celebrating the power of the women’s movement, and calling for nothing less than bold, decisive actions to secure women’s rights as human rights, once and for all. These are some voices of activists who were at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995, and those who were shaped by it for a lifetime.

“We have been transforming lives. We have been agents of change.”

Monday, August 17, 2020

Around the world, women play critical roles as first responders and leaders when humanitarian crisis occurs. They change and save lives in the hardest to reach places. Yet, their work is consistently under-funded and often unrecognized. As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities, the need to support women and women’s organizations in humanitarian action has become urgent. Through participatory videos, women in Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan and Uganda share their perspectives.

Youth voices for change: Are you listening?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

We asked some youth activists about their hopes for the future and what building back better means for them.

Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s pandemic heroines

Monday, August 3, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the world, Mexico is among the countries hardest hit. Despite the myriad ways this global crisis is devastating women and girls, it has also served as a powerful reminder of the essential contributions of women. The women featured in this article represent just some of Mexico’s many pandemic heroines.

#GetInvolved so we can prevent femicide

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Campaign seeks to protect women victims of violence

Paraguayan craftswomen face the crisis with solidarity and self-management

Friday, June 26, 2020

The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 has affected millions of women around the world, especially those who are self-employed.

Cultivating change: Women farmers in Dominica find new paths to market amidst COVID-19 shutdowns

Monday, June 1, 2020

To support the women farmers during this crisis, UN Women has re-oriented its project, which initially intended to establish a seed bank to guard against future disasters. The project will now temporarily pivot to connect farmers to new outlets and market opportunities.

Shortage of food and water challenge the prevention of the Coronavirus in Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

In an interview with UN Women Brazil, earlier this month, nurse Indianara Machado Ramires Guarani Kaiowá, explained why indigenous women and children were more vulnerable and pointed out how persisting historical issues increased the risks posed to them by the new Coronavirus pandemic.

Imprisoned, quarantined women need hygiene supplies in El Salvador

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In El Salvador, UNFPA and UN Women have distributed more than 1,300 dignity kits containing essential hygiene supplies such as soap and menstrual pads to women living in prisons.

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