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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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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.
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This factsheet offers some insights into migrant women’s experiences in Niger, based on the limited data that is available on this topic. It was prouced as part of the Making Migration Safe for Women programme which aims to ensure that migration is safe for women migrating from, into and through Niger and that international norms and standards for protecting and promoting migrant women’s rights are strengthened. Read/Download : EN
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The publication aims to provide information that helps prepare the youth for an inclusive, environment sensitive, and resilient approach to productive livelihoods.
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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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The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ethiopia was reported in March 2020, and the prime minister declared a state of emergency in April 2020. This resulted in the prohibition of interregional public transport and public gatherings, school closures across the country and the introduction of other public health measures to reduce the person-to-person transmission of the virus.
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COVID-19 is arguably one of the biggest pandemics to hit the world in recent times. Globally, it has affected the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as governments across the world have focused on implementing containment measures.
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As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic roll through societies and economies across the globe, women and girls are expected to bear the heaviest impact.
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The first official case in Mozambique was identified in March 2020. The Government announced a State of Emergency and placed the country on a Level 3 alert at the beginning of April 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (44,600) and reported case fatality ratio of 0.8% have been relatively low for the East and Southern Africa region.
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In Malawi, there have been 9,991 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 275 confirmed deaths. Initially reported predominantly in towns, the cases here have now spread to the community level and efforts are being invested to prevent further spread of the disease.
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Uganda reported its first case of COVID-19 on 21 March 2020. While Uganda’s tightly controlled response helped stem the spread of the virus, it also resulted in significant damage to the economy with especially dire consequences for women already living in poverty and those without formal jobs. Uganda has been a net recipient of migrants and refugees for some time.
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This report summarizes the findings of a Computer Assisted Telephonic Interview (CATI) rapid gender assessment (RGA) survey measuring the effects of COVID-19 on women and men in South Africa. The study was commissioned by UN Women and UNFPA to investigate the effects of COVID-19 and its associated movement restrictions on the socio-economic conditions of women and men, identify appropriate program interventions, and select advocacy messages that can be used to improve their well-being.
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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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This Rapid Assessment, the first of its kind in Niger, aims to highlight the challenges that women may face migrating from, into and through the country. It has been developed based on a desk review of existing literature as well as information received from questionnaires completed by relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations and interviews with UN agencies and other development partners. However, the availability of comprehensive sex-disaggregated data in Niger is limited. As...
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This global report provides a synthesis of the work of UN Women during 2020 to ensure a gender-sensitive response to the COVID-19 pandemic in ending violence against women, economic empowerment, leadership, gender data, and humanitarian contexts.
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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 coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19) has now spread to all the 25 countries in West and Central Africa (WCA). This rapid evolution of COVID-19 in Africa is deeply worrisome. The coronavirus is a threat to the world and to all countries of our region, many of whom just recovered from the Ebola pandemic (such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia). The region was already fragilized by conflict, violent extremism, and a very alarming humanitarian situation. The pandemic risks to be graver in refugee camps and IDPs camps in conflict or post-conflict areas.
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Given limited data availability, the immediate response of UN Country Teams has been to initiate socio-economic impact assessmentstudies, primarily based on the analysis of secondary data and information, but also sometimes including primary data collection based on telephonic interviews, SMS or online surveys.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is an additional threat to the right to life and health as it continuously depicts the vulnerability of systems/structures whilst testing the resilience of society. Against this landscape, we are further challenged to tackle the health as well as the socio-economic impact of this pandemic.