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The COVID-19 Outbreak and Gender:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

[Key Advocacy Points from Asia and the Pacific] Emerging Gender Impacts - Exacerbated burdens of unpaid care work on women and girls : Where healthcare systems are stretched by efforts to contain outbreaks, care responsibilities are frequently “downloaded” onto women and girls, who usually bear responsibility for caring for ill family members and the elderly. The closure of schools further exacerbates the burden of unpaid care work on women and girls, who absorb the additional work.

Conflicting Identities: The Nexus between Masculinities, Femininities and Violent Extremism in Asia

Monday, March 30, 2020

Violent extremism has emerged as one of the leading challenges to the realization of sustainable peace globally. Across South and South-East Asia, violent extremism poses a direct threat to inclusive development by fuelling intolerance, forcibly displacing communities, exacerbating cycles of insecurity and armed conflict, exploiting existing inequalities, and obstructing the enjoyment of human rights and the rule of law. Underpinning this violence are gender stereotypes that are used to radicalize and recruit men and women, as well as girls and boys, to violent extremist groups.

Women Peace and Security, and Covid-19 In Asia-Pacific

Monday, March 30, 2020

In countries across Asia-Pacific, the response to COVID-19 is escalating with serious implications for peace and security, and the rights of women and girls. The enactment of national emergency powers, introduction of military checkpoints and lockdowns, closed borders, and restrictions on citizens’ movement and speech, all mirror a governance context similar to that of a conflict setting. This brief introduces the issue, presents considerations of the implications of COVID-19 in the women, peace and security agenda and offers some recommendations on the way forward.

Mapping progress on women’s rights in Nepal

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Constitution guarantees women's rights as a fundamental right, reaffirms the right to safe motherhood and reproductive health, education, health, employment, equal pay, social security and property rights and guarantees inclusion of women in all state bodies on the basis of principle of proportional inclusion. While legal frameworks provide solid ground for advancing the rights of women and marginalized groups, there are still challenges for translating legal equality into substantive equality for women and girls in Nepal.

Key advocacy messages on gender equality and social inclusion in covid -19 emergency response

Monday, March 30, 2020

They were developed on the basis of the IASC Policy Statement on Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (November 2017)1, and in light of lessons learned from the Ebola and Zika outbreaks and emerging gender impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to mobilize inter-agency support within the Nepal Humanitarian Country Team in ensuring these principles are reflected in the emergency response activities in support of the Government of Nepal.

Gender mainstreaming & development: A resource pack

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Addressing gender mainstreaming receives renewed attention with the mandate of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework adopted by the UN as post-2015 development agenda which consists of 17 Goals and 169 strategies for implementation. The SDGs as a package continue to address the unfinished agenda of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as expand them to respond to new and emerging challenges through the convergence of multiple strategies.

COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Women, the elderly, adolescents, youth, and children, persons with disabilities, indigenous populations, refugees, migrants, and minorities experience the highest degree of socio-economic marginalization. Marginalized people become even more vulnerable in emergencies. This is due to factors such as their lack of access to effective surveillance and early-warning systems, and health services. The COVID-19 outbreak is predicted to have significant impacts on various sectors.

Programme Brief: Extractive Industries, Gender and Conflict in Asia Pacific

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The exploitation of oil and mineral deposits is becoming more intensive across Asia and the Pacific. Rapid industrialization and the development of technologies have led to new large-scale mines and discoveries of ore deposits throughout the region. These new technologies also mean that extraction can take place in sensitive, remote and unstable environments – the same environments that are often sites of recent or ongoing conflict.

Policy Brief: Women and Girls and Internal Displacement in Afghanistan

Monday, March 2, 2020

Afghanistan remains one of the world’s most complex emer-gencies. Sustained conflict has resulted in high numbers of civilian deaths and injuries, and protracted displacement. Between January and December 2019, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) recorded 3,403 civilian deaths, a five per cent decrease as compared to 2018. UNAMA also documented 1,202 women casual-ties (345 killed and 857 injured), a four per cent increase from 2018.

The gendered dynamics of trafficking in persons across Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand

Friday, February 28, 2020

Trafficking is prevalent across the Greater Mekong subregion, yet the specific gendered experiences of those affected remain underexplored. Relatively little is known about the extent to which initiatives aimed at prevention, return and response and reintegration are gender-responsive. This report aims to fill these gaps. It brings together a wide-ranging literature and policy review and primary qualitative data to provide insights into how gender and trafficking intersect across Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. It identifies a range of gaps and challenges and identifies priorities for future policy and programming.

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