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In partnership with women

Africa and the Pacific Region

Cameroon

Pensons-nous à un continent : l'Afrique. Et pensons-nous un instant: quelle est la situation actuelle pour la femme africaine? Pouvons-nous parler d'une égalité d'accès au travail et à un travail décent? Pouvons-nous parler d'un accès égal à l'éducation pour les filles et les garçons? L'accès des femmes aux soins de santé maternelle, est-elle assurée? Sur quoi est-ce qu'il faut compter pour faire la différence en Afrique ?

Les défis actuels au Cameroun imposent un travail de fond en commun avec les ONGs, les Associations et les médias à tous les stades du processus d'implémentation des projets. L'UE reconnaît le rôle fondamental de ces acteurs pour la promotion de l'égalité de genre et l'émancipation des femmes. Plus d'info... pdf - 11 KB [11 KB] français (fr)

Democratic Republic of Congo

A special edition of the EUPOL RD Congo mission’s information bulletin pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] français (fr) to mark International Women’s Day 2012.

Libya

The European Union Delegation to Libya celebrated international women’s day in Libya to underline the essential role women have played and will play in the new Libya. Read more... pdf - 61 KB [61 KB]

Pacific region

The Head of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, launched the EU funded project entitled "The empowerment of rural women and girls in reproductive health". The project was conceived by the Medical Director of Viseisei Sai Health Centre in Lautoka, Associate Professor Swaran Naidu. She said that the wellness of many women is affected by their poor reproductive health. Read more... pdf - 52 KB [52 KB]

Sahel region

Conférence de haut niveau "Femmes, stabilité et développement au Sahel"

Co-organisée par Catherine Ashton, Haute Représentante de l'Union européenne pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité et vice-présidente de la Commission européenne, Romano Prodi, Envoyé Spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour le Sahel et Lakshmi Puri, Sous Secrétaire général de l'ONU et Directrice par intérim d'ONU Femmes.

A l'initiative de Mme Ashton, M. Prodi et Mme Puri, plus de quarante femmes originaires du Sahel qui se sont distinguées par leurs actions en faveur de la promotion du rôle de la femme dans le développement politique et social de la région ainsi que de la paix et de la sécurité se sont réunies le 9 avril 2013 à Bruxelles. Ces femmes de générations différentes issues notamment de la société civile, des Gouvernements et institutions des Etats du Sahel, des milieux universitaires, des organisations internationales compétentes ont procédé à un état des lieux du rôle des femmes au Mali, en Mauritanie, au Niger, au Burkina Faso, au Sénégal, en Algérie, au Tchad en particulier et elles ont réfléchi aux moyens de promouvoir ce rôle davantage. En lire plus...

Somalia

Women in Somalia face systemic discrimination and endemic violence, with devastating consequences for their lives. Despite difficult odds, Somali women have shown resilience. After enduring more than 20 years of war and hardship, of hunger and violence, of poverty and oppression, the country's future lies in their hands.

Today is a special International Women's Day here in Somalia: women are finally looking to a brighter future, supported by greater stability in parts of the country and authorities attempting to rebuild the social contract between the State and its people. But we cannot rest in our laurels, women have yet to find their voice in society. Read more... pdf - 51 KB [51 KB]

Timor-Leste

The EU Delegation in Timor-Leste has launched a project called “Raising women's voices: advocating for women's rights” in partnership with the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR-Progressio) and its local partner, Rede Feto, the women umbrella NGO. The overall goal is to promote and protect women's rights and gender equality in the development process of Timor-Leste. The objectives are to strengthen the capacity of Rede Feto and its member organisations for effective advocacy and lobbying by the NGO and its membership for legislation to protect women and to empower women socio-economically.

The EU also has initiated the project “Empowering women and establishing Grassroots Protection Network” in conjunction with the NGO Ba Futura. The project seeks to improve grassroots protection for vulnerable populations through the empowerment of women by linking state and non-state actor sat the local level for the prevention and violence against women and children and will ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace building and post-conflict governance. Specific objectives include reducing violence against and abuse of vulnerable populations, the empowerment of local female leaders as key agents for protection and to improve the government’s awareness of grassroots protection needs and introduce strategies to address these needs.

Zimbabwe

First bank for women in Binga

First bank for women gives women in Binga a chance at success

With support from UN Women through the Gender Support Programme, the ZUBO/ Basilizwi Trust and the Women in Development Savings and Credit Union (WDSCU),  the first bank for women in Binga opened in mid-July 2012, and it was officially inaugurated in October 2012.  The bank has disbursed some 126 loans on average of about US$250 since it opened, and according to WDSCU’s director Sphiwe Gudza, the re-payment rate in Binga is 97%. Read more... pdf - 80 KB [80 KB]

 

Linking Gender-based Violence (GBV) and micro-finance for women’s empowerment

When the Women in Development Savings and Credit Union (WDSCU) opened the first bank in Binga, it was a first in more ways than one. This is the first micro-finance bank opened by WDSCU in the rural areas of Matebeleland North Province, and it is also the first time WDSCU is linking micro-finance to gender-based violence.

“GBV is a psychological and emotional stumbling block in women’s lives. When women are economically empowered, it brings more peace and love in the family, but men can also feel that they have lost their place in the family which may lead to conflict in the home. We have to talk about these issues with women and men as we provide micro-finance to women,” says Rosemary Cumanzala, the coordinator of the ZUBO/Basilizwi Trust. Read more... pdf - 132 KB [132 KB]

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