On 3rd October Hurricane Matthew, the strongest hurricane to hit Haiti in almost a decade, caused death and devastation in the South, Grand Anse and West regions of the country. It claimed many lives and as many as 4 million people have been affected, many of them women and girls.
Haiti has still not recovered from the 2010 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, with an estimated 55,000 still living in temporary shelters. Many of these shelters were damaged and destroyed in the hurricane.
Women in Haiti already experience discrimination, from high levels of violence to low levels of participation in political and economic decision-making. UN Women is committed to ensuring that this is not compounded in the aftermath of this tragedy and that women and girls receive the support they deserve.
UN Women is coordinating with the Haitian Government and with national women’s groups to assess the damages and to make sure that women and girls can benefit in equal measure from humanitarian assistance. During times of natural disasters and conflicts, women and children often bear the brunt of the crisis, being the last to escape as they prioritize the safety of their family and children. Also, disadvantaged women, such as those with disabilities and the elderly, are often the last ones to receive aid, hampered by social norms, lack of information and the burden of household chores. Post-disaster, women and girls are more vulnerable to rape, sexual violence and exploitation.
That’s why UN Women will be:
UN Women efforts will concentrate in the Grande Anse Department, which is one of the most affected Departments with 80 percent of its population in need of humanitarian assistance. But we need funds to continue this work: it costs £85 for one day of a community-based social and safe space for crisis-affected, vulnerable women and girls. And for just £40 we can support women to access cash for-work-assistance to immediately restore livelihoods and prevent negative, life-threatening, coping strategies – and to ensure that women are supported to rebuild their communities.
We need everyone’s help to continue to provide this vital support in the immediate and longer-term aftermath of the hurricane, and to support women and girls affected by natural disasters worldwide. Please donate online now to help us continue our vital global work.]]>
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Garden Court Chambers
57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ
In an era of unprecedented global wealth, millions of women are trapped in low paid, poor quality jobs, denied basic levels of health care, water and sanitation and carry the burden of unpaid care work. Macroeconomic policies are crucial instruments guiding the achievement of women’s empowerment and gender equality.
We are delighted to welcome a distinguished panel of speakers who will share their experiences and show us how macroeconomic policy shapes our lives at every level. This meeting is for all who want to understand the links between macroeconomics and gender equality. No prior knowledge of economics is required, however, we suggest you may want to read the following two excellent briefings on the subject produced by the Gender & Development Network which can be downloaded by clicking here and here to make the most of this event.
Chair: Jessica Woodroffe Director, Gender & Development Network
Rachel Noble Women’s Rights Policy Adviser, ActionAid
Chiara Capraro Policy Manager for Women’s Economic Rights, Womankind
This is will be an informative and thought-provoking event. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts and experiences during the open forum.
This is a free event but a suggested donation of £10.00 to UN WOMEN’s Fund for Gender Equality is warmly encouraged. It is essential to register prior to the event to secure places. We expect it to be a popular event, so to secure your place please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
Katy Pullen is the Regional Programme Manager for UN Women’s Gender and HIV Programmes in East and Southeast Asia. Katy has worked with the UN for 8 years and with UN Women for 6 of those years. We are delighted that Katy has agreed to join us to talk about the programmes she is involved with in Southeast Asia, particularly her work with HIV positive women. Katy will share the voices and stories of the amazing women with whom she works.
UN Women’s work in the field of HIV/AIDS continues to gather momentum and looks set to be more prominent next year when UN Women formally joins UNAIDS as a cosponsor. We will also be discussing these exciting developments and opportunities.
Our brunches are free to UN WOMEN members and we really hope you will be able to join us.
If you would like to attend please email Fran Harris on email@example.com Please note that if you do not book a place in advance you will not be able to attend on the day and the latest date for booking a place is 30th December 2011.
If you want to bring your car, please provide details of the make, model and registration together with the names of any passengers when you book your place.]]>
No technical knowledge or know-how is required! So register now to join UN Women NC UK Chair Laura Haynes and a range of incredible speakers, and find out more about the exciting career opportunities in tech.
Coinciding with the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UN Women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Always/Whisper celebrate the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ initiative, a programme that empowers women and girls through sport.
On 6 August, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director; Nawal El Moutawakel, former Vice-President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chair of the Coordination Commission of the Games of XXXI Olympiad, Rio 2016; and Juliana Azevedo, Vice-President, Procter & Gamble (Always/Whisper), emphasized their shared goal to invest in girls’ skills and training to support a generation of stronger, more confident and empowered women.
“The power of sport should never be underestimated. It can change lives, through increasing girls’ and young women’s beliefs in their own abilities, encouraging them to take initiative and aim high,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “A girl who has learnt her own strength and resilience on the games field is equipped to translate her skill into challenging the obstacles she faces outside the arena.”
Olympic Champion and IOC Member Nawal Moutawakel said: “The IOC is looking forward to continue working jointly with UN Women to advance gender equality, in particular through this One Win Leads to Another project, as it concerns the next generation of women. As an athlete and a woman, I know something about the power of sport. I have seen it in my own life. Sport touched my life and totally changed it. It gave me strength and self-confidence to overcome many barriers in my life.”
