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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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
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).
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.
Women’s political participation calls for a much more robust approach that will not only make women’s voices heard but also strategically position women in political leadership and public decision-making roles.
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A new International Foundation for Electoral Studies (IFES) report finds women who run for office in Zimbabwe face a variety of persistent challenges, and calls into question the 10-year time limit on Zimbabwe’s quota system. This post is authored by Hilary Matfess, doctoral candidate at Yale University.
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One of the key agreed points to come out of the Union Peace Conference this month was support for a policy that ended gender-based discrimination. This builds on other agreements in the peace process in support of women’s rights. The Nationwide Ceasefire calls for an end to conflict-related Gender Based Violence. Under the agreed Framework for Political Dialogue at least 30 per cent of participants in national dialogues should be women.
Garowe – The top United Nations official for Somalia today called for greater involvement of women in dealing with the country’s challenges on various fronts, including its efforts to bring about peace and stability.
Afghan Women Oppose Procedure as ‘Torture’
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 / BY: Marjan Nahavandi; Muzhgan Yarmohammadi
Afghanistan this year adopted a new penal code that moves the country toward meeting international standards on criminal justice. At the same time, it underscores the continued difficulties of reinforcing rights for Afghan women and girls. One reflection of this is its preservation of the discredited practice of “virginity testing”—a decision that Afghan women increasingly have opposed.
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NAYPYITAW — Women account for 17 percent of the delegates at the ongoing third session of the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference, according to figures the government released Saturday, 2 percent more than the proportion of female delegates at the previous session last year.
Of the 700 delegates at the conference, the 120 women are all in decision-making roles, more than the 105 women in similar roles in 2017.
Picture this in rural western region of Sudan - an increasing and high number of displaced population, overwhelming economic and livelihoods dependency on natural resources, uncertainty due to lack of a comprehensive legal basis for land ownership and land user rights, and severely limited ability for official land demarcation and on ground survey – all these elements leads to a recipe for competition and grave conflict.
Tripoli, 12 July 2018 – The Italian Government has contributed €500,000 to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Libya to support national reconciliation efforts. His Excellency, the Italian Ambassador to Libya, Mr. Giuseppe Perrone, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director to Libya, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, signed the agreement today in support of local reconciliation and mediation efforts in Libya.
To support peace and democracy in Somalia, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed will host a forum in Brussels on 16-17 July.
Refugees tend to be more accommodating of ethnic differences, which makes them good agents for peacebuilding
BY TSION TADESSE ABEBE AND SELAM TADESSE
Today, 9 July, marks the seventh anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, more than four years of which have been marred by conflict. Disagreement between President Salva Kiir Mayardit (of the Dinka ethnic group) and his rival, former vice president Riek Machar (who is Nuer), led to the outbreak of the conflict in 2013.
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty.
Baghdad, 4 July 2018 – As part of its efforts to highlight the significance of women's participation in electoral and political processes, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) launched the #WhyNot (#Shakobeha) campaign in Babil Governorate Tuesday. The event was attended by Dr. Raad Alwan Al-Jubouri, Chair of the Babil Provincial Council, members of the Provincial Council, religious and tribal leaders, civil society, women activists, academics and youth.
La province de Rumonge en collaboration avec ONU Femmes a réuni mercredi 27 juin 2018, les femmes leaders, les représentants des services et des partis politiques au niveau provincial pour les informer sur le contenu de l’agenda national des femmes dans la consolidation de la paix.
Par rapport à ce sujet, Léonie Ndikumagenge, représentante du groupe femmes en province Rumonge a indiqué qu’il est impératif que les préoccupations des femmes soient tenues en considération au cours du dialogue inter burundais.
Washington, D.C. – En el marco del acuerdo de cooperación vigente con el Estado de Colombia, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) anuncia la visita al país del Comisionado Francisco Eguiguren y la Comisionada Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, a fin de sostener reuniones con las instituciones comprendidas en el Acuerdo de Paz y realizar actividades de promoción.
Washington, D.C. - Within the framework of the cooperation agreement currently in force with the State of Colombia, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces the visit to the country of Commissioner Francisco Eguiguren and Commissioner Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, in order to hold meetings with the institutions covered by the Peace Agreement and carry out promotional activities.
This endline report builds upon the foundations of the Durable Peace Programme’s (DPP) baseline report with two significant years in between data collection.
The baseline data was collected over October and November 2015 – an extremely hopeful time in Myanmar’s recent history. A National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) had just been signed (albeit not by the KIO/A) and expectations of the peace process were high – as were expectations for landmark democratic elections held on 8 November 2015.