Norway Child Experiment on Gender Pay Gap

A Norwegian financial company did an experiment to show how kids react to the gender pay gap.

A simple example that proves that we are equal and that should reflect in remuneration and reward too.


My (unforgettable) United Nations experience

And so everyone is asking me the roving question: “How was your trip to the United Nations?”

Amazing seems to be the automated answer, but there’s so much more to the journey than that!

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We arrived in humid Bangkok, jet-lagged and sweating like pigs. I received ample warning about the weather, but nothing can prepare one to the actual feeling.

Many delegates arrived in groups representing their communities and societies. I came to learn that I was part of the very few representing myself. Well not just myself but the vision.

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Besides the well-themed motivational talks, UN panel discussions and the remarkable, young world-changers who graced the stage with a wealth of insight and experience, what stood out for me were the individuals of the delegation.

Never have I been in a room bursting with such passion, energy and honest hunger for knowledge on how to change the world.

That kind of environment leaves one curious for more, excited to make a difference and overflowing with new ideas.

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Another invaluable opportunity was that of networking and joining forces with not only like-minded individuals, but with people who can share the vision to other communities. Making friends is so easy when your hearts are in alignment. It makes the relationships more meaningful and purposeful.

I have added the well-curated video of the journey, which leaves me tearful every time I watch it. It’s crazy to think I was part of this, I witnessed all that was happening. I will write another entry of how Womandla aims to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Gender Equality.

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The UN is calling all Bloggers and Storytellers

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The UN Women Ethiopia Country office, under its regional project, “African Women Changing the Narrative, is calling on interested journalists to apply for its capacity building training on “Gender Responsive Story Telling and Documenting Stories of Success” scheduled to take place 8-11 August 2017. I would enter but I will be at the UN Symposium during this time.

This project, African Women Changing the Narrative, is courtesy of a three-year grant from the Austrian Development Cooperation. It aims to highlight the contribution by African women to development through their leadership capacities and their central role in the design of innovative approaches to development. It provides a platform for the mobilization of a movement towards a revised and positive narrative from and about African women. It is also used as a platform for inspiration and information sharing of stories of impact by and for women. Consequently, the virtual platform is a brand for “Changing the Narrative” and provides a source of information and a tool for knowledge management to advance the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The first journalist training was organized by UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) Liaison to the African Union and the African Union Office of the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security under the theme, “Gender-Responsive Reporting in Conflict, Post-Conflict and Fragile settings in Africa” on 18 and 19 October 2016, followed by African Union Peace and Security Council Open Session on the “Role of the media in promoting Women, Peace and Security” on 20 October 2016. The workshop brought together journalists, editors, reporters and bloggers who cover conflict-affected areas in Africa, representing both traditional and new media, including print, audio-visual and electronic media. It also targeted media practitioners who work for Pan-African, regional and national media outlets and organisations with influential reach and key audiences.

The African Union Commission, UN Women, and the Federal Republic of Germany also organized a high- level “Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation”, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in early June, 2017. The three-day forum brought together over 80 women leaders including former Presidents, Vice Presidents and Prime Ministers, Members and a Speaker of Parliament, political party leaders and presidential candidates, Cabinet Ministers, local government leaders, private sector representatives, civil society activists and young women leaders. The three-day forum culminated in the launch of the African Women Leaders Network, a new initiative that seeks to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa with a focus on governance, peace and stability. There is therefore an opportunity and possible linkage presented for direct engagement between the journalists and women leaders, as the next meeting of the African Women Leaders Network is scheduled to convene in Addis Ababa, in February 2018.

The proposed training workshop and practical engagement aim to promote gender-sensitive reporting, positive storytelling that accurately portrays African women in a positive way rather than as victims and subordinate in society.
A key element of this area will also be to popularize and populate the UN Women Platform “African Women Changing the Narrative” to key media to use it as a resource as well as to contribute content for the platform.

The training workshop will begin with a 2 day of theoretical discussion and then a two days reporting engagement where participants will have the opportunity and access to several women leaders whereby they use the skills they learnt to produce stories of changed narratives for the project website

UN Women arranges travel and in-country logistics for 15 participants.

More information available here.


Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, at the UN commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Date: 21 November 2016

[As delivered]

“Violence against women and girls has a devastating impact on our vision for a world where women and girls can flourish and prosper peacefully alongside men and boys—a world where we leave no one behind.

Violence cuts deeply into the liberties we should all have: the right to be safe, the right to walk freely on the streets, the right to go to school or to work, to earn a living and have a decent life, to go to the market and do our errands and our business, or to be at home with family, happily.

Yet though we have passed many good laws in many countries, there are still countries where the laws are inadequate, or poorly implemented; where our police forces are not as interested in bringing perpetrators to book; where shelters, health care and support are unavailable and the criminal justice system is remote, expensive and biased against women and in favour of the male perpetrators.

Change to these elements comes at a cost. Yet the price of no change is much higher, and is unacceptable.

Mr. Secretary-General, thank you for your advocacy and your leadership. This was once a story and an issue that was not in the public domain. Your willingness to lead from the front on this issue has made it one that is truly in the eyes of the public. Thank you, Mr. Ban, for your quiet but persistent leadership on these and many other issues.

Mr. Secretary-General, you have questioned why this outrage continues. Why is it that women and girls continue to live with the scourge of violence.  We hope this will inspire many of our leaders in response to your call, to show zero tolerance to violence against women and girls.

We are deeply appreciative of your staunch advocacy throughout your tenure that has raised this subject out of the shadows.

Your underlining of the necessary commitment—both financial and political—is also very timely and much needed. Even relatively small-scale investments can bring enormous benefits to women and girls and to their wider communities.

The issue of violence against women is complex. It needs a comprehensive response that includes investment and resources.

There are encouraging signs of countries that are fighting with everything they have.

In Timor-Leste, a three-year programme to provide essential services for women who had experienced violence cost a fraction of one per cent of GDP, but had significant impact on women’s health and well-being. And in Uganda, a community programme to change social norms resulted in a 52 per cent reduction in intimate partner violence.

We are hoping to see more of these efforts in many of our countries and communities.

The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is also a job for all of society. That includes men and women, the media and the religious community. We can work together to address the inequality and prejudice that enable and enflame violence against women and girls. We can scale up prevention and increase appropriate services. And we can engage allies, such as young people and other groups in the society, through sports, arts, business and academia.

Together we can begin to bend the curve down and bring the scourge of violence against women and girls to an end.

Thank you to the leadership of civil society, to the leadership of Member States, to colleagues in the United Nations and to all of you, because without you we will not make progress.”

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International Day of the Girl Child

UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, we all stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls!



When the enemy comes-Bilphena Yahwon

“When the enemy comes
bathe your daughters in spices
hide razor blades between their thighs
lay bullets underneath their tongues
set their wombs on fire

When the enemy comes
rub the faeces of your cattle
in the mouths of your daughters
let them chant spells into their nostrils
leaving their attackers repulsed

when the enemy comes
and the men are ready to make sacrifices out of the bodies of our girls
teach them to hide their necks underwater
to tie their breasts flat
to shave their heads

prepare your daughters
for when the enemy comes”