Too YOUNG to WED – End Child Marriage/slavery!

'By 2020, more than 140 million girls will have become child brides' – UN ... if we do not Take Action NOW !!! March 2013 – If current child marriage rates continue, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020, the United Nations said today, warning that little progress has been made towards ending this harmful practice. Of these 140 million girls, 50 million will be under the age of 15, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which added that … [Read more...]

MALI, Mother Dreams of Returning Home to Re-Build

In Mbera camp, Zeinabou dreams of returning home to rebuild Zeinabou, a mother of eight, fled with her family from conflict in her native Mali in January. There were rumours that a plane would come and bomb her town. She did not wait to see whether they were true; the family rented a car and fled to south eastern Mauritania. But life in the Mbera refugee camp is hard, she is pregnant and would like to return home, so her child can be born there. In Léré, where she came from, Zeinabou ran a … [Read more...]

150 Years of Humanitarianism was celebrated around the globe

The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. The … [Read more...]

Sahel region needs women’s leadership, says UN-backed conference

April 2013 – Dozens of women from the Sahel have met with the United Nations envoy to the region and the world organization’s top official for women’s issues, at a conference to recommend ways to boost economic recovery, political stability and conflict prevention in the troubled African region. “Ultimately, the women of the Sahel will be instrumental in putting the region on a path to stability,” the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, told the Conference on … [Read more...]

Women’s full participation essential to conflict resolution and economic recovery

Sahel Conference says Women’s full participation essential to conflict resolution and economic recovery UN Women Brussels, April 2013 – Some 40 women from the Sahel met today to underline the crucial contributions women from the region are making to economic recovery, political stability and conflict prevention, and to explore ways to enhance their role in these areas. Organized by the European Union, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel and UN Women, the … [Read more...]

Statement – UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, Executive Board Director 2013

At the First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board 2013 Mister President, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Partners in civil society, Colleagues and friends, It is my pleasure to address the Executive Board on its first regular session in 2013. My colleagues and I congratulate you, Ambassador Olhaye, on your election as the President of the Executive Board. We also congratulate the other members of the Bureau on their election: Mr. Boyan Belev (Bulgaria), … [Read more...]

Mali: Shea tree empowers women

Many women in Mali know all about the benefits of the shea tree. They've been gathering its fruit for years to produce soaps and various products to sell. Now, production hovers at 80,000 tons per year – but it has the potential to reach 250,000 tons and improve lives. Vitellaria paradoxa (previously Butyrospermum parkii), commonly known as shea tree, shi tree, /ˈʃiː/ or /ˈʃiː.ə/, or vitellaria, is a tree of the Sapotaceae family indigenous to Africa, occurring in Mali, Cameroon, Congo, Côte … [Read more...]

Women: Silent Players in a Silent Crisis in the Sahel

Thanks to recurrent drought and a dangerous combination of high grain prices and environmental and security degradation, there is a severe food and livelihood crisis, affecting millions of people who live within -- and around -- the Sahel region. In the Sahel, as in most of the world, women make up the majority of small-scale farmers. (..) According to the FAO, investing in women smallholder farmers would result in significant gains in the fight against hunger. Eight million people are … [Read more...]

UN Women, women in Mali, following the military coup d’état

Saran Keïta Diakité and Traoré Oumou Touré, together with two other women, participated as female mediators in negotiations, held from 15-17 April in Ouagadougou, the capital of neighbouring country, Burkina Faso. Plunged into an unprecedented crisis following the military coup d’état perpetrated on 22 March 2012 by a military junta, the Malian authorities have embarked upon a process of transition. With the help of UN Women, women in Mali have been represented at the negotiating … [Read more...]

DROUGHT takes our Women in Sahel Region of West Africa

  DROUGHT takes our Women in the Sahel Region of West Africa   For the third time in a decade, drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa bringing hunger to millions of people across the region. WFP is pre-positioning food assistance ahead of the annual lean season when the vulnerable – especially women and children – are most at risk of malnutrition.   NIAMEY—Drought has hit the Sahel region this year just as many families are still in the … [Read more...]

UN Women Partners with One Day on Earth; Captures Gender Issues on Camera

  On 11 November 2011 (11-11-11), UN Women joins 20,000 filmmakers worldwide to capture the human experience in a 24-hour period. The collaborative effort — that brings together a number of UN agencies and non-profits — is part of the second annual One Day on Earth initiative aimed at forming a geo-tagged shared film archive that covers wide-ranging issues related to the Millennium Development Goals, from poverty to human rights. Joining One Day on Earth as a partner this year, UN … [Read more...]

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