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Monday, May 11, 2020

Like other regions in the world, COVID 19 pandemic is spreading rapidly in the in East and Southern Africa Region. Although the cases might seem low compared to other regions in the world such as Europe, America and Asia, the pandemic is in its early onset and the figures are changing rapidly and on a daily basis. This means that an action oriented approach is needed to ensure that the needs or women are addressed as it pertains to their socio-economic well-being.


Monday, May 11, 2020

COVID-19 can act as a driver of conflict and inflame social instability, fuel distrust and misinformation and amplify pre existing inequalities from high protection risks, limited access to social protection programmes including emergency response plans, human rights violations, increase in transnational and organized crime, trafficking of women, access to health services and increased domestic violence, including sexual extortion, exploitation and abuse.


Monday, May 11, 2020

The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for all sectors, but much more the health sector. The outbreak that was declared a global pandemic by WHO on March 11th has affected 2.5 million people and killed about 177,600 as of April 21, 2020.


Monday, May 11, 2020

Violence against women is a life-threatening human rights issue that violates international, regional and national human rights law and principles of gender equality. It is also a threat to mutual peaceful coexistence of families, communities and hinders the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic and national, regional and global recovery efforts.

Gender in the framework of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in West and Central Africa

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The R-GTG wishes to contribute to the efforts in progress to confront the current pandemic by sharing this note with the Coordinators residing in the region with the intention of encouraging and proposing tools to improve the consideration of the gender issue in the response to COVID-19. In this respect, it addresses the main risks connected to gender when considering the pandemic and makes a specific number of recommendations to respond to it.

Rapid Gender Impact Assessments of COVID-19. A guide to integrate gender into socio-economic impact assessments of COVID-19

Thursday, April 23, 2020

This note will help UN Women Country Offices in West and Central Africa, Governments and Development Partners to identify key gender impacts of the crisis to be considered when conducting socio-economic impact assessments of COVID19, in order to develop policy and programmatic actions to mitigate those impacts and to set the foundations of a recovery effort which takes into account women and girls’ needs.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

This brief highlights 8 keys interventions to be considered in West and Central Africa by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis. It also considers the economic impact of the pandemic and itsimplications for violence against women and girls in the long-term.

Gender Implications of COVID-19 Outbreak in Ethiopia

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) calls on all partners to consider the sex and gender effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, both directly and indirectly. This will make certain that women and girls are kept in the front-line of preparedness and response.

Advocacy brief: Three emergency social protection measures to support women in the informal economy in the COVID-19 crisis

Thursday, April 9, 2020

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.

Gender and the COVID-19 national response in Nigeria

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has profound gender implications which are likely to lead to increased inequalities. This brief highlights key areas for the integration of gender priorities and makes recommendations to governments and stakeholders for inclusion in the Nigerian national response plan.

Mapping of Discrimination against Women and Girls with Disabilities in East & Southern Africa

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Enshrined in the principle of "Leave No One Behind," this study report is a synthesis of key findings and recommendations from a multi country mapping of the manifestations and trends in discrimination against women and girls with disabilities in the ESA region.

AFRICA MARRIAGE LAWS: A Compendium from 55 African Union Member States (Infographic)

Monday, February 3, 2020

Representation of a collection of marriage laws across African Member States developed in 2016 and updated in 2018 to serve as an updated compilation of Member States’ legal frameworks and legislation related to marriage. It was compiled through desk reviews of Member States’ legal frameworks, including: constitutions, civil codes, family laws and other partner documents and publications

Publications Reader Survey Report, 2019

Friday, January 31, 2020

Through this publications’ reader survey, the region has ensured continuous improvement of the user-friendliness, practicality and overall quality of UN Women’s publications. This is the second survey following the first reader survey conducted in 2015 which confirmed that UN Women publications are widely useful to diverse audience

Background-Safe Digital Spaces: Protection of Women and Girls from Technological Violence

Friday, January 31, 2020

This paper analyses the ways in which technology helps women and contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , examines the various forms of technology-assisted violence against women and their impact and consequences in the light of the global and Africa region frameworks, how this type of violence impacts women’s lives, where various African governments are in terms of policy provision to access justice for victims, and proposed recommendations to end the vice.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mapping of regional institutions

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The report draws on analysis of case studies both at national and regional level as a means of identifying targeted interventions on SDGs and GEWE. Accordingly, this publication has mapped all the 17 SDGs within the GEWE agenda including the various ways in which women and girls will remain key to the attainment of the global goals.

Good Practices on Engagement with Traditional Leaders to End Child Marriage & Other Harmful Practices Against Women

Saturday, January 25, 2020

UN Women regional office for East and Southern Africa has collected a number of good practices that are replicable and are feasible within the framework of engagement with traditional leaders and cultural authorities to end harmful practices against women and girls. These are just but a few selected examples of how these stakeholders have contributed to the efforts towards ending child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices against women and girls in Africa.

Guideline for Gender Responsive Media

Friday, January 24, 2020

This Guideline for Gender Responsive Media published in two languages (Amharic and English) aims to inform and guide media houses, media practitioners, journalists, editors, and anyone in the media and communication sector about ethical reporting of issues related with gender and actions to take to create a gender sensitive media environment both within the media houses as well as in all the contents produced by the media houses

Technical Report on Multi-Stakeholder Knowledge Seminar on Advancing Administrative Data Sources for Monitoring Gender-Related Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

This is a technical report of a UN Women led Multi-Stakeholder Knowledge Seminar on Advancing Administrative Data Sources for Monitoring Gender-Related SDGs was held on 8th August 2019 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi-Kenya.

10 things men can do now to end violence against women by men

Friday, November 1, 2019

The six-month plan will focus on prevention (particularly recognizing that violence against women is a problem of men); strengthening the criminal justice system; enhancing the legal and policy framework; ensuring adequate care, support and healing for survivors of violence; improving the economic empowerment of women and improving the collection and analysis of data to monitor SGBV programmes.

Women, Peace and Security: What Uganda has achieved

Monday, September 16, 2019

This report presents findings from a nationwide study that was designed to assess the impact of implementing the second generation National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 & 1820 and the Goma Declaration (NAP); establish achievements registered and challenges faced; document best practices and lessons learnt during its implementation. The report makes recommendations that will inform the design of the third generation NAP. CoACT conducted the study across eighteen (18) districts in addition to national level institutions.

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