Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Tuesday, 21 July 2020

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Coronavirus – The Africa Young Feminist Blog “Sauti صوتي” Winners

Source: APO Group Africa Newsroom

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 21, 2020/APO Group/ — Africa’s creative young women and girls are awarded for their art and impact amid COVID-19. The African Union through the Office of the AU Youth Envoy in collaboration with the Women, Gender and Development Directorate created Africa Young Feminist blog “Sauti صوتي”, a first of its kind in the AU, as a platform to amplify young African women voices, feature their initiatives to address COVID-19 pandemic as well as empower and support young African women creative by showcasing their artworks and reinforce the linguistic diversity of Africa.

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Press release: UN Women Asia-Pacific unveils comprehensive report on gender impact of COVID-19

Source: UN Women Asia-Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic affects men and women differently, which is why it’s so crucial to respond to the crisis using gender data to inform evidence-based solutions. While social distancing has made traditional, face-to-face data collection nearly impossible, UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and Pacific turned to innovative solutions for data collection by using public-private partnerships, working with governments and mobile network operators to execute rapid assessment surveys in 11 countries in the region.

Within a week of the pandemic being declared, UN Women engaged with national governments and mobile network operators to roll out a series of rapid assessment surveys in 11 Asia-Pacific countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Thailand). The eye-opening results of this comprehensive data story are now publicly available to help guide policy makers in their responses.

The report, entitled “Unlocking the Lockdown: The Gendered Effects of COVID-19 on Achieving the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific,” reveals how COVID-19 may be reversing the hard-won gains Asia-Pacific has made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia Reveal Pandemic’s Devastating Impact on Women

Source: UN Women Europe and Central Asia

A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

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