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This brief summarizes the key gender equality issues and key commitments in Tonga. Thematic areas covered in the brief include Women’s Human Rights, Women’s Representation and Leadership, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Education, Health/Sexual and Reproductive Health, Ending Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Action.
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This publication showcases the results of Rapid Gender Assessment surveys (RGAs) on the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in seven countries in Asia and the Pacific. For some of these countries, this is the second round of RGAs and thus these findings may follow up those of “Unlocking the Lockdown”. The report is meant to be a statistical snapshot that could inform responses to the crisis but is not meant to provide policy recommendations or analyze the policy context in each country.
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This study looks at the challenges, barriers, and opportunities of women-led and women-focused CSOs across Afghanistan working in different sectors, with the aim to inform how part­ners can strengthen their power and agency and support them to respond to the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities as well as their participation and leadership within the humanitarian response in Afghanistan. This study has been made possible with the generosity of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the British Government.
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This Guidance Note on Gender-responsive conflict analysis initially developed in Afghanistan has global applicability. It provides recommendations on how to apply a gender lens in political and conflict analysis in a way that allows the integration of gender as a variable of power across a social, political, economic analysis of conflict as opposed to addressing issues specific to women and girls in siloed analysis. This approach reveals the critical links between gender dynamics of conflict and peacebuilding.
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The purpose of this Gender Alert is to document and analyze the impact of the rapidly evolving Afghan context on women’s rights and gender equality. This Alert focuses on developments since the Taliban take-over of Kabul on 15 August 2021, shedding light on the impact of the current contextual dynamics on the rights of women and girls.
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The current conflict and political uncertainty in Afghanistan has clear gendered impacts. Restrictive gender norms and harmful practices are being exacerbated. Women and girls are at risk of further marginalization and being left behind. It is critical that women’s voices continue to be consulted, amplified and inform humanitarian decision-making through their participation in humanitarian assessments. Given the current circumstances.
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A time-use survey has not previously been conducted in Afghanistan. As a result, there are data gaps on the contribution to human well-being by Afghan women through their unpaid cooking, cleaning and caring for family as well as their contribution to family businesses. Their work is statistically unrecognized despite the large amounts of women’s time that it consumes, and the restrictions it places on women’s ability to engage in other activities.
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This second edition of the newsletter, covering August - October, reflects our transit from an immediate rapid response to COVID-19, to a longer-term programmatic focus operating in the peace-development-humanitarian nexus. At this critical time, we worked with the Ministry of Public Health to ensure all COVID-19 hospitals and quarantine centers now have a separate room for women survivors of violence. We listened to our women’s rights activists on the ground and our call for ideas.
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In contemporary peacebuilding missions, such as that in Afghanistan, local ownership has been framed as the extent to which domestic actors control the design and implementation of the processes. What happens when local actors are not involved in its design? What happens when they begin to oppose it? And how much of the achievements under liberal frameworks and institutions are self-sustainable when international peacebuilders leave?
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The 2020 Gender-Differentiated Consequences of COVID-19 Survey, aiming toward “assessing gendered impacts of COVID-19 on the population of Afghanistan”, has been published to encour­age the promotion of a gender-sensitive response to the unfolding humanitarian situation which puts the needs of women and girls at the fore.
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UN Women, UNICEF and Human Rights Watch joint­ly issue this fifteenth alert to continue to highlight the gender specific impact of COVID-19 in Afghanistan. This alert focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandem­ic on women and girls’ education and the long-lasting consequences it will have on gender equality, women’s human rights and Afghanistan’s development and peace efforts.
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[COVID-19 Special Edition] We are launching our first quarterly newsletter at one of the most difficult times in modern history. This is COVID-19 special edition and covers UN Women’s response to COVID-19 in Afghanistan.
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The alert concludes with a set of preliminary recommendations for consideration by national and international stakeholders to engage long-term strategies to promote women’s economic empowerment, decision-making and access to essential services and essential prevention factors to curb opium poppy cultivation.
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This alert focuses on women’s access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan. It shows how COVID-19 is negatively impacting women’s health and access to healthcare due to the disproportionate role of women and girls in responding to the crisis and pre-existing gender inequalities and rigid gender roles, in addition to already limited access to health care for women and girls in Afghanistan and fear of contracting the virus.
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UN Women Afghanistan issues this alert, as a preliminary outline of gender specific considerations of the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan of the impact of COVID-19.
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A summary of the Knowledge Attitudes and Practices survey on women’s economic rights in Afghanistan that UN Women undertook in 2015. The study covered seven provinces in Afghanistan asking women and men about their understanding of women’s economic rights in theory and practice, as well as gender-based violence. The results will help form baseline information that can help shape future programming in these areas.
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An introduction to UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in Afghanistan, which was launched in June 2015 under the slogan “A Brave Man Stands for Women”. The HeForShe campaign in Afghanistan looks to spark honest discussion and dialogue in Afghan society, particularly among Afghan men and boys, about the issues Afghan women face, the causes and consequences, and the actions men and boys can take in their own lives to support gender equality.
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Increasing women’s participation in leadership and decision-making is not only critical for achieving gender equality, it is also essential for general economic and social development. Studies have found that longer exposure to women’s political representation increases women’s overall labour force participation, the share of public employment opportunities allocated to women and women’s increased access to public goods such as roads and health services. The Pacific...
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Addressing the need for the ensuring gender responsiveness of the legislation in Afghanistan is one of the important aspects of efforts to ensure gender equality. Over the last several years the efforts to improve legislation from gender perspective has been successful however still there is a number of issues that needs to be addressed. Issues including age of marriage, forced marriage, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment are among are still among the controversial issues that should be...
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There has been progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Pacific, but it still remains a key challenge. The Millennium Development Goals have helped create awareness and gain political support for efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development across the globe. However, with the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close in 2015, the Pacific region’s progress towards achieving targets has been slow and uneven and many gender disparities still...