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International Women’s Day in 2022 celebrates the dedicated women activists who are stepping up to save the planet. UN Women presents their stories of climate courage and environmental action through a collaboration with illustrators across the Europe and Central Asia region. Read and be inspired...
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Shakhodat Teshebayeva from Khalmion, a village in southern Kyrgyzstan bordering Uzbekistan, is 50 years old and the sole breadwinner of her family. Her income comes from farming, working for 8-10 long hours in the fields every day. She doesn’t shy away from the hard work, but lately, the hard has become impossible, because of the growing water crisis.
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Alice Bouman Dentener is based in The Hague, in the Netherlands and runs her consultancy company Diploria, which provides sustainable development solutions to a variety of clients from both governmental and non-governmental organizations. She recently moderated UN Women’s “Women Water Forum: Bridging Voices to Actions” and contributed to the outcome document ahead of the High-level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where she is a member of the International Steering Committee.
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At today's high-level international meeting "Women Water Forum: Bridging Voices to Actions” preceding the ‘International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”', the Government of Tajikistan, together with the international community, including UN Women, the European Union, HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite as well as representatives of the Brazilian and Australian Government, called for urgent action to ensure women’s and girls’ right to access clean water and sanitation and to participate in processes related to their effective management.
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A UN Women project, funded by the Government of Finland, improved access of 20,000 people, including 3,000 from vulnerable groups, to irrigation water in Kyrgyzstan
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Dilera Mavlonova thought it was unfair that women and girls shouldered the responsibility of providing water for their homes in her village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, often by travelling longs distances and carrying heavy loads. After receiving awareness-raising and advocacy skills from UN Women’s My Safe and Peaceful School course, she decided to take action in her community and raise awareness about the various issues faced by women and girls in providing water for their homes and the community.
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To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan since 2015. The project, titled “Securing livelihoods for vulnerable women, men and children”, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s self-help groups from marginalized communities, to empower local communities and enhance equal access to natural resources.
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Surayo Mirzoyeva, 41, took part in a self-help group supported by the UN Women project “Empowering abandoned wives of migrant workers in Tajikistan,” which has provided more than 3,000 villagers in Fathobod, Tajikistan, with clean drinking water.
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Ahead of World Water Day, UN Women highlights the urgent need to reverse the disproportionate burden on women to provide water for their families.
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Natural resources and the environment can be both a source of tension and a platform for cooperation between parties in dispute. Oil, minerals and timber generate vast wealth; land and water sustain life and livelihoods: all are of vital importance to societies and peoples around the world. Consequently, concern about natural resources is frequently a driver of violent conflicts that immeasurably damage both the natural and the social environment.