Samantha Joan Nutt, CM, OOnt, FRCPC, CCFP – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this passionate activist, one woman that has devoted her life to humanitarian efforts in wars zones. She is a leading authority on the impact of war on civilians. Her reach has been global bettering the lives of children and their families at the front line of many of the world's major crises including Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Darfur, South Sudan, Burundi, northern … [Read more...]

The World’s Most Powerful Black Women 2013 with 30% from Africa!

A couple of weeks ago, FORBES published its 2013 annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Of the 100 women featured, 11 are black, of whom 3 are Africans. They include political leaders, corporate executives, heads of non-governmental organizations, top government functionaries and a first lady. These are the 11 black women who matter the most: Ertharin Cousin Executive Director, World Food Programme, United Nations, U.S.A The World's Most Powerful Black Women 2013 Three of them … [Read more...]

Leymah Gbowee – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated and deeply moved to Celebrate the Life of this wealth of spirit, working her courage through every fiber of her body, for the sake of women and girls' human rights through peace. Her mission of peace tells our world; "We are tired of war, we are tired of our children being raped, we are tired ... "         WOMAN of ACTION™      Leymah Gbowee       Leymah Roberta Gbowee (born 1 … [Read more...]

Kenyan Women celebrating good start, with long way to go!

With the focus of local and international media on Kenya’s ability to maintain peace and stability, improvements in women’s political participation were an unsung success story of the country’s national elections, held earlier this month. After one of the most high-profile campaigns in Kenyan history, 87 of the 416 seats in the newly-established National Assembly and Senate chambers will be held by women. Previously, just 22 women sat in the old 222 - seat Parliament, which did not have a … [Read more...]

Joint Programme on Rural Women with Rome-based agencies

Michelle Bachelet remarks at the launch of the Joint Programme on Rural Women with Rome-based agencies, “Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women”. New York, 27 September 2012. Good afternoon. Welcome, President Johnson-Sirleaf; our distinguished panelists and participants; and our co-hosts, the Governments of Brazil, Canada, Liberia and the Netherlands. Thank you for your partnership and strong support. It is wonderful to be here with all of you. This … [Read more...]

ILO: Greater gender equality in politics is good news for the world of work

ILO’s gender policy specialist welcomes recent achievements on gender equality in politics but says more needs to be done including in the world of work. "We take another step towards globalizing social progress when we champion gender equality as a matter of rights and social justice, as well as efficiency and good business sense"Juan Somavía, ILO Director-General GENEVA (ILO News) – The Director of the ILO Bureau of Gender Equality says that progress that has been made lately in … [Read more...]

Liberia celebrates 165 years of Independence – July 26, 2012

    Liberia Independence Day Liberia Independence Day – July 26, 2012 Liberia Independence Day is a Public Holiday in Liberia. The Independence Day is the day Celebrated by the country to mark its Freedom.   The Republic of Liberia is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Sierra Leone on the west, Guinea on the north and Côte d’Ivoire on the east. It covers an area of 111,369 km2and is home to about 3.7 million people. English is the official language, while over … [Read more...]

Zainab Hawa Bangura, Sierra Leone – Sexual Violence in Conflict

Secretary-General Appoints Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone as his 'Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict' at the level of Under-Secretary-General. Ms. Bangura will replace Margot Wallström, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service and able leadership in achieving milestones within a challenging … [Read more...]

LIBERIA – Charles Taylor convicted for war crimes against civilians, including children

SRSG Coomaraswamy welcomes the conviction of Charles Taylor for war crimes against civilians including children Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes notes in court. (Photo Courtesy RNW) New York, 26 April – “Today’s judgement against Charles Taylor is another groundbreaking achievement in prosecuting those who commit or are responsible for the most horrendous crimes against children,“ Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict … [Read more...]

UN report, sexual violence during conflict, singles out worst offenders

Special Representative Margot Wallström presents the Secretary-General’s report on conflict-related sexual violence to the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine     The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of being among the worst offenders.The groups listed in the report include the Lord’s Resistance Army … [Read more...]

END WATER POVERTY – Global Manifesto Signed @ Istanbul, May 2011

"... 4000 children die every day from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation." Organizations sign Global Manifesto to demand Action at the UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, May 2011 Organisations working against poverty have joined together to demand change at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in May 2011 in a manifesto released today. Read the LDC Manifesto here ( 546KB), in both English and … [Read more...]

LIBERIA: 1.7 million out to Vote, 95% are WOMEN!

    Liberia: 1.7 million sign up to vote with UNDP support    Monrovia The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is among national and international agencies that laid the groundwork for the 1.7 million Liberians, almost half of them women, who last month completed registration to vote in upcoming elections. UNDP worked with the peacekeeping UN mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and partners to support Liberian authorities, particularly the National Elections Commission, in setting up the … [Read more...]

UN-HABITAT's Water- WOMEN as a Solution, hard lesson learned in Liberia

    UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation programme; Women as Solution...       The highest priority for UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation programme is improving access to safe water and helping provide adequate sanitation to millions of low-income urban dwellers and measuring that impact. World leaders meeting at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 committed themselves to attaining the Millennium Development Goal 7, target 10 which aims to reduce by half the proportion of people without … [Read more...]

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