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Strengthening gender focus in humanitarian action in Sudan

To strengthen gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action, UN Women Sudan is conducting an assessment

Recently positioned as the Gender Advisor of the UN Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN Women Sudan is working proactively with humanitarian actors to ensure gender-sensitive humanitarian response and action in the country. With over 1.2 million refugees, and nearly 3 million internally displaced people, Sudan is facing a huge humanitarian crisis, expected…

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In Uganda, refugee women’s leadership drives inclusive humanitarian action

Over the past several years, refugee settlements in two districts of Uganda have provided a real-world demonstration of this trend

19 August is World Humanitarian Day, an opportunity to honour the humanitarian community and the life-saving work they perform every day. This year’s theme, “it takes a village”, recognizes the importance of collective action in delivering humanitarian assistance—by professionals and volunteers, but also by crisis-affected people themselves. When crises occur,…

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Rising above the waters: providing much needed support to vulnerable women displaced by cyclone Ana in Malawi

Over 190,000 people have been displaced and forced to settle in makeshift camps

Alinafe Everson, 38, woke up to the sound of rushing water on the early morning of January 24, 2022. Within seconds water flooded her home, which she shared with her husband and four children. The family managed to hurry to higher ground and found shelter in a crowded school block.…

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United Nations Women, National AIDS Council collaborate in offering HIV Response training to partners implementing Start, Awareness, Support, Action (SASA!) Together Methodology

The methodology, based the stages of change theoretical model, is meant to inspire, enable and structure effective community mobilization to prevent violence against women and HIV/AIDS

UN Women in partnership with National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe (NAC-Zimbabwe) conducted a five-day national SASA! Together Support Phase Training of Trainers (ToT) in Kwekwe on 18-22 July.  The ToT was made possible through the support from the Spotlight Initiative, funded by European Union, targeting organisations already implementing the SASA!…

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    • Doctor Jaffar Kisitu (Forensic Chemistry Section Head) is one of the Specialists employed to train others at the UPF Forensics Department using his PHD in Toxicology. Image Source: UN Women/Eva Sibanda
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Spotlight Initiative Supports the Uganda Police Force Forensics Department to Successfully Investigate Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Crimes

UN Women donated three Crime Scene Evidence Collection vans, 18 Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO) kits, 18 scenes of crime cameras, DNA consumables (for the equipment), 3 pre-configured containers and 3 audio visual recording devices

UN Women Uganda through the support of the EU-UN Global Spotlight Initiative and the Embassy of Sweden works with the Uganda Police Force to ensure trauma-informed and victim-centered investigation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) crimes. UN Women has supported trainings on evidence collection and donated evidence collection vans as…

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National Symposium on Gender Based Violence Shelters Prompts Discussion on Sustainability of Lifesaving Services in Uganda

Sustainability was at the heart of the discussions with presentations and discussions held around the funding options for shelters

On 11 August 2022, UN Women Uganda, Action Aid and the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (MGLSD) convened the National Symposium on the Impact and Sustainability of Gender Based Violence Shelters in Uganda. Shelters are a critical part of a holistic approach to violence against women and girls,…

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United Nation (UN) Women Sudan supports young women’s participation in the political process

The project includes roundtable discussions, capacity-building workshops, and seminars targeting women from across Sudan to discuss alliance-building and organizing participation

Through roundtable discussions, capacity-building workshops, and seminars targeting women from across Sudan, UN Women Sudan empowers young women to learn skills in alliance-building and participation in political processes. The October 25th coup in 2021 in Sudan was a setback to achieving goals set during its transitional period. To facilitate a…

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United Nations Women Rwanda convenes a consultative meeting with Implementing Partners for effective partnership to increase programme delivery

The full day consultative meeting brought together close to 70 partners from Government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) as well as private sector

As part of ensuring the quality of communication, effectiveness and efficiency in programme management throughout the implementation of the country’s Strategic Note 2019-2023, UN Women Rwanda organized a consultative meeting with Implementing Partners (IPs) and Responsible Parties (RPs) on 29 July 2022. The full day consultative meeting brought together close…

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    • A breakfast with media CSOs and influencers was convened by UN Women Rwanda at the Kigali Serena hotel to discuss their role in reshaping social and gender norms across the country on 28 July 2018
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The United Nations (UN) Women engages media and public influencers in changing negative social norms and stereotypes for the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all sectors and at all levels in Rwanda

Rwanda has recorded significant gains in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country

Through an interactive dialogue, the breakfast meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the role of the media, CSOs and other influencers in shaping and transforming negative social norms and stereotypes which exacerbate gender inequality, tolerate gender-based violence and impede effective enjoyment by women of their human rights agreed to…

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New UN Women Representative officially assumes duty in Uganda

The UN Women Country Representative is an accredited representative of the UN Women Executive Director and the Regional Director and is responsible for negotiations with the host country

New UN Women Country Representative Paulina Chiwangu formally assumed duty Wednesday after presenting her credentials to Uganda's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon General Jeje Odongo. The presentation took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and was witnessed by dignitaries from MOFA and the UN Women Uganda Country Office.…