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The cost of Gender Gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia

Monday, April 16, 2018

The study presents the cost of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia.  The findings of this report are striking, and send a strong signal to policy makers in Ethiopia as well as development partners that closing the gender gap is smart economics. Consider this: That increasing GDP by closing the gender gap in agricultural productivity has the potential to lift as many as 1,050,000 people out of poverty in Ethiopia. This Report helps to lay the ground-work for deeper...

South African companies taking lead in Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPS)

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact and are adapted from the Calvert Women’s Principles. View/ download: English

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, UN Women’s new flagship report, provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective.

Gender and Equity Compact for the Energy and Mineral Development Sector

Thursday, February 1, 2018

As Uganda strives to become a middle-income country by 2020, the Energy and Mineral Development sector plays a crucial role as a key driver of economic growth and industrialization. To contribute to industrialization and economic growth, the Energy sub-sector is obliged to increase electricity generation and transmission, to expand development and access to sustainable energy services and to promote efficient utilization of energy.

Gender and Equity Compact for the Justice, Law and Order Sector

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Uganda strives to become a middle-income country by 2020, the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) plays a crucial role as a responsible sector for administering justice, maintaining law and order, and protecting human rights. Economic growth and transformative development can thrive, when citizens and investors have public confidence in the rule of law and justice system of the society.

Gender and Equity Compact for the Agriculture Sector

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Compact is a tool intended to facilitate identification of sector gender and equity issues, appropriate interventions and related performance indicators

Womens Land Rights Regional Workshop Brief

Sunday, December 31, 2017

UN Women, with the support of the government of Finland and the participating countries, launched the project on “Women’s Land Rights and Tenure Security in the Context of the SDGs” in 2016. The project is currently implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania with the aim of upscaling in the three countries and expanding to more countries.

Background paper on driving Gender-Responsive Financial Inclusion Models in Africa

Saturday, December 30, 2017

This background paper highlights the current situation regarding gender responsive financial inclusion in Africa. It also highlights the key barriers that contribute towards creating and sustaining the gender gap in financial inclusion, including collateral challenges; the gender-blind approach to financial inclusion by financial institutions; asset ownership challenges among women; uncompetitive and high interest rates and bank charges offered by financial institutions; poor documentation and...

Preventing violent extremism in Kenya

Friday, December 1, 2017

This report is one of three publications on the results of an empirical study on women and violent extremism in Kenya

Violent Extremism in Kenya

Friday, December 1, 2017

This study seeks to understand how women in Kenya are involved in violent extremism and in efforts to prevent and counter it. It also explores how women are affected by and respond to extremism. The findings show the multifaceted impact of violent extremism on women and their communities. There is also a complex set of dynamics that influence how women become actively involved as perpetrators or, more commonly, as supporters and facilitators of violent extremism. The study shows that more must...

Role of Women in Violent Extremism in Kenya

Friday, December 1, 2017

For some time, women were perceived simply as the victims of violent extremism. Evidence from this study provides a more expansive view, which indicates that women play multiple and complex active roles in relation to violent extremism. These roles exist along a spectrum that extends from being the perpetrators of violent acts through to shaping policy aimed at preventing violent extremism.

Stepping Up for Gender Equality- UN Women East and Southern Africa 2016 Annual Report

Thursday, November 30, 2017

UN Women East and Southern Africa continues to STEP IT UP for gender equality on a daily basis to give voice to women and girls who are still challenged with the violence, injustice, unequal opportunities and prejudices because of their gender.

UN Women in Ethiopia engages the mass media to promote gender sensitive coverage and positive portrayal of women

Thursday, November 30, 2017

UN Women in partnership with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) held a capacity building training on gender sensitive reporting and news coverage to print and broadcasting media practitioners from various regions of the country. This training aimed to enhance the participants’ gender knowledge and to equip them with necessary skills for promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Approaches by African Countries in the Implementation and Localization of SDGs

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This report presents governments’ approaches to the localization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with specific reference to seven countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The report was developed through a collaborative process with selected governments via their representatives, UN Women country/multi-country offices and other stakeholders in East and Southern Africa. Initial data and information were collected from a...

Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience in Africa 2016 Report

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This is a convening report for the Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience in Africa held by UN Women in collaboration with key partners in November 9th –10th 2016 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Focusing on the main theme of “Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women”, the Sharefair provided a platform for sharing and learning, availed an opportunity to further explore the role of women in building and strengthening resilience and promoted dialogue and sharing of experiences on gender responsive resilience related programmes and policies in Africa. This is expected to accelerate development and humanitarian response and the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sharefair also endeavor to facilitate long term collaboration amongst regional stakeholders with the aim of identifying problems, using data and predictive methods and mobilizing support and resources to incubate, accelerate and scale effective solutions. The outcome of the two-day event was the creation of a strong regional network to amplify resilience solutions, sustaining change in policy and practice within relevant macroeconomic frameworks. Hundreds of participants gathered at the Sharefair to discuss interventions, innovations, good practices, evidence from research and documented data, legal frameworks and policies.

Unlocking the Potential of Rural Women in Ethiopia

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rural women play a critical role in the agricultural sector. Securing their livelihoods and rights is the pathway to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) in Ethiopia. Therefore, the enhancement of rural women’s food security and nutrition is a key outcome of the Joint Programme on Rural Women Economic Empowerment. Under this outcome, the programme aims to ensure that rural women have increased access to and control over resources, assets and services critical to their food and nutrition security. The programme also supports rural women to gain greater capacity to enhance and control local food security reserves.

A review of energy policies in East and Southern Africa

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Renewable, clean energy and gender equality are preconditions for sustainable development and for tackling climate change. This linkage is tacit in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Gender equality and women’s empowerment (Goal 5) and women’s and men’s equal access to secure energy services (Goal 7) are central to building more environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient societies (Goals 13 and 15) (UN Women and UNDP-UNEP PEI, 2015).

UN Women Eastern and Southern Africa Newsletter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This issue of the newsletter covers the first half of 2017 from January through June with highlights from Multi/Country offices, Regional office and global initiatives. UN Women is continuously and actively supporting women claim their rights and expand their opportunities. We stand behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security...

Guidance Note on documenting good practices on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Monday, July 17, 2017

The objective of the Guidance Note is to help all gender equality actors and advocates document good practices so that others may learn from these experiences and adopt similar approaches. The Guidance Note targets all gender equality and women’s empowerment advocates and actors who have successfully implemented interventions to accelerate gains for women and girls not only in Africa but across the world. These are interventions that have proven successful and thereby have the potential...

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