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.]]>
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“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 email@example.com
Date: Saturday, 2nd July 2016
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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“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.
Psycle are holding two 60-minute rides on Sunday 3rd April to raise money for UN Women NC UK. Psycle’s aim is to inspire everyone to lead vibrant, energetic & happy lives with our high intensity, low impact, full body workout on a bike.
Part workout, part nightclub, part bonkers dance routine – Psycle is the hottest in-door cycle spin house offering high intensity, low impact, head to toe workouts on a bike!
All the profits raised from both 60 minute classes and smoothies with the ride will be donated – so get involved, get active and raise vital funds which can make the world a fairer, safer and more equal place. This really is doing good whilst feeling good!
The rides will take place at 3pm at Psycle’s studios in Mortimer Street and Canary Wharf. Follow the links below to buy a £20 credit and book a bike (you will need to register for an account if you don’t have one already):
Let us know you’re taking part by tweeting @UNWomenUK and @Psyclelondon]]>
UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women in all walks of life. On 8 March 2016, the UN Women UK National Committee London Leadership team organised an event to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). The event was hosted by the National Bahá’í Centre in Knightsbridge. The theme of the night was ‘Women Empowering Communities: The power of women’s leadership at the grassroots’, and the event featured three outstanding women who shared their leadership journeys and their work with local communities.
Dr Sharleene Bibbings opened the session. The IWD theme this year was ‘pledge for parity’. Sharleene talked about the research by Ernst and Young that shows that profitability, return on investment and innovation all increase when women are counted amongst the leadership. At least 50% of the world’s women are in paid employment, an increase from 40% in the 1990s, but there is still a pay gap. Globally, women earn 10-30% less than men for the same work. According to the World Economic forum it is estimated it will take until 2133, to achieve gender parity in the workplace globally.
There have, however, been many great achievements to celebrate, especially women’s involvement in empowering the grassroots. Sharleene introduced the speakers who shared their leadership experience at the local level.
Eleanor Barrett and Rosie Freeman are Co-directors of The Brick Box, an arts organisation and social enterprise. Through The Brick Box, they create spaces which serve as social spaces for the local community to express themselves freely. Their previous projects include The Electric Fireside, Thamesmead, and A13 Green, all of which see the local residents take ownership of the space to co-create artwork for the community. Eleanor and Rosie said: ‘’It was a very empowering event to be part of’’.
Stephanie Busari, founder and curator of TEDxBrixton, was inspired to start up a TEDx conference in her local community following the August 2011 riots. Within three years, TEDxBrixton has had 1600 attendees, 50 speakers, 80 volunteers, and 2 million video views. Stephanie ensures that the conferences are inclusive and truly representative of Brixton, embracing the diversity of the community. With her storytelling experience, the speakers are able to share their personal stories in memorable ways that strike a chord with the audience. Stephanie remarked: ‘’Speaking at the event was very fulfilling as it was a lovely warm atmosphere…. A wonderful way to celebrate international women’s day’’.
The event was really uplifting – a participant remarked that this was ‘the best International Women’s Day event she has been to’. Eleanor and Stephanie shared that it was at their most vulnerable point in life when they were inspired to make a difference in society. Sharleene said women’s leadership for her is about growing your ambition and changing the narrative. All agreed that showing up, collaborating, and providing support to others were crucial.
Indeed, women’s leadership was strongly felt that evening – women representing various organisations from all walks of life got involved and found ways to collaborate through conversations with one another, just by attending this International Women’s Day celebration.
We’d like to extend our thanks to our amazing speakers, the dedicated volunteers who led the event and all those who attended to show their support!]]>
The new Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals include a specific goal to achieve gender equality, which aims to end discrimination and violence against women and girls and ensure equal participation and opportunities in all spheres of life. Important provisions for women’s empowerment are also included in most of the other goals.
In conjunction with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, more than 90 governments have answered UN Women’s call for action to “Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Heads of State and Government have pledged concrete and measurable actions to crack some of the fundamental barriers to the achievement of gender equality in their countries.
Unanimously at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women in 2015, governments reaffirmed the Beijing Platform for Action. Businesses large and small are committing to, and implementing, shifts in culture and practice that foster greater equality and opportunity. Women individually, and civil society together, have called for lasting and transformative change by 2030.
With these unprecedented expressions of political will, the countdown to substantive gender equality by 2030 must begin, accompanied and underpinned by monitoring of accountability and evaluation of progress.
We draw strength from this solidarity as we face world events such as severe population displacement, extreme violence against women and girls, and extensive instability and crises in many regions.
To arrive at the future we want, we cannot leave anyone behind. We have to start with those who are the least regarded. These are largely women and girls, although in poor and troubled areas, they can also include boys and men.
Women and girls are critical to finding sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, inequality and the recovery of the communities hardest hit by conflicts, disasters and displacements. They are at the frontline of the outbreaks of threatening new epidemics, such as Zika virus disease or the impact of climate change, and at the same time are the bulwark to protect their families, work for peace, and ensure sustainable economic growth and social change.
On International Women’s Day, we reiterate the greater participation of women as one of the necessary conditions for an inclusive Agenda 2030. Their leadership is insufficiently recognized but must emerge with greater participation in decision-making bodies. Each one of us is needed—in our countries, communities, organizations, governments and in the United Nations—to ensure decisive, visible and measurable actions are taken under the banner: Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality.
We build on the commitments that have already been made by all governments. We also build on the legacy of determined and vocal participation by the small group of founding women from all parts of the world, who were in San Francisco in 1945 when the UN Charter was adopted. They laid the foundation for all that has followed in the struggle for the fulfilment of women’s rights.
The participation of women at all levels and the strengthening of the women’s movement has never been so critical, working together with boys and men, to empower nations, build stronger economies and healthier societies. It is the key to making Agenda 2030 transformational and inclusive.
Happy International Women’s Day.
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