Climate change has seen Zimbabwe experiencing prolonged droughts, extended dry seasons, extreme hot summers and cold winters.
These sporadic changes in weather have had an effect on the strategies adopted by women in communal farming and how they use renewable energy sources. According to the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer Zimbabwe 2015, launched at the Gender Protocol Work Summit earlier this week, 59% of rural women in Zimbabwe work in communal lands and so they are most affected by changes in climate since they rely on rainfall for their livelihoods and domestic use.
More than four years of war have ravaged Syrian families and communities. Syrian women and girls are living through the most damaging conflict in the region’s recent history. Female refugees are sometimes subjected to sexual violence, and more frequently suffer from harassment and abuse. Delivering their children can be dangerous. They often lack access to prenatal and postnatal care and emergency obstetric care if they need it. For the women of Syria the process of reintegration and recovery at the individual and community level will be long and complex.
Recent news stories and reports testify to a horrifying reality for women and girls caught in crisis situations. From rape to child marriage to sexual slavery, women and girls in conflict face severe threats and violations of their human rights that most of us cannot begin to imagine.
INTERESTING INITIATIVES, GOOD PRACTICES AND RESOURCES:
UN international Day against Sexual violence in conflict: The united Nations General Assembly approved a new resolution to institute the international day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict on June 19. UN member states agreed to observe the day in an effort to boost the global fight against the horrors faced by women and girls in zones of conflict worldwide.
Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, today joined Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, in welcoming the adoption of a General Assembly resolution establishing 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
‘Despite the country’s commitment to gender equality and girls’ education, the array of legal instruments, strategies and policies initiated, gender disparities in Niger are still pervasive with regards to educational opportunities and outcomes.
This was the message of Niger’s Minister of Primary Education, National Languages Promotion, Literacy, and Civic Education, Ms. Ali Mariama Elhadj Ibrahim, in her opening speech at the launching ceremony of a new UNESCO project ‘Tackling gender inequalities in Niger’s education system’.
« Malgré l’engagement du pays envers l’égalité des genres et l’éducation des filles, l’existence d’instruments juridiques, de stratégies et de politiques mises en place, les disparités de genres demeurent omniprésentes au Niger, en ce qui concerne les opportunités éducatives et les résultats scolaires».
4 June 2015: Plan International is continuing its support for thousands of refugees who have flooded into Rwanda and Tanzania amid continuing unrest in neighbouring Burundi.
Some 28,868 people have already arrived at 3 refugee reception centres and one newly established camp in Rwanda due to violence surrounding the presidential election campaign in Burundi.
Since the beginning of May 2015, UNRWA has started to employ 21 female guards in its Health Centres across the Gaza Strip as part of the Agency’s efforts to ensure a protective environment for service delivery and enhanced gender-equity. The employees are hired through the Agency’s Job Creation Programme (JCP) and will work in their new positions for a period of three months. This is the first time that the Agency has systematically employed this many female guards.
by Sarah Costa, Executive Director, posted: June 3, 2015
For refugee women, cooking dinner can be an all-day affair – and a dangerous one. The WRC's decade of work on Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) recently recieved a Green Star Award.
Nearly 40% of the world’s population relies on firewood, charcoal, animal dung or other traditional biomass sources for their energy needs. This percentage is undoubtedly much higher for those displaced by violence and conflict, who spend a huge amount of time foraging for fuel for cooking, lighting and heating.
Vanuatu experiences the world’s highest level of risk to natural hazards. Its extreme exposure to climate change and disasters impacts people across the 80 islands, including the majority three-quarters of the population who live in rural areas.
In these areas people’s lives and livelihoods are largely dependent on the sectors of agriculture and tourism that are often most impacted by disasters.
Tonga has the world’s third highest level of risk to disasters,with the effects of climate change increasing their frequency and intensity. This poses serious threats to people, the environment and livelihoods in Tonga - especially for communities on the outer islands who are often most vulnerable to climate change and disasters.
More than 180 people have been killed in the Solomon Islands and over half the population affected in recent years by disasters such as droughts, earthquakes, floods and storms. As recently as 2014, severe flooding killed people and affected more than 50,000.The nation’s capital, Honiara, was worst hit with entire houses washed away and infrastructure damaged.
To address these challenges the Solomon Islands Government is committed to the better integration of climate change and disaster risk management (CCDRM) into broader socio-economic development processes.
Fiji has been ranked the 19th most vulnerable country in the world to disasters. In recent years, Tropical Cyclone Evan (2012), regular flash floods, and drought-like conditions (2014) have placed communities and settlements across Fiji at risk and that impacts significantly on development.
GENEVA / KHARTOUM (27 May 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called for more open and constructive dialogues among all parties to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the Sudan.
“The silence and the denials, whether by State authorities or many civil society participants, regarding the subject of violence as experienced by women, is a source of concern,” Ms. Manjoo stressed at the end of her twelve-day official visit* to the country.
While disasters do not discriminate, women, men, girls and boys experience their impacts differently. In Nepal, women, in particular single women, female-headed households, women with disabilities and older women, are reporting discrimination in access to relief and information. Men are experiencing higher levels of stress due to their inability to fulfill their traditional gender role as family providers, leading to a reported increase in substance abuse and other risky behaviours.
Kabul – UN Women and UNDP today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harmonize projects and streamline operations, fundraising and reporting.
“This agreement sees UNDP and UN Women join forces to ride the current wave of high-level political commitment to gender equality,” said Ercan Murat, Country Director for UNDP Afghanistan. By working in tandem, we are much better positioned to help the government turn this commitment into results.”
Children’s concerns and voices must help shape nation’s recovery, says Plan International
23 May 2015: The voices of children must be heard and acted upon as Nepal begins the difficult task of rebuilding and recovering from a powerful earthquake that killed thousands and left many more homeless one month ago.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2014 – Peace Corps volunteer Jordan Ricketts of Redmond, Oregon, recently worked with fellow volunteers and community members across Swaziland to organize the country’s first Camp BRO – Boys Reaching Out – to teach young men about gender-related topics rarely addressed in schools. The week-long camp, inspired by the widespread success of Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), engaged 30 young men from high schools around the country in discussions on gender equality, lifestyle choices, reproductive health, domestic violence prevention and planning for the future.
A year on from the Ebola outbreak, a new campaign with journalists, students and teachers is injecting fresh energy into the drive to kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone.