Fondation CHANEL and UN Women partner to accelerate women’s economic empowerment and counter climate change

Fondation CHANEL and UN Women have announced a three-year programme to accelerate rural women’s economic empowerment, many facing the brunt of climate change, in South and East Asia by addressing the barriers women entrepreneurs commonly face through business skills training, financial services and support networks of peers and mentors. With an investment of USD 3 million, Fondation CHANEL–in line with its mission and commitment to gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—will support UN Women’s programming in China, Nepal and Viet Nam. The initiatives will support a range of…

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UN Women and WFP harness innovation for women’s economic empowerment in crisis situations

UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan. Traditionally, cash transfers have been made available to refugees via third-party financial service providers such as banks. Through the partnership, Syrian refugee women who participate in the UN Women cash for work programme will be able to access their funds directly and the accounts will be kept securely on a blockchain network. Previously…

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Global Winners Announced for “SDGs and Her” Competition for Women Micro-Entrepreneurs Helping to Achieve the SDGs

The global SDGs and Her Competition announced its inaugural 2018 winner chosen from over 1,200 entries. The contest — co-sponsored by the World Bank Group, the Wharton School Zicklin Center, UNDP, and UN Women — showcases women micro-entrepreneurs helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations. The winning entry is Tanzania-based WomenChoice Industries owned by Lucy Odiwa. Her micro-enterprise seeks to empower women and girls in Tanzania by promoting safer menstrual health hygiene management (MHM), sharing information, products, and related services. The lack of MHM products often affects…

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UN Women, Global Innovation Coalition for Change launch the Gender Innovation Principles at Nasdaq ringing of the bell ceremony

UN Women, in partnership with the Global Innovation Coalition for Change, a unique alliance with 27 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, is hosting the launch of the Gender Innovation Principles. The aim of the gender innovation principles is to build on these approaches by adopting a gender responsive approach and provide organizations with the benchmark for how to include women and women’s needs throughout the innovation life cycle. The event commemorates the official launch of the principles by bringing together CEOs, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought…

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UN Women’s HeForShe Initiative partners with the California Institute of Arts to create animated films promoting gender equity

UN Women’s HeForShe movement is partnering with internationally renowned California Institute of Arts (CalArts), to promote gender equality through the arts. The partnership engages students in CalArts’s animation programs to tackle persisting gender stereotypes and drive cultural change through the production of original animated short films addressing serious barriers to gender equality. Attitudinal changes towards gender equality have been identified as the key drivers of progress for societies around the world. The report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, released in March 2017, identified “Breaking stereotypes:…

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