Twice a week, ‘One Win Leads to Another’ gives an opportunity to adolescent girls living in socially vulnerable contexts to go to one of the 16 participating Olympic Villas to practice sport and attend a gender workshop that uses sport as a tool to reduce gender inequalities and build and maintain confidence. Managed by the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, the Villas provide participants a safe space where they can gain economic and leadership skills, knowledge on their health and bodies, and awareness on violence prevention and available services. The skills training helps them improve their ability to influence decisions that impact their lives at all levels.
Always announced that it will be joining the partnership ‘One Win leads to Another’ to support the training of trainers as multipliers of the programme in line with the brand’s mission to stop the drop in confidence girls experience at puberty. The Always #LikeAGirl movement has already driven societal change, changing the meaning of ‘Like A Girl’. And yet, the brand does not want to stop there. Sport help girls build and maintain their confidence, which is why Always is so committed to help more girls stay in sport.
“As the brand championing girls’ confidence for the last 30 years, Always cannot accept that half of girls playing sports drop out when reaching puberty, limiting the realization of their full potential,” said Juliana Azevedo, Always/Whisper Global Vice-President (P&G). “I am very happy and proud that Always is joining forces with UN Women and IOC to encourage girls to Keep Playing #LikeAGirl and help them build and maintain their confidence in these young and formative years.”
In 25 countries and with 217,000 girls and young women participating, the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ curriculum, developed by UN Women’s partner Women Win and adapted for the Olympic legacy programme in Brazil, has proven to drastically improve girls’ confidence and understanding of sexual health and rights, finances and economic empowerment:
• 89 per cent of girls say they are a leader, compared to 46 per cent before the programme;
• 68 per cent of girls have increased knowledge and understanding of gender-based violence and 93 per cent of them know where to report violence;
• Nearly 80 per cent of girls have an increased understanding of their sexual and reproductive health and rights; and know how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
By 2017, ‘One Win Leads to Another’ will reach 2,500 girls, aged 10-18 years, and 300 young out-of-school mothers in Rio de Janeiro, to later be replicated throughout Brazil and Latin America.
Kaillana de Oliveira Donato, Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, and Adrielle Alexandre da Silva, beneficiaries of ‘One Win Leads to Another’, represented their more than 400 peers currently registered, sharing their personal experiences as participants of the programme in Brazil.
Twelve-year old Adrielle Alexandre da Silva shared her dreams of being a professional athlete or a rhythmic gymnastics teacher. She described the sacrifices she had to make to keep practising sport, yet also shared what she considers to be the best lesson of the programme. “I learned that being a winner is about making my dreams come true, helping others and helping change my community,” said Adrielle. “When I carried the Olympic Torch, I was not only dreaming about becoming an Olympic rhythmic gymnast, but also about making my community a place free of violence,” she added.
Kaillana, Marcelly and Adrielle, who are now teenagers, are part of the target generation for the Sustainable Development Goals. The set of Goals adopted by all UN Member States to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030, cannot be accomplished without achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. ‘One Win Leads to Another’ contributes to generate agents of change to lead the realization of this development agenda in their communities, and in their societies.]]>
“UN Women NC UK was delighted to be invited to provide an event stand and join Voice at the Tables’s flagship conference – focused on inspiring and empowering women in leadership. Barbara Cleary (representing our Outreach mission) and I (representing our Corporate engagement goals) took to the stand for the day! The Conference was hosted by Hogan Lovells – a Corporate Advisory Group member of our very own UN Women NC UK.
The conference presented us with a great opportunity to meet many inspiring women – each at a different career stage and all asking what the next level of leadership looks like and more specifically, how to get from here to there by leveraging their natural gender talents. We also had the opportunity to participate in the conference itself – hearing from Tracey Edwards MBE as she gave an honest, entertaining and motivating account of her journey as a ’round the world’ yachtswoman and leader, along with other very different leaders and speakers – each challenging the audience to adapt to the enormous changes going on with female leadership around the world today.
We were able to share our mission to empower women and girls around the world with many of the delegates and were delighted by how much our work resonated with those who attended. Our HeforShe campaign was referenced by the Keynote Speakers who were full of praise for the work championed by Emma Watson. Engaging men in the debate about how best to drive equality across the globe is a topic that is close to the hearts and minds of all participants. It was a privilege to showcase our work with so many forward thinking, diverse and inspiring women! I’d definitely urge you to read more about the day.
The legal landscape regarding women’s rights has changed fundamentally within the last few decades. However legislation alone is not sufficient and to achieve gender equality we need to change how society views women, their rights and potential. In recognition of the vital role the media plays, not only as a channel of information but also as a medium which has the capacity to change social norms and behaviours, UN Women NC UK invited Sepi Roshan, the Founder and Managing Director of the Astute Radio, to deliver a workshop on how to engage media in social change.
