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04 Aug 2015 description
report UN Radio

Maldives is making strides in confronting challenges such as climate change and achieving gender parity, according to the UN.

Located in the Indian Ocean, the island nation has been described as "ground zero" for monitoring the impact of climate change.

Shoko Noda is Resident Coordinator for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Maldives. She tells Dianne Penn how the UN is supporting this "young democracy."

Duration: 2'30"

03 Aug 2015 description
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Erbil, 03 August 2015 - “Women can be powerful poles for positive change and participate in innovative efforts to inform, shape and implement policies and programs to mitigate the effects of conflict and violent radicalization”, said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), at the opening of the two-day National Conference on ‘Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism’.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 2015 (IPS) - This October will mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. The landmark resolution on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) recognises not only the disproportionate impact armed conflict has on women, but also the lack of women’s involvement in conflict resolution and peace-making.

30 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

DUBAÏ , 30 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Les organisations d’aide humanitaire conviennent aisément qu’il est important de mener des programmes qui tiennent compte des disparités entre les sexes, mais peu d’entre elles ont mis au point des méthodes concrètes d’évaluation des impacts pour les personnes qu’elles sont censées aider.

Le Comité permanent interagence (IASC, en anglais) a établi une échelle de notation évaluant les propositions de projets humanitaires selon qu’elles ignorent, prennent en compte ou privilégient l’égalité des sexes.

30 Jul 2015 description

Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, director of gender programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Good morning and thank you to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel, and other Members of the Committee, for this opportunity to testify before you today on this important and timely subject: “Women under ISIS Rule: From Brutality to Recruitment.”

29 Jul 2015 description


29 Jul 2015 description
report CARE, Oxfam

• Population: 50.6% male to 49.4% female
• Population by Age: 65yrs 5%
• Average household size: 6 (5 in KRI)
• Female headed households: 10%
• Polygamous households: 12.3% women with co-wife
• Literacy Rates 15-24 yrs: male 84.1%; female 80.5%
• Infant Mortality rates: 28 per 1000 live births

28 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

By Louise Redvers

DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping.

The humanitarian sector’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) “Gender Marker” rates aid proposals on whether they ignore, take into account, or prioritise Gender Equality Programming (GEP).

23 Jul 2015 description
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N’Djamena, Tchad, 23 juillet 2015- Conscients du rôle primordial que jouent les femmes et soucieux de leur prise en compte dans la recherche de solutions aux défis qui menacent la région du Sahel, le Gouvernement de la République du Tchad, en partenariat avec le Bureau de l’Envoyée spéciale des Nations Unies pour le Sahel, le Bureau de l’Envoyée Spéciale de la Présidente de la Commission de l’ Union Africaine pour les Femmes, la Paix et la Sécurité et ONUFEMMES ont organisé du 22 au 23 juillet à N’Djamena, Tchad, sous le patronage de la Ministre de la Femme, de l’Action Sociale et de la …

23 Jul 2015 description


The Girl Summit Charter has been signed by 43 governments

21 Jul 2015 description

Kasulu, Tanzania 21 Jul 2015 - The International Rescue committee is braced to help thousands of Burundian refugees expected to cross the border into Tanzania in coming days as they flee violence linked to today’s contested presidential election. Since Friday more than 1,150 Burundians have arrived at the main refugee camp in northern Tanzania.

21 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund


Breaking the silenceThis pictorial book documents the impact of the years of violence on Syrian women, girls, men and boys. The pictures and stories show how even small interventions may change lives.

Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide, Disaster Risk Management Brief

20 Jul 2015 description

The Institute of Development Studies and the FAO are launching this online discussion focusing on food security, gender equality and peace-building. We would like to better understand the links between food security, gender equality, and violent conflicts, and subsequent peace-building processes. We want to understand how addressing the specific priorities of men and women (across different socio-economic, cultural and age groups) in food and nutrition interventions could shape conflict mitigation and prevention, and peace-building.

17 Jul 2015 description
report UN Women


An overdue effort

In collaboration with UN Women, ATHENA Network, AVAC, and Salamander Trust have undertaken a global multi-stage review of the status of access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for women living with HIV.1 Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, this is the first ever peerled global study of care and treatment access for women living with HIV of this scale. It is well overdue.

16 Jul 2015 description
report The Global Fund

15 juillet 2015

ADDIS-ABEBA (Éthiopie) –Lors de la Conférence sur le financement du développement, les partenaires internationaux ont appelé aujourd’hui à créer des liens plus solides entre l’investissement dans la santé et l’éducation dans les pays à faible et à moyen revenu.

14 Jul 2015 description

NANGARHAR, 14 July 2015 – Improving the ability of women victims of violence to seek formal recourse to justice was the focus of a UN-backed TV debate in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

14 Jul 2015 description
report AlterPresse

P-au-P, 14 juil. 2015 [AlterPresse] --- Promouvoir la participation des femmes haïtiennes à tous les stades du processus électoral, soit en tant qu’électrices, candidates, membres de la société civile ou de l’administration électorale, tel est le but que s’est fixé le Conseil électoral provisoire (Cep), dans le cadre de sa stratégie nationale genre et élections, observe AlterPresse.

13 Jul 2015 description
report CARE

When disaster strikes, CARE is ready to assist, thanks to staff on the ground like Fatouma Zara Soumana from CARE Niger. As a gender expert in the emergency space, Fatouma ensures the relief response meets the needs of women and girls as well as men and boys.

As an emergency manager, you travel around 60 per cent of your time. What do you do exactly?

30 Jun 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

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.

26 Jun 2015 description
report UN Population Fund
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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.