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27 Jan 2015 description

Myanmar - Conflict re-erupted in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State in 2012, and since then close to 100,000 people have been displaced. Recent reports show a worrying upward trend in violence against women in camps for displaced people in the Kachin and northern Shan State, along with trafficking for sexual and labour purposes.

To address this, IOM Myanmar, UNFPA and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) will hold a three-day training workshop from 28 to 30 January to help organizations involved in humanitarian response tackle these issues.

27 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Nairobi, 23 January 2015 - The Somalia Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Working Group, chaired by UNFPA and co-chaired by INTERSOS, launched an appeal for US$ 9.5 million to implement the country's GBV Working Group three-years-strategy, which aims to support the Somali Government and partners in reducing GBV against women and girls, men and boys thereby ensuring timely and accessible quality responses and services to survivors.

24 Jan 2015 description

1/24/2015 - 14:36 GMT

Rwanda was held up Saturday as a beacon for gender equality as the business and political elite at the Davos forum underlined the importance of achieving parity in ending poverty.

The central African country, which two decades ago was struggling to recover from genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, became the first country in 2008 to have a parliament dominated by women.

Today, female lawmakers make up 64 percent of parliament, outperforming the world average of one in five.

23 Jan 2015 description
report UN Women

For immediate release
Date: 23 January 2015

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UN Women launches HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative

Top global leaders join campaign to advance gender equality

22 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

Despite some success, women in DRC striving to help resolve the country’s conflicts are hindered by cultural constraints and entrenched gender roles

Sitting at a table in a dimly lit restaurant in Goma, Chantal Rugenera Kambibi reflects on the challenges faced by Congolese women involved in peacekeeping.

19 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Yangon - Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MSWRR) has given its endorsement for publishing the country’s Gender Situation Analysis (GSA); a publication that consolidates existing data in Myanmar on gender equality and women’s rights in the current socio-economic and political context of Myanmar.

09 Jan 2015 description
report Women Under Siege

By Lauren Wolfe/Director — January 9, 2015

We know there’s a problem but we don’t know how big it is. That’s what governments, scholars, and others argue when trying to figure out how to allot funds toward this problem of sexualized violence in conflict. If we don’t know the numbers, they ask, how can we help properly? How can we mount prosecutions? Offer reparations? Put in place proper advocacy? So the thinking goes.

06 Jan 2015 description

By Zeba Noori and Dawn Carmin

Afghanistan’s 2014 national elections proved a turning point for women exercising their right to vote...

hen Malalai* was a child, she was taught that government was a man’s business. These lessons were reinforced by the Taliban, who banned Afghan women from stepping foot in polling centers. “We were told elections are meaningless for women,” Malalai said. Even after the Taliban’s fall, Malalai continued to follow the rules instilled by her upbringing. She did not vote in the 2004 and 2009 presidential elections.

19 Dec 2014 description

Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan

15 Dec 2014 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN) - When Shaharzad completed her law degree and announced she wanted to get a job, her younger brother did what he could to stop it. Coming from the culturally conservative Badakhshan region, the siblings had left their parents behind to move to the capital Kabul and her brother was technically the head of the household. Even still, she was determined to stand on her own feet.

05 Dec 2014 description

Argentina - The IOM Mission in Argentina and Argentina’s Secretariat for Social Promotion of the City of Buenos Aires this week kicked off a series of workshops focusing on migrant women and gender violence.

The five half-day sessions, each targeting 25 participants, are designed to provide the necessary tools and training for Secretariat staff, civil society organizations, early childhood centres and community kitchen workers, who work with migrant women on a daily basis.

05 Dec 2014 description

04 December 2014 – A three-day training on Amnesty, Human Rights and Gender today opened at the Parliament with the support of UNIOGBIS.

The first vice-president of Parliament, Inacio Correia, hosted the opening ceremony, followed by OiC Human Rights/Chief Human Rights Sector of Uniogbis, Madam Guadalupe Sousa Reis, which delivered a key note speech.

05 Dec 2014 description

28 November 2014 - UNIOGBIS Public Information Unit finished today in Bissau, a two-day training on "Building Public Opinion in a Democratic State”, the fourth and last covering all the nine regions of the country, within the framework of the Peacebuilding Fund’s program titled "Strengthening the Media’s Watchdog Role".

This last training brought toghether 16 participants, all of them editors in chief of all media in Guinea-Bissau’s capital.

03 Dec 2014 description

Government Accountability and Donor Support for Rights Essential

03 Dec 2014 description

The Malawi Gender Mainstreaming Training and Policy Harmonization workshop was held from 6-10 October 2014 in Lilongwe. The training was conducted at a time when Malawi had just finalised the review of its National Gender Policy which is about to be validated by stakeholders before it is formally submitted to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). This was therefore an opportune time for the country to harmonise the policy priority areas with the provisions of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development.

The main objectives of the training workshop were to:

28 Nov 2014 description

As politicians from around the world arrive in London to discuss Afghanistan’s future, CAFOD warns that more support must be given to grassroots organisations that empower women.

On Thursday 4 December, around 70 foreign ministers from around the world will gather for the London Conference on Afghanistan, co-hosted by the British and Afghan governments.

27 Nov 2014 description

Para que los sobrevivientes de violencia sexual reciban la atención integral en salud que necesitan, ésta debe tratarse como una urgencia médica y ser una prioridad para el Estado, que debe garantizar su disponibilidad y accesibilidad, afirma Médicos Sin Fronteras con motivo del Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer que se celebra hoy.

25 Nov 2014 description

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, MSF alerts on the need for an emergency focus across all institutions involved in the response

Bogotá, Colombia - Sexual violence should be treated as a medical emergency. If we want the survivors to receive the comprehensive medical attention that they need, guaranteeing its availability and accessibility should be a priority for the government, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

20 Nov 2014 description

Women must become equal partners for rural development in Asia-Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand, 20 Nov 2014 -- The obstacles blocking women from more equal and accessible participation in the food and agriculture sectors should be removed to empower rural women and help the Asia-Pacific region achieve its food security needs, an FAO convened meeting heard today.