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Newsroom Archive: Aug 2019

  1. 12 August 2019

    Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2019: Transforming education for a new generation of leaders

    Sixteen-year old Gambian Jakomba Jabbie wants to be an aerospace engineer. A vocal advocate for girls’ education, she created a robotics team at school to show that girls can also participate in the area of technology, and “to make it a space for all of us”. She knows how important education is, especially to a girl. She told us, “It allows you to develop confidence in yourself, showcase your talents, and speak up for your rights”. And she pointed out the crucial role of teachers, whose support can help girls take science and mathematics classes even if they are nervous whether their families would approve. “Girls need to be told they can be anything they want to be”, she told us in March this year. 
  2. 9 August 2019

    UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    UN Women joins all indigenous peoples everywhere, especially indigenous women and girls, in commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme of “Indigenous Languages” challenges us to ensure that indigenous women and girls have a voice—quite literally—in the diverse political, civil, social, economic and cultural spaces that they occupy.
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