Category: UN in Action

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Cyprus: Weaving Across the Divide

Our series on women leaders moves to the divided island of Cyprus, where women from the Greek and Turkish Cypriot Communities are coming together to overcome the decades-long split. Hande and Flora are two of the many...

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Ralph Bunche: Hero for Justice

“This was one of my early experiences with the more subtle aspects of racial attitude,” says African-American hero and United Nations legend Dr. Ralph Bunche, recalling a time his grandmother spoke out against racism ...

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In Kosovo, a woman fights for the well-being of survivors

In our series of women leaders, we turn to Kosovo where Mirlinda Sada transforms the fate of survivors of conflict-related gender-based violence.  Her organization, Medica Gjakova, helps women to overcome stigmatizati...

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I Still Believe in NYC: Public Art against Anti-Asian Discrimination

Cases of discrimination, especially against Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) New Yorkers, have increased during the COVID-19 crisis. In an effort to tackle anti-Asian bias and discrimination, the New York C...

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Green Cities: Paris Climate Agreement

We have the power and know-how to transform our cities into green spaces, with clean transport and energy efficient buildings. UN Environment Programme Young Champion of the Earth Nzambi Matee explains how this can be...

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Plastic bricks in Kenya – Nzambi Matee – Young Champion of the Earth 2020

Nzambi Matee is a Kenyan engineer and head of Gjenge Makers Ltd., a social enterprise that produces sustainable low-cost construction materials made of recycled plastic waste. Nzambi was honoured with the United Natio...

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Women Defend Peace in the Central African Republic

In the troubled Central African Republic, women organize to claim their rightful, prominent role in shaping the future of their families, communities and country. Lina Ekomo, a leader representing women nationally ...

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Nigeria: Meet Rashidat, A Female Human Rights Lawyer Breaking Down Barriers

Rashidat Mohammed is a Nigerian human rights lawyer and barrister who provides free legal services to vulnerable groups, especially women and children who have experienced violence. She’s the only woman to have opened...

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Returning to Brazil: Stories of Young Migrants in Portugal

In 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) created the project SURE to help Brazilian migrants in Portugal, Belgium and Ireland return to Brazil. Meet Gercivaldo, Vitor and Diego, three Brazilian migr...

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Afghanistan: Teaching during COVID-19

In Afghanistan, students have been coping with the triple threat of conflict, COVID-19 and school closures. Girls make up most of the roughly 3.7 million Afghan children now out of school. UNICEF is working with the g...

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Parenting during the COVID Pandemic – Kyrgyzstan

Families all over the world are facing the stress of lockdown and isolation during the COVID pandemic. This family in Kyrgyzstan have found greater unity and understanding with a little help from the United Nations Of...

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South Africa: Young Women at Greater Risk of HIV/AIDS

Young women in South Africa are becoming infected with HIV at more than twice the rate of young men. We meet the young activist who is determined to use her own experience of living with HIV to change that trend. U...