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Previous pandemics have shown us that gender inequality is not a side issue and that recognizing factors that can marginalize individuals in different groups can save lives. We also know that crises exacerbate gender inequalities and lessons that...

The inclusion of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, is a testament to the importance of gender equity in realising the SDGs’ ambitious vision. Not only does it recognise that “the...

Achieving progress for girls, including adolescent girls, requires us to tackle the many causes and consequences of the rights violations they experience at once and in an integrated manner. If the Action Coalitions as part of the Beijing+25...

“The Hidden Impact of COVID-19 on children- A global research series” by Save the Children is the largest and most comprehensive study on the impact of COVID-19 on children. Some 13.5 thousand children and 31.5 thousand caregivers from 46...

Pan-African Girlhood Report 2020: How COVID-19 is putting progress in peril

2020 - West and Central Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa

In Africa, the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (known as ‘the Maputo Protocol’) was adopted on 11 July 2003 to ensure and advance African Women’s Rights.  Close to two decades since the adoption, this...

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is a rights based and gender transformative approach to enhance adolescent knowledge and skills around sexuality, with the goal of enabling young people to make informed desicions and choices. It is largely...

2020 was supposed to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for women and girls. The year when governments, businesses, organisations, and individuals came together to develop a five-year plan to accelerate progress for #GenerationEquality. Then...

COVID-19 is exposing and exacerbating the existing inequalities that put girls at increased risk of gender-based violence (GBV). This policy brief includes concrete recommendations for UN actors, donors, national governments, humanitarian actors,...

Child marriage is deep rooted in gender discrimination and inequality – and in many contexts is sustained as a result of harmful social norms and the negative consequences of poverty and deprivation. It is further exacerbated by humanitarian...

At first glance, child marriage appears less pervasive in Lebanon in comparison with other Middle Eastern states. Six percent of 20 to 24-year-old Lebanese women were married by the age of 18 as of 2009, as opposed to 18% across MENA....

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