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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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17 Dec 2018 description

Following the positive reception of OCHA’s set of 250 public domain humanitarian icons in 2012, the organization is releasing an extended and completely redesigned new collection in 2018 (295 and counting).

The original suite was developed because at OCHA we understand that during the response to an emergency it is critical to share and understand complex information in a timely fashion. Icons — with their easily accessible, universal visual language — are vital to achieve this.

17 Dec 2018 description

2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory targets rising needs amidst new challenges

Joint Press Release, Ramallah, 17 December 2018

Today, the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2019 in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

16 Dec 2018 description
report World Bank

Report: Disrupting the Gender Divide in Mali, Chad, Niger, and Guinea

14 Dec 2018 description
report UN Women

INTRODUCTION

Peace processes often centrally focus on how to share or split power between the political and military groups at the heart of the conflict, in search of a compromise that will end violent conflict.

Arrangements for sharing or splitting power often contain complex mixes of some or all of the following power-sharing types:

• Political power-sharing: mechanisms for joint involvement of key protagonists of conflict in political institutions.

14 Dec 2018 description
report UN Women

INTRODUCTION

Peace processes often focus on how to share or split power between the political and military groups at the heart of the conflict, in order to accommodate the wider identity and political groups they represent. Arrangements for sharing or splitting power can focus on political institutions, economic arrangements, military arrangements, or territory (or different combinations of these).

14 Dec 2018 description
report UN Women

INTRODUCTION

Armed conflict, first and foremost, creates a challenge for personal safety and physical security. Other forms of security are also threatened, such as socio-economic security or legal security. Peace processes and the agreements they produce engage with a wide array of security issues, at all stages of the peace process. This brief will focus primarily on physical security – future references to security will mean physical security, although discussion will also touch on how physical security relates to other forms of security.

14 Dec 2018 description
report UN Women

PART I: WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE?

Introduction

14 Dec 2018 description
report UN Women

PART I: OVERVIEW

Why are constitutions important for women?

Constitutions matter, and they matter in a specific way to women. As the fundamental legal text of the state, constitutions:

  • Encapsulate the basic values and rules of government;

  • Set up the key political and legal institutions; and

  • Establish the fundamental rights and responsibilities of individuals, including women.

13 Dec 2018 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam today welcomed the deal reached in Sweden between the warring parties in Yemen.

Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam Yemen Country Director, said:

"The agreement gives hope to Yemenis during a dark time. But that hope is fragile while fighting continues, salaries remain unpaid and hunger and disease claim lives.

"The agreement lays a promising foundation for peace in Yemen, which needs to be built upon constructively and quickly.

13 Dec 2018 description

Muna Luqman, Co-founder of the Women Solidarity Network and Chairperson of the Yemeni foundation “Food For Humanity”, is sipping a cup of tepid filter coffee at WILPF’s secretariat in Geneva. It’s her second day in the Swiss city and the days have been busy with meetings and trainings. Together with her is Nisma Mansour, Field Coordinator for “Peace Track Initiative”, another Yemeni women-led NGO.

12 Dec 2018 description

Foreword

West and Central Africa’s (WCA) population is predominantly young. More than 64% are under the age of 24. Young people are a tremendous resource for the region – but their potential will only be realized when the right investments in their education, health, skills and empowerment are made.

12 Dec 2018 description
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Kabul, Afghanistan – More than 75 women members of Provincial Peace Councils (PPCs) met in Kabul today to plot a strategy to advocate for the interests of women in the peace process. Over 120 Promote Musharikat “Women in Peace” Coalition activists and influential religious leaders joined the conversation to review how women will be linked and consulted in the process, to assess PPC members’ negotiation and collaboration skills, and to plan how to most effectively advocate for women’s interests.

12 Dec 2018 description

On the sidelines of the Sweden Consultations, the Yemeni Women’s Technical Advisory Group held meetings with the two parties as well as members of the diplomatic community and the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Ms. Margot Wallström.

The Technical Advisory Group discussed possible ways of bringing the voices of Yemeni women to the peace-making process. The Group has also engaged in presenting strategy papers and proposals that guide the Special Envoy in his mediation role to bring the war to an end.

11 Dec 2018 description

Luay Shabaneh*

On 10 December each year, human rights and development organizations celebrate international Human Rights Day. We release statements and organize events to reaffirm the importance of equality and social justice, and the centrality of basic human rights in any progress-seeking process. As we bid an eventful year farewell and gear up to the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day, I wonder whether the calls we release for justice and dignity are starting to sound like cries from a top a mountain and into emptiness.

11 Dec 2018 description
report World Bank

BAMAKO, 10 décembre 2018 — Avec une croissance estimée à 5,9 % en Guinée, 5,1% au Mali, 4,9 % au Niger et 3 % au Tchad en 2018, les perspectives économiques de la sixième édition du Bilan économique AFCW3* publiée aujourd’hui par la Banque mondiale, sont positives à moyen terme, malgré des risques sécuritaires, climatiques et sociaux.

10 Dec 2018 description

AVANT-PROPOS

ÉBAUCHE D’AVANT-PROPOS DE LA MINISTRE BIBEAU POUR LE RECUEIL DU SYMPOSIUM SUR L’ÉGALITÉ ENTRE LES SEXES DU CALP

Bien que les conflits entre les États aient considérablement diminué ces dernières années, les conflits au sein des États – auxquels participent fréquemment des acteurs non étatiques – sont en hausse. Par conséquent, des millions de personnes doivent se déplacer et composer avec des possibilités réduites, un accès limité aux services et un avenir incertain.

10 Dec 2018 description

ABSTRACT

Efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) should be regarded as a priority for all actors in every humanitarian response operation from the very outset. By mainstreaming GBV considerations in cash-based interventions (CBIs) throughout the programme cycle, and by utilizing cash within GBV case management services, cash can be optimized as a tool to enhance the protection of crisis- and conflict-affected populations, and to mitigate their risks of recurrent violence, promote their recovery and build their resilience.