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02 Mar 2015 description
report European Union

Des associations de femmes de Kenscoff se mobilisent pour promouvoir leurs droits et participer à la vie politique

19 Feb 2015 description

Experts and stakeholders working in disaster risk management (DRM) have made a call to better integrate gender equality and social inclusion into DRM, in order to address the issues of women, children, persons with disabilities, poor and other vulnerable groups.

11 Feb 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

The Malawi Government through Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare in conjunction with UNFPA is implementing the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) project. As the name suggests, GEWE aims to promote gender equality and women empowerment with support from state and non-state institutions to accelerate attainment of national development.

10 Feb 2015 description

This week sees the launch of a new resource on Gender and Food Security from the IDS-based BRIDGE team. The Gender and Food Security Cutting Edge Pack makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity are leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people.

Bringing voices together on gender and food security

10 Feb 2015 description
report UN News Service

9 février 2015 – Des attaques contre des écoles ont été recensées dans au moins 70 pays au cours des cinq dernières années et nombre d'entre elles ont visé en particulier des filles, leurs familles et les enseignants plaidant pour l'égalité des sexes en matière d'éducation, selon un nouveau rapport des Nations Unies publié lundi.

09 Feb 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Clayton Masekesa

Since 2010 the scheme has empowered many women to start businesses and earn income to improve the lives of their families and address issues of vital importance, including gender equity and HIV and AIDS.

06 Feb 2015 description

About 90 representatives from NGOs across Nigeria have had their capacities built on election observation from a gender perspective at a training held on January 29th, 2015. Using the election observation manual, participants were trained on the collection of gender disaggregated data during elections. The training also covered different methodologies for information gathering and analysis from a gender perspective during election observation.

06 Feb 2015 description
report European Union

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vĕra Jourová, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, issued the following statement on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February:

Today, as well as all over the year, we join our voices to say: Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation in Europe and worldwide.

05 Feb 2015 description

Joint statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by UNFPA, UNICEF, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Female genital mutilation (FGM) violates the human rights and undermines the health and well-being of some 3 million girls each year. More than 130 million girls and women in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated today have undergone some form of FGM – and the impact on their lives is enormous.

04 Feb 2015 description
report UN Women

Date : 03 February 2015

27 Jan 2015 description

Myanmar - Conflict re-erupted in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State in 2012, and since then close to 100,000 people have been displaced. Recent reports show a worrying upward trend in violence against women in camps for displaced people in the Kachin and northern Shan State, along with trafficking for sexual and labour purposes.

To address this, IOM Myanmar, UNFPA and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) will hold a three-day training workshop from 28 to 30 January to help organizations involved in humanitarian response tackle these issues.

27 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Nairobi, 23 January 2015 - The Somalia Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Working Group, chaired by UNFPA and co-chaired by INTERSOS, launched an appeal for US$ 9.5 million to implement the country's GBV Working Group three-years-strategy, which aims to support the Somali Government and partners in reducing GBV against women and girls, men and boys thereby ensuring timely and accessible quality responses and services to survivors.

24 Jan 2015 description

1/24/2015 - 14:36 GMT

Rwanda was held up Saturday as a beacon for gender equality as the business and political elite at the Davos forum underlined the importance of achieving parity in ending poverty.

The central African country, which two decades ago was struggling to recover from genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, became the first country in 2008 to have a parliament dominated by women.

Today, female lawmakers make up 64 percent of parliament, outperforming the world average of one in five.

23 Jan 2015 description
report UN Women

For immediate release
Date: 23 January 2015

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UN Women launches HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative

Top global leaders join campaign to advance gender equality

22 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

Despite some success, women in DRC striving to help resolve the country’s conflicts are hindered by cultural constraints and entrenched gender roles

Sitting at a table in a dimly lit restaurant in Goma, Chantal Rugenera Kambibi reflects on the challenges faced by Congolese women involved in peacekeeping.

19 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Yangon - Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MSWRR) has given its endorsement for publishing the country’s Gender Situation Analysis (GSA); a publication that consolidates existing data in Myanmar on gender equality and women’s rights in the current socio-economic and political context of Myanmar.

09 Jan 2015 description
report Women Under Siege

By Lauren Wolfe/Director — January 9, 2015

We know there’s a problem but we don’t know how big it is. That’s what governments, scholars, and others argue when trying to figure out how to allot funds toward this problem of sexualized violence in conflict. If we don’t know the numbers, they ask, how can we help properly? How can we mount prosecutions? Offer reparations? Put in place proper advocacy? So the thinking goes.

06 Jan 2015 description

By Zeba Noori and Dawn Carmin

Afghanistan’s 2014 national elections proved a turning point for women exercising their right to vote...

hen Malalai* was a child, she was taught that government was a man’s business. These lessons were reinforced by the Taliban, who banned Afghan women from stepping foot in polling centers. “We were told elections are meaningless for women,” Malalai said. Even after the Taliban’s fall, Malalai continued to follow the rules instilled by her upbringing. She did not vote in the 2004 and 2009 presidential elections.

19 Dec 2014 description

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

15 Dec 2014 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN) - When Shaharzad completed her law degree and announced she wanted to get a job, her younger brother did what he could to stop it. Coming from the culturally conservative Badakhshan region, the siblings had left their parents behind to move to the capital Kabul and her brother was technically the head of the household. Even still, she was determined to stand on her own feet.