Women of the world


Women of the world

Sandrine Famien and her two-month-old baby Laeticia Affiba Kouassi in Ivory Coast. Sandrine is bottle-feeding Laeticia, but her child is unable to keep the formula down. Sandrine is HIV-positive and a x worker. “Some days I don’t have enough money to buy the medications for my baby, or the food I need to feed her as I am not feeding her by the breast. But I am not angry. I have hope”


Aminata Ouedraogo, who is in her late 60s, was one of 600 women allocated land close to a dam that was built by Christian Aid partners ODEE to catch and store rain for a local community. Aminata was responsible for persuading local women to help build the dam


These women in Bhajmari, India, hold regular meetings to discuss the issues that affect them and their children. VSO has been campaigning for the past four years for the establishment of the new UN Women group. Today, the VSO’s Godmothers campaign sees a group of women and men watching over UN Women


Tenning Dio, from Senegal’s Alliance Nationale Contre le Sida, leads an Aids and health awareness session for teenage girls in Dakar, Senegal: “I am [a] specialist to young women – I am a guardian of the community. Aids is not a taboo subject here, and there is support for those who need it. I am proud that Senegal can be an example to other countries”


The UNDP, in partnership with microcredit organisations in Uzbekistan, has disbursed more than $400,000 in small loans and grants to finance small businesses since 1997. Out of 2,520 recipients, 1,827 were women


Sahar Yusef, from El Minia, Egypt, was abused by her husband’s family and is still missing the tip of one of her fingers where her sister-in-law bit it off. Vocational training and being informed of her rights has transformed her outlook: she is now the main breadwinner for her family and runs her own shop


Hunger campaigners rally for change in India


Gladys Armbulo Mosquera, an outreach worker, talks to x workers in Ecuador. Corporación Kimirina works with community organisations and marginalised populations responding to HIV in Ecuador


Sabitha Sethy, working for the Hunger Project, India


Mama Lollo, of Heal Africa, is a psycho-social carer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ‘Women are afraid to speak out about rape because they are ashamed and fear rejection by their husbands and families. They become withdrawn, depressed. I can spot a woman who has been raped before she opens her mouth. I can tell now, just by looking”


Moldova is one of the main countries of origin for human trafficking. The UNDP has partnered with the government and other international organisations to protect and empower victims


xual and gender-based violence is getting worse in the Democratic Republic of the the Congo, says Immaculee Masika, Merlin’s SGBV coordinator in Binza, DRC. “Children are raped, women are raped in front of their children, men are tortured. Women are now divorced, rejected because of what happened to them”


Women of Kireka – internally displaced refugees from northern Uganda


Mama Kaka is a Merlin-trained community health workers from Ishasha village, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “There is no punishment for the actions of men carrying out rape. Since the conflict it’s everywhere and there’s no punishment, no danger from doing it, so more and more men turn to rape”



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