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This new strategic plan takes effect amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating climate crisis, which has disproportionately impacted women and girls and exacerbated all aspects of gender inequalities. It is clear that bold actions and increased financing are needed to rebuild better and equal, with the needs of women and girls at the heart of all we do, leaving no one behind.
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Kenya's 2022 General Election witnessed a positive shift in political participation and representation of women. This brief provides an analysis of the results for women candidates at both national and county level.
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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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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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Women’s equal political participation and representation is the key to the promotion of gender equality, democracy and is key to the achievement of a sustainable future. Women’s participation in politics leads to more inclusive decision making, diversifies the voices that are heard, and ensures different solutions are brought to policies that impact on everyone’s lives
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The current drought response in Ethiopia is being scaled up across sectors, including food security, nutrition assistance, provision of safe water and sanitation, and livelihood protection. In addition, other urgent humanitarian assistance to drought- stricken areas such as agriculture and livestock support for pastoralist communities are also being increased. Nonetheless, the needs of women and girls may not be met due to a number of compounding factors such as the breakdown of key services which are critical to the health, protection, and recovery of women and girls; weakened informal and formal protection and accountability mechanisms; disrupted livelihoods, increased displacement, power imbalances, and limited access to resources.
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This brief gives an overview of the Gender Statistics programmes across East and Southern Africa.
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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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This repertoire compiles a number of Temporary Special Measures (TSMs) laws in West and Central Africa to help staff and partners to use and reflect on the available legal frameworks in the region and explore - through comparing articles and formulations -legal options that may be considered for the adoption of more favorable legal measures fostering greater gender equality in public life including in elected assemblies. View/Download : EN/FR
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The provision of universal childcare is critical to achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to reduce gender inequalities in the labour market. Lack of quality and affordable childcare services is a major obstacle for women to participate in the labour market in Côte d’Ivoire. This brief summarizes findings of a study to quantify investment needs for universal childcare provision in Senegal, as well as employment and fiscal gains associated with such expansion...
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The provision of universal childcare is critical to achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to reduce gender inequalities in the labour market. Lack of quality and affordable childcare services is a major obstacle for women to participate in the labour market in Nigeria. This brief summarizes findings of a study to quantify investment needs for universal childcare provision in Nigeria, as well as employment and fiscal gains associated with such expansion of services. The...
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The provision of universal childcare is critical to achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to reduce gender inequalities in the labour market. Lack of quality and affordable childcare services is a major obstacle for women to participate in the labour market in Senegal. This brief summarizes findings of a study to quantify investment needs for universal childcare provision in Senegal, as well as employment and fiscal gains associated with such expansion of services. The...
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This advocacy brief accompanies country notes presenting the results of studies conducted by UN Women on the fiscal and employment benefits of investing in universal free childcare in Nigeria, Senegal, and Cote D’Ivoire. This brief is meant to provide UN Women country offices with ideas of how to leverage the country notes for policy dialogue and reform at the country level. View/Download : EN
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The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) an opportunity for growth and prosperity in Africa. However, because of pre-existing inequalities in African economies, the agreement’s benefits will not be distributed equally along gender lines. As the AfCFTA Secretariat is starting to draft a Women in Trade Protocol, it is important that women across the continent participate actively in the process to voice their views, interests, and needs. This advocacy brief highlights 9 important...
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This brief presents emerging evidence on the role the private sector can play in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nigeria by highlighting the key measures companies can take to move beyond traditional corporate social responsibility to combine profits with gender progress. Realizing the growing need for gender equality is also germane to the survival and development of girls and the building of healthy communities, a healthy society, and a healthy nation. The economic...
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This series, updated quarterly, illustrates the human impact of UN Women’s work across the world, highlighting the partnerships that make this work possible. These stories share how we and our many partners are striding forward to realize a better world for women and girls
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The report presents statistics on the status of men and women in Zimbabwe. It brings light to the progress made to address inequality in various areas such as education, health, etc. The purpose of the report is to showcase progress in the country's SDG 5 trajectory
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The ongoing crisis in Nigeria's North East region, compounded by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has left internally displaced persons even more vulnerable. 54% of the internal displaed population is female. The Rapid Gender Assessment undertaken by UN Women in collaboration with CARE International and Oxfam examines the gender-related impact of COVID-19 on women, men, girls and boys to inform the intervention response for the North-East.
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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.