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Multi-Country Study on Access to Justice for Women and Girls in East and Southern Africa

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

This analytical study covered ten countries in the region and looked at issues of access to justice for women and girls in East and Southern Africa.

Regional Analysis on Trends and Emerging Issues Related to Women with Disabilities in East and Southern Africa Focusing on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The purpose of this study was to develop a variety of texts documenting case studies of good and promising practices in the area of the protection of rights and access to services for women with disabilities in East and Southern Africa (ESA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commitment of the Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa (COTLA) towards the elimination of violence against women and girls.

Friday, September 10, 2021

It is a reality that our region carries the highest prevalence of child marriage and female genital mutilation in the world, impacting millions of our girls. These harmful traditional practices have devastating impact including loss of life, risk of disease such as fistula, loss of education and life opportunities, trauma and other psycho-social impacts resulting in deepening poverty and perpetuating a cycle of abuse. This calls on us as traditional and religious leaders to urgently assume our role as protectors of our children. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the prevalence of genderbased violence in our countries and communities.

UN WOMEN West and Central Africa 2020 Annual Report

Monday, August 23, 2021

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...

Status of Women's rights in refugee and internal displacement setting in Africa: the context of AGA and APSA

Friday, June 18, 2021

This continental study provides a contextual analysis of the forced displacement of women and girls in Africa based on first hand data from field visits made to the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. The analysis provides the key priority considerations for the realisation of durable solutions for refugees, IDPs and returnees in Africa and makes recommendations for actions by the AU, Member States and relevant stakeholders within the context of AGA and APSA.

Gender Based Violence in Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The policy paper assesses the state of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Africa in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Informed by evidence from the five African Union (AU) regions, it outlines some of the initiatives implemented in AU Member States. The paper also proposes recommendations towards multi-sectoral response and recovery efforts that address GBV as well as the related needs of women and girls in Africa.

AFRICA MARRIAGE LAWS: A Compendium from 55 African Union Member States (Infographic)

Monday, February 3, 2020

Representation of a collection of marriage laws across African Member States developed in 2016 and updated in 2018 to serve as an updated compilation of Member States’ legal frameworks and legislation related to marriage. It was compiled through desk reviews of Member States’ legal frameworks, including: constitutions, civil codes, family laws and other partner documents and publications

Good Practices on Engagement with Traditional Leaders to End Child Marriage & Other Harmful Practices Against Women

Saturday, January 25, 2020

UN Women regional office for East and Southern Africa has collected a number of good practices that are replicable and are feasible within the framework of engagement with traditional leaders and cultural authorities to end harmful practices against women and girls. These are just but a few selected examples of how these stakeholders have contributed to the efforts towards ending child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices against women and girls in Africa.

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