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She Bounces Back: Lighting the last mile in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

There are still 840 million people still living without electricity – most of them in poor and remote areas. While those who can afford it will buy kerosene lamps or candles, many people live in complete darkness once night falls, and this figure will have increased during the pandemic when so many have lost their livelihoods. Kerosene and candles also offer poor quality light at a high cost to the environment – one kerosene lamp can emit one ton of carbon dioxide in five years.

She Bounces Back: One ‘Energy Mom’s’ breakthrough with digitalization

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Including women at the heart of crisis recovery will boost the economy and remove barriers to the creativity, perseverance and success of female entrepreneurs. At #SheBouncesBack @UNWomen has invited female small and medium-sized business owners to tell us about fighting the pandemic from the economic frontlines. Please join us and share your story!

Why women in the Bangsamoro are essential to keep the peace, and to tackle COVID-19

Monday, September 7, 2020

A little more than a year after its creation, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is facing its latest threat to peace and security: the COVID-19 pandemic. Grievances associated with the pandemic, including inequitable access to healthcare and social support, are fueling community tensions, driving discrimination and hate speech, and reigniting violent conflict between clans and with government forces.

Violence by an intimate partner: A public matter

Monday, September 7, 2020

As we go back into our routines, let’s reflect on the fact that a true free, peaceful and prosperous society is not possible until we end the violence within our homes, our mind and our hearts! On September 2, as I venture with some friends for lunch at a little local Vietnamese restaurant to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, a holiday commemorating freedom and independence in Vietnam, I witness a situation of intimate partner violence which happened in front of all our eyes.

For women migrant workers, help is on the other end of the line

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Twenty-one years ago Pacita “Bing” Fortin pursued a career in social work despite her father’s reservations. “Social work is a profession,” she explains. “People think that a social worker merely hands out relief goods, but that is a misconception.

Digital technology opens a window for rural women in Qinghai

Friday, September 4, 2020

Sat in the cozy classroom of a cyber-celebrity incubator in Aba, Sichuan, Li Ying gestures towards her smartphone with an enthusiastic smile. “I want to study as much as I can,” says the 54-year old, the colours of her clothing bright against the mountain view behind her. “It's much better to make money on my own than to reach out for my husband.

Camille Wauters “We see how positive these changes have been for the whole society.”

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Camille Wauters in Timorese traditional dress. Photo: UN Women/Helio Miguel Camille Wauters has been with UN Women since 2008. She started working in Niger as a UN Volunteer for UN Women as Economic Empowerment Officer and then continued working in Palestine. She has been working at the Timor-Leste Country Office since 2014, where she managed the Gender Mainstreaming programme and later the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) programme. Let’s hear more about her work with UN Women Timor...

A Strong Role Model for her Daughters

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bobita Rani Bormon, a single mother with two daughters lives in Savar, an area about 25 kilometers away from Dhaka city. She has been working for a readymade garment (RMG) factory, as a senior operator for six months and before that I worked with another RMG factory for two years.

In Nepal, a woman-managed quarantine centre tends to women’s unique needs and recovery

Friday, July 10, 2020

Across the globe, many migrants have been waiting to reunite with their families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions to prevent its spread.

Peace Villages form women-led taskforce to fight food insecurity during COVID-19

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a great challenge and is increasing gender-based inequalities around the world. Beyond exacerbating existing socioeconomic disparities, the COVID-19 crisis potentially fuels local conflict with the spread of misinformation, discrimination, and stigmatization against marginalized groups.

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