In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages. It’s Saturday morning in Asylbash village, located in the northernmost Chui region of

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Commission on Status of Women Youth Forum: Registration Open

The Youth Forum at the 61st Session on Commission on Status of Women (CSW 61) is critical opportunity for young people and adolescents in all their diversities to convene in advance of the official opening of CSW to amplify their common concerns and advocacy efforts. The Youth Forum is a safe space for young people,

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UN Women Releases CEDAW for Youth

On 19 December, UN Women and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality celebrated the launch of CEDAW for Youth, the youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), as well as recognized the 37th anniversary of CEDAW’s adoption with

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Playing for Gender Equality with Valencia Club de Fútbol

From UN Women Valencia Club de Fútbol (Valencia CF) became the first sport club to become a UN Women global partner in May 2015, to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Spanish soccer team players wear UN Women’s logo on their jerseys when they play in European competitions such as the prestigious Champions League, and

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Promoting Innovation, Skills and Young Women’s Entrepreneurship

From UN Women On World Youth Skills Day, 15 July, at a side event held at the UN Headquarters in New York UN Women launched the “Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs” to promote young women’s innovation and entrepreneurship. “Encouraging entrepreneurship is one of the most impactful steps we can take in addressing some of

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Investing in girls: Cash incentives help promote gender equality in India

From UN Women “I am getting financial support for my education from the government, whereas my brother, who is studying in the same school as me, is not eligible for that,” says Guneet*, an adolescent girl currently enrolled in seventh standard at a government school in Punjab, India, near the Pakistani border. “As a result,

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From where I stand: Tebogo Mashego

From UN Women "Most mining companies, government and big businesses do not procure from local women-owned businesses. Yet, I resigned from a well-paying job to create a private business in steel and metal manufacturing. I’ve hired four women in my company so far and I want to create more jobs for rural youth and women.

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Strengthening networks of women leaders with disabilities on humanitarian action

From UN Women  Women leaders with disabilities from the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD) representing 10 African countries, and refugee women with disabilities met in Nairobi, Kenya from February 11-12 to participate in the workshop "Enhancing the Network's Humanitarian Advocacy at Regional and Global Events". “Women and girls are already discriminated against by

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Empower Women: Fostering a new, empowered generation

From UN Women Youth around the world work on projects to help women in their communities achieve their full potential. Growing up in Cairo, Nora Hamdy, 21, saw domestic violence all around her. She recalls seeing men hitting their wives because they didn’t do as they were told, not allowing their wives to go to

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From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all via UNRWA

From UNRWA The annual ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ led by UN Women concluded in December 2015, but the topic remains relevant all year round. The campaign calls upon activists, governments and United Nations partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls. The

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