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02 Sep 2015 description
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Kabul, Afghanistan – U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley honored 10 Afghan women at the American Embassy on August 22 for their selection as the first of 3,000 civil service interns sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the $38 million Promote: Women in Government program.

02 Sep 2015 description

April 25th, 2015 will be seared into the collective memory of Nepal as a tragic date. That day a massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck the small mountainous nation killing over 8,000 people and injuring more than 22,000. As complete buildings have been razed to the ground, tens of thousands are rendered homeless and their livelihoods endangered. Many UNESCO heritage sites in Nepal have also sustained medium to high damage. The unravelling of Nepal's social, economic and political fabric has precipitated a humanitarian crisis.

01 Sep 2015 description

By Rosemarie North, IFRC

There was something odd about the people coming to pick up tarpaulins and other earthquake aid items from the Nepal Red Cross Society distribution point.

Farzana Akther noticed they were mostly men.

But her list of eligible recipients showed that many women in Purana Jhanga Jholi, in Sindhuli district in southern Nepal, were entitled to collect supplies. Where were they?

28 Aug 2015 description
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) concluded on Wednesday, at Shahid Saad Abdullah Conference Centre in Erbil, a three-day high-level workshop on gender sensitive budgeting. Nearly 70 experts and representatives of multiple sectors from different governorates across Iraq endorsed a plan of action, including recommendations and an assessment mechanism, which would help improve the gender equality environment and employment into local development and service delivery.

27 Aug 2015 description

Ce jeudi 27 août, à Abidjan, la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) dévoile en son siège un nouveau rapport, dédié aux femmes et au secteur de l’agriculture en Afrique.

27 Aug 2015 description

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched on Monday, at Shahid Saad Abdullah Conference Centre in Erbil, a three-day high-level workshop on gender sensitive budgeting. The workshop is part of the activities implemented under the UNDP Local Area Development Programme (LADP), a project funded by the European Union (EU).

Organized in cooperation with UN Women, the workshop aims at building capacity and providing technical assistance to selected Governorates of Iraq to adopt gender sensitive budgeting and planning process.

17 Aug 2015 description

La Coopération belge au Développement a octroyé deux millions d’euros au projet « Appui aux droits et participation des femmes Congolaises dans le cadre de la Résolution 1325 du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies » pour permettre au Ministère du Genre, Famille et Enfant Congolais d’appuyer la promotion des droits des femmes.

Le projet est d’une durée de deux ans (2015-2016) et sera implémenté par l’entité des Nations Unies pour l’égalité des sexes et l’autonomisation des femmes, ONU Femmes. Ce projet inclut les composantes ci-après :

14 Aug 2015 description
report ECOWAS

Trente sept ivoiriens, dont 32 femmes et 5 hommes, ont reçu ce jeudi 13 août 2015 à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, leurs attestations au terme d’une formation de trois jours organisée par la Commission de la CEDEAO, en collaboration avec le ministère ivoirien de la Solidarité, de la Famille, de la Femme et de l’Enfant, avec le soutien de l’Agence danoise de développement international (DANIDA).

12 Aug 2015 description

Bern, 12.08.2015 - The Federal Council is strengthening Switzerland's commitment to UN Women, the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and to IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The aim is to contribute even more effectively in future to improving both the situation of disadvantaged women and girls, and global food security. To this end, Switzerland is raising its general annual contributions to UN Women to CHF 16 million for 2015-2017, and to IFAD to CHF 15 million for the 2016-2018 period.

10 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Nueva York) – Las Naciones Unidas y los países miembros deberían abordar los problemas que enfrentan las mujeres en situaciones de conflicto armado en todo el mundo, señaló Human Rights Watch en un informe difundido hoy. Este año se cumple el 15.º aniversario de la histórica Resolución 1325 del Consejo de Seguridad sobre las mujeres, la paz y la seguridad, que será debatida por dicho consejo en octubre de 2015.

10 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Il faut faciliter la participation politique et améliorer les services destinés aux victimes de viol

(New York) – Les Nations Unies et les pays membres devraient s’attaquer aux problèmes auxquels les femmes du monde entier sont exposées dans les situations de conflit armé, a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui. Cette année marque le 15ème anniversaire de la Résolution 1325 du Conseil de sécurité, une résolution historique consacrée aux femmes, à la paix et à la sécurité, qui sera débattue au Conseil de sécurité en octobre 2015.

05 Aug 2015 description
Recommendations - English
Recommendations - Arabic

Erbil, 05 August 2015 – The Conference on ‘Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism’ ended yesterday with women’s rights activists, government officials, parliamentarians, civil society representatives, researchers and academics issuing a statement with twelve recommendations among them: A call for the allocation of funding and support for the implementation of the Special Emergency on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which takes into account the current concerns of women and girls due to the conflict with ISIL; An appeal to the Government to declare August 15th as the …

04 Aug 2015 description
report UN Radio

Maldives is making strides in confronting challenges such as climate change and achieving gender parity, according to the UN.

Located in the Indian Ocean, the island nation has been described as "ground zero" for monitoring the impact of climate change.

Shoko Noda is Resident Coordinator for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Maldives. She tells Dianne Penn how the UN is supporting this "young democracy."

Duration: 2'30"

03 Aug 2015 description
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Erbil, 03 August 2015 - “Women can be powerful poles for positive change and participate in innovative efforts to inform, shape and implement policies and programs to mitigate the effects of conflict and violent radicalization”, said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), at the opening of the two-day National Conference on ‘Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism’.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 2015 (IPS) - This October will mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. The landmark resolution on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) recognises not only the disproportionate impact armed conflict has on women, but also the lack of women’s involvement in conflict resolution and peace-making.

30 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

DUBAÏ , 30 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Les organisations d’aide humanitaire conviennent aisément qu’il est important de mener des programmes qui tiennent compte des disparités entre les sexes, mais peu d’entre elles ont mis au point des méthodes concrètes d’évaluation des impacts pour les personnes qu’elles sont censées aider.

Le Comité permanent interagence (IASC, en anglais) a établi une échelle de notation évaluant les propositions de projets humanitaires selon qu’elles ignorent, prennent en compte ou privilégient l’égalité des sexes.

30 Jul 2015 description

Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, director of gender programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Good morning and thank you to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel, and other Members of the Committee, for this opportunity to testify before you today on this important and timely subject: “Women under ISIS Rule: From Brutality to Recruitment.”

29 Jul 2015 description


29 Jul 2015 description
report CARE, Oxfam

• Population: 50.6% male to 49.4% female
• Population by Age: 65yrs 5%
• Average household size: 6 (5 in KRI)
• Female headed households: 10%
• Polygamous households: 12.3% women with co-wife
• Literacy Rates 15-24 yrs: male 84.1%; female 80.5%
• Infant Mortality rates: 28 per 1000 live births

28 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

By Louise Redvers

DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping.

The humanitarian sector’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) “Gender Marker” rates aid proposals on whether they ignore, take into account, or prioritise Gender Equality Programming (GEP).