Upholding Human Rights in Yemen: Q&A with Laila Lutf AL-Thawr

Known as Yemen’s “Mother of Detainees,” Laila Lutf Al-Thawr is a prominent human rights activist who has mediated the exchange and release of over 1000 prisoners and detainees. She is also the first woman to hold a top position in a Yemeni political party, the Arab Hope Party. To mark the International Day for HumanContinue reading “Upholding Human Rights in Yemen: Q&A with Laila Lutf AL-Thawr”

If We Truly Want Gender Equality, We Need to Finance It

Between 2018-2019, 43 percent of official development assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts targeted gender equality and women’s empowerment.  Yet, of this 20.3 billion USD, local women’s organizations received only one per cent. Additionally, less than five per cent of aid went to programs with gender equality as a principal objective. Research indicates that aContinue reading “If We Truly Want Gender Equality, We Need to Finance It”

From Victims to Leaders: Ending Gender-based Violence in the Lake Chad Basin

Aissa Doumara Ngatansou was 15 years old when she was forced into marriage. Nearly 30 per cent of girls in Ngatansou’s home in North Cameroon are married before the age of 18, facing loss of education, high rates of maternal mortality, and increased risk of gender-based violence. Many others suffer sexual violence at the handsContinue reading “From Victims to Leaders: Ending Gender-based Violence in the Lake Chad Basin”

Compact Commemorates Anniversary of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

On the sidelines of the annual Security Council Open Debate, signatories for the Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action urged increased cooperation from the highest levels of policymaking to the grassroots, to ensure full protection and participation for women and girls in conflict and crisis.   Held on October 27, and welcomingContinue reading “Compact Commemorates Anniversary of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security”

More than 100 signatories launch Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action at the Generation Equality Forum

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at opening session of the Generation Equality Forum, held in Paris, France on 30 June 2021. Photo: UN Women/Fabrice Gentile More than 100 governments, United Nations entities, regional and civil society organizations, academic institutions and private sector groups today announced their signatory status to the Compact on Women, PeaceContinue reading “More than 100 signatories launch Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action at the Generation Equality Forum”

Four Ways To Advance Gender Equality and Peace and Security

As the international community celebrates Peace Day, countries around the world will seek to end conflict and crisis, uphold women’s rights and shape communities that are more equitable, just and inclusive. This year the stakes have never been higher, and in some parts of the world, progress on gender equality has never looked so bleak.Continue reading “Four Ways To Advance Gender Equality and Peace and Security”