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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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09 Dec 2016 description

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, visited the Women Situation Room (WSR)-Ghana, on the E-day, 07 December 2016.

The WSR is a women-led-peace building mechanism that embrace the youth to mitigate conflicts before, during and after elections. Mohamed Ibn Chambas had two meetings with national and international eminent women and with the youth of ECOWAS.