Women Mobilize to Halt the Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Door-to-door volunteers and traditional chiefs are educating and gathering information in their communities on prevention and the impact of the Ebola virus on women. ...more
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Teamwork fosters business growth and women’s economic empowerment in Albania

Cross-posted from UN Women With the support of UN Women, an economic empowerment project in Albania is helping rural women cultivate their business skills and increase their income by forming cooperatives. ...more

At the frontlines, Liberian women adopt new strategies in Ebola response

Cross-posted from UN Women Through radio programmes, psychosocial support and training women’s networks, UN Women is supporting efforts to address the gender dimension of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. ...more

In India’s garment factories, stitching clothes and a culture of non-violence

Cross-posted from UN Women A UN Trust Fund-supported project to reduce workplace sexual harassment is training thousands of workers in 24 factories in India and Bangladesh, through peer-to-peer education. ...more

“I bought a mattress and health insurance” – rural Rwandan farmer

Cross-posted from UN Women Through Farmer Field Schools, more than 350 farmers have learned about nutrition, modern agricultural techniques and business skills while creating cooperatives and pooling savings. ...more

With sewing and sowing, self-reliance blooms in Central Asia

A regional migration programme ensures more than 5,000 families of migrant labourers in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have received training, resources and micro-credit loans to become self-reliant entrepreneurs. ...more

Markets set to improve with Pacific women in the lead

UN Women is working with women market vendors in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to improve their working conditions, earning power and leadership skills. ...more

China’s ‘left-behind girls’ learn self-protection

Cross-posted from UN Women Safe spaces for girls left by migrating parents have been set up and trainings are on-going for children, teachers, community leaders and public authorities to prevent sexual violence, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. ...more

Expert's take: Bringing light to the darkest places

Cross-posted from UN Women Gender and Humanitarian Advisor Blerta Aliko. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown Blerta Aliko leads UN Women’s Humanitarian unit and in this piece reflects on the current unending flurry of humanitarian disasters around the world. She underlines that it is in the face of adversity that we see resilience, determination and the power of people’s will to live in dignity and respect, which is what gives humanitarians the strength they need to bring light to the darkest places. ...more

Nawal El Moutawakel - Hurdles only strengthen her track

Cross-posted from UN Women Bursting through the barriers of the male-dominated profession of competitive sport, Nawal El Moutawakel is the first Arab, African, and Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold medal, which she did for the 400-metre hurdles in 1984. She followed up her win serving as the first Minister of Sports in Morocco. ...more