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UN Women East and Southern Africa-Knowledge Management Strategy (2018-2021)

Friday, March 15, 2019

The UN Women East and Southern Africa Knowledge Management Strategy (2018-2021) views knowledge management as a critical enabler of UN Women’s operations and programmes in the region. The strategy is anchored within regional and global priorities, with a focus on strengthening collective institutional and peer learning, as well as knowledge sharing. It brings visibility to and positions UN Women as a Knowledge Hub on Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women and Girls (GEWE) More

Report on the status of women in United Nations Office in Nairobi

Friday, March 8, 2019

The 2017 Status of Women in the UN Duty Station in Nairobi report was commissioned by UN Women’s Regional Office for East and Southern Africa (UN Women ESARO), at the request of the Network of Women Leaders in the UN Nairobi Duty Station to inform efforts to support the realisation of the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity which was launched by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 13 September 2017. More

Multi-Country Analytical Study of Legislation, Policies, Interventions and Cultural Practices on Child Marriage in Africa

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The study assessed the state of child marriage in Africa from practice to policy and interventions towards its eradication with a focus on ten countries with a comparatively higher prevalence of child marriage in the continent and globally. A critical emphasis of the study was on the nexus between the existence and implementation of the policies/legislation, and the dominant cultural and religious practices that affect the outcomes of the interventions in those countries, especially in identified hotspot areas within the countries. By focusing on the socio-cultural conditions, policy environment and eradication initiatives, the study provides critical information and perspectives, effective and appropriate programs/investment and policies in Africa to delay the age of marriage and end child marriage as a practice. More

UN Women Ethiopia: Changing the lives of women and girls

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The publication indicates key results of the UN Women Ethiopia country office on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE). It highlights the consistent collaboration with government institutions, development partners, UN Agencies and CSOs as the main approach for GEWE’s accomplishments. More

Report and Recommendations from the Regional Consultations on SDGs Localization and Implementation in East and Southern Africa

Thursday, December 27, 2018

This report presents a synthesis of a gender and SDGs regional consultation which brought together participants from 11 Member States including Botswana, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. These included representatives from Ministries of Gender; Directors of National Statistical Offices; Regional Economic Communities and Bodies- RECs; Regional Institutions; Select Civil Society Organizations and International NGOs; and UN Officials from United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Multi and Country Offices. More

Women’s Rights in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Proposals for Accelerated Implementation

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Building on the momentum of and leveraging on the African Union theme for 2016, the year of human rights with a special focus on the rights of women, a half day multi-stakeholder consultation under the theme “Accelerated Implementation of Women’s Right’s and the African Decade of Human Rights” reviewed progress on implementation of women’s rights commitments, identified priorities and proposed key recommendations to inform the development and implementation of the... More

Prospects for Ending Child Marriage in Africa - Executive Brief

Sunday, December 2, 2018

This executive brief is a synthesis of key findings and recommendations from a multi country analytical study by UN Women on child marriage in Africa covering ten countries selected due to their comparatively higher prevalence of child marriage in the continent and globally. More

Engendering agricultural productivity in Ethiopia: The cost of the gender gap

Monday, April 16, 2018

This is the policy brief produced from the study on the cost of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia.  The findings and policy recommendations are striking, and send a strong signal to policy makers in Ethiopia as well as development partners that closing the gender gap is smart economics. This Report helps to lay the ground-work for deeper investigation as to where to invest for the most cost-effective policies. The analysis finds that women’s lesser capacity to... More

The cost of Gender Gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia

Monday, April 16, 2018

The study presents the cost of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia.  The findings of this report are striking, and send a strong signal to policy makers in Ethiopia as well as development partners that closing the gender gap is smart economics. Consider this: That increasing GDP by closing the gender gap in agricultural productivity has the potential to lift as many as 1,050,000 people out of poverty in Ethiopia. This Report helps to lay the ground-work for deeper... More

South African companies taking lead in Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPS)

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact and are adapted from the Calvert Women’s Principles. View/ download: English More

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. More

Gender and Equity Compact for the Energy and Mineral Development Sector

Thursday, February 1, 2018

As Uganda strives to become a middle-income country by 2020, the Energy and Mineral Development sector plays a crucial role as a key driver of economic growth and industrialization. To contribute to industrialization and economic growth, the Energy sub-sector is obliged to increase electricity generation and transmission, to expand development and access to sustainable energy services and to promote efficient utilization of energy. More

Gender and Equity Compact for the Agriculture Sector

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Compact is a tool intended to facilitate identification of sector gender and equity issues, appropriate interventions and related performance indicators More

Gender and Equity Compact for the Justice, Law and Order Sector

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Uganda strives to become a middle-income country by 2020, the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) plays a crucial role as a responsible sector for administering justice, maintaining law and order, and protecting human rights. Economic growth and transformative development can thrive, when citizens and investors have public confidence in the rule of law and justice system of the society. More

Womens Land Rights Regional Workshop Brief

Sunday, December 31, 2017

UN Women, with the support of the government of Finland and the participating countries, launched the project on “Women’s Land Rights and Tenure Security in the Context of the SDGs” in 2016. The project is currently implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania with the aim of upscaling in the three countries and expanding to more countries. More

Violent Extremism in Kenya

Friday, December 1, 2017

This study seeks to understand how women in Kenya are involved in violent extremism and in efforts to prevent and counter it. It also explores how women are affected by and respond to extremism. The findings show the multifaceted impact of violent extremism on women and their communities. There is also a complex set of dynamics that influence how women become actively involved as perpetrators or, more commonly, as supporters and facilitators of violent extremism. The study shows that more must... More

Role of Women in Violent Extremism in Kenya

Friday, December 1, 2017

For some time, women were perceived simply as the victims of violent extremism. Evidence from this study provides a more expansive view, which indicates that women play multiple and complex active roles in relation to violent extremism. These roles exist along a spectrum that extends from being the perpetrators of violent acts through to shaping policy aimed at preventing violent extremism. More

Stepping Up for Gender Equality- UN Women East and Southern Africa 2016 Annual Report

Thursday, November 30, 2017

UN Women East and Southern Africa continues to STEP IT UP for gender equality on a daily basis to give voice to women and girls who are still challenged with the violence, injustice, unequal opportunities and prejudices because of their gender. More

Approaches by African Countries in the Implementation and Localization of SDGs

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This report presents governments’ approaches to the localization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with specific reference to seven countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The report was developed through a collaborative process with selected governments via their representatives, UN Women country/multi-country offices and other stakeholders in East and Southern Africa. Initial data and information were collected from a... More

Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience in Africa 2016 Report

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This is a convening report for the Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience in Africa held by UN Women in collaboration with key partners in November 9th –10th 2016 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Focusing on the main theme of “Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women”, the Sharefair provided a platform for sharing and learning, availed an opportunity to further explore the role of women in building and strengthening resilience and promoted dialogue and sharing of experiences on gender responsive resilience related programmes and policies in Africa. This is expected to accelerate development and humanitarian response and the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sharefair also endeavor to facilitate long term collaboration amongst regional stakeholders with the aim of identifying problems, using data and predictive methods and mobilizing support and resources to incubate, accelerate and scale effective solutions. The outcome of the two-day event was the creation of a strong regional network to amplify resilience solutions, sustaining change in policy and practice within relevant macroeconomic frameworks. Hundreds of participants gathered at the Sharefair to discuss interventions, innovations, good practices, evidence from research and documented data, legal frameworks and policies. More

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