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Gender and the role of women in Colombia's peace process

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The promises and visions articulated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and subsequent UN resolutions and position papers that recognize the connection between gender equity and women’s participation in all aspects of peace processes and peacebuilding on the one hand, and international peace and security on the other, have not been fulfilled. Nonetheless, these resolutions have opened the way for advocacy that has had some successes in specific contexts. Colombia offers one such case. More

Female genital mutilation/cutting and violence against women and girls: Strengthening the policy linkages between different forms of violence

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This policy note explores policy and programming interlinkages between different forms of violence and considers entry points in the areas of (i) national legislation, (ii) prevention strategies, (iii) response for survivors, and (iv) data and evidence, for increased coordination and collaboration to advance the objectives of ending both female genital mutilation/cutting and other forms of violence against women and girls, in particular intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. More

Women migrant workers' journey through the margins: Labour, migration and trafficking

Monday, February 6, 2017

This report provides a detailed account of the lived realities of women migrant workers. The report focuses on specific sectors with high concentrations of women migrant workers, as well as the global issue of trafficking, to illuminate the gender-specific vulnerabilities and risks faced by women throughout their migration trajectory, and highlights the agency of women workers as they navigate challenges to claiming labour and human rights across borders. More

Women working worldwide: A situational analysis of women migrant workers

Monday, February 6, 2017

This report reviews migration systems through the use of legal reviews and legislative comparison, providing an analysis of existing mechanisms, frameworks, legislation and policies vis-à-vis women migrant workers, with particular attention paid to the alignment of national legislation with international frameworks, like CEDAW. The report concludes by providing a set of recommendations aimed at global and regional actors, including the ratification of international treaties, enforcement of CEDAW and the creation of a new international instrument to promote the rights of women migrant workers. More

Strengthening organizational structure for delivering gender equality results: Corporate evaluation of the regional architecture of UN Women

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This evaluation brings to light important findings, conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the regional architecture that can enhance UN Women’s contribution to gender equality. More

Unsettling bargains? Power-sharing and the inclusion of women in peace negotiations

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The report draws on a new dataset from the Peace Agreement Access tool PA-X together with gender quota data from the Quota Project (www.quotaproject.org). This report responds to what the author suggests is an urgent need to develop clearer conceptual thinking on the relationship of women’s equality to power-sharing in the peace and security field. It also responds to a need to work towards more systematic empirical evaluation of the relationship. More

Poster: Security Council resolutions: Women peace and security

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Women, Peace and Security UN Security Council Resolutions poster provides a helpful overview of each of the eight women, peace and security resolutions, and pulls out key provisions for each resolution. The poster is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Georgian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. More

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for Youth

Monday, December 19, 2016

CEDAW for Youth is a youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. This resource explains why CEDAW is important to youth, describes CEDAW’s impact in advancing gender equality and human rights for women and girls around the world and summarizes the articles of CEDAW, including the specific forms of discrimination that must be ended and how CEDAW is implemented and monitored. More

Status of women in the United Nations system

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This publication examines the representation of women in the United Nations system at all levels and locations, by entity, and across various dimensions: representation, staff selection, appointment, career advancement and separation. It provides quantitative and qualitative data analysis on the United Nations’ progress towards gender parity, and includes examples of entity practices in key areas that impact the status of women. More

Global Guidance on Addressing School-Related Gender-Based Violence

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Global Guidance, developed by UN Women and UNESCO, provides key information to governments, policy-makers, teachers, practitioners and civil society who wish to take concrete action against school-related gender-based violence. It introduces approaches, methodologies, tools and resources that have shown positive results in preventing and responding to gender-based violence in schools settings. It should contribute to further promote the generation of knowledge, evidence and standards of response against this pervasive problem. More

Package of essentials for addressing violence against women

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The briefs included in this package aim to present in a friendly way the essential strategies for addressing violence against women in general, preventing violence, and providing services to survivors in particular. The last brief includes a compilation of resources developed by UN Women and partners to end violence against women and girls. More

Why money matters in efforts to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

This short advocacy briefing aims to highlight some of the costs to national economies and households of violence against women and girls. It also gives some examples of how strategic investments to address this violence can make a concrete and long-lasting difference in lives of women and girls as well as their communities. More

The Full View: Ensuring a comprehensive approach to achieve the goal of gender balance in the UNFCCC process

Friday, November 11, 2016

This research report, the second edition to ‘The Full View: Advancing the goal of gender balance in multilateral and intergovernmental processes’ (2013), examines developments in women’s participation in decision-making processes and expands on the lessons learned from the first report. It includes a set of recommendations for Parties, observers and the secretariat to the UNFCCC on ways to advance the goal of gender balance to promote women’s voice and agency. More

UN Women Eastern and Southern Africa Publications Reader Survey Report

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The survey confirms that UN Women publications are widely useful to a diverse audience including the UN agencies, NGOs and CSOs, policy makers, development agencies, private sector agencies, academic institutions and gender equality and women’s empowerment advocates. From the study it was clear that UN Women publications and studies on gender equality and women's empowerment issues have been responsible for many improvements in the quality of life for women and girls. The respondents affirmed having used re-search and evidence from the studies in development interventions and policy-making processes aimed at improving the lives of women and girls through more effective policies that respond to regional priorities and use resources more efficiently to better meet citizens’ needs in various perspectives of gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Promoting Women's Participation in the Extractive Industries Sector: Examples of Emerging Good Practices

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The purpose of this publication is to showcase emerging good practices of promoting women’s participation in the extractive industries sector that have been successfully implemented by actors across the region and may be replicated by stakeholders committed to integrate gender issues into the extractive industries value chain and strategies. More

Shelters for Women and Girls who are Survivors of Violence in Ethiopia

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Commissioned by UN Women Ethiopia, this national assessment identifies and evaluates existing rehabilitation and reintegration service providers for women and girl-survivors of violence. It examines the accessibility, quality and demand for such services, identifies challenges faced and offers recommendations to the government, development partners and service providers. More

Gender Equality and the New Urban Agenda

Friday, October 14, 2016

In this brief, learn more about how the New Urban Agenda strategically supports mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment across all social development goals. More

Formulating and implementing gender-responsive and coherent migration and anti-trafficking laws in the Philippines

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This CEDAW-based legal review of the Magna Carta of migrant workers and the anti-trafficking laws in the Philippines is indispensable to give concrete recommendations on improving laws that protect women migrant workers. It aims to identify gender discrimination in laws and underscore state obligations to address existing gender discrimination in laws. More

CEDAW-based legal review of migration and anti-trafficking laws in the Philippines

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This review comprised chiefly of desk research. To determine whether the Philippines has complied with its state obligations, the study used the UN-identified CEDAW indicators contained in the handbook entitled Do Our Laws Promote Gender Equality? More

The Conflict Did Not Bring Us Flowers: The need for comprehensive reparations for conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reparations for conflict-related sexual violence remain a pressing issue in many parts of the world. The Conflict Did Not Bring Us Flowers brings the voices of survivors of sexual violence during the 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo to the foreground, and proposes measures for the development of comprehensive reparations for survivors. More

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