Gender-based violence (“GBV”) is a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against one of the sexes. It includes all acts of violence based on gender which result or may result in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering of either males or females. It includes threats to commit such acts of coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, regardless of whether it happens in public or in private life.
Anglican Bishop Paul Yogusuk said soldiers had attacked at least five women and girls a week ago following a deadly ambush on a military convoy
By Denis Dumo
JUBA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The South Sudanese military has launched a rare investigation into allegations that soldiers gang-raped villagers, a bishop told Reuters on Sunday, after a week of high-level army resignations by officers citing rampant abuse.
GENEVA (16 February 2017) - The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the sixth periodic report of Jordan on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Over 80 women from Misseriya and Ngok Dinka tribes gathered in Todach village north of Abyei town on 14 February 2017 for the Open Day for Women, Peace and Security.
The occasion was in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), a landmark international legal framework that addresses not only the impact of war on women but also the pivotal role women in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace.
Provincial officials in eastern Afghanistan say 11 members of an Afghan family have been killed by a grenade attack on their home.
Authorities say the dead were all civilians and the victims included women and children.
Sarhadi Zwak, the spokesman for the governor of Laghman Province, told RFE/RL that unknown gunman late at night on February 19 threw two hand grenades into the family's home in the province's Baad Pakh district.
Zwak said 10 of the family members were killed inside their home.
'Norway plays a leading role in the work to promote global health, and is one of the largest donors to gender equality and women's health efforts. The Government is increasing its support for family planning and safe abortion by NOK 85 million compared with 2016. We will continue to be a driving force for women's health internationally. At a time when this agenda has come under pressure, a joint effort is particularly important,' said Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Mogadishu, 20 February 2017 — In view of the serious humanitarian situation, and the risk of a famine unfolding in Somalia, humanitarian partners are scaling up assistance and protection and have issued an Operational Plan for Famine Prevention to immediately scale up humanitarian response to save lives and protect livelihoods. The plan reflects a significant shift from the drought response, which has been ongoing since late 2015, to scaled-up famine prevention.
• 750,000 people trapped in west Mosul in deteriorating conditions.
• Tens of thousands return home to east Mosul.
• 23,000 children resume education in east Mosul.
• Explosive hazards continue to pose risks in returnee communities.
# of people in need 11m
# of people targeted for assistance 6.2m
# of internally displaced persons (IDPs) 3m
# of IDPs who live outside camps 2.5m
# of affected ppl within host communities 3.2m # of returnees 1.5m
Description of the disaster
Since the beginning of the month of November 2016, rains and winds have hit the town of Gemena, headquarters of the province of Sud-Ubangi. Gemena town is located 3 hours by air (979 Km) from the town of Kinshasa with a total population of 350,511 people (source: Provincial Mayor).
On 9 November 2016, rain and violent winds intensified, causing extensive floods in the Gemena neighbourhoods located on the banks of rivers Mombonga, Sukia and Labo.
14,162 Identified unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
86 Households provided with cash grants
1,288,598 NFIs distributed
1,671 Shelters distributed
Population of Concern
Total of people of concern 496,420
USD 214,400,000 requested
Khartoum, 20 February 2017. The United Nations, through the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) – a multi-donor fund that responds to critical humanitarian needs in Sudan – has allocated $21 million to help thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan in 2017.
Six years of conflict in Syria have resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises since World War II.
The situation in Syria is a global humanitarian crisis demanding an extraordinary response to meet the needs of those affected.
Describe forced marriage, rape
(Baghdad) – Fighters from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today.
The present report, submitted pursuant to resolution 31/27 of the Human Rights Council, was prepared in cooperation with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. It describes the situation of human rights in Libya and sets out the support provided to key Libyan institutions with regard to the protection of civilians, groups in focus, administration of justice, the rule of law and transitional justice. It concludes with recommendations addressed to all parties to the conflict, the Government, the international community and the Human Rights Council.
1.85 million internally displaced people (OCHA)
1.5 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR) 223,926 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)
4.6 million people projected to require food assistance from January—April 2017 (WFP estimate)
Humanitarian partners appeal for US$1.6 billion to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance for 5.8 million people in South Sudan this year.
KANDAHAR - Raising awareness about women’s rights and gender-based violence is the aim of a new UN-backed radio campaign in the country’s southern provinces of Zabul, Kandahar and Helmand.
Panellists in the radio programmes, supported by the Kandahar regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as part of broader campaign against gender-based violence, are focusing on multiple aspects of women’s rights in and around Kandahar.
ANKARA -- “The living conditions aren’t easy at all” shares Aisha, 13 years old from Iraq, "but that’s not the hard part. The real hard part is feeling like a stranger, all the time".
IsraAID’s relief team has returned from a mission in Turkey, with open hearts and torn stomachs.