Source: U.S. Embassy in Mozambique |

Campaign Against Violence Launched with Support from PEPFAR

The name of the campaign is derived from a true story of a young woman named Rosita, who lost her life in February 2021, victim of an act of violence perpetrated by her partner

“Give Hope to 1001 Rositas” is the name of the newest campaign launched in Mozambique to strengthen the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), in particular intimate partner violence. The initiative is promoted by the Interfaith Platform for Communication for Health – PIRCOM, in partnership with the Association ComuSanas, with the…

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South Sudan government pledges funding for International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) commitments on sexual and reproductive health

While South Sudan is on track to meet some of its commitments, the First Vice President urged line ministries to implement follow-through actions to ensure that the country does not fall behind its ICPD targets

To make a difference in the lives of youth, government funding and multi-sectoral action are required to implement the nation’s commitments to sexual and reproductive health, said First Vice President, Riek Machar. He was speaking at a high-level meeting on commitments made by South Sudan at the Nairobi Summit on…

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    • The President of Tanzania, Merck Foundation CEO, The Prime Minister of TOGO and The Vice Presidents of Uganda and Benin amongst 100 Most Influential African Women 2021
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The President of Tanzania, Merck Foundation CEO, The Prime Minister of TOGO, and Vice Presidents of Uganda and Benin named as Most Influential African Women

Dr. Rasha Kelej has been recognized for her efforts to transform patient care in Africa, breaking the infertility stigma through her poignant “More Than a Mother’ campaign and to empower girls

The President of Tanzania, SAMIA SULUHU HASSAN; Merck Foundation CEO, Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej; The Prime Minister of TOGO, H.E. VICTOIRE TOMEGAH DOGBÉ, The Vice President of Uganda, H.E. JESSICA ROSE EPEL ALUPO and The Vice President of Benin, H.E. MARIAM CHABI TALATA amongst 100 Most Influential African Women 2021;…

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World Patient Safety Day: Somalia, UN urge all stakeholders to redouble efforts to keep mothers and newborns safe in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed in Somalia, the country was known to have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at 692 maternal deaths per 100 000

While commemorating World Patient Safety Day yesterday, the Federal Government of Somalia, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), urged health facilities, health care workers and other stakeholders to step up efforts to ensure mothers and newborns remain…

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Ghana launches National Breastfeeding Week

This year’s event will focus on raising awareness and galvanizing action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health

The World Health Organization has joined the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and partners to launch the 2021 National Breastfeeding Week celebration under the theme, Protect Breastfeeding: A shared responsibility.  This year’s event will focus on raising awareness and galvanizing action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health.…

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    • The need for full and equal participation of women in all forms of political and civic life in South Sudan cannot be overemphasized. In this regard, visiting Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix met with a cross section of women's representatives during his recent visit here. He also spent time with top women peacekeepers deployed to UNMISS to understand some of the challenges they face in executing the mission's mandate. Photo by Francesca Mold/UNMISS
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Women leaders and peacekeepers brief UN Peace Chief on challenges of working for peace in South Sudan

The women also called on the UN to increase the participation of women in peacekeeping in South Sudan, particularly in military roles

Women and girls suffered huge harm during the civil war in South Sudan. Many were killed or injured. They lost their children and husbands, their homes, and access to education and jobs. They demonstrated their resilience during the conflict by working the land, risking their lives to support their families…

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Peacekeepers Escort Internally Displaced Persons Fetching Water, Violence Against Tambura Women Reduced

The legwork of the patrolling peacekeepers has created a sense of steadfast protective presence, which is benefitting not only water carriers but local communities in general

By escorting internally displaced persons who are walking long distances to fetch indispensable water for their households, UN peacekeepers have managed to greatly reduce incidents of violence against the women who typically carry out this heavy but essential task. “Their presence around us is important as it helps us move…

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In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participation, and peaceful elections

She also emphasized that women’s full inclusion in all sectors of society would contribute to greater resilience, peace, and stability in the Horn of Africa country

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for timely, inclusive, peaceful and credible elections. In her various meetings in the capital, Mogadishu,…

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UNMISS Concerned About Suffering Women and Children in Tambura, Appeals for Leaders to Intervene

Some 70 percent of the people that have been killed in the area over the last three months are believed to be women and children

Violence in and around Tambura in Western Equatoria State has forced more than 40,000 people to flee their homes. Their suffering is immense, with women and children having lost their husbands and fathers the most severely affected. “Poverty and killings are having a terrible impact. We are very vulnerable right now,…

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AOG 2021’s Women in Energy Panel Places Women at the Forefront of Africa’s Development

With inclusivity and equality a key focus, the women in oil and gas seminar highlighted the current and future role of women in Africa’s energy development

With the energy sector comprising one of the most unequal sectors globally, and female participation remaining considerably low, Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2021 highlighted solutions to enhancing inclusivity and ensuring women are actively involved in Africa’s energy transformation during a Women in Energy panel discussion. In addition to identifying…