Women, Peace & Security

In the News: Wednesday, 22 July 2020

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Escalated Domestic Violence Worldwide

Source: Forbes / Jackie Abramian

The year 2020 marks global anniversaries of landmark policies on women’s rights. From the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 20th anniversary of the 1325 Resolution on Women, Peace and Security, to the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, and UN Women’s 10th anniversary. Instead 2020 has put women worldwide at the crosshairs of a parallel pandemic: escalated domestic violence.

The UN Secretary General called for a global ceasefire on a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence.” The European Parliament called on its members to increase support for domestic violence victims. On July 15, GREVIO-monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence Istanbul Convention–joined the UN and regional experts for urgent action to end the gender-based violence pandemic.

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Liberia: African Women Leaders Network Calls on All Women to Work in Transforming the Status of Women

Source: allAfrica / Alline Dunbar

Monrovia — As the special senatorial elections and referendum draw near, a member of the African Women Leaders Network chapter (ALWN) has called on all women in the country to work in transforming the status of women.

“Women are frequently seen as underdogs and if you have underdogs, it means that you have [to be] top dogs. The Africa we want; the Liberia we want, we don’t want to continue to see women as underdogs,” stressed Dr. Evelyne Kandakai, former Liberia’s Minister of Education, who is a member of ALWN.

Dr. Kadakai, who was speaking on Monday at the third consultation on enhancing women participation in politics, also encouraged the participants to get more involved with the organization as it carries out consultations with the Legislature to pass laws that favor women.

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Uganda: Women Championing committee Formed in Kaberamaido

Source: New Vision / Michael Onyinge

A nine member committee that will be championing the issues of women as the United Nations convention resolution 2315 has been formed in Kaberamaido district.

The committee that will be led by the chief administrative officer of the district has various members that will always ensure that the issues of women are taken into consideration on peace and security.

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