Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Thursday, 20 August 2020

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Liberia: Girls For Change Launches Community Engagement on Sexual And Gender-Based Violence Response Project

Source: Front Page Africa / Augustine T. Tweh

Paynesville – A not-for-profit organization, Girls For Change, has launched a community engagement initiative on sexual and gender-based violence. The initiative titled:” Community Engagement on Sexual And Gender Based Violence Response Project” was on Wednesday, August 19, at the organization’s (Girls For Change) head office in the Bassa Town Community in Thinkers’ Village, Robertfield highway. Giving the overview of the project, the legal consultant of the project, Loretta A. Pope-Kai said the initiative is a two year project that will be implemented in three counties, Montserrado, Bomi, and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

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Mozambique: Graca Machel Calls for Stronger Sexual Abuse Laws

Source: allAfrica

Maputo — Mozambique’s former First Lady, Graca Machel, has called for a thorough review of the legislation against sexual harassment and abuse, in light of the scandal at the Matalana police training school, on the outskirts of Maputo. Here women police recruits were abused and impregnated. Initially, a dispatch from the general commander of the police, Bernandino Rafael, leaked to social media, said that 15 of the trainees had been made pregnant by their male instructors. On Wednesday, speaking at the conclusion of a training course at Matalana, President Filipe Nyusi said the preliminary investigations indicated that four trainees were impregnated inside the school and ten others outside. Nonetheless, he regarded it as a very serious matter and those responsible must be held to account. Interviewed by the independent television station STV, Graca Machel said sexual harassment can only be fought effectively with a far-reaching revision of the legislation.

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UN Women Supports the Implementation of Zebra Model in Mozambique

Source: UN Women

UN Women Mozambique delivered a presentation to participants of the 3-day conference on Civil Society organizations, provincial and local governments represented by female mayors and governors and the country´s executive through the ministry of State Administration held a 3-day Conference in Maputo the capital of Mozambique for an exchange of experience on the implementation of recommendations of 39th summit of Southern Africa Development Community, SADC heads of States held in 2019.

During the conference UN Women Mozambique delivered a presentation to participants of the Zebra Model aimed to increase and improve the participation of women who are party members in the structures and leadership of their parties and also as candidates for parliament.

“The Zebra model has been a solution to several issues such as some related to quality of participation, legitimacy or not of people particular women assuming positions based in quotas” said Ondina da Barca, UN Women Program Specialist, delivering the presentation.

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