International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2012

Women at Diem Arab Centre, Port Sudan, Red Sea State. Photo: Kumar Tiku/UNDP

This year, International Women’s Day focuses on the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.

“Invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to resources. Provide rural women with a role in decision-making.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Our Stories

  • The life of Farhia Mohamed Ali, 27, has been miserable and poverty-stricken ever since she was young. Farhia lives with her three brothers and four sisters in a small house in the Mogadishu. Her parents died in the civil war in 1995.

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    Laila, a mother of two, was physically abused for years by her husband, and even forced to seek treatment for injuries on a number of occasions. The 28-year-old did not want to denounce her husband to the authorities out of fear he would take away or hurt their children.

  • Before taking a $300 loan through UNDP’s microfinance initiative, Canab Abdi Daud struggled to make ends meet. Her small Hargeisa shop rarely turned a profit, and as a result, she could often not afford basic essential items for herself and her family, and also at times found herself unable to afford to buy products to stock her shop.

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