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6 key recommendations for a gender-responsive social protection regime in Senegal
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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 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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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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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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UN Women Liberia Annual Report for 2021 highlights activities and results of the organisation’s interventions in supporting the Government of Liberia and civil society organisations (CSOs) to promote gender equality and advance the rights of women and girls on four main thematic areas, namely, Women’s Political Participation, Leadership and Gender-sensitive Governance Systems; Women’s Economic Empowerment; Ending Violence against Women and Girls; and Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Actions.
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The study's overarching aim is to provide reliable estimates of the economic costs of IPV in Ethiopia. The research underscores the high costs of IPV for women, households, the government, and the broader society of Ethiopia. By examining the impact on both the individual and society, the study highlights the tangible and intangible costs associated with VAWG more broadly, which can greatly help to inform policy and economic priorities.
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UN Women Kenya Annual report shares results and lessons learned for 2021.
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UN Women Liberia Annual Report for 2020 highlights the work that was accomplished by the country office in 2020 and documents success stories achieved by the organisation and its implementing partners.
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The qualitative component of the Women’s Health and Life Experiences study was designed to complement the larger survey on prevalence which seeks to generate reliable estimates of the prevalence of different forms of Violence Against Women and girls (VAWG), provide detailed information on the impacts of VAWG, and examine women’s attitudes to violence, how women cope with violence, and the risk factors associated with VAWG. It provides contextual information on women and community perspectives and experiences of Violence against women and girls (VAWG).
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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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The Annual Report captures the work of UN Women in Zimbabwe to accelerate Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Zimbabwe. It highlights the organisation's initiatives, challenges and milestones achieved in 2021.
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Despite the gender, climatic and conflict situation in Somalia, there are opportunities to ensure crop farming and livestock rearing. Women’s participation in agricultural activities also varies depending on where they live. Women living in their regular settings were more likely to participate in agriculture compared to their counterparts who live in IDP settings. The research is aimed at promoting women's resilience to climate and enhancing livelihoods.
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Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps in the workspace is key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Somalia. The host community landowners and IDP casual laborers can jointly build their skills in climate-smart agriculture that can benefit the productivity of farms whilst also building the knowledge and skill set of IDPs.
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The assessment offers a series of measures for re forming Ethiopian law to ensure that laws are gender sensitive and more effective at ensuring gender equal ity and non-discrimination. Most notable is that a total of 5 laws or provisions must be repealed in whole or in part; 26 laws must be revised or amended and two (2) new laws must be enacted to bring Ethiopia’s legislative framework in line with its regional and international obligations on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The report also emphasizes the need to prioritize the implementation of national laws that comply with gender equality standards, and in this context, recommends one policy measure to ensure that laws fully deliver on women’s rights
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MESSAGE FROM MRS HIND JALAL, UN WOMEN CAMEROON REPRESENTATIVE ai Looking back at 2020 – a year globally marked by C19 – many of us had high hopes that 2021 would be better and signal a return to normal. Unfortunately, it is far from the truth. It seems that C19 is here to stay and even with the roll-out of vaccines in many parts of the world, the number of cases is skyrocketing worldwide.
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The five years in review publication captures the progress made from 2017 to 2021 across its different focus areas: Leadership and Political Participation, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence Against Women, Data and Statistics, HIV/AIDS and the response to the unfolding crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2 in 5 women said that COVID-19 has worsened their overall mental and emotional health.Women who experienced or know women who experienced violence since COVID-19 were 1.3 times as likely to report increased mental and emotional stress as women who did not.