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28 May 2015 description
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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.

28 May 2015 description

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.

28 May 2015 description

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.

28 May 2015 description

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.

27 May 2015 description

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.

27 May 2015 description
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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.

26 May 2015 description

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.”

25 May 2015 description
report Plan

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.

20 May 2015 description
report Peace Corps

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.

20 May 2015 description
report UN Women

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.

18 May 2015 description


15 May 2015 description

In the run-up to the African Union (AU) summit from 7–15 June in Johannesburg, South Africa, the role of women in peace and security are the focus of several discussions among role players in this field. This is to coincide with the AU’s focus on ‘women’s empowerment and development towards the implementation of Agenda 2063’ – its theme for 2015. Figures on the ground, however, indicate that not enough is being done to ensure gender parity in the security sector in Africa.

11 May 2015 description

GENEVA (11 May 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo will visit the Sudan from 13 to 24 May 2015 to examine the overall situation of violence against women and girls in the country, and gather first-hand information from victims of violence.

02 May 2015 description
report UN Women

UN flash appeal says USD 415 million is required to reach affected populations with life-saving assistance and protection in the next three months.

Date : 01 May 2015

28 Apr 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN / THE IRRAWADDY RANGOON — As elections near and Burma’s leading lady, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is still categorically barred from the country’s highest office, more and more political onlookers are raising the question of what role women will play in designing future policy.

Lway Aye Aung has some ideas, not just about how to increase women’s participation in guiding the country through its transition to democracy, but about how to make that participation both lasting and meaningful.

24 Apr 2015 description

KYIV, 24 April 2015 –The need for women, as active stakeholders in conflict, to be included in prevention and resolution processes was stressed during a workshop supported by the OSCE Project Co-ordination in Ukraine, OSCE Gender Section and UN Women on 23 and 24 April in Kyiv.

21 Apr 2015 description

15 April 2015 – Bissau-Guinean women are still facing many obstacles to achieve gender equality in Guinea-Bissau. Despite being more than half of the population, and although after last elections there was a slight increase of the number of women elected in the Parliament -14 over 102-, women continue to be underrepresented in decision-making processes.

15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

7428th Meeting (AM)

Nearly 70 Speakers Speak on ‘Great Moral Issue of Our Time’

In its fight against sexual violence in conflict, the world had arrived at a “new juncture”, characterized by ongoing, shocking crimes, but also by greater opportunity to respond to the scourge in a resolute and integrated manner, the United Nations’ top official on the issue told the Security Council today ahead of an open debate on women, peace and security.