International Women’s Day 2022

Message of WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti On 8 March every year, the world marks International Women’s Day. It is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of women globally, and to take stock of our progress towards gender equity, and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s theme, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, celebrates the achievements of women and girls who are leading efforts on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response to…

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Women in Ghana’s Shea Butter Industry Plough on Despite Covid Woes

Women are sorting bad nuts from good nuts at the Sagnarigu shea processing facility in Ghana’s Northern Region, a gated facility equipped with cooking stoves produced from mud with an accompanying saucepan stand. Some 90 women, skilled in processing and trading shea from across the Tamale area, work here to process the nuts from the Africa shea tree. But business suffered when clients stopped going to the centre after Covid-19 protocols were put in place. Some women who had…

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Authorities urged to protect women and children following violence and protests in Sudan

Authorities in Sudan must protect boys and girls from violence, a senior official with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, following recent deadly inter-communal clashes in West Darfur and protests in the capital, Khartoum. Kambou Fofana, Acting UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, made the appeal in a statement on reported excessive use of force against children. “UNICEF calls on all authorities in Sudan to protect all children from all forms of violence…

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Restoring dignity to victims of sexual abuse and exploitation

Projects supported by a UN trust fund for victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel, are helping victims to regain their dignity, learn new skills, and improve their livelihoods. Details of the projects, and the ways which they are having a positive effect on the lives of victims and children born as a result of sexual exploitation and abuse, are contained within the trust fund’s latest annual report, which was released on Monday.  Over the past year, six projects were launched…

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UN supports young women’s computing career dreams in Namibia

Six young women from Namibia are on the path to a career in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), with the support of the UN office in the country.  They were among a group of 39 counterparts from across the region who participated in the African Girls Can Code camp held in Pretoria, South Africa, last April.  The coders were this week gifted with laptops during a short handover ceremony at UN House in the capital, Windhoek, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.  “If young girls and women do…

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