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30 Jun 2010 description

Stopping the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war is a step closer to reality with the launch of a new tool, Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence - An Analytical Inventory of Peacekeeping Practice.

24 Jun 2010 description

The UN-organized "Global Open Day for Women and Peace" continued in mid-June with senior UN officials and women peace advocates engaging in vibrant exchanges of proposed actions for improving women's participation in peace processes.

In more than 20 countries, the Global Open Day is helping to kick off preparations for the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

11 Jun 2010 description

United Nations "Global Open Day for Women and Peace" kicks off 10th anniversary commemorations of UN Security Council resolution 1325

United Nations, New York - Starting this week, the UN-organized Global Open Day for Women and Peace sees senior-most UN officials in post-conflict countries meet with women peace advocates to discuss how to increase women's participation in sustainable conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

10 Jun 2010 description

Sudanese women held earlier today meetings with top United Nations leaders in the country to voice their concerns and provide rcommendations to accelerate the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security. The meeting, which was held at the UNMIS headquarters in Khartoum, was one of more than twenty similar events all over the world this week in various locations hosting UN peacekeeping and politcal missions.

12 Apr 2010 description

Juba - On the eve of Sudan's first multiparty national elections in 24 years, UNIFEM in collaboration with the African Union (AU) Liaison Office in Southern Sudan held a briefing in Juba on 10 April for 40 election observers and monitors, including members of observation missions from the AU, the League of Arab States, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Sudan Network for Democratic Elections (SUNDE).

Members of the observation missions included former and current African diplomats, judges, academics, military officials and civil society activists.

07 Apr 2010 description

Khartoum - UNIFEM has worked to strengthen the capacities of women as candidates and voters in the presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections in Sudan on 11-13 April, set to be the first multi-party national poll in 24 years.

UNIFEM has extended direct advisory support to the National Elections Commission (NEC) through a Gender Advisor, who is based with the Commission and also works with its state election committees. In addition to working at the state level to ensure women-friendly voting environments, UNIFEM has provided NEC with technical support in mainstreaming gender …

26 Aug 2009 description

Juba - The general elections coming up in Sudan in April 2010 offer new opportunities of political empowerment for Sudanese women, as the National Electoral Act provides that 25 percent of seats in the National Assembly are to be elected from women's lists.

However, Sudanese women also face various challenges to their political participation.

24 Jun 2009 description

United Nations, New York - "If sexual violence is not fully addressed in ceasefires and peace processes, there will be no peace for women," said former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland at a United Nations high-level meeting on peace negotiations that convened this week in New York.

Egeland, along with eminent mediators, experts and women's rights advocates, came together from 22-24 June to address, for the first time, one of the most neglected aspects of conflict resolution: how to address conflict-related sexual violence in peace …

07 Mar 2009 description

Inés Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM

Occasion: International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment, Leadership, Security, Monrovia, Liberia, 7 March 2009

Madame President,

Distinguished guests

I am honored to be here today, together with so many champions of women's rights in conflict. I know you will all have good ideas about how to accelerate the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1325 and 1820. My remarks today will therefore be brief. Specifically:

We need greater accountability for implementing resolutions 1325 and 1820.

18 Jun 2008 description

Goma - 'Rape as a weapon of war has become a defining characteristic of the armed conflicts in the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo in particular,' said Ambassador Liberata Mulamula at the opening of a high level consultation on Eradicating Sexual Violence and Ending Impunity in the Great Lakes region in Goma, DRC.

05 May 2008 description

New York - Oslo: Ahead of the second Sudanese Donors' Consortium, to be held tomorrow and on Wednesday in Oslo, Norway, Sudanese women today expressed grave concerns about the situation of women in Sudan and sent an urgent appeal to donors for resources to specifically address women's needs. In a meeting facilitated prior to the Donors' Conference by UNIFEM, the Initiative for Inclusive Security and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a group of 20 Sudanese women from all over Sudan assessed progress made since the first Sudanese Donor's Consortium as too slow.

01 Apr 2008 description

Kigali - Participants of a high-level conference organized by UNIFEM and the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) have issued a declaration calling for programmed increases of the proportion of women in recruitment and training for peacekeeping operations, proactive gender training programmes for peacekeepers and their organizations, integration of mission-specific gender training in pre-deployment programmes, reaffirmation and strengthening of the Zero Tolerance Policy for Acts of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and information sharing among peacekeeping contingents and troops to promote best …

10 Mar 2008 description

The Icelandic National Committee for UNIFEM handed over US$1.4 million to Ms. Joanne Sandler, UNIFEM's Executive Director a.i., on International Women's Day, 8 March 2008, after a weeklong campaign to raise funds for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which is managed by UNIFEM. 'This is one of the most creative fundraising initiatives I have witnessed,' said Ms.

12 Feb 2008 description

Hundreds add their names at Cinema for Peace gala

US$100,000 raised for UN Trust Fund

United Nations, Berlin/New York - Internationally acclaimed artists, social activists, and politicians, including Catherine Deneuve, Hillary Swank, Christopher Lee, Sir Bob Geldof and German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, have added their names to the UNIFEM-led Say NO to Violence against Women campaign (www.saynotoviolence.org). 'Can you imagine that up to one in three women will be a …

24 Apr 2007 description

Sweden places women's human rights and gender justice at the centre of its development agenda, as demonstrated by Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish Minister of International Development Cooperation, during her visit to Khartoum and Juba, 9-12 April 2007.

12 Feb 2007 description

Juba - More than 70 participants attended the first day of the Gender Justice Workshop for South Sudan, being held on 12-14 February. The workshop aims to familiarize participants with the concept of gender justice in the context of Southern Sudan, as well as to create a space for women and men to discuss openly the most pressing gender justice issues, including the range of obstacles to gender justice facing women in Sudan. Participants in the workshop come from government ministries, civil society organizations, the donor community and the media.


01 Nov 2006 description

Nairobi, 1 November 2006 - UNIFEM's interventions on women's rights and gender equality in Somalia and Uganda received a major boost this week with financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Norway. Key to women's rights protection and participation is leveraging the voice of women as change agents with influence on policy and peace efforts.

04 May 2006 description

Nairobi - The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) will participate in the African Union's (AU) newly established Committee of Inquiry, following recent reports in the news media of alleged sexual violence, including rape and child abuse, by AU forces in Darfur.

13 Sep 2005 description

On the eve of the 2005 World Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, Sudanese women are calling on world leaders to remember their commitments to help Sudan get back on its feet after decades of war.