Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

September 15, 2016
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Refugees and Migrants at the UN

High Level Summit for Refugees and Migrants Yesterday in beautiful late summer weather, I met my friend Marilyn in New York. After lunch at Le Pain Quotidien we went to a panel on refugees and migrants hosted by the NGO Committee on the … Continue reading



May 26, 2016
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Gender Equality

Work for Gender Equality Lakshmi Puri is UN Women’s dynamic Deputy Executive Director. She spoke at an event in New York on May 17 with thanks and a call to action to promote gender equality. I love her reference to … Continue reading



May 5, 2016
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Fulani Herders Face Igbo Women

Fulani Herders I read this intriguing article about how a group of Igbo women confronted Fulani herders whose cows were destroying their crops. They put their heads together and came up with a novel solution. What did they do? A clue … Continue reading



March 31, 2016
by Catherine Onyemelukwe
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Gender equality and women’s empowerment

Commission on the Status of Women Ends The Commission on the Status of Women with its theme of gender equality and women’s empowerment has concluded. There were around 4,100 non-governmental representatives from more than 540 organizations, the “highest number ever for one of … Continue reading



March 15, 2016
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UN Women, CSW, and My Small World

UN Women and CSW My first task in New York yesterday was to get my pass for the CSW, the Commission on the Status of Women. This year is the 60th anniversary of the two-week annual CSW presented by UN Women. I had … Continue reading



January 15, 2016
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Step It Up and Other News

Step It Up I flew to Miami, Florida this afternoon for the bi-annual board meeting of the USNC UN Women, the United States National Committee for United Nations Women. Our meeting starts Saturday morning and finishes at noon on Sunday. … Continue reading



September 1, 2015
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Could They Do It?

Five Hundred Days The Executive Director of UN Women, South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, reminds us that 500 days have passed since the Chibok girls were kidnapped. She urges us to welcome what the Nigerian government is attempting to do, even though Boko Haram is … Continue reading