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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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16 Mar 2018 description
report UN Women

On the sidelines of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), UN Women, along with civil society partners*, convened a dialogue with activists from rural areas and other allies. The conversation brought together diverse constituencies from around the globe to discuss what it would take to leave no woman or girl in any rural area behind in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

16 Mar 2018 description

The IASC Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action provides practical guidance for humanitarian workers to mainstream gender equality into humanitarian action across sectors. It also aims to place protection at the centre of humanitarian action, with an age, gender and diversity approach as the core element of fair and equal protection. In practical terms, this means identifying the distinct protection risks of women, men, boys, girls and LGBTI persons due to gender roles, throughout all stages of the crisis.

16 Mar 2018 description

The General Assembly of the United Nations, New York, 14 mars 2018

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Ms/Mr Chairperson,
Distinguished delegates.

It is an honour to be here. The UN is key in international efforts to promote gender equality, and women's and girls' full enjoyment of all human rights.

Sweden aligns itself with the statement made by Bulgaria on behalf ofthe EU, and its Member States.

15 Mar 2018 description

15 March, New York—UN Women, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called today for increased efforts to eradicate gender inequality in nationality laws, which is a key driver of statelessness.

In 25 countries around the world, nationality laws do not allow women to confer their nationality to their children on an equal basis as men. In more than 50 countries, women are denied equal rights to acquire, change or retain their nationality. These sex-discriminatory laws result in wide-ranging human rights violations.

15 Mar 2018 description
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Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February – 23 March 2018 Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Conference room paper of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic


15 Mar 2018 description

GENEVA (15 March 2018) – For the past six and a half years, parties to the Syrian conflict have subjected thousands of women, girls, men, and boys to sexual and gender-based violence, a group of UN experts said today. Such acts have been used as a tool to instil fear, humiliate and punish or, in the case of terrorist groups, to enforce draconian social order.

14 Mar 2018 description
report UN Women

“Time is Now: press for Progress to Transform Women and Girls Living in Rural Areas’’

14 Mar 2018 description


A total of 42 persons representing 20 organizations (5 UN Agencies, 7 local NGOs, 1 government entity, 7 INGOs) participated in a SGBV gap analysis workshop held in August 2017. Participants included both field staff as well as staff with national responsibilities.

They were divided in groups covering the following locations:

  • Amman/Balqa/Zarqa/South

  • Irbid

  • Mafraq

  • Zaatari camp

  • Azraq camp

14 Mar 2018 description

Introduction and scope of the issue

Maldives has a total population of 407,660 (out of which about 15% are foreign citizens), distributed in 187 administrative islands. The youth cohort (15-29 years) comprise of 31.5 % of the population. While Male’, the capital island, has a population of roughly 38 percent of the total population, about 62 percent live in the islands of the Atolls. Maldives ranks at 105 out of the 188 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index.

14 Mar 2018 description
report United Nations


13 March 2018

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the Group of 77 high-level interactive dialogue, on the margins of the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women, titled “Innovative Practices for the Financial Inclusion and Economic Empowerment of Women, Especially Rural Women: Lessons from the South”, in New York today:

13 Mar 2018 description

13 MARCH 2018

Note: A complete summary of today's Commission on the Status of Women meetings will be made available after their conclusion.

High-Level Interactive Dialogue 1

13 Mar 2018 description
report UN Women

This year’s CSW62 Priority Theme: “Challenges and Opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” is critical to the attainment of the SDGs Agenda 2030 and Africa’s Agenda 2063. This is according to the Africa’s pre CSW62 consultations held in Addis Ababa in February 2018. CSW62 theme strengthens the African Union’s Constitutive Act which commit Africa to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as a pre-condition, without which the continent’s development goals and aspirations cannot and will not be realized.

13 Mar 2018 description

KABUL - Calls for increased protection of women’s rights and the inclusion of women in decision-making processes framed discussions at UN-backed events across Afghanistan.

This week and last, hundreds of women and men from government offices, religious institutions, academia, media and civil society gathered at events to mark International Women’s Day to draw attention to the rights, activism and struggles of urban and rural women alike.

12 Mar 2018 description


Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks for the opening of the Commission on the Status of Women, in New York today:

It is wonderful to be here at the Commission on the Status of Women, one of the most dynamic intergovernmental bodies, at such a pivotal moment for the rights of women and girls.

11 Mar 2018 description

Many women in Myanmar do not enjoy citizenship, or “the right to have rights”. They do not have access to civil documents and this has a deep impact on their access to basic rights.

According to 2014 Census data, almost a third of the population in Myanmar do not have adequate identity and civil documentation. Of these, 54 percent are women.

11 Mar 2018 description
report UN Women

Ahead of the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, Governments of the Arab States region met to prepare a common position on the empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas. Participants stressed the need to ensure access to education, political participation and land ownership

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018

11 Mar 2018 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE — Cameroon police have freed 40 of the more than 100 women arrested while trying to ask President Paul Biya, who has been in power for 36-years, to negotiate a peaceful political transition and solve the crisis caused by separatists groups demanding the independence of the English speaking from the French speaking regions of the central African state.

09 Mar 2018 description
report UN Women

Spotlight on rural women and girls during the Commission on the Status of Women, focus on critical issues such as ensuring adequate living standards, food and nutrition security, access to land, technology, education, health, and ending all forms of violence and harmful practices

Date: Friday, March 9, 2018