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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 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 publication aims to serve as an advocacy report on gender issues and contributing to efforts in strengthening regional norms and policies on women and youth’s economic empowerment.
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It is a reality that our region carries the highest prevalence of child marriage and female genital mutilation in the world, impacting millions of our girls. These harmful traditional practices have devastating impact including loss of life, risk of disease such as fistula, loss of education and life opportunities, trauma and other psycho-social impacts resulting in deepening poverty and perpetuating a cycle of abuse. This calls on us as traditional and religious leaders to urgently assume our role as protectors of our children. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the prevalence of genderbased violence in our countries and communities.
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The UN Women WCARO annual report aims to share information about the regional office's activities on women empowerment and gender equality in 2020. The said year has been a particularly difficult year around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic. In West and Central Africa (WCA), women and girls were particularly vulnerable to the crisis. To counter these burdens and build medium and long- term recovery measures, the UN Women WCA Regional Office successfully provided multi-faceted assistance...
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This publication highlights findings from the Zanzibar SDGs Gender Indicators Study in the form of infographics. The infographics showcase findings from each of the sectors covered in the report namely: Poverty and Hunger, Health, Decent Work, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Key Messages and the COVID-19 Context, and Recommendations.
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The UN Women Tanzania study involved desk review, key informant interviews with the government and CSOs, an analysis of the literature of relevant laws and policies on customary practices as well as a review of land governance and land administration practices in Tanzania was done in August 2017. The study also highlights recommendations to advance women's land rights and tenure security in the context of SDGs.
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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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 EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH CLIMATE-RESILIENT AGRICULTURE IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA - KEY RESULTS OF UN WOMEN’S FLAGSHIP PROGRAMME

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The policy paper assesses the state of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Africa in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Informed by evidence from the five African Union (AU) regions, it outlines some of the initiatives implemented in AU Member States. The paper also proposes recommendations towards multi-sectoral response and recovery efforts that address GBV as well as the related needs of women and girls in Africa.
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This report explores some key indicators of women’s economic empowerment in labour markets and women’s political participation and economic leadership in the Indian Ocean Rim region through three dimensions: resources, agency, and achievements. It highlights good practices, case studies, and challenges and opportunities for investments and initiatives, and provides key recommendations for Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member States and other stakeholders to realize women’s economic empowerment in the region.
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The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic must be viewed with a gendered lens to protect women and girls and address the increase in VAWG during this pandemic. In Ethiopia, this can be accomplished with accelerated and concerted efforts of the Government and the United Nations, in partnership with other development agencies and national civil society organizations. This Policy brief presents overview of the increased in GBV in Ethiopia and give recommendations on measures to be taken to address the issue.
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In this issue : -Introduction: the gender gap in agricultural productivity -Three takeaways on the gender gap in agricultural productivity -Measuring the cost of the gender gap in agricultural productivity -Costing the factors that contribute to the gender gap in agricultural productivity -Finding the biggest bang for the buck: cost-effective policy interventions -Moving from recommendations to implementation -Appendix A: Methodology for quantifying the cost of the gender gap in...
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Hygiene and sanitation are development issues that have long been overlooked by governments. However, as a result of sustained advocacy efforts, they are at the very top of the global and national agenda today. Senegal has a fairly progressive national strategy that aims to improve gender parity in political representation, healthcare and education, access to drinking water and sanitation facilities and maternal and infant mortality among other priorities.
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This edition addresses the Health issues of Women in Malawi and Senegal, Education in Burkina Faso and in Africa, Peace and Security in Cameroon and at African Union, Women in Agriculture in Mozambique and Ethiopia and Women Economque Empowerment across Africa.
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Guided by the Continental Policy Framework on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and its Maputo Plan of Action, African countries have made significant strides in the fight to reduce preventable maternal and child deaths over the past decade. Despite commendable achievements, challenges still continue to hinder progress at the required rates of change. Africa remains a highly risky region for women to become pregnant and give birth; women in Africa, still face a 1 in 39 lifetime risk of...
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Hygiene and sanitation are development issues that have long been overlooked by governments. However, as a result of sustained advocacy efforts, they are at the very top of the global and national agenda today. Senegal has a fairly progressive national strategy that aims to improve gender parity in political representation, healthcare and education, access to drinking water and sanitation facilities and maternal and infant mortality among other priorities.