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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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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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As the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues, the situation remains unpredictable along the Kisoro border posing challenges asylum seekers, especially refugee women, girls and children.
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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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Issue 2 of the Paradigm For Social Justice and Development Success Stories Issue 2 by EMPOWERING WOMEN TO PROMOTE PEACEFUL AND EQUAL SOCIETIES Project based IN WAKISO DISTRICT
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UN Women Kenya Annual report shares results and lessons learned for 2021.
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This quarterly newsletter profiles UN Women Uganda activities and highlights voices of beneficiaries. The Q2 Newsletter covers the period of April to June 2022. Enjoy the read!
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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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Uganda's NAP Ill WPS 2021 - 2025 aims at ensuring sustained peace and security through enhanced meaningful participation of women in peace and development processes. The NAP I provides a strategic framework, through the WPS agenda, to mainstream UNSCR 1325 into national development and peace strategies, with the focus on strengthening the effective roles of women in the achievement of long-lasting peace in Uganda (MGLSD, 2021). Specifically, Uganda's NAP Ill aims to: Prevent all forms of violence and promote peace within families, communities and the nation; Promote meaningful participation of women in leadership and governance at all levels; Strengthen the capacity of women to mitigate and prevent natural and human-made disasters; and strengthen the institutional and coordination mechanism for WPS agenda at all levels.
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The baseline survey on unpaid care work status among women and men in eight districts of Rwanda seeks to understand the care-related dynamics in households, this study utilized both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Drawing on Oxfam’s Household Care Survey (HCS) and the Harvard Analytical Framework (also referred to as the Gender Roles Framework). The survey helps to understand how women, men and children spend their time, how care activities are distributed in the household and the access that households have to basic public services and infrastructure that facilitate their everyday survival. The study also explored the social norms that shape power relations and gender division of care labor.
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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 WPS programme under evaluation with the title “Women lead and benefit from sustainable and inclusive peace and security in Uganda” was developed against a backdrop of conflict and post-conflict situations in Uganda including the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda noting that even though there is no active war, the limited engagement in transitional justice including reconciliation and reparations, has remained a severe challenge, with little accountability for atrocities committed during the 20- year civil war.
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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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This situation brief highlights the impact of the floods and landslides that hit Kisoro district in January 2022. While the issue may have been overtaken by the insecurity in neighboring DRC that led to high influx of Congolese refuges into Kisoro district, the aftermath of the floods on especially women and children remains dire and in need of attention.
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This publication describes the UN Women Rwanda Office's effort in dealing with Gender-Based Violence (GBV) victims using different approaches in both GBV prevention and response. It also provides success stories from different beneficiaries in relation to legal assistance which showed that in most cases it requires strong courage from the victims to bring the perpetrators to justice especially in the context of negative cultural beliefs, women's economic dependence, fear of discrimination and stigmatization among other challenges. The document also highlights the role of mobile legal clinic in increasing the proximity of legal services to the community including awareness-raising and legal literacy.
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The transition to a green economy will create many new jobs around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa. But will women share-in these new jobs, and will the economic transformation help them move into higher-paid, more stable jobs that require more education and skills? The short answer is “yes” – provided countries adopt strong policies and programmes to make it happen. The green economy transition is attracting attention in policy circles but its potential gender...
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The Gender Profile gives an overview of Gender Gaps by assessing policy and legal frameworks, the institutional and human resources capacity, the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19 on women and men and recommends key areas of strategic actions to address gender gaps and inequalities