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24 Oct 2016 description

Women and men access, use, and benefit from water differently; yet due to existing gender disparities, their relationship to water is often unequal.

In many households, women are the primary users and managers of water for domestic activities, including cooking, cleaning, subsistence agriculture, health and sanitation; men primarily use water resources for income-generating activities such as irrigation for cash crops or supporting livestock.

20 Oct 2016 description
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Mogadishu, 20 October 2016 – The United Nations, African Union Mission in Somalia, European Union (EU), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom welcomed the successful conclusion of the state-formation process for the newly-formed HirShabelle Administration and congratulated President Ali Abdullahi Osoble and Vice President Ali Abdullahi Hussein as they take up their heavy responsibilities.

17 Oct 2016 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 11 October 2016

Today the European Union and Egypt signed a €129 million package of financial assistance to support socio-economic development in Egypt.

Today, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and Dr. Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, signed a €129 million package of financial assistance in support of Egypt's socio-economic development.

15 Oct 2016 description
report UN News Service

15 October 2016 – Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they all “have gender equality and women's empowerment at their core.”

12 Oct 2016 description

We, the Foreign Ministers of Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA), affirm our commitment to address the growing challenge of humanitarian crises around the world. Humanitarian crises are increasingly complex and protracted with 65 million people fleeing their homes because of violence and disaster. It is vital that the world finds ways to ensure that the needs and rights of its displaced people are met, including through assisting refugee hosting countries.

12 Oct 2016 description
report CARE, World Vision

October 12, Brussels – Multi-sectoral experts will meet in Brussels today to discuss the urgent issue of gender-based violence that is prevalent worldwide, and gets particularly worse in conflict and among displaced populations. For example, in camps and host communities, lack of security and inadequate protection leave women and girls vulnerable to rape and harassment. Women and girls are disproportionately more affected than men in times of crisis.

11 Oct 2016 description
report A World at School

Today is the International Day of the Girl. A day when girls, their role in the world and their amazing potential is celebrated.

But 370,000 Syrian refugee girls under 18 living in Turkey will not be celebrating today. Having fled with their families from the horror of war in their home country, they are out of school and at risk of child labour, exploitation and early forced marriage.

09 Oct 2016 description
report UN Women
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Erbil, Iraq, 09 October 2016 - UN Women met with civil society groups in Erbil on 06 October 2016, as part of continuing efforts to engage civil society on gender equality, women’s rights, and empowerment. Through a consultative forum called Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) created by UN Women Iraq, the group will play a vital role in ensuring that UN Women’s national programming comes from an informed perspective in which the priorities on the ground, and from the ground, are taken into consideration.

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Mogadishu, 8 October 2016 - The Somali Religious Scholars Council has thrown its weight behind the 30 percent quota for women’s representation in parliament, saying that Islam does not oppose participation of women in politics.

The Chairman of the Council, Sheikh Yusuf Ali Aynte, said both men and women were equal before the Somali constitution and none was superior to the other before Allah.

08 Oct 2016 description
report UN Women

UN Women mobilizes relief efforts to support Haitians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

New York, October 7 - In its immediate response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, UN Women is mobilizing experts and resources to assess the humanitarian needs on the ground. The Government estimates that at least 350,000 people are in dire need of assistance due to the catastrophic storm that hit the southwest coast of the country on October 4, taking the lives of hundreds by now.

07 Oct 2016 description

Lorentzen, Jenny & Julie Marie Hansen (2016) Integrating Gender into Foreign Policy, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2016: PRIO.

 The lead story in this issue looks at approaches to integrating gender into foreign policy, with examples from Australia and Sweden. The story is based on talks by Professor Jacqui True (Monash University) and Professor Karin Aggestam (Lund University) at the recent PRIO seminar 'Gender in Foreign Policy', held on 23 September 2016. 

05 Oct 2016 description

WHAT IS GENCAP? The Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) is a joint initiative from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). GenCap seeks to build capacity of humanitarians actors at country level to mainstream gender in all sectors of humanitarian response. Gender Capacity (GenCap) Advisors facilitate, coordinate and advocate for the implementation of sector-by-sector genderequality programming in humanitarian emergency settings.

04 Oct 2016 description

San Salvador, viernes 30 de septiembre de 2016. La Secretaria de Inclusión Social y Presidenta del Instituto Salvadoreño para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (ISDEMU), Vanda Pignato, firmó esta mañana un convenio de cooperación con la Fundación CRISTOSAL, para desarrollar actividades conjuntas orientadas a brindar atención efectiva e integral a mujeres víctimas de violaciones de derechos humanos.

01 Oct 2016 description

A historic milestone occurred this week that many thought was impossible: the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel movement signed a peace agreement, bringing an official end to the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict.

29 Sep 2016 description

Erbil, 28 September 2016 – With the support of the Government of Japan, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) have successfully completed the first of two specialized training courses aimed at “Improving the Impact, Effectiveness, and Gender Sensitivity of the Community Police Directorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq”.

28 Sep 2016 description

‘Addressing impunity on sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan’

Your Excellency, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro,

Your Excellency, the Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Madam, Awut Deng Acuil Excellencies,

Senior Government officials,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

27 Sep 2016 description
report UN Women

Countries mobilize to address the daily challenges faced by women and girls worldwide

Date: 27 September 2016

Media Contact: Oisika Chakrabarti, +1 646 781-4522, oisika.chakrabarti[at]

27 Sep 2016 description
report Guardian

In the face of conflict and sexual abuse, women in a camp in Central African Republic’s capital are working together to rebuild their lives

Metres away from passengers awaiting their flights in the departure lounge of M’Poko airport in Bangui, tens of thousands of people shelter inside old jumbo-jets, under hangars or in ramshackle tents.

Marie Valentine, 66, is one of them. She remembers vividly the bullets flying in all directions as she fled her house in the capital of Central African Republic, in December 2013.

23 Sep 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

For Pacific island nations and her people, the evolving climatic realities now heavily influenced by a much warmer planet than we found it, is a stark reminder that at the end of the day, the human race shares one earth.