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RRP6 Jordan Partner - Un Ponte Per Factsheet, July 2014

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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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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

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AlertNet

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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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.

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KOFF Newsletter No. 129, July 2014: Central America - a Narrow Path to Peace

Acts of violence against human rights activists in Guatemala, journalists murdered in Honduras, drug trafficking and armed gangs in El Salvador, and impunity and corruption at every level of society: Central America – the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) in particular – faces enormous problems. Although the wars ended more than a decade ago, positive peace still remains out of reach.

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Looking beneath the headlines: The practical challenges of combatting sexual violence in conflict

International Alert hosted a panel discussion at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) in London on 11 June.

The summit brought together survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, experts, NGOs and government delegations from over 100 countries, and was co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.

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Statement by the Executive Director to the Executive Board

At the Annual Session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board 2014

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Executive Board, Colleagues and friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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Omission of gender: Sri Lanka’s “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission”

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Peace Direct

Harshadeva Amarathungar discusses the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and its inadequacies in considering gender issues in the post-conflict Sri Lanka.

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Deadly Attacks in Central African Republic Test International Efforts to Restore Calm, Special Representative Tells Security Council

The Head of UN Women spotlighted the plight of women and girls falling prey to "terrifying" violations - perpetrated by armed groups - from rape to sexual slavery and forced marriage.

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“Raping women as punishment”

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CARE

Blog by Aimee Ansari, CARE’s Country Director in South Sudan

June 16, 2014

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What difference could a mobile app make in ending wartime rape?

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:24 GMT

Author: Katie Nguyen

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lost records, insufficient evidence, poor roads that cut off access to remote areas where crimes are taking place, long delays in the judicial process.

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Stigma remains in place as sexualized violence increases in CAR

By Megan Riesz/Guest Blogger — June 10, 2014

The Central African Republic may have a new leader for now—Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza was sworn in in January—but there are still old problems that exist when it comes to the country’s long history of sexualized violence.

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UN Egypt calls for firm stand on violence against women

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UN Women

The United Nations in Egypt commends the new anti-sexual harassment law and calls on the Egyptian authorities to ensure its enforcement for the protection of women and girls