Afghan women and girls have made significant gains with the support of USAID, working in partnership with the Afghan government and other international donors:
About 3.5 million girls are enrolled in school according to the Afghan Ministry of Education
USAID supported the increase of women in the health workforce. In 2002, only 25 percent of health facilities had a female health worker. As of 2015, 85 percent of health facilities have at least one female health worker (doctor, nurse or midwife)
December 31, 2016
WILPF has done a lot of work over the decades to ensure gender diversity in disarmament discussions, including a diversity of participation and perspectives. This work is having more impact than ever these days, with a number of groups taking up the work and more governments recognising its importance.
Kachin, Myanmar – Five years ago, armed conflict engulfed Nam San Yam Village in northern Myanmar, forcing Aung Htwe to flee for his life. Since then, he has lived in the Maina AG displacement camp, unable to return home. Yet even in this safe haven, he sees – and hears – violence all the time.
“Because the shelters are so small and the walls are so thin, there is no privacy,” he said. “I slowly became aware just how much violence there is within families.”
Les inégalités entre sexes freinent le développement durable
16 décembre 2016, Rome - « Parvenir à l'égalité des sexes et autonomiser les femmes n'est pas seulement la bonne chose à faire mais représente également une composante essentielle de la lutte contre la pauvreté extrême, la faim et la malnutrition, » a déclaré aujourd'hui M. José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO.
But gender inequality putting a brake on sustainable development
16 December 2016, Rome - Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but is a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
12 December 2016, JUBA – The United Nations Development Programme and UN Women jointly launched the Africa Development Report 2016 under the theme “Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa” in Juba on Monday. The event brought together government ministers, civil society, academia, and the private sector for an interactive panel discussion on the key findings of the report and how they apply to South Sudan.
ACTED and its local partner AWO, launched a national workshop on Saturday 10 December 2016 in the Jordanian capital Amman to present the results of a study analysing the linkages between gender-based violence and radicalisation in Jordan. The event marked the end of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” and International Human Rights Day (December 11), aiming to galvanise support to tackle violence against women as well as promote equal access to rights around the world.
Mogadishu, 12 December 2016 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has today commended its female peacekeepers for their critical role in the restoration of peace and stability in Somalia after decades of war.
The recognition was made during the female peacekeepers conference, held in Somali capital, Mogadishu, and attended by officers from all components of AMISOM including the military, police and civilian.
Ida Sem Fossvik
Two months after the people of Colombia voted no to the peace agreement, a new agreement has been approved and the president has received the Nobel Peace Prize. Restoring peace in Colombia is more urgent than ever, say NORCAP experts Devanna de la Puente and Åshild Falch.
Mogadishu, 11 December 2016 – Somali youths have been challenged to play an active role in fighting discrimination against women and minorities.
The plea was made at a workshop attended by youths, members of the civil society and representatives from regional administrations among others.
Speaking at the meeting, Galmudug Minister for Public Works, Mohamed Mohamud Gure, said discrimination and violence was not only confined to women and children but also targeted minorities and other members of society.
In November 2016, ICRC director of communications - Charlotte Lindsey, gave a speech to an international gathering of survivors, practitioners and experts looking at the issue of sexual violence. This event took place at Wilton Park in the UK and was hosted and convened by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Baroness Anelay.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, visited the Women Situation Room (WSR)-Ghana, on the E-day, 07 December 2016.
The WSR is a women-led-peace building mechanism that embrace the youth to mitigate conflicts before, during and after elections. Mohamed Ibn Chambas had two meetings with national and international eminent women and with the youth of ECOWAS.
November 24th- 25th 2016; UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa organized an experience sharing workshop on enhancing Institutional Capacity for Gender Mainstreaming in Education. This forum has been supported by HNA Group and Hainan Cihang Foundation (CHF).
7 December 2016, Dakar, Senegal - UNESCO considers gender equality as a fundamental human right, a building block for social justice and an economic necessity. It is a critical factor for the achievement of all internationally agreed development goals as well as a goal in itself. For this reason Gender Equality continues to be one of the two global priorities of UNESCO.
Women are on the front line of the agricultural system, providing major inputs to the cultivation, processing and marketing of produce. Failing to address the inequalities and discrimination that face women and girls will make it impossible to end hunger in South Sudan. There is an urgent need to close the gender gap in South Sudan and provide better protection for women and girls, who face continuous distressing levels of sexual and gender-based violence.
by Rachel Vogelstein and Anne Connell
November 29, 2016
Baghdad/Erbil, Iraq, 28 November 2016 – Under the theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Step Up for Freedom and Equality”, the United Nations in cooperation with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government launched the 16 days of Activism campaign against gender-based violence in Iraq. The campaign was launched in Baghdad on 26 November 2016 under the auspices of H.E. Haider Al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq. Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister, Dr.
Freetown November 28, 2016: The 2016 African Human Development Report (AHDR) launched today offers pathways to reducing the persistent gender inequality in Africa.
The report titled “Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa,” highlights deeply-rooted structural obstacles such as unequal distribution of resources, power and wealth, combined with social institutions and norms that sustain inequality holding African women, and the rest of the continent, back.
A social epidemic that affects one in three women in the region
Violence against women affects one in three women in Latin America and the Caribbean, where this social epidemic carries an economic cost of between 1.6 percent and 6.4 percent of the gross domestic product of the countries of the region.
Therefore, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) reaffirms its commitment to continue working to eradicate this problem.