Women's Empowerment

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Healing and hope for victims of sexual violence

Like many other survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during Croatia's violent conflict between 1991 and 1995, Ana has been struggling to deal with her traumatic experience for more than 20 years. "I used to feel so powerless," says the unemployed widow, now in her mid-fifties. Inmore

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UN teams up against gender-based violence in Botswana

Nine United Nations agencies have launched an ambitious new programme to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) in Botswana, which affects nearly two-thirds of all women across the country, and large numbers of children.   “[In Botswana], men still dominate the political landscape, and themore

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Football unites President of Bolivia, diplomats and top officials to End Violence against Women

New York - President of Bolivia Evo Morales, top officials and ambassadors to the UN took time out during the General Assembly today to play a football match to support of the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Wearing dark blue, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP)more

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International Women's Day

This year, International Women’s Day focuses on the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. “Invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs.more

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Thousands turn out in 160 countries for world premier of ‘One Day on Earth’

New York—A feature-length documentary film that captures scenes from life in every country in the world —all in one day on 10 October 2010—  was screened in 160 countries on Earth Day, April 22, 2012. Theaters were filled to capacity from Andorra to Zimbabwe, including the famed Mann Chinesemore

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Preserving Wetlands in Thailand – One Woman’s Mission

When water pollution threatened to destroy the wetlands and orchards in Bang Kra-sorb, Thailand, where Rujirek Plubchang and her ancestors have lived for more than a hundred years, the mother-of-two took decisive action – keen to preserve their beauty and bounty for her children and generations tomore

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In Afghanistan, mullahs use Islam to protect women and their rights

The Government of Afghanistan is tapping mullahs and religious elders to make people aware of the rights women are entitled to in accordance with Islamic laws through a programme supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The national programme, which is being implemented by themore

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Constructing a future for youth in Tunisia

Ever since Najet Salem was a young design student, she dreamed of two things: reviving the ancient carpet-weaving tradition and empowering the women artisans of her hometown of Gafsa, in southwest Tunisia. "From the time I was young, I was fascinated by weaving and I sensed how many women whomore

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In Egypt, adapted technology improves women's lives

Fatma Ibrahim, a poor mother of six, has been illiterate all her life. As a child, her hardworking parents made simple handicrafts and sold them to make ends meet. Like many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Ibrahim was deprived of an education due to hermore

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Football unites international community in campaign to end violence against women

New York - Top officials, staff and ambassadors to the United Nations took time out during the UN General Assembly today to play a friendly football match against a team assembled by the President of Bolivia Evo Morales. Both teams united to end violence against women in support of the Secretarymore

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UNDP salutes Nobel Laureates

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work. “We salute the 2011more

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