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The overall objective of the study was to conduct a mapping exercise of existing peace infrastructures in targeted five counties of Liberia and research their gender responsiveness. The research also assessed the mechanisms of coordination and intersection between the Palava Huts and the Peace Huts and other decentralized peace infrastructures, which should inform the implementation of the recommendations put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
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This brief highlights 8 keys interventions to be considered in West and Central Africa by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis. It also considers the economic impact of the pandemic and itsimplications for violence against women and girls in the long-term.
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The R-GTG wishes to contribute to the efforts in progress to confront the current pandemic by sharing this note with the Coordinators residing in the region with the intention of encouraging and proposing tools to improve the consideration of the gender issue in the response to COVID-19. In this respect, it addresses the main risks connected to gender when considering the pandemic and makes a specific number of recommendations to respond to it.
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This note will help UN Women Country Offices in West and Central Africa, Governments and Development Partners to identify key gender impacts of the crisis to be considered when conducting socio-economic impact assessments of COVID19, in order to develop policy and programmatic actions to mitigate those impacts and to set the foundations of a recovery effort which takes into account women and girls’ needs.
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As COVID-19 spreads in Africa, informal workers are hard-pressed to comply with social distancing or confinement measures, as they need to work to provide for their basic needs. Here are three things that UN Women country offices can advocate for to ensure that women working in the informal economy do not fall through the cracks in the current crisis.
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Even though Liberia has made progresses in guaranteeing equality between men and women through legislation and polices, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is still widely acknowledged to affect women and girls in schools, communities, homes and workplaces.
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Founded in 2004, the National Peace Huts Women of Liberia helped women and former child soldiers to become agents of change in their communities following the country’s civil war. The Peace Huts provide space for women’s voices to be heard on peace-building, security, rule of law, and political and economic issues.