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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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28 May 2017 description


Executive Summary

The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2013 by the governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden, aims to fundamentally transform the way gender-based violence (GBV) is addressed in emergencies, so that every humanitarian response provides safe and comprehensive services for those affected by GBV and mitigates GBV risk from the earliest phases of a crisis.

26 May 2017 description


A consultation workshop to inform on the findings of the “Gender Review of Food Security and Nutrition Policy report” has been conducted at the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development with the participation of various line ministries and NGOs. The country office’s gender action plan will be formulated in the coming month once the above report is finalized to ensure that recommendations from the findings are well considered and addressed.

Operational Updates

24 May 2017 description
report UN Women

The Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, will participate at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (24-26 May) in Cancun, Mexico, which will convene more than 5,000 delegates to discuss how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses.

24 May 2017 description
report ActionAid

Women are crucial and necessary leaders in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response. However, a key challenge to realising women’s leadership of and participation in DRR is recognising and reducing the burden of unpaid care work, and understanding the barrier that this places on women’s ability to engage as leaders and decision-makers.

24 May 2017 description
report ActionAid, CARE

Surge capacity is defined as the ability to scale-up (and down) resources smoothly and quickly, including getting the right people to the right places doing the right things in the shortest amount of time possible. The majority of humanitarian responses rely heavily on good surge practice and having people quickly in place to meet the immediate needs of affected populations. This paper asserts that the ‘right people’ means a gender balance in our surge practice and therefore more women in surge roles. Women make up half the population, and are disproportionately affected by disasters.

24 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

24 de mayo, 2017 — ONU Mujeres lanzará un programa que busca una mayor participación y liderazgo de las mujeres en las estrategias de prevención de calamidades.

La iniciativa se presentará durante la Plataforma Global para la Reducción de Riesgos de Desastres que tiene lugar en Cancún, México, a partir de hoy.

El plan tiene la intención de reducir la pérdida de vidas y aumentar la resiliencia de las comunidades ante los siniestros cada vez más frecuentes a causa del cambio climático.

24 May 2017 description


  • The official results of Armenian’s Parliamentary elections held on April 2nd gave victory to the ruling Republican party.

  • On April 11th, the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC), in cooperation with WFP and Maastricht University, presented the findings of a new study, titled “Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition in Armenia” at the UN House in Yerevan.

  • Arminian Government signed an agreement with WFP to cover the costs of in-country food transportation and storage.

24 May 2017 description
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Kabul, Afghanistan – One of the most difficult challenges for women farmers and agriculture-related business owners in Afghanistan is the access to credit for their agriculture operations, and understanding how credit works for them. However, help is on the way, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

23 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

WAING MAW, Myanmar – “We should not have to live in fear of violence just because we are women,” Khaung Nan declared in Waing Maw, a town in Myanmar’s battle-worn Kachin State.

Ms. Khaung Nan works at the Waing Maw Women’s and Girls’ Centre, one of eight such centres in the area. These UNFPA-supported facilities provide counselling, legal assistance, transport to hospitals, and other care for survivors of abuse.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Women

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same.

23 May 2017 description

The general security situation in North East Nigeria especially in Borno State remains fragile and unpredictable. The Nigeria Armed Forces (NAF) counter insurgency initiatives continue with active fighting ongoing in the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin, inside Sambisa Forest and in isolated villages along the international borders with Cameroon and Niger. The “Deep Punch” operation has fuelled displacement of communities as well as rescue of civilians previously held by Boko Haram insurgents, further increasing persons of concern fleeing and seeking safety inside IDP camps.

22 May 2017 description

This update is a coordination tool to improve communication between sectors. It focuses on processes, rather than achievements. The latter are covered through separate monthly sector dashboards, available through the inter- agency portal and at

I. General / Inter-Sector Update

21 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Du 22 au 27 avril 2017, UNFPA Tchad, en partenariat avec UNHCR et avec l'appui du Bureau Régional d’UNFPA, a organisé un atelier de renforcement des capacités des acteurs humanitaires en matière de violence Basée sur le Genre, à Baga Sola. Les travaux ont été dirigés par la REGA (Regional Emergency GBV Advisor) pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre,
Madame Catherine Andela.,

15 May 2017 description


The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to Assembly resolution 71/127 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2016/9. The period covered by the report is from January to December 2016.

15 May 2017 description

KABUL - Afghan women from the across the country gathered today to discuss their experiences, vision and contribution to peace in the country at the Fourth Kabul Symposium “Afghan Women; Messengers of Peace” hosted by Afghanistan’s First Lady.

“The United Nations stands in solidarity with Afghan women, and supports all efforts to ensure that women’s involvement in peace is meaningful,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, told delegates at the symposium’s opening.

15 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

We are a diverse, dynamic, and talented work-force, accompanying Sri Lanka in its socio-economic development.

Our overall commitment is to enable populations, with a focus on women, young people, and the elderly, by promoting reproductive rights and gender equality for an inclusive and peaceful Sri Lanka.