By Scott Wisor
On 25 April 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, followed by another powerful 7.3-magnitude quake on 12 May. In the ongoing response to the earthquakes in Nepal, UN Women has worked side-by-side with government, UN OCHA and other UN agencies, and women’s groups to highlight the distinct needs of women and girls, and to promote their role as meaningful participants in eventual recovery, reconstruction and development. As we approach the one-year mark since the earthquakes, a spotlight on Nepali women and girls, their stories and their solutions.
by Aleta Miller
A Category 5 cyclone pulls root crops out of the ground long enough to fill the holes beneath them with water so that whatever hasn’t been scattered rots; it sends flash floods and storm surges roaring through villages, sweeping away people and their belongings; it turns villages into piles of debris and roofing iron into a deadly weapon.
By Justice Lucy Asuagbor, Commissioner, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa
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Shunned by their communities and unable to work, female survivors of Ebola in Guinea face profound hardship as they try to care for their families
By Billie Adwoa McTernan in Kissidougou
With dusk descending, Fanta Condé and Mariam Touré arrive in the village of Fermessadou, in southern Guinea.
Hunger: It’s not a new problem for many countries in Africa.
While food is a basic necessity for human life, the reasons why millions of people go hungry are complex.
Crops are failing in **Ethiopia** due to dry weather conditions caused by El Nino, leading to the worst drought in a decade and triggering a hunger crisis that is affecting 10 million people.
Jeunesse Avertie, une organisation sans but lucratif regroupant les jeunes de tous les horizons et œuvrant dans divers domaines, vient de publier le recueil des textes juridiques nationaux et internationaux ratifiés par la RDC pour lutter contre les violences sexuelles.
Ces deux recueils permettront de mieux faire connaître au grand public les différents textes réprimant de manière directe et indirecte les violences sexuelles basées sur le genre et de répondre au besoin de connaissance des textes en la matière.
Today, more than 100 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, the highest number recorded since the end of World War II; natural disasters now affect around 200 million people per year.
A quarter of this 100 million estimate are women and girls between 15 to 46 years old (reproductive age), whose very survival require specificity of approach; pregnancies and childbirths adding to their vulnerabilities.
by Lila O'Brien-Milne
Afghanistan 8am newspaper publishes Mark Bowden op-ed on women’s access to justice
KABUL - In an opinion-editorial published by the 8am newspaper today, Mark Bowden, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, reflects on the Farkhunda case and considers the wider issue of women’s access to justice.
In the article, Mr. Bowden notes that just over a year ago, a young women was brutally beaten to death on the streets of Kabul.
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Their Role Often Lauded, Rarely Visible, Says Gender Entity Chief, as Other Briefers Detail Progress, List Challenges
Women must be placed at the centre of efforts to prevent or resolve conflict in Africa, speakers said today as the Security Council took up the “women, peace and security agenda”, considering the role of women in creating more peaceful and equitable societies on the continent.
Zimbabwe’s Minister of Water, Environment and Climate, Oppah Muchinguri has decried lack of sufficient clean water as a stumbling block to achieving gender equality. She said girls were often forced to miss school because of searching for the precious liquid.
Meeting concludes with agreement on foundations to accelerate action for all women and girls
New York — The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded today with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. A set of agreed conclusions called for enhancing the basis for rapid progress, including stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing.
Jonglei State in South Sudan presents some of the most challenging water, sanitation and hygiene and food security conditions for communities in South Sudan today. Since the start of the conflict in December 2013 an estimated 2 million people have been displaced across the country, with 621,200 internally displaced within Jonglei state.
By Aweng Francis, James Huria and Stella Madete, Oxfam in South Sudan
“Women are the most affected during times of war and that is why we need to speak openly about peace” — Mary and Rebecca Athou, women leaders in Minkaman.
My friends, excellencies, distinguished guests and panelists, ladies and gentlemen. It is fantastic to see so many of you here today. You are an example of every UN meeting should be like. If anyone is looking for an example of resilience, it is here in this room.
I am really delighted to have the opportunity to participate today in this important meeting.
Thank you to all of the partners that are co-hosting this important high level event with OCHA: the Governments of Australia and Mexico, UN women, Oxfam and ActionAid.
From 28 February to 15 March, Groupe URD ran a training course in Sudan on gender issues, advocacy and project management, in partnership with the French Embassy in Sudan. The course was designed for 8 Sudanese NGOs working in prevention, protection and the response to gender-based violence. Having been initiated by the French Embassy in Sudan, the course aimed to build the capacity of local Sudanese organisations in project design and implementation.
Event told that gender discrimination comes in many forms.
By Barat Nazari
A recent IWPR debate in the northern Afghanistan province of Samangan heard that institutional corruption, unemployment and poverty were all factors fuelling rising rates of abuse against women.
An audience of some 100 women and girls also heard speakers argue that gender discrimination had to be battled in all its forms, not just physical violence.
UN Commission on the Status of Women to outline robust set of actions for translating ambitious development roadmap into reality for women and girls