Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Friday, 24 July 2020

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Nigeria: Women Protest Against Killings in Southern Kaduna Communities

Source: allAfrica / John Shiklam

Kaduna — Hundreds of women from communities in the southern part of Kaduna State yesterday protested against the killings in their communities. The protesting women urged the government to fish out the perpetrators of the ‘inhuman act’ and bring them to justice.

In the past three days, no fewer than 39 people have been killed by suspected herdsmen in three communities in Zangon Kataf, Kaura and Kauru Local Government Areas of the state. Last Sunday, gunmen invaded Kukum-Daji village in Kaura LGA at about 10p.m. and open fire on the villagers, mostly young people, who were celebrating a wedding, killing 24 people with 22 others seriously injured.

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Sudan: Activist – Women Link the Social Fabric in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

Source: allAfrica

Women in the Nuba Mountains have a major role in society and link the social fabric, human rights and women’s activist Najwa Mousa said today in an exclusive Interview with Radio Dabanga’s programme Kandaka, which focuses on women’s interests and gender issues.

A leading member of civil society organisations in the Nuba Mountains, Mousa says that “women face great challenges and walk long distances with a view to linking the social fabric with the disputed parties. Referring to the ongoing Sudan peace talks in the South Sudan capital of Juba, Mousa told Kandaka: “What is happening in Juba will not bring comprehensive and sustainable peace in the country… it is only a return to the failure that accompanied the deposed regime.”

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Gender Alert on COVID-19 in Afghanistan | Issue III: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Source: UN Women

This alert focuses on the implications of COVID-19 from a women, peace and security (WPS) perspective. It highlights the urgent need to ensure the continued implementation of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2019-2021), as well as how its implementation can contribute to long-term responses to COVID-19 that promote gender equality.

The alert concludes with a set of recommendations for consideration by national and international stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the full scope of the WPS agenda during this critical period in Afghanistan.

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Pacific Conference of Churches & Pacific Partnership Strengthen Efforts to Address Violence Against Women and Girls Across the Pacific

Source: UN Women

The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) and the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) reaffirmed their existing partnership and commitment to gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, through the launch of a new programme across 18 countries and territories.

The ‘Just and Safe Pacific Communities of Women and Men’ programme will contribute to the attainment of safe, inclusive and violence free faith communities in the Pacific, by preventing and responding to violence against women and girls, using strategic, collaborative and innovative approaches, through religious leaders and faith communities across the region.

The PCC is supported by the supported by the EUR22.7 million Pacific Partnership programme, funded primarily by the European Union (EUR12.7m) with targeted support from the governments of Australia (EUR6.2m) and New Zealand (EUR3.2m) and cost-sharing with UN Women (EUR 0.6m).

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