This entry posted by Julie Lafrenière, Women’s Rights Specialist at Oxfam Canada, on 25 November 2015.
Erbil, 28 November 2015 – Kurdistan Region joined the United Nations and the rest of the world on Thursday, 26 November, to mark the start of the world campaign for 16 Days to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence. The 16 days against gender-based violence puts the human rights of women and girls at the centre of the world’s and Iraq’s attention. In Kurdistan region, the campaign of this year brings attention to the difficult situation of displaced girls, women, and their right to education.
This year’s 16 Days Against Gender-based Violence campaign focuses specifically on the relationship between militarism and the right to education. This right to education should include the availability of proper educational infrastructure and facilities as well as safe access. Unfortunately, however, this is not the daily reality of school-aged children everywhere in the world: discrimination, lack of resources and violence is undermining the universal human right to education of millions of girls and boys, and young women and men.
Recognising the need to advance gender and protection issues during times of disasters made worse by climate change impacts, a network comprising of government officials from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu has been set up to provide a platform to share information, experiences and best practices.
Referred to as the ProPa Network, which coins two words, Protection and Pacific, it aims to raise awareness on the range of issues related to the cross cutting theme and to better address these issues before, during and after a disaster.
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 26 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is intensifying its campaign to mainstream Gender and Development (GAD) and eventually eliminate Violence against Women (VAW).
The region, through its Women Commission (RCBW-ARMM), kicked-off the annual “18-day campaign to end incidences of violence against women” on November 25, in Cotabato City.
Rights and justice issues aired in public meetings and explored in a series of reports.
By IWPR Afghanistan A series of debates organised by IWPR has given Afghan women in the Kandahar and Khost provinces their first ever chance to make their views on gender equality known in a public forum.
Speakers discussed women’s access to justice as well as the discrimination many face in the workplace.
Luisa Emilia Reyes Zúñiga is Programme Director of Equality and Sustainable Development Policies and Budgets, with the Mexican NGO Equidad de Género (Gender Equity). An expert on gender-responsive public policies, budgets and development, including comprehensive disaster risk management and climate change, she has trained governmental and UN officials and played an active role in advocating for gender equality during several international negotiations, including Rio+20, CSW, the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and COP.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 2015 (IPS) - Civil society members from around the world are calling for action to end gender-based violence during its annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
Launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), the 16 Days Campaign brings together almost 5,500 organizations globally.
Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious—and the most tolerated—human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.
Its continued presence is one of the clearest markers of societies out of balance and we are determined to change that.
On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women we say again:
It is not acceptable.
It is not inevitable.
It can be prevented.
(New York, 16 November 2015) Sexual violence has been a characteristic of the Syrian conflict, and has been perpetrated by most of the belligerent parties as a tactic of war and a tactic of terrorism, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Zainab Hawa Bangura, today told the UN Security Council, calling for political and financial support to strengthen the current response for communities affected by conflict-related sexual violence.
VIENNA, 16 November 2015 – Peace and security in societies cannot be achieved unless women are fully involved and meaningfully engaged in peace-building processes, said participants of the Security Days event in Vienna on 13 November 2015.
NOVEMBER 12, 2015
By Elizabeth Bryan, Patti Kristjanson, and Claudia Ringler
Until recently, there has been little evidence supporting the need to focus on the gendered dimensions of agriculture and climate change. Why? Because few researchers have been talking to women in agriculture as well as men--both of whom contribute to solving the food security challenges posed by climate change.
By Enayatullah Omari
Progress has been too dependent on encouragement from international doors, rather than domestic political will.
Successive Afghan governments have failed to live up to their commitments on women’s rights, according to speakers at an IWPR debate in Kabul.
They told an audience of some 100 women and girls that despite advances in gender equality since the fall of the Taleban in 2001, much more needed to be done.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined second and third periodic report of Timor-Leste on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
It is an honor to again present to you this Third Quarter Edition of the UN Women Liberia Newsletter.
With your support, UN Women has accelerated its programme delivery; expanded its reach to more vulnerable women; and built strategic partnerships for positioning the gender agenda in ongoing national policy and reform processes.
Published: October 29, 2015 | By Samuel Stratford
Samuel Stratford graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014, where he studied Politics and International Relations, and completed a Master’s in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2015. His work has largely focused on complex emergencies, culminating in his dissertation centred on the perpetuation of violence in Sudan.
29 October 2015 – Disaster response specialists, including from the United Nations and other organizations, gathered in Suva, Fiji this week for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting, where the focus has been on high rates of preventable mortality and morbidity among women and children in the disaster-prone region.
Kabul, October 17, 2015 — Today Kabul University launched a first-of-its-kind gender and women’s studies master’s programme to create a platform for training future advocates of gender equality, generate research on gender, violence against women and underprivileged groups, and raise awareness about men’s and women’s social responsibilities. The programme has been designed with UNDP Afghanistan’s technical guidance and generous funding from the Republic of Korea.
On the eve of the last negotiation session before Parties meet to adopt a new climate agreement at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in December 2015, experts issued recommendations to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of gender perspectives in related mechanisms and processes.