Sepi began by increasing our understanding of how to work with the mainstream media, where to find and how to engage with alternative media and the role of social media. Sepi skilfully used sound bites from her radio station to illustrate the importance of story-telling as a way of engaging an audience about gender equality. She also shared with us some shocking statistics – 46 % of stories reinforce gender stereotypes but only 6% of stories highlight gender equality issues. Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that only 27% of top management jobs in media organisations are held by women.
Equipped with this theoretical knowledge, we were ready to roll up our sleeves and do some work! The group, with expert support from Sepi, started to develop media plans for their organisations and a strategy of how to work with the media, including: how to engage mainstream media and make sure they report in a gender-sensitive manner; the importance of alternative media and of forging alliances with like-minded people and organisations; and how to effectively use social media.
At UN Women NC UK we are always looking for opportunities to empower women. This exciting and interesting workshop equipped us with the knowledge and tools to improve our techniques in media relations and make it work for gender equality. During the networking session we spoke with some of the participants, and they told us that the event was “really thought provoking and well presented,” and what they learnt “would help with strategy and determining which platforms to use”. Another participant summarised it succinctly as “wonderful workshop. Very insightful and fantastic trainer”.
UN Women NC UK would like to thank Sepi Roshan for this exciting and interesting workshop. We are also very grateful to the Baha’i Centre for hosting us.
At UN Women NC UK we were delighted that a number of representatives were able to attend the session and participate in the formal agenda and side events. This year the focus of our parallel side event was “Corrupt-free accountable public service delivery to women and girls”. Once again this was a collaborative event with International Association of Women Police (IAWP). The event explored the challenges of corruption and showcased examples of best practice which are beginning to deliver an impact. There is still sadly a long way to go to eliminate pervasive corruption that inhibits achievement of the sustainable development goals. The importance the UK government attaches to ending corrupt practices was underpinned by a strong keynote presentation from Baroness Sandip Verma.
On our return to the UK we wanted to share our learning at CSW with our supporters in the UK and we were delighted to welcome guests and speakers to an event at Garden Court Chambers at Lincolns Inn Fields.
Alice Fookes reminded us that in May this year the UK government hosted an Anti-Corruption Summit to step up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life. The Summit dealt with issues including corporate secrecy, government transparency, the enforcement of international anti-corruption laws, and the strengthening of international institutions.
This was the first summit of its kind, bringing together world leaders, business and civil society to agree a package of practical steps to:
* expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide
* punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption
* drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.
We hope that the summit will have triggered a concerted effort to tackle corruption and pave the way for gender equality.
Participants engaged in a lively debate and everyone departed wanting to know more and how they could be involved in CSW next year and get involved in the campaign to end corruption.
One young women made the point: “young women are the future; what are you doing to engage with me?” We need to ensure that all young people women and boys understand the issues and are able to play a role to build a world where gender equality truly exists – 50:50 by 2030 agenda has been achieved.
Positive steps are needed to ensure implementation of the sustainable equality agenda.]]>
The media is a powerful and increasingly indispensable part of society. It can win elections, back causes and highlight inequalities. Join us and find out how we can all be inspired to increase the amount of coverage of women’s issues in the media
After a successful career in finance and accounting Sepi was inspired to navigate a major career change into the world of communication, leadership and the media. While working in media, it became clear to Sepi there was little dedicated to conversations that went beyond stereotypes, or reflected the experiences and challenges faced by women. This was the impetus for creating Astute Radio a platform for the voices of minority women. Sepi is the Founder and Managing Editor.
Join us for this exciting brunch and find out how women can harness the media and ensure that their voices are heard. Sepi will share with us her experience including successfully navigating a major career change and practical tools and techniques you can apply immediately to support the campaign for gender equality as well as support your own personal development. This is a free event but a £6 donation to support the work of UN Women is warmly encouraged. You are welcome to bring a guest with you, however it is essential to register prior to the event to secure places for you and your guest. We expect this to be another popular event and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To secure your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Saturday, 2nd July 2016
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: Baha’i Centre 27 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PD
Directions can be found here. The nearest tube station is Knightsbridge.
“Corruption is the biggest barrier to development ”
“Powerlessness and silence go together”
Policy makers, government representatives and many more came to hear from a fantastic panel of influential speakers at the UN Women National Committee UK and the International Association of Women Police’s parallel event at CSW 60.
Opened by Laura Haynes, co-Chair of UN Women NC UK, we heard from a range of speakers highlighting the challenges of corruption and projects underway to tackle it. Dinah Adiko, Technical Advisor on Gender for Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection, highlighted the unspoken nature of corruption, and Baroness Hodgson spoke of need for corrupt-free security and support for victims of gender based violence.
Holly Abbot, from NAWO, spoke of the different ways corruption can affect women and girls. Ana Lukatela highlighted programmes already working in Gaza to strengthen laws and training police to be gender responsive. Finally Margaret Shorter was strong and articulate on need for gender responsive policing and security to deliver SDGs.
Baroness Verma announced a global summit, headed by David Cameron, on ending corrupt practices in May, and we look forward to hearing more on this.
UN Women NC UK would like to thank our speakers for their thoughtful speeches, attendees for their engagement and especially the dedicated volunteers who organised such an important event.