Weekly Highlight of WPS on the Continent 19th to 23rd April 2021

Violence Against Women continue to spike in Kenya amid the Pandemic

Reports keep surfacing of the gross violations of the rights of women in Kenya. Women keep experiencing gender-based violence in their homes and communities. These abuses have called for more shelters to be provided to keep victims safe. Women and girls report cases of abuse including rape, child marriage and murder. Despite available statistics, there is the fear of underreporting as  many cases remain unreported as a result of fear and stigma.

Further Details: https://news.trust.org/item/20210423132124-726sz/

Numbers of IDP in Central African Republic Rises

According to the UN, thousands of Central African citizens have fled violence in their home country and are seeking refuge in Chad, Cameroon, and the DRC in the wake of the electoral violence that erupted in CAR. According to OCHA, the situation of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection has worsened as a result of the pandemic. There has been reported cases of violence against women and girls, rising hunger and loss of livelihood.

Further Details: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/04/1090122

UN Security Council raises concerns over the Tigray conflict

The Security Council has raised concerns over the gross human rights violations taking place in Tigray region of Ethiopia especially abuse and sexual violence on women and girls. The Security Council has called for investigations into these abuses that women and girls are facing in the region and perpetuators to face the full wrath of the law.

Further Details: https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/un-security-council-notes-concern-over-humanitarian-situation-tigray-2021-04-22/

ECOWAS Commission on WPS

The Economic Commission of West African States has launched its guidelines for Women Peace and Security for facilitating the advancement of women’s rights and inclusion in conflict prevention and peace building processes. The guidelines also stipulates how the different organs of ECOWAS can incorporate and promote gender parity and inclusivity at all stages of their work.

Further Details: https://allafrica.com/stories/202104260408.html

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