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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Oxfam’s approach to building resilience involves bringing about changes ‘in the very structures that cause and maintain poverty and injustice’ (transformative capacity), and building active citizenship involves addressing power imbalances, including building power within. While working on impact evaluations of programs about both these topics, I asked myself, how can I ensure that our impact evaluations are not blind to the different power dimensions, which underlie social inequalities?
Remarks delivered by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to prominent women in politics, business and civil society in Mogadishu, Somalia, at an event hosted by the Benadir Chapter of the National Coordination Platform on Women, Peace and Security
Date: Monday, August 20, 2018
Baidoa, 19 August 2018 – Speaking in regional Somalia today, the top United Nations official for gender equality and women’s empowerment highlighted efforts made at the national and local levels towards greater representation of women in political structures and processes, and encouraged further progress in this area.
“I am here to strengthen our collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia and wish them well in their very difficult but promising journey of reconstructing their country,” said the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
As the global community prepares to mark World Humanitarian Day, the joint challenges of conflict and hunger are at the forefront of our minds. Concern’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Caitriona Dowd, shares five things to know about conflict and hunger, and what can be done to break the cycle.
1. Conflict is on the rise and is driving humanitarian needs
The Pocket Guide and its supporting materials1 provide all humanitarian practitioners with information on:
Concern’s commitment to leaving no one behind has increasingly taken the organisation to fragile contexts, where the devastating consequences of conflict and resulting levels of human suffering have soared in recent years.
Dans le cadre de l’amélioration de la représentativité des femmes dans les instances de prise de décision, le compendium des compétences féminines du Bénin a été lancé ce jour par la Ministre des Affaires Sociales et de la Microfinance avec l’appui du PNUD. L’objectif du compendium est de renforcer la visibilité des femmes compétentes dans tous les domaines et catégories socio-professionnelles, la participation et le leadership politique des femmes et contribuer à la réalisation effective de l’égalité des sexes au Bénin.
Fast facts: Who are the Rohingyas?
The Rohingya are an ethnic group from Myanmar, majority of them Muslim. They have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982 and fleeing escalating violence perpetrated by the army.
Since August 2017, 707,000 new Rohingya refugees have come to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has hosted Rohingya refugees for three decades, there are a total 918,936 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar (as of 21 June, 2018).
Canada today announced over $50 million in new support to address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable Palestinians. This support includes several humanitarian initiatives aimed at responding to the most pressing humanitarian needs, and four new development projects that foster economic growth that works for everyone.
E l Geneina: UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR), Ms. Anita Gbeho recently, concluded a two-day visit to Sector West. This is her first working visit to West Darfur since she assumed duty as DJSR in May 2018.
Upon her arrival in El Geneina, Ms. Gbeho paid a courtesy call on the State Wali (Governor), Mr. Hussein Hammad at his office, with whom she exchanged various points of view as part of her efforts to enhance cooperation with local authorities and discuss the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2429 (2018).
FEMALE-HEADED HOUSEHOLDS ON THE RISE
MESSAGE DE LA REPRESENTANTE
Chers Collègues et Partenaires,
2017 a été une année éprouvante pour les enfants au Niger. Les situations d'urgence humanitaire qui persistent, la croissance démographique rapide, le changement climatique et les inégalités sociales pérennes sont de perpétuelles menaces pour leur survie, leur développement et leur bien-être.
THE REP’S NOTE
2017 was a challenging year for children in Niger. Their survival, development and well-being continued to be threatened by acute and persistent humanitarian emergencies, rapid population growth, climate change, and long-standing social inequalities.
Nitya Chanana, Arun Khatri-Chhetri, Kunal Pande and Rajashree Joshi
The 2017 JAM sought to assess in particular issues of refugee dependence on food assistance, issues of targeting and vulnerability, the capacity of refugees to meet their own food needs through livelihood opportunities and the suitability of cash based transfers to meet refugees’ food needs.
Klugman, Jeni; Marianne Dahl & Ingrid Vik Bakken (2018) The Women, Peace, and Security Index: A Global Index of Women’s Wellbeing, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.