Women must become equal partners for rural development in Asia-Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand, 20 Nov 2014 -- The obstacles blocking women from more equal and accessible participation in the food and agriculture sectors should be removed to empower rural women and help the Asia-Pacific region achieve its food security needs, an FAO convened meeting heard today.
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
(CNS): There are political, economic and cultural constructs that have marred the realisation of the promises made 20 years ago in Beijing around gender justice. The tall tree of injustice and oppression that shades gender justice and equality, has thick foliage and deep roots according to Kamala Chandrakirana of Asia Pacific Women's Alliance For Peace And Security. But there are warm, though feeble, rays of hope, thawing the ice of extraordinary barriers that women face in full enjoyment of their human rights.
Equality, human rights and full access to reproductive health must be priorities for Asia-Pacific nations meeting at the UN in Bangkok next week for the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review.
That’s the view of leading parliamentarians from the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) who have been working to progress gender equality in their national parliaments throughout the region and at AFPPD workshops, said Pakistan MP and AFPPD delegation spokesperson Mrs Mahtab Akbar Rashdi.
Kabul, 16 November 2014 – Today the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan and the World Health Organization, with the support of UN Women, launched Afghanistan’s first-ever gender-based violence (GBV) treatment protocol for health care providers at an event held in Kabul.
The Gender Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) initiative - initiated in 2011 - was re-launched in Nepal following the signing of a GBV Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) on 10 November 2014 by eight NGOs, the National Women Commission (NWC) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The GBVIMS is a global initiative that started in 2009 and has been piloted to date in approximately 20 countries worldwide.
Thursday 6 November 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea
The multi-dimensional impacts of climate change and the need to put people at the centre of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies were highlighted at the launch of the Pacific Gender and Climate Change Toolkit on the occasion of the 44th Committee of Regional Governments and Administrations (CRGA) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. An estimated 16.1 million people were affected, with 1.1 million damaged or destroyed homes and as many as 4.1 million people displaced - nearly four times as many as those left homeless by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. At least 6,300 people were killed and another 5.9 million workers lost their livelihoods and sources of income.
The Kenya Red Cross Society responded to the Kapedo Attacks and has been since 1st November 2014 assisted in evacuating the victims and provision of first aid services among the casualties. Also a rapid assessment was conducted where 34 Houses were found to be burnt, 5 shops, including the only posho mill in the area, a church and staff quarters at Lonyangapuo Primary School were razed down in Chesitet Location.
To ensure that the needs of women and girls are addressed within the UN’s overall response to the devastating Ebola Virus Disease, the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone launched an Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in early October.
The Strategy aims to better connect UN organizations, promote women’s critical participation in all aspects of the Ebola response, build confidence among health workers, and reestablish trust among communities to utilize public health facilities and services.
Mogadishu-October 17th, 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has today authorized the deployment of an Investigation Team to look into allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) leveled against personnel of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report titled “The Power these Men Have Over Us – Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia” which was issued in Nairobi, Kenya on 8 September, 2014.
Après la première enquête réalisée en 2007, la République Démocratique du Congo vient de terminer sa Deuxième Enquête Démographique et de Santé, confirmant ainsi son insertion définitive dans le programme international d’Enquêtes Démographiques et de Santé (Demographic and Health Surveys–Measure DHS). Cette deuxième enquête répond globalement aux mêmes objectifs que la première, à savoir produire des indicateurs fiables et à jour pour l’élaboration, le suivi et l’évaluation de la mise en œuvre des programmes et politiques sectoriels du pays.
Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (SEA) are fundamental violations of humanitarian and protection principles of civilians during armed conflict. While any violations or abuses of power are the responsibility of the individual, the deploying entity also has a responsibility to ensure that effective mechanisms are in place to prevent and address misconduct on the part of its personnel.
Goma, le 1er octobre 2014. L’unité consultative militaire pour les questions sexospecifiques (Military Gender Field Advisory section), nouvellement créée au sein de la MONUSCO, a entrepris à Goma, au Nord Kivu, une série de formations sur les droits de l’Homme, la protection des enfants, l’équité entre les sexes ainsi que le code de conduite militaire, à l’intention des femmes casques bleus et du personnel féminin des Forces armées de la RD Congo (FARDC).
Being a girl comes with a steep set of challenges, especially for girls growing up in some of the world’s toughest places. Gender inequality is apparent right from the start, and many girls never have the opportunity to go to school, earn an income or have a voice in their own lives or their communities.
All over the world, Mercy Corps is working to change that by supporting girls’ education, providing vocational training and working with communities as a whole to help them understand the value that women and girls bring to society.
Une vingtaine d’éléments des Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FCRI) basés à Toulepleu dans l’extrême ouest ivoirien, ont pris part, jeudi 2 octobre 2014, à une séance de sensibilisation initiée par la division des Droits de l’Homme de l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI).
As of 18 Sept 2014, the cumulative number of Ebola cases (probable, confirmed and suspected) in the countries with widespread and intense transmission (i.e. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) stands at 5,335, with 2,622 recorded deaths. This equates to a mortality rate of 49%. In addition, countries with initial case or cases, or with localized transmission have 21 cases and 8 deaths in Nigeria and 1 case in Senegal. Approximately 45% of the total number of reported cases were recorded within the past four weeks1.
Since the outbreak of conflict in Mosul in June 2014, a combination of armed opposition groups including Baathists, members of the former regime/military, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or IS), have taken control of large areas of the Iraqi provinces of Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala. These include the cities of Mosul, Tikrit, Tal Afar, Beiji, Quayyara, Sinjar, Suleiman Bek, Rashad, Hawijah, Riyadh, Fallujah and Saqlawiyah.
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.
Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.