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Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

25/11/2020 – Brussels – European Commission. At the launch of the Gender Action Plan III, HR/VP Josep Borrell underlines the EU’s commitment to put gender equality, including the empowerment of women and girls at the heart of its external policies. He sets out the concrete actions that the EU is taking to build a gender-equal world.

Restoring security and lasting peace in Mali is of crucial importance to Africa and Europe. EUCAP Sahel Mali is an important element of the regional approach taken in the European Union strategy for security and development in the Sahel and for the European Common and Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

NIAMEY (Niger), le 25 Novembre 2020 – Pour lancer la campagne des 16 jours d’activisme pour mettre fin à la violence faite aux femmes, le Système des Nations Unies et la Délégation de l’Union européenne au Niger réunissent les leaders traditionnels et la société civile autour d’un café genre pour échanger sur le rôle de la chefferie traditionnelle dans la prévention et la réponse aux violences basées sur le genre.

In 2012, the European Union established the civilian capacity-building Mission EUCAP Sahel Niger with the overall aim to strengthen Niger’s internal security sector and its capacity to counter the various security threats. Since then, EUCAP Sahel Niger has supported the Nigerien Internal Security Forces, national authorities as well as non-state actors with a variety of different programmes and activities.

Since 2007, EUBAM Rafah has continued its cooperation with the Palestinian General Administration for Borders and Crossings, delivering and coordinating strategic advice, training and equipment. The Mission maintains a readiness to redeploy to the Rafah Crossing Point once the political and security situation allows.

EUPOL COPPS assists the Palestinian Authority in building its institutions focused on security and justice sector reforms. This is carried out under Palestinian ownership and in accordance with European and international standards. Ultimately, the Mission’s objective is to improve the safety and security of the Palestinian people.

In 2013-2014, the events of the Euromaidan ‘Revolution of Dignity’ aroused legitimate distrust of the Ukrainian people in their civilian security sector bodies, with a series of violent events involving protesters, riot police, and unknown shooters in the capital, Kyiv. That is why the Ukrainian government reached out to the EU for support to reform the law enforcement agencies and re-establish trust with the people. In December 2014, EUAM Ukraine was created and international advisors were brought to the country from Europe to advise on security, police, judiciary, prosecution, anti-corruption and human rights.