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In the mentorship initiative, senior and experienced women leaders linked with junior women leaders and aspirants to share leadership, personal and career development experiences and support the lower-level women leaders and aspirants to increase their confidence and hold high-level leadership and decision-making positions.
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With the theme, ‘Empowering Women in the Workplace, Market place and Community’, beyond the WEPs signing ceremony, activities at the event encompassed presentation on best practices on WEPs’ implementation such as key results, challenges and lessons learned from UN Women Kenya Office and from Gulf Africa Bank based in Kenya. The experiences from previous WEPs signatory; Kombolcha Textile Share Company in Ethiopia, WEPs’ benefits and impact on gender equality and sustainable economic development are among the presentations by UN Women Ethiopia Country Office.
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In Tanzania, although women spend much of their time providing labour for household agricultural production, their control over the land use remains limited. According to research by the Tanzanian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 33 percent of women own agricultural land compared to 47 percent of men. Only nine percent of women have sole ownership of land, and 25 percent have joint land ownership, whereas 30 percent of men have sole ownership and seven percent joint ownership. Furthermore, when women do own land, it’s typically smaller than that owned by men, and have lower yields.
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UN Women in Tanzania is currently implementing two key programmes seeking to address the needs of women with disabilities, by strengthening their voice and agency, advancing their rights and reducing inequalities.   The newly launched programme on “Strengthening Women’s and Girls’ Meaningful Participation, Leadership and Economic Rights” (WLER), supported by the Government of Finland, aims to increase the number of women, including women with disabilities, in leadership and decision-making positions, including by increasing accessibility to gender and disability disaggregated data and enhancing their economic justice and rights in line with Tanzania’s Generation Equality commitments. 
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The Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme (SIARP) will hold the High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Continental Summit to showcase learnings and promote networking between CSOs with Member States, the African Union Commission (AUC), UN agencies and other relevant actors on ending violence against women and girls in Africa. At the end of the Summit, CSOs will draft key recommendations to the AUC, governments, donors and researchers on ending gender-based violence in Africa.
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UN Women launched the second phase of the AGCCI in 2022 funded by the government of Belgium to empower and equip 2,000 African women and girls between 17-25 with digital literacy skills over the course of four years.
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Globally, women make up 28.4% of the workforce engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and only 30% on average in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, according to the Global Mobile Communication System (GSMA) Mobility Gap Report 2019, women in low- and middle-income countries are 10% less likely than men to own a mobile device and 23% less likely to use the Internet, compared to their male counterparts. In addition, in Africa, the proportion of women using the Internet is 24% compared to 35% of men. Lower levels of ownership and use of mobile devices by women not only reflect existing gender inequalities, but also threaten to exacerbate them.
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A total of ninety delegates participated in the event, including Heads of Missions, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Heads of UN Agencies, business leaders, Civil Society Organisations, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, artistes, Youth Innovators Against Gender Based Violence and members of the media.
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UN Women in Somalia works closely with the Women Led Organizations and strengthens their capacity to meaningfully engage in gender in humanitarian response.  The key focus of this support is to ensure gender considerations in humanitarian decision making, and advocacy for protection and access to services for women and girls at all levels of humanitarian programming and coordination platforms.
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Fidele Rutayisire is a lawyer, passionate and articulate women’s rights activist in Rwanda. He is the Founder of the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre non-governmental organization striving to reach out to other men in order to promote gender equality through promotion of positive masculinities and male engagement approaches in development programs in Rwanda.
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Martha Wambui is an internal auditor at the Laikipia County Assembly. Martha is among the county staff responsible for supporting the third generation of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP III) – a strategy prepared by all of Kenya’s county governments to guide development programmes over a five-year period. These staff provide technical support to Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) and their respective committees to ensure county planning and budgeting processes are gender responsive and inclusive.
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Although the proportion of women in leadership in Tanzania is above global averages, with 37% women in the national parliament, and 30% women at the District Council level, women continue to be underrepresented in leadership and decision-making positions. Women are also often confronted with economic and time poverty, and are less likely to have access to information and technology, which in turn affects their ability to participate in leadership and leverage economic opportunities.
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UN Women Somalia spearheaded the national 16-days of activism Unite! Campaign against gender-based violence under the theme “Unite to end violence against women and girls”, tasked by Gender theme group team, an inter-agency coordination group, to strengthen and galvanize gender mainstreaming in Somalia.
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On the 5th of September 2022 the Federal Government of Somalia launched the Somali National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of the Somali Women’s Charter and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). The process of developing the national action plan was led by the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development, in collaboration with other line ministries with a gender, peace and security mandate with the support of Government of Sweden through UN Women Somalia. The key objective of the national action plan is to ensure the inclusion and participation of Somali women in peacebuilding and decision-making at all levels, and the national action plan acknowledges this as a critical foundation for effective governance, sustainable peace, and development.
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A baseline survey conducted by UN Women Rwanda on unpaid care work status among women and men within 8 districts of Rwanda, revealed that a rural woman spent seven hours per day doing unpaid care work, while the urban woman spent six hours and nine minutes as opposed to the man who only spent two hours per day.
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UN Women Ethiopia in collaboration with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has organized a National Conference under the theme “Women’s Equal and Effective Participation in Political and Public Life: an imperative for inclusive democracy and sustainable development” that took place in Addis Ababa 27-28 December 2022.
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Yaoundé, Cameroon, December 2022 - At the end of a week-long visit to Cameroon, Ms. Florence Raes, Regional Director a.i. of UN Women WCARO, commended the efforts of the Government of Cameroon in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment and noted the commitment at the highest level to gender equality, women's empowerment and the promotion of their rights.
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Douala - Cameroon, Traditional leaders from West and Central Africa met on December 14 and 15, 2022 in Douala to exchange on their contribution in this battle to eradicate gender-based violence in the two sub-regions;
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UN Women Kenya in collaboration with Honda Kenya trained 30 motorcycle taxi operators from Kakuma town on safety riding as well as GBV prevention and response, culminating with a showcase at the Kakuma airstrip on the 17th of November 2022. The training sensitized the taxi drivers on the available GBV response services and locations where the services could be accessed across the Kakuma refugee camps
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UN Women and OHCHR have been working with duty bearers, since 2019, to strengthen capacities of various institutions; working with rights holders to enhance their capacity and participation in VAWE prevention and response; and strengthening coordination and collaboration between duty bearers and rights holders at the county and sub-county levels.