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The UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office brought together more than 50 UN officials from 22 countries for a regional UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard training for UN Country teams in East and Southern Africa.
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Civil Society Regional Reference Group convenes the first in-person meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to agree on a joint roadmap for 2022 towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls in Africa.
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On International Girls in ICT Day, UN Women and the African Union Commission, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, UNESCO, UNECA and UNICEF launched the second phase of the African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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New York, May 9th, 2022 - The Elsie Initiative Fund (EIF) today approved funding for Senegal as a new recipient in support of the country’s barrier assessment to the participation of women military in United Nations peace operations. Senegal ranks as the 16th largest troop contributing country (TCC) to United Nations peace operations, deploying 987 military personnel as of February 2022. Among those deployed, 38 (3.8 per cent) are women.
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UN Women Rwanda recently concluded its One UN joint programme "Recovering Better and Inclusively from COVID-19 through a Sensitive Social Protection System in Rwanda”. The eight months project aimed to help socially, and economically vulnerable people recover from COVID-19 through a two-pronged but complementary approach: provision of targeted gender-responsive social safety nets and addressing gender-based violence in all its forms, because violence and deprivation are closely linked within the context of COVID-19. The programme was implemented in the cross-border districts of Nyamasheke, Musanze Nyagatare and Gatsibo.
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UN Women supports implementing partners TPO Uganda and Refugee Law Project, to support women and girls who were forced to flee conflict. At Bidi Bidi settlement women benefiting from Refugee Law Project’s “English for Adults” shared their inspirational stories; their success was made possible by psychosocial support offered by TPO Uganda. These interventions are made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the EU-UN Global Spotlight Initiative.
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Maka Joyce Amule (49), also known as “Young Queen” is a refugee living in Zone 2 Bidi Bidi settlement, Yumbe District in north-western Uganda, where she has lived with her four children since 2016 after fleeing the war in South Sudan
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Molly Ajonye (31) is a successful graduate of the English for Adults (EFA) course under the LEAP Programme implemented by Refugee Law Project with UN Women, jointly supported through the Embassies of Sweden and Norway.
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On 18 March 2022, UN Women supported a commemoration event for market women, at Kalerwe Market in Kampala, to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022. The vibrant engagement allowed Ugandan market women an opportunity to celebrate their important role feeding Uganda.
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Busia, western Kenya, is one of the target counties for the UN Joint Devolution Programme, implemented by UN Women in partnership with UNICEF and UNDP. The aim is to strengthen public finance institutions, policies and participation in local politics. The County experiences high levels of gender-based violence (GBV), a gender inequality score of 0.65% and a poverty rate of 69.3%. It is at high risk of natural disasters including floods and droughts, while managing border issues of insecurity, conflict, and crime.
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MTN is pleased to announce further progress in its efforts to drive gender equality by partnering with UN Women and joining the HeForShe Alliance in a drive to enhance its gender efforts.
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Bab Al-Ginan is a 42-year-old widow in South Darfur in western Sudan. Her husband died in the civil war that plagued the region for years. Like many women there she has faced her future alone and struggled to farm the arid land. UN Women Sudan has engaged 28 partners to implement UNAMID transition project activities on Rule of Law, Human Rights and Livelihoods under State Liaison Functions II to State Liaison Functions III in Darfur’s states.
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UN Women in Africa has led the effort to engage with cultural and traditional community leaders in ending old fashioned harmful practices impacting women and girls. Evidence-based engagement proved without working with community leaders, effectively changing social norms is impossible.
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UN Women and UNCT Sierra Leone’s country offices organized a panel discussion on the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. This discussion took place with panelists drawn from women leaders in different spheres including education, business, justice sector, agriculture as well as women living with disability.
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UN Women through, the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme (SIARP) has issued the attached call for papers/briefs/case studies. The objective is to enable knowledge sharing on best practices and lessons learned on EVAWG/HP and SRHRR, including on engaging key African Union processes.
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It has been an honour to lead the South African delegation to the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) at the United Nations Headquarters (UN) in New York. This year is also important given that South Africa is the Chair of the Bureau of the CSW.
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UN Women Somalia, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD) and Ministries of Women, Jubaland and South West State launched two research studies focused on gender, climate and conflict analysis, and market assessments of micro-business opportunities at a high level event in Mogadishu on 30 March, 2022: “Gender, climate and conflict analysis in Somalia and assessment of opportunities for climate agriculture and livelihood opportunities for crisis-affected an at risk women in Somalia” and “Market assessment of microbusiness opportunities for women in IDP communities and their host communities in Jubaland and South West Somalia”.
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UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office joined hands with government and private sector partners, youth activists, advertising industry and creative community to mark International Women’s Day 2020. The celebration highlighted the business case for gender equality and called for more opportunities and leadership for women in various for a, including the private sector, as well as media and advertising industries, highlighting the role of men in promoting positive social norms.
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Commissioner Dominic Kisavi has been serving Kenya’s National Police Service (NPS) for over thirty years. Based at police headquarters in the Operations Directorate, Mr. Kisavi was appointed by the Inspector General to head the Elections Security Secretariat. He discusses the challenges for peaceful elections and the service’s reform.
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DAMATURU – As part of international Women’s Month, on March 15, 2022, UN Women in collaboration with the Ministry of women Affairs and Yobe State Government commissioned a Women and Girls Entrepreneurship Development and Empowerment Hub in Damaturu, Yobe State.