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During the ongoing conflict in Syria, +UN Women has been actively working to highlight the specific needs of women and girls. We offer safe spaces and capacity building programmes to women and girls in refugee camps. We collect data on the situation of female refugees to offer better services to them. And we promote women’s meaningful participation in conflict-resolution, peacebuilding and eventual recovery and development. As our Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka puts it: “The most important thing is to have peace. The biggest thing we can give these women is the possibility to go back to a peaceful Syria.” A snapshot of how we work with ‪the women of Syria: http://ow.ly/XTIWF #supportsyrians  

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‪#‎ADayInTheLifeof‬... Stephanie Raison. “Interviewing in Tanzania requires patience. Many women are not used to giving an opinion and some view questions with suspicion. Traditionally, Tanzania women speak very quietly, especially around elders. But, even with the softest of voices, the stories hit me hard.” Stephanie is our Communications and Advocacy Officer in Tanzania. After a career in international radio journalism and civil society advocacy, she joined +UN Women as an Australian Volunteer for International Development in 2013. Read how she finds and tells women’s stories, and why she loves her job: http://ow.ly/XRiLJ
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As the world looks to the #SyriaTalks in Geneva and the international conference to #SupportSyrians in London this week, it is important to remember that women’s voices are essential to achieving lasting peace. Negotiations are more likely to succeed when women participate, and without including their insights, needs and concerns, no political solution can work for all Syrians. #womenofsyria
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At just 17, Sienna Norquist rallied 300 social studies students at her high school in Chicago for a presentation on women’s economic empowerment. Despite knowing that some male students had complained about her idea, she had the guts to talk in front of her peers about something that truly matters to her: supporting women to achieve their full potential. Inspired by and equipped with the resources of the Empower Women platform, she spoke about the importance of self-empowerment and gave examples of young women that have made a difference in their communities. Learn more about +Empower Women and spread the word like Sienna: http://ow.ly/XLaue 

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“After I reached Abu Dhabi, I found no one to receive me. I spent 15 days in the airport, with nothing to eat. I just ate what I could find in rubbish bins – like banana skins that people would throw away.” When Abeda first left Bangladesh to find work abroad, she got tricked by an agent who took her money, promised a job, and left her alone in a foreign country. Abeda was lucky to find a Bengali family at the airport that helped her getting back home. A few years later, she tried working abroad again, but this time with the support of a local +UN Women partner that taught Abeda about her rights and opportunities. When she found herself in an abusive job situation in Malaysia, she was able to leave. Now, she is sharing her experience to help other migrant workers. Read her story: http://ow.ly/XBD6V 

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Why should you care about care work? It is the invisible base of development that makes everything else possible, from politics to the economy to the arts. And women do 2.5 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men. Watch our video to learn more: http://bit.ly/1QmNWEy or register for UN Women Training Center’s 8-week online course: http://ow.ly/Xvio2 ‪#‎unwomenTC‬
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Today is ‪#‎WorldCancerDay‬! Breast cancer is ranked the 8th most common cause of death in Turkey. And although cancer screening is provided free in city centres, rural women have limited access because many don’t know about the screenings or have transportation to get to them. This issue was discovered by municipalities after a +UN Women gender-responsive budgeting training that aimed to equally respond to men and women. Now, the Metropolitan Municipality of Eskişehir has developed a programme that educates and informs rural women about the importance of early cancer diagnosis screening, and provides free transportation to help them get to available services. http://ow.ly/XRVbI

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Women are rarely the subject of peace and security-related news media. Even when they are, only 4% of those stories portray women as leaders in conflict and post-conflict countries. This is far from reality, where women work each day to build peace in Syria. It’s time the #womenofsyria were given a voice in the media and a seat at the table. http://ow.ly/XRzDX #SupportSyria
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"“The use of sexual and gender-based violence as a military tactic represents an unacceptable form of humiliation and shame,” said Giuseppe Belsito, +UN Women Jordan Representative at a recent training for peacekeepers on conflict-related sexual violence. Jordan has been among the top ten countries worldwide contributing to +UN Peacekeeping Troops and UN Police Officers. In addition, the country has committed to fast-track the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Given the widespread use of sexual and gender-based violence as a tactic of war, peacekeeping troops need to be able to identify, prevent, and address this form of violence, as well as give competent support to survivors. Jordan's troops might be leading the way. Learn more: http://ow.ly/XGGtf #1325at15

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“Who could think a poor female widow like me would be given land! For the first time in my life I can say something is mine. This land, as far as the eye can see is mine - this paper says so. This is my land and I am its queen.” Durdana is a widow from Pakistan’s Dadu District in Sindh Province, who has received land tenancy rights for the first time in their life. Together with our local partners, Baanhn Beli Mirpurkhas and Gorakh Foundation, we are working with 1,214 vulnerable women farmers in Pakistan to acquire land tenancy rights from their feudal and tribal landholders. For rural women like Durdana, owning land can change their lives. Find out more: http://ow.ly/XEJVq
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“How could we achieve gender equality if we do not have peace, and how can peace be achieved without the involvement of women?,” asks Dr. Priscillah Joseph, medical doctor, founder and Chair of the South Sudan Women's Peace Network. With our support, Priscilla took part in the Gender Pre-Summit to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. There, she was able to meet with the South Sudanese Minister for Gender and urge him to involve women in the peace process in her country. Find out more: http://ow.ly/Xz2bc
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Gender equality is not only a woman's issues, it is a human rights issue that requires taken action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls, I believe women have great potential to be independent and be made to rule the world, women can not be alienated from men as what men can do women can do better men should learn how to respect women treat them like a queen same applies to women treat your man like a king so we can achieve gender equality on our place of work our home just name it.
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Rose Nyandwi lost her husband in the civil war that took place in Burundi between 1993 and 2005. When violence erupted again last year, she became a mediator with the +UN Women-supported Women Network for Peace and Dialogue. The network consists of 534 mediators working across the country to solve conflicts at the community level, promote non-violence and dialogue, and counter exaggerated fears with verifiable information. Rose has travelled across municipalities to raise awareness and dispel unreliable rumours. “Victims of conflict trust us to solve their problems,” she said. Learn more: http://ow.ly/XwiPU

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UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: 
UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.

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