Africa Creates: UN Women – Working for Universal Equality

“The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly.”

As the Deputy Regional Director of UN Women’s Eastern and Southern Africa office, Simone Oluoch-Olunya has a lot of ground to cover. She shared with me about UN Women and the various campaigns they are working on.

UN Women was created in 2010 at the request of the member states of the United Nations as well as the women’s movements across the globe. Its role is to support the member states to achieve their commitments to the equality of women and girls, and to work with citizens to attain their rights.

My take on it: Equality of men and women does not mean sameness. It does not mean abandoning culture, destroying the family, or taking power away from men.

Humanity is like a bird: men are one wing, women the other. If one wing is weak and underdeveloped, the bird cannot fly. Only when both wings are equal in strength and influence will the bird of humanity soar to great heights. Only then will both women and men be able to develop to their full capacity, and humanity as a whole can achieve true prosperity materially, intellectually and spiritually.

But how do we achieve this? UN Women has a number of campaigns, such as He for She ( to raise awareness and promote gender equality. Listen to the interview below for more details:

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