Breaking barriers, building futures – a second chance for women refugees and the communities that host them in Uganda

Uganda hosts 1,644,870 refugees today, and nearly 56 per cent of them have come from South Sudan, fleeing conflict and hunger. Globally, nearly half of all people ...
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Girls who can code and break stereotypes: an interview with Natacha Sangwa

The “shell women” of the Pacific coast of Nariño have promoted sustainable harvesting and use of a native mollusk called piangua for many generations. They ...
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In the Pacific coast of Colombia, guardians of the mangrove sow seeds of change

The “shell women” of the Pacific coast of Nariño have promoted sustainable harvesting and use of a native mollusk called piangua for many generations. They ...
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Women share stories of hardship during year of war in Sudan

On 15 April 2023, war broke out in Sudan in between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). In the year ...
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Women grapple with unplanned pregnancies after sexual violence in Sudan war

After war broke out in Sudan in mid-April 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), 18-year-old Amna Salih* sheltered ...
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‘Women are not necessarily killed because of bullets or bombs’ – Sudanese activists describe humanitarian crisis amid civil war

“During the last 20 years, Sudanese women have been trained in negotiations and mediations. Not because this was a favourable subject for them—but because we’ve ...
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Seeds of Peace: UN Women’s Support for Feminist Peacemakers in Sudan

The strength of Sudanese women has endured, even before the war started on April 15th 2023. Despite facing tough times and challenges over many years, ...
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“We need real action”— Palestinian women speak of hope and resilience amid the horrors of war in Gaza

Three Palestinian women speak about how the war in Gaza has impacted women’s lives, amid an unfolding famine and calls for an immediate ceasefire. Life ...
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‘No food, no water, no tents’ – Women in Gaza fight for survival as famine looms

“Women in Gaza are superheroes,” said Rana Khalil, a project coordinator for the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD), based in the West Bank. ...
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Cash assistance enables Afghan women to weather the harsh winter

Ornate multicoloured mosques stand in sharp contrast against the barren, snow-capped mountains in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh Province. While summers here are sweltering, winters can be ...
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In the words of Afghanistan’s earthquake survivor Sayeeda: “I am infinitely happy that I can have supplies for winter and not go to bed hungry”

Sayeeda, who is more than 50 years old, has endured a difficult and challenging life. She can only see through one eye, her feet are ...
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Photo essay: A glimpse into the lives of Afghan women

Since August 2021, Afghan women and girls have been grappling with increasingly restrictive decrees limiting their participation in all aspects of social, economic, and political ...
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Haitian women and girls empowered by UN Women amid humanitarian crisis

Civil unrest has led to a profound humanitarian crisis in Haiti, with more than 300,000 people displaced from their homes—including an estimated 170,000 children. Such displacement ...
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Ukrainian refugees launch businesses and build a new community in Moldova

Prior to Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Evghenia enjoyed a comfortable and secure life in the southern city of Mykolaiv. She shared her days ...
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Ukrainian entrepreneur uses flower business to bridge gender gaps during wartime

“A business is not just about making money. It also has obligations to bridge gender gaps and empower women”, says Yuliia Zavalniuk. Prior to Russia’s ...
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In the words of Anastasiia Pyrohova: ‘I help women live through their challenges and adapt to their new lives’

Two years ago, Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine led to mass displacement within and outside the country as millions of Ukrainians left in search of ...
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