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Key initiatives in the ESA KM Strategy (2022-2025) include sustaining the review and update of country gender equality profiles by all the 13 countries in the region, increasing momentum on the use of established KM systems and tools; institutional learning; quantitative and qualitative research and analyses on GEWE; capacity strengthening for R/M/COs on KM interventions; quality assurance processes of knowledge products; evidenced based advocacy and documentation and development and repackaging of knowledge products.
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The study also targeted the staff of judicial offices, such as judges, magistrates, lawyers and prosecutors, and police officers. At the local government level, the study focused on administration officers, including chiefs and local elders. Traditional and religious leaders were also targeted for the study.
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This report presents the findings and recommendations from UN Women’s qualitative research on joint initiatives for ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) implemented between 2016-2022 in East and Southern Africa (ESA).
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The study targeted various stakeholders from critical institutions dealing with and addressing issues of access to justice regionally or nationally, judicial personnel (such as judges, magistrates, lawyers and prosecutors, and police officers), local government administration officers, including chiefs and local elders, as well as traditional and religious leaders.
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This compendium presents select country case studies of good and promising practices in use of gender statistics generated from administrative data for policy and programme interventions as they relate to gender specific SDGs.
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Devolution has increased opportunities for women and other marginalized groups to participate and engage in county-level planning, budgeting, and implementation, and ensured an opportunity for county governments to integrate gender-responsive mechanisms in these same processes. The report synthesizes the impact on women and girls in devolved sectors of local government including education, health, agriculture, water and sanitation, and urban planning across the 14 counties of the United Nations Joint Devolution Programme.
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UN Women together with the Government through the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA) have significant advancements towards new policy developments and /or revision of the existing ones to match with the developments in the country.
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UN Women, through the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Program (SIARP), in collaboration with the AUC and in partnership with the EU Delegation to the AU, launched the “Partnership Guidelines to Support Engagement between the African Union and Traditional and Regional Leaders” with key recommendations to respond to Gender-Based Violence in the continent.
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This quarterly newsletter profiles UN Women Uganda activities and highlights voices of beneficiaries. The Q3 Newsletter covers the period of July to September 2022. Enjoy the read!
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This policy brief highlights the main findings of four academic research papers on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda that were presented during a workshop organized by UN Women Ethiopia Country Office in December 2021. The findings focus on protection of women from conflict-related sexual violence; gender-sensitive recovery programs; role of women human rights defenderds in supporting the WPS agenda; and awareness of Members of Parliament on the agenda.
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Administrative data collected by governments and service providers in their day-to-day business is an increasingly important source of official statistics. In the data revolution era, administrative data provides opportunities for timely analysis and public policy development, savings on data collection, and increased efficiency and scope using available data e.g., birth and employment records.
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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated worldwide economic decline, East and Southern Africa (ESA) has suffered job losses and an increase in poverty, interruptions in healthcare services, and declined nutrition levels. Young adults whose place in the labor market is often informal, temporary, and tenuous at best have suffered greater job and income losses than their parents. As part of ensuring that recovery efforts also reduce the number of youth, young women, not in employment, education, or training (NEET), UN Women in ESA commissioned a quantitative study on the NEET status of youth aged 15-24 years in nine countries in the region. This report summarizes country findings and provides detailed analysis of available NEET data for youth aged 15-24 years with a view to supporting evidence-based policy advocacy and action in this area. This study covers Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda.
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There is a tendency to view the sheer volume of land certificates issued in Ethiopia in recent years as a proxy for improvements in women’s land tenure security. While getting land registered in women’s names is a significant step, evidence indicates that focusing on titling alone may not necessarily lead to greater tenure security for women. Control and transfer rights of land for women are affected by broader gendered norms and practices. It is high time to think more deeply around the post-certification agenda so that women can derive the full range of benefits from their land resources.
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UN Women is the UN agency mandated to promote gender equality and empowerment of women. In the East and Southern Africa Region, the organization has a presence in 13 Countries (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Multi/Country Offices South Africa, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe). In countries where there is no presence, UN Women collaborates with the resident coordinator's office to advance gender equality.
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UN Women works to accelerate efforts to end all forms of violence against women and girls in the region, drawing upon our signature interventions and triple mandate which works through normative, coordination and operational approaches.
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The purpose of the Global Minimum Set of Gender Indicators is to develop a common statistical measurement framework that could be used for the national production and international compilation of gender statistics and to track progress across countries and regions.
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Lack of adequate data to inform and monitor policies and progress undermines efforts to move forward Africa's gender agenda. The production of gender statistics in the region has been slow due to a combination of factors discussed in this Plan. However, increased interest in gender statistics and the current conducive policy environment for the their integration into statistical databases provide valuable opportunities to further strengthen statistical systems in Africa.
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UNWomen, in collaboration with International Medical Corps (IMC), has been implementing a Programme on Women’s Empowerment in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH) Rights (POWER) in humanitarian settings in Gambella Region. The purpose of the action research is to document the progress on the SRMNCAH programme implemented in the humanitarian setting, lessons learned from it, gaps in it and efforts required for it. The findings will better inform UN Women and partners working in a humanitarian setting on the current progress and the efforts required to improve SRMNCAH services in the refugee and host communities.
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2021 marked the end of the latest UN Women Strategic Plan, and during the year UN Women’s West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) and Country Offices/Non-Resident Agencies continued to strengthen a comprehensive set of global norms, policies, and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women; help end all forms of violence against women and girls; foster women’s economic empowerment; encourage and support women to lead; facilitate gender mainstreaming; and support women’s participation in peacebuilding and resilience efforts. Throughout the year, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact West and Central Africa, and women in the region were particularly vulnerable to the crisis.
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This study explains why it is important to integrate a gender perspective into assessments of all the SDGs, and also shows how to approach this task as a way to enhance gender mainstreaming across the 2030 Agenda.