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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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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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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Helping vulnerable women in Viet Nam reclaim their resilience in the wake of COVID-19

Author: Thao Hoang At least 1,443 vulnerable women affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Tien Giang Province, southern Viet Nam, have received cash grants of VND ...
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Women in Sudan seek relief amid spiraling displacement crisis

In the village of Jabait, in eastern Sudan, one can see hundreds of women waiting for aid at the office of the Women and Children ...
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Hundreds of thousands of Afghans face harsh return after expulsion from Pakistan

In early September 2023, fewer than 300 people per day crossed the official border points from Pakistan to enter Afghanistan. But since the Government of ...
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Adapting to the needs of Indigenous women and girls in Guatemala

“The simple fact of being in the community, that [women] know we are there for them, is essential to our success.” – Vilma Coy, a paralegal ...
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Press release: The world is failing girls and women, according to new UN report

New figures point to the need of an additional USD 360 billion in investment per year to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment by 2030. ...
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Renewable energy: a boon for women farmers in Cambodia

When it came time to water her rice fields, farmer Im Heng used to have to lug a diesel-powered water pump across her property in ...
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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Game changer for gender equality

Did you watch the game? That is a question many people were asking in taxis and on the streets around the world. What they were ...
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Women in Afghanistan: From almost everywhere to almost nowhere

UN Women partnered with Mona Chalabi to illustrate the scope and the severity of the restrictions on women and girls’ access to public space and ...
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In the words of Hira*: ‘Imagine a generation in depression.’

Hira* is a former public servant in Kunar, Afghanistan. Photo: UN Women/Habib Sayed Bidell I grew up in an educated but conservative family. My family ...
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