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.
Somalia - IOM, with support from the European Commission, this month trained 30 police and immigration officers from various ports of entry in Puntland, Somalia, on basic concepts of human trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV).
As Puntland is a major transit point for vulnerable migrants in Somalia, the aim of the training was to sensitize the officers on human trafficking and GBV, and laws in place to tackle and address the two challenges.
Erbil, 22 November 2016 – On a UN Women emergency mission near eastern Mosul, the destruction of the war against ISIL was evident through numerous destroyed homes, shops, and deserted land for what used to be a thriving community filled with livelihood activities. With generous support from UN Women Headquarters (SIDA funds), the UN Women team went near the frontlines to distribute urgent necessity kits to 144 families who have recently fled the Mosul conflict.
After such a depressing week, I was especially happy to participate in an uplifting session at Civic Hall in Manhattan last Thursday night. We were brought together by Overture, a tech and humanitarian company dedicated to activating conversations about the development and support of technology solutions to help solve issues plaguing humanity. The session was part of Overture’s “Digital Humanitarian Series”, designed to foster strategic partnerships, dialogue, ideas, and eventual launch of tech services/products.
Female workers have little access to public sector jobs in northeast province.
By IWPR Afghanistan
Local government officials in Laghman province need to actively recruit female staff to redress the enormous gender imbalance in state institutions, a debate organized by IWPR has heard.
Mohebullah Sorkhrodi, from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), told the event that 7,431 people were employed in Laghman’s government offices.
Con el propósito de generar intercambio de experiencias y conocimientos sobre la aplicación de la perspectiva de igualdad de género y derechos humanos de las mujeres en la acción humanitaria, este día se llevó a cabo el“Primer Intercambio de Conocimientos sobre la Aplicación de la Perspectiva de Igualdad de Género y derechos Humanos de las Mujeres en Acción Humanitaria”, promovido por la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios –OCHA-, la Entidad de las Naciones Unidas para la Igualdad de Género y el Empoderamiento de las Mujeres -ONU Mujeres-, CARE, la …
L’Assemblée Nationale Centrafricaine a adopté hier avec une majorité confortable (86 voix pour, 22 contre et 8 abstentions) la loi sur la parité homme-femme proposée par le Gouvernement. Le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD), le Fonds des Nations pour la population (FNUAP) et ONU Femmes ont joué un rôle majeur dans le renforcement des capacités de la Commission Genre de l’Assemblée Nationale sur l’approche genre et le plaidoyer en faveur de cette loi.
Around 180 young women and adolescent girls from Malawi, Kenya and Uganda have led a pilot project that aims to strengthen the leadership of young women and adolescent girls in the AIDS response. Called Empowerment + Engagement = Equality, the programme aims to address issues of gender inequality that heighten adolescent girls’ vulnerability to HIV infection and provide spaces where experiences can be shared.
by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin
Across peace and development initiatives, the exclusion of women comes at a high cost. Without women’s equal participation, peace agreements are more fragile, peacekeeping missions are less credible and safe, and economies are less prosperous.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) via its Asia-Pacific Regional Office is congratulating participants at the just-concluded Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for issuing the Delhi Declaration that reiterates a regional blueprint going forward, as well as the expanded Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
USAID’s Ministry of Women's Affairs Restructuring and Empowerment (MORE) project strengthens the capacity of the Ministry of Women's Affairs MoWA) in advocating for public policies that support and empower women in Afghanistan.
Jueves 3 de noviembre del 2016. Funcionarios de diferentes instituciones nacionales se reunirán hoy y mañana con personal de la Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE) con el propósito de desarrollar capacidades y sensibilizar al personal en la temática de igualdad de género y gestión integral del riesgo de desastres.
by Allison Floyd
Women play a substantial role in the production and processing of peanuts in many countries of the world — so much so, that peanut is sometimes called a “woman’s crop.”
But that doesn’t mean that women have the same role in every village within a district — or even in every home within a village.
About 2,200 resilient houses have been reconstructed (out of 2500 planned). Among the total bene ciaries, over 10% are widows, and another 10% are female- headed households.
A new Housing Reconstruction Policy was created, outlining bene ciary eligibility, selection criteria (with special attention to widows and women headed houses), design, construction parameters, stipulations for implementation, insurance and more.
JALALABAD - The critical role of Afghan police in eliminating violence against women and promoting gender equality was highlighted at a regional UNAMA-backed event in eastern Nangarhar province.
Some 50 women police officers from Laghman, Kunar and Nangarhar provinces participated in the event, which included presentations from representatives of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the Afghan National Police and the regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).