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UNDP official advocates more women in governance

Women2030 coalition

Programme Analyst, Gender & Human Rights, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nigeria, Mrs Onyinye Ndubuisi, has advocated for more women in governance structures to complement men’s efforts. Women gathering Ndubuisi made the plea during a zoom webinar themed: “COVID-19 and Beyond: Articulating the Role of Women in Sustainable Development in Nigeria”, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. She said that the ...

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Govt asked to prioritise women and girls’ reproductive health needs amid pandemic

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As Nigeria joins the World to celebrate this year’s World Population Day, Development Communications Network (DevComs) calls on the Nigerian government to provide for the needs of women and girls in line with this year’s World Population Day (WPD), which focuses on raising awareness of women’s and girls’ needs for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and vulnerabilities during the coronavirus ...

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German cabinet passes first ever gender equality strategy

Angela Merkel

Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 approved a strategy aimed at boosting efforts to achieve equality between men and women in all future legislation and government-funded programmes. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor The agreement is the first time the German government has committed to a cross-departmental strategy for improving gender equality, a topic previously left to the Women’s Ministry. In ...

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COVID-19: Challenges of rural women and social distancing

Gender

As the world grapples with prevention and finding cure for the #covid-19 outbreak, #social distancing has become a buzzword. Incidentally, many of the recommendations given by health experts as to the required keeping of distance between people have to do with what makes life pleasurable and in contradiction with some long established traditions. According to gender roles, women are responsible for ...

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Cross River accused of marginalising women in COVID-19 pandemic containment

Ben Ayade

Wanel-aedon Development Association popularly called Waneledon, a feminist group, has said that rural women and girls in Akamkpa, Etung and Obubra Local Government Areas in Cross River State have been marginalised on measures by the government to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State This submission was made by Joy Ogar, Secretary General of Waneledon, during ...

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Amid COVID-19, group mobilises young leaders to build gender-equal future

Women Deliver

In claiming lives and wreaking economic havoc throughout Africa, COVID-19 is placing an especially heavy burden on girls and women, primarily because their prominent role as caregivers (both in the workforce and at home) puts them on the frontlines of the pandemic response but also because they are more vulnerable to income and job loss as well as to domestic violence. ...

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Covid-19 and climate change: A gender response

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), women are differently and disproportionately affected by climate change and disasters. According to the same report, women and girls are often at the frontline of the crises serving roles such as first responders and rebuilders of homes, communities and societies, globally women make-up 70% of healthcare workers. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional ...

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COVID-19: UN chief says women are central to response, difficult decisions needed in Africa

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 said that women would be central to every aspect of the pandemic response. UN chief, António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten According to him, stimulus packages must prioritise putting cash in the hands of women and increasing social protection. Guterres made this known in a statement during the launch of ...

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Italy reports 73% rise in calls to gender violence helpline

President Sergio Mattarella

Italian authorities on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 called for a national helpline for victims of gender violence and stalking, which have increased by 73 per cent during the novel coronavirus lockdown period. President Sergio Mattarella of Italy “The year-on-year increase refers to the March 1 to April 16 period,’’ statistics agency Istat said in a statement. Italy’s nationwide lockdown started ...

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UN delivers lifeline to Africa women groups for COVID-19 response

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The UN Women says it is supporting to the work of grassroots women’s organisations in Covid-19 response through two financing initiatives: the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), to which UN Women provides board leadership and secretariat support, and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF EVAW). Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women In addition to the dramatic health crisis, the ...

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