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31 Aug 2016 description
report UN News Service

30 août 2016 – Le Comité des droits des personnes handicapées (CDPH) a déclaré mardi que les Etats doivent favoriser l'autonomisation des femmes en augmentant leur confiance en soi au lieu de les traiter comme des objets de pitié.

31 Aug 2016 description

“The UN Constitutional” team is pleased to present the fifth issue of its newsletter featuring articles by constitutional experts, reports from the field, and a digest of recent constitutions-related publications. In this edition, we interviewed the former Nepali Constituent Assembly chair on his role in this unique process. We also explore the importance of ‘context’ in constitutional assistance efforts, and consider the links between the SDGs and gender equality provisions in constitutions.

29 Aug 2016 description
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Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2016 – The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) launched today the design phase of a new major regional program to empower young Arab women scientists and leaders in agricultural research and development.

Funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the design phase will lay the groundwork for the Young Arab Women Scientists Leadership (Tamkeen) Program, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

29 Aug 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 humanitarian actors mainly 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 gender-equality programming in humanitarian emergency settings.

29 Aug 2016 description

19 August, 2016 Astana – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, the United Nations Development Programme, the Government of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency have launched a pilot project of Kazakhstan’s ODA aimed at expanding economic independence and rights of Afghan women and entitled “Promoting Kazakhstan’s ODA Cooperation with Afghanistan”.

26 Aug 2016 description
report Oxfam

Damaris Castillo Oxfam International, Advisor for humanitarian communications in Latin America and the Caribbean

In the shade of a great neem, the legendary tree from India whose foliage affords some protection from the blistering sun in Southern Honduras, 25 women from the community of Lange sit with Mary Robinson, the UN Special Envoy on Climate. With the temperature rising to almost 99 degrees Fahrenheit, the women share their pain and concerns in the wake of an intense drought that has decimated their rivers, crops, farm plots, and their hope.

25 Aug 2016 description

Women promote peace following 10-year conflict

August 2016—Angeline Kobuko, a young woman from the Bana district of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, is the youth president of her community. A strong leader, she represents the voice of the youth at district meetings on pressing issues, such as violence prevention.

Kobuko is a survivor of violence herself. She grew up in a turbulent home where arguments between her parents often turned physical. Over time, Kobuko became fearful of interacting with others, and she avoided her peers.

22 Aug 2016 description

Pacific women's voices crucial for disaster management.

The region is often hit by natural disasters with major cyclones devastating Vanuatu and Fiji in the past 18 months.

Aleta Miller of the UN Women's Fiji office says women are more affected than men in the aftermath and should be included in disaster management planning.

But she said aid agencies often cast women as victims first and risk ignoring what is truly needed.

20 Aug 2016 description
report ActionAid, Oxfam

This brief draws examples from the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia and details how gender is or is not an integral element of adaptation practices and policies. The document offers recommendations for how greater inclusion can be achieved, in a context where policy approaches aimed at strengthening local communities’ adaptive capacity largely fail to recognise the gendered nature of everyday realities and experiences.

The key lessons from the aforementioned regions are the following:

13 Aug 2016 description

60 Days of Learning, From Youth Through Peace to Gender

Friday, August 12, 2016
By: Carla Koppell and Alison Milofsky

11 Aug 2016 description
report AlertNet

Of the more than 900,000 homes damaged and destroyed, about a quarter belonged to female-headed households

By Rina Chandran

KATHMANDU, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last year's twin earthquakes in Nepal disproportionately affected single women, underlining the need for equal land ownership to increase their resilience in disasters, a women's rights activist has said.

Read the full story here.

09 Aug 2016 description
report CARE

Juba, August 09 2016. CARE is deeply concerned about the safety of women and girls displaced by the recent outbreak of fighting in South Sudan. “In the past weeks we heard troubling accounts of women being raped, gang-raped, beaten or robbed, many of them by soldiers outside the areas where civilians are being protected by the UN. These women had to leave these safe areas to search for food and basic supplies. It is horrendous that they had to make a choice between safety and survival”, says Fred McCray, CARE’s Country Director in South Sudan.

07 Aug 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Latham

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 6 2016 (IPS) - After years of wrangling and debates among African leaders, the movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) is gaining real momentum, with a new action plan signed this week by Pan African Parliament (PAP) representatives and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) to end FGM as well as underage marriage.

The UNFPA has already trained over 100,000 health workers to deal specifically with aiding victims of FGM, while tens of thousands of traditional leaders have also signed pledges against the practice.

05 Aug 2016 description

Women who make up about 49 percent of the Fijian population, are the most disadvantaged and negatively affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This is according to the Government’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment Report.

The report states the high burden of reproductive work confines women to the poorly remunerated informal sector, which leaves them with no income security to respond to the disaster.

Tropical Cyclone Winston affected approximately 540,400 people.

This included 264,000 women and girls, equivalent to 40 percent of Fiji’s population.

02 Aug 2016 description

Aug 2, 2016: New Delhi: Manila: The International Planned Parenthood Federation through its humanitarian wing, the SPRINT Initiative, is providing humanitarian assistance in the conflict-affected areas of Cotabato in the Philippines.

01 Aug 2016 description

Over the last few weeks, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has received deeply disturbing reports of widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, of women and young girls, by soldiers in uniform and also by unidentified armed groups of men in plainclothes. These incidents have been reported from a number of locations, including areas in the vicinity of the Protection of Civilians sites near UN House, and also in other neighborhoods of Juba.

01 Aug 2016 description

I was very fortunate to be invited to join WILPF in Sarajevo in June 2016 for a workshop to discuss a political economy perspective on WILPF’s proposed reparations program for survivors of the Bosnian war. And I also joined the solidarity dialogue between Bosnian and Ukrainian women on post-conflict situations and women’s rights.

27 Jul 2016 description
report Guardian

Women and girls on the refugee trail are disproportionately affected by violence.
An expert panel suggest practical steps to improve their safety

26 Jul 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 25 July 2016 17:23 GMT

BOGOTA, July 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia's government and FARC rebels have pledged to improve access to land for women and ensure perpetrators of sexual violence, including rape, will not be eligible for amnesty as part of ongoing peace talks to end five decades of civil war.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

19 Jul 2016 description

In the Transformation Decade (2015-2024), a new generation of Afghan leaders – both men and women – will emerge who are equipped with the education, skills, and desire to build a brighter future for Afghanistan. Promote is a joint commitment by the U.S. and Afghan Governments that will work to empower 75,000 women between the ages of 18-30 and help ensure these women are included among a new generation of Afghan political, business, and civil society leaders.