UN WOMEN West and Central Africa 2020 Annual Report

The UN Women WCARO annual report aims to share information about the regional office's activities on women empowerment and gender equality in 2020. The said year has been a particularly difficult year around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic. In West and Central Africa (WCA), women and girls were particularly vulnerable to the crisis.

To counter these burdens and build medium and long- term recovery measures, the UN Women WCA Regional Office successfully provided multi-faceted assistance to ‘build back better’ by strengthening post-crisis socio-economic resilience and addressing structural gender inequalities in different areas of the economy and society. The UN Women Regional Office also continued and expanded innovative tools and programs that helped women, girls and Governments in the region to not only respond to the pandemic, but also to thrive in the face of it and meet development targets.

This annual report shows all the efforts deployed by the Regional and Country Offices throughout 2020, with tangible results in all areas of UN Women ́s mandate. The testimonies of women in the shared document present valuable examples of human stories of resilience during this unprecedented outbreak.

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Geographic coverage: Africa; Cabo Verde; Cameroon; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Côte d’Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Guinea; Senegal; Sierra Leone

Subject area(s): Generation Equality; HeForShe; Gender stereotypes; Entrepreneurship; Gender wage gap; Women farmers; Rural women; Schooling; Training; Child marriage; Domestic violence/interpersonal violence; Feminicide/femicide; Political violence; Rape/sexual assault; Sexual harassment; Trafficking/sexual exploitation; Indigenous women; Women with disabilities; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender discrimination; Gender equality and inequality; Gender mainstreaming; Gender power relations; Gender statistics; Gender data gaps; Gender data production and collection; Gender data use and accessibility; Gender equality indicators; National statistical systems; Sex-disaggregated data; Access to basic services; Financing for gender equality; Gender-responsive budgeting; Health; COVID-19; Harmful health practices; Health care services; Maternal health; Sexual and reproductive health and rights; Rights in marriage; Women’s rights; Crisis response and recovery; Intergovernmental processes; Beijing Platform for Action; Commission on the Status of Women; Civil society participation; Electoral systems and processes; Conflict, war; Sexual violence in conflict; Fund for Gender Equality; UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Resource type: Annual reports

Series: UN Women annual report

UN Women office involved in publication: West and Central Africa Regional Office

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 28


Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)