25 August 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & Women's Rights


Closing the Funding Gap for Women-Focused Organizations Responding to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific
ReliefWeb, 25 Aug 2020

In the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disproportionate impact on women and girls has been severe across the region. As previously highlighted in a regional analysis, the pandemic has particularly affected women and girls by exacerbating burdens of unpaid care work, increasing risks of gender-based violence (GBV), impacting livelihoods of women disproportionately especially in the informal sector, and reducing access to sexual and reproductive health.

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Addressing Violence against Women (VAW) under COVID-19 in Brazil
The World Bank, 24 Aug 2020

Emerging evidence from COVID-19 impacts as well as lessons from past epidemics suggest that significant risks of VAW increase in these contexts, especially in countries with weak health systems, weak rule of law, and already high levels of VAW and gender inequality. Recent reports indicate that this is also the case in Brazil. Data from the first two months of confinement measures (March-April 2020) point to a 22% increase in femicide and a 27% increase in complaints to the national VAW helpline, when compared to the same period of 2019.

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One step at a time: UN women’s health agency helping shift dangerous social norms
UN News, 24 Aug 2020

One of the largest chiefdoms in Zambia’s Eastern Province is challenging harmful social norms, including child marriage, risky initiation and impunity for perpetrators of sexual abuse, according to the UN women’s health agency, UNFPA. “As a female traditional leader, my aim is to be a role model within my chiefdom. I want to ensure that we collectively challenge social and traditional norms and practices that negatively affect our women and girls”, said Kawaza, chieftainess of the Chewa people.

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Policy Report - Left Out and Left Behind: Ignoring Women Will Prevent Us From Solving the Hunger Crisis
ReliefWeb, 18 Aug 2020

A global pandemic, hunger, and gender inequality are intensifying and colliding. If we don’t address gender inequality in the food systems and COVID response we will fail to solve the hunger pandemic, CARE said today in a newly released report. In the report titled “_Left Out and Left Behind: Ignoring Women Will Prevent Us From Solving the Hunger Crisis,” _ CARE interviewed more than 4500 women from 64 countries about how the pandemic is affecting their livelihoods, and ability to feed their families.

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