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This study builds on UN Women’s achievements and experience in supporting women and girls during the COVID pandemic within the East and Southern Africa Region and other parts of the world.
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This guide is designed to increase the understanding of the legal obligations of countries in the West and Central Africa (WCA) region to achieve gender equality in decision-making. It focuses on strengthening efforts to improve the legal framework in the region to ensure that laws are clearly drafted, implementable and effective. Special focus is devoted to the processes by which laws supporting political participation of women are developed, negotiated, drafted, passed and implemented. It aims to strengthen law-making processes that build and secure the legal rights of women who want to run for elections and who are ready to take over leadership positions in their parliaments and governments. Legal instruments are presented that can be used to advance the political participation of women.The comparative experiences presented in this guide address both examples of good practices and laws that have failed because their regulations are imprecise, unclear lack effective sanctions
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The publication innovates "The Matrix of Her Success", a case study of UN Women's Economic Empowerment successes in Mali. It delineates the supremacy of the personality of the businesswoman, Mme Sirébara over all other factors. the personality is classified as the essential factor, the "Unbeatable desire to succeed, opportunity readiness" which generates "sustainability potentials as both causal & enabling variables of business". Unique testimony to the unique potentials of UN Women flagships deployed within a public-private-partnership.
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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.