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What happened after COVID-19 hit: Ghana

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

There has been an alarming rise in violence against women and girls in Ghana since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as a result of lockdowns, social isolation measures and school closures. INERELA+ Ghana is handling cases involving multiple forms of violence, including child abuse and exploitation, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, emotional and economic abuse, femicide and assault by law enforcement agents.

Orange the world, end violence against women

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

From poetry and storytelling events across 22 provinces in Afghanistan and a solidarity mural in Moldova, to a procession with male district officials on motorbikes in Uganda and a documentary video series in Bosnia and Herzegovina, hundreds of events around the world have called for ending violence against women and girls during the 16 Days of Activism. Under the global theme, “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!", the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign (25 November - 10 December) is amplifying the call for global action to end the pandemic of violence, made worse by COVID-19.

In the words of Nahla Haidar: “States have a due diligence responsibility on the protection of women human rights defenders”

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Nahla Haidar is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She has over 30 years of professional experience mainly within the United Nations System, ranging from social development, to relief coordination, to peace-building and human rights. Ms. Haidar is CEDAW’s rapporteur on reprisals and covers cases on women human rights defenders.

Hand over the mic to: María Adelaida Suárez, Colombia

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

María Adelaida Suárez, a psychologist by profession, is part of the “gender pairs” initiative, which has since 2016 paired survivors of violence in communities with psychologists and legal experts.. The initiative was developed by UN Women Colombia and the Ombudsman's Office of Colombia and is funded by the United Kingdom.

Op-ed: Trafficking in women and girls is moving online due to COVID-19

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

In an op-ed during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner writes: "What this year has shown us is that there are no obstacles too great for traffickers to overcome, so we must reduce the demand at its source."

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Uganda

Monday, December 7, 2020

In response to rising cases of violence, the Uganda Police Force with support from UN Women established a dedicated a toll-free hotline for reporting and responding to cases of violence against women and girls. The hotline was crucial in providing a criminal justice response and access to services for survivors during the lockdown.

Viet Nam and United Nations convenes global conference to accelerate action on global commitments on women, peace and security

Monday, December 7, 2020

As part of the continuing commemoration of 25 years of the Beijing Platform for Action on Women’s Empowerment and the 20th anniversary of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, high-level dignitaries, diplomats, political leaders and women organizations and peacebuilding practitioners from around the world will unite in a global event to discuss.

Take Five: Taking stock of countries' progress on developing inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Kevin Blanchard is the Director of DRR Dynamics, a UK based research organisation focused on ensuring the inclusion and empowerment of marginalized groups in disaster risk reduction. He has over 14 years’ experience in developing inclusive disaster risk reduction and humanitarian policy for national governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Blanchard is working with UN Women as a consultant in inclusive disaster risk reduction policy.

Take five: An intersectional approach to empowering women and girls with disabilities

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A.H. Monjurul Kabir is the UN Coordination Adviser on Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion. He leads UN Women’s Global Task Team on Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality. In 2019, 55 UN Women offices (in addition to our work through the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women) supported women and girls with disabilities across all areas of work through the provision of normative guidance, integrated policy advice, knowledge management, operational support and capacity development. In this interview, Mr. Kabir talks about the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls with disabilities and the need for an intersectional approach.

Hand over the mic to: Minara

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Minara is a Community Outreach volunteer and Rohingya refugee and survivor who fled the conflict in Myanmar in August 2017. As a volunteer in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she is part of a UN Women programme that empowers refugee women to lead and participate in decision-making processes in the refugee camps.

In South Africa, young women leading HIV and violence prevention say men’s involvement is key

Monday, November 30, 2020

On World AIDS Day (1 December), we spoke to survivors and community changemakers in South Africa who as part of UN Women’s HeForShe community-based initiative and a joint UNAIDS programme are engaging men and women to reject violence against women and seek HIV testing and treatment.

Statement: Rebuilding better together to end AIDS for women and girls

Monday, November 30, 2020

In a statement for World AIDS Day, 1 December, UN Women highlights the need to accelerate action towards gender equality, ending violence, supporting leadership and the full enjoyment of their human rights for all young women and girls, especially those affected by both coronavirus and HIV

Press Release: United Nations releases USD 25 million for women-led projects battling gender-based violence

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Originally published by ReliefWeb (New York, 25 November 2020) -  The United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has released $25 million from the UN’s emergency fund to support women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. The funding has gone to the  United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) and UN Women who have been asked to channel at least 30 percent of it to organizations run by women that prevent violence...

Press Release: MullenLowe New York and Mediahub launch The UNseen Story

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

MullenLowe New York and Mediahub call to end violence against women, which is on the rise behind the closed doors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors’ needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic “new normal” as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In her remarks at the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "There is a growing momentum and strong political engagement to address violence against women and girls. But we need to see more ,and look to you all today to unite on this."

Message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The global community needs to hear the voices and experiences of women and girls and take into account their needs, especially survivors and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. We must also prioritize women’s leadership in finding solutions and engage men in the struggle."

Hand over the mic: Taking a stand to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Dec), and as part of the Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is handing over the microphone to five individuals who are working to end discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence and harassment. Hear their stories in this Hand over the Mic video series and then join us in taking a stand to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

Urgent action needed to end pandemic of femicide and violence against women, says UN expert

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is overshadowing the pandemic of femicides and gender-based violence against women and girls, Dubravka Šimonovic, special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, said today, calling for the establishment of national femicide watches or observatories around the world to prevent such killings.

Addressing the economic fallout of COVID-19: Pathways and policy options for a gender-responsive recovery

Monday, November 23, 2020

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges G20 leaders to take this opportunity to rebuild better, creating sustainable economies and reducing inequalities between and within countries.

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