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Bernadette Gomina is a Member of Parliament for the administrative division of Bayanga, in the south of the Central African Republic (CAR) and one of two women elected in the first round of the 2020–2021 legislative elections in the country. She details the challenges that women leaders face and how the Forum of Women Parliamentarians has helped spark change.
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To support the women farmers during this crisis, UN Women has re-oriented its project, which initially intended to establish a seed bank to guard against future disasters. The project will now temporarily pivot to connect farmers to new outlets and market opportunities.
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Lieutenant Dr. Arya Khadka is a Nepali peacekeeper serving as a medical officer with the United Nations Mission (MINUSCA) in Bambari, Central African Republic, where prevention efforts are being implemented to deter the COVID-19 outbreak. In a recent Instagram interview with UN Peacekeeping leading up to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Lt. Dr. Khadka shared some of the challenges as well as what motivates her. This story has been written based on her interview.
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In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marguerite Ramadan, Social Affairs Advisor Prime Minister’s Office in in the Central African Republic and Chairperson of the longest standing women’s organization (the Organisation of Central African Women), talks about women’s leadership with Pamela Audrey Derom, who was recently elected to the National Youth Council.
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Françoise Gbeko , 36, is one of the many Christian women married to Muslim men who were living in harmony in the Central African Republic (CAR) until the latest crisis erupted in December 2012. Despite the short respite following the Peace Agreement in February 2019, an estimated 2.6 million people (63 per cent of the population) are still in need of humanitarian assistance, half of them are women and girls.
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Nearly a year ago, catastrophic hurricanes devastated the Caribbean. After Hurricane Irma, almost the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, was driven to its twin island of Antigua. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria wiped out crops, equipment and infrastructure. In efforts to ensure that women both benefit from, and lend their expertise to the humanitarian response in the Caribbean, UN Women has been working with partners in the immediate aftermath of the storms and beyond.
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Six months on, since the Category 5 hurricane battered the small island nation, UN Women assessment shows what women want is assistance to get back on their feet and back to work, not handouts.
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UN Women welcomes the landmark conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba by the International Criminal Court on 21 March 2016, for his failure to prevent and punish the rape, murder and pillage committed by his troops in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003.
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Dr. Priscilla Joseph, founder and Chair of the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, came to the African Union Gender Pre-Summit from 19-20 January with pressing questions about how to ensure women can be more involved in the peace process in her country, and across the continent.
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UN Women welcomes the strong leadership and commitment shown by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to the latest allegations concerning the conduct of UN peacekeepers serving with the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.
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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will travel to Johannesburg from 14-15 June to attend the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), under the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
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In a statement at a Security Council briefing on the Central African Republic on 24 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the “alarming and distressing” situation in the war-torn country. She announced that, for the first time, UN Women and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations will offer specialized training to all troop-contributing countries before they deploy, which will focus on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.
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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop and the ECCAS Special Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR), emphasize that women’s rights, participation and leadership are vital to peace and stability in the CAR.
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From 24 - 26 May, UN Women Executive Director and United Nations Under-Secretary General, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and African Union Special Envoy for Women Peace and Security, Bineta Diop, will undertake a joint visit to the Central African Republic. The visit’s aim is to focus international attention on the plight of women and girls, increase international support, and strengthen the role of women in peacebuilding, reconciliation and recovery.
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On the occasion of the 22nd African Union Heads of States and Governments Summit, to be held from 29 January through 1 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make a strong call for gender equality and women’s empowerment, both as goals in their own right and as essential to peace, security and sustainable development.
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UN Women welcomes the election of Catherine Samba-Panza as the Head of State of the Transition of the Central African Republic, the first female Head of State in CAR, and expresses hope that the transition will pave a path to peace and justice in the country.
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A programme in seven countries advances efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality highlighting the links between violence against women and maternal health, and training midwives and community health workers to bring long-term change.
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Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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As a preventive strategy to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and societal violence overall in a region with one of the highest rates of rape in the world*, UN Women's Caribbean Office and its partners have developed a community intervention programme for boys aged 13-16 that is challenging gender stereotypes while teaching teens how to build healthy relationships.