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Papua New Guinea + 5 others
ECHO Factsheet – The Pacific Region – September 2014

Key messages

  • 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.

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Raising ambition for climate action, women lead the way

UN Women

Focus will be on women’s participation and partnerships that can catalyse climate justice.

(New York, 18 September 2014) On the eve of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, more than 130 women leaders will gather in New York to demonstrate their commitment to ambitious and gender-sensitive climate action.

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MPs commit to act on gender and eliminate inequality

Over 40 Asia-Pacific parliamentarians meeting in Manila, Philippines have committed to eliminate inequality and protect the rights of women through a strong assertion of human rights in every aspect of development.

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The eight-fold path to gender inclusion

Development workers often do not have the tools to better integrate gender issues into water planning. Here are tips to help from two women who have created gender-inclusive water management systems.

"The men say that the well is perennial", I said. "Do you use it"? "No", replied the women. "It might be perennial, but the water is unclean. Our dals don't cook, and there are sometimes worms in the water".

India Water Portal:

This story was first published on India Water Portal, an initiative supported by Arghyam. IWP is India’s largest resource and platform focused on water issues.

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Ratification of UN Convention on Ending Women’s Discrimination an Important Step for South Sudan


JUBA, South Sudan (11 September 2014) — International aid organisation CARE International has welcomed the decision by South Sudan’s parliament to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

The Convention, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, defines what constitutes discrimination against women, and commits UN member states to setting up an agenda for action to end such discrimination. The Convention was formally ratified by South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly last week.

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UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs: Rapporteur’s Report 2014

Abstract This report provides highlights of UNHCR’s 2014 Annual Consultations with NGOs, which brought together some 482 representatives from around the world, representing 250 different NGOs, UN and international organizations from 82 different countries, of which 56.4% of these NGOs were national NGOs and 43.6% were international NGOs.

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World + 2 others
Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women’


Data on the 2004 tsunami found that women were more affected than men. It’s time to recognise gender in disaster response

Philippa Ross in Suva

Disasters triggered by climate change are not blind to gender and age. They affect men and women, the old and the young, very differently. Sex and age are some of the most powerful indicators of how individuals will experience a disaster: who survives and who dies. Despite this, we have worryingly little data on the issue.

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ACCORD trains SADC military, police and civilians in mediation, negotiation and gender in peace support operations

The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in the Exercise AMANI Africa II Pre deployment Courses. This participation contributes to the adequate preparation of the civilians, police and military officers from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region who will take part in the Continental Field Training Exercise (FTX).

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Jordan + 1 other
RRP6 Jordan Partner - Un Ponte Per Factsheet, July 2014


Un Ponte per (UPP) is a non-governmental humanitarian organization for international solidarity working in Middle East since 1991, right after the Gulf War. In more than 20 years UPP, in strong connection with local civil society organizations, has organized relief work and promoted cooperation projects in the fields of health, education, recovery of cultural heritages, water and sanitation, psycho-social support, aware-ness and advocacy for human rights.

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Korhogo : les habitants du quartier Haoussadougou sensibilisés sur les mutilations génitales féminines

Faire prendre conscience des conséquences néfastes des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) aux plans physique, médical, psychologique et juridique : tel a été l’objet de la séance de sensibilisation organisée par l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), la Clinique juridique et l’ONG Wobeh, vendredi 15 août 2014, à l’intention des habitants du quartier Haoussadougou de la ville de Korhogo (580 km au nord d’Abidjan).

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ACCORD co-hosts 4th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution

The recently-held Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference provided an important platform for African and American academics and practitioners working in the fields of conflict and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to share knowledge and discuss the theory and practice of ADR in Africa.

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World + 1 other
USAID announcements at the African Leaders’ Summit for Monday, August 4th

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today at the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the following:

Food Security, Climate Smart Agriculture and Resilience

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Fact Sheet: U.S.-African Cooperation in Advancing Gender Equality

“…[W]e support societies that empower women -- because no country will reach its potential unless it draws on the talents of our wives and our mothers, and our sisters and our daughters… You can measure how well a country does by how it treats its women.” – President Obama, Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013

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First summit on women and climate decries lack of grassroots funding


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:17 GMT

Author: Thin Lei Win

BALI, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A global summit on women and climate, the first of its kind, opened on Sunday, bringing together some 80 activists working on women’s rights, climate change and natural resources, in a bid to build alliances and raise the profile of female environmental leaders.

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UNHCR welcomes Council of Europe convention on combatting violence against women

STRASBOURG, France, July 31 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Thursday warmly welcomed the entry into force of a Council of Europe convention aimed at preventing and countering violence against women and domestic violence.

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World + 1 other
The link between human security and rural development needs to be widely recognized, says IFAD President visiting Japan this week

Rome 30 July 2014– The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze will travel to Japan this week to strengthen partnerships with Japanese counterparts furthering work to transform rural areas in developing countries into economically vibrant places.

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SPRINT delivers life-saving services to conflict affected people in the Central African Republic

8 Aug – Bangui: The SPRINT Initiative, a sexual and reproductive health programme in crisis and post crisis situations, is currently mobilising a humanitarian response to assist the conflict affected people of the Central African Republic. Working closely with its country partner, UNFPA and IPPF’s Member Association, the Association Centrafricaine pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ACABEF), SPRINT is providing USD105,206 for a period of 6 months in order to implement the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health. The

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South Africa + 2 others
Space to heal in an unequal society

Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.