We are UN Women, the only global agency dedicated to gender equality
Our aim is to remove the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential.
In the UK, UN Women is represented through the National Committee and we focus on awareness, advocacy and activation.
The world only knows them as “refugees”, but they have names, faces and stories
“With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”
At 47, Emm Ali* has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp.
In host country Lebanon, refugee and rural women build entrepreneurship, cohesion and their futures
Women entrepreneurs from refugee and host communities in Lebanon are using their unique skills and creativity to build their own model of social stability in Lebanon while launching economically viable businesses.
In DRC, women refugees rebuild lives, with determination and hope
Burundi’s ongoing political turmoil has caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and seek shelter in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the Lusenda refugee camp, which is home to more than 16,000 refugees, the majority are women and girls. Hundreds of refugees have come to the Safe Haven multipurpose centres for protection and economic and social empowerment, established by UN Women.
Through the lens of daily life in Cameroon refugee camps
As of January 2016, 243,750 people had fled the violence in Central African Republic (CAR) and become refugees in Cameroon. Through scenes of daily life in the Gado-Badzere and Ngam refugee camps in Cameroon, here is a showcase of the lives of women in the camp, their social and community bonds, and how they are using UN Women’s safe spaces, psychosocial support and business trainings.
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