Egypt and the UN celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD)

Egypt and the UN celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD), which falls on December 5 of each year with the aim to promote solidarity through volunteering.

This year focuses on contributions by volunteers with the aim to make positive change in their societies, particularly where climate action and sustainable development is concerned.

The celebration was attended by Social Solidarity Minister Nevine el Qabbaj, UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Elena Panova, UN Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in Egypt Alessandro Fracassetti and UN Volunteers (UNV) coordinator in Egypt Heba Nosseir.

The IVD is celebrated this year, with millions of volunteers worldwide working in solidarity to underscore the life-changing impact volunteering has on millions of people every day.

Over a billion people volunteer their time, skills, and experience to help improve their communities. From providing practical support to vulnerable children and adults to advising on sophisticated technical and legal issues, volunteers are present at all levels of society. Each one brings a specific set of skills to their tasks.

In line with Egypt hosting COP 27 and in partnership with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Volunteerism Network Members, UNV Egypt recognizes the best national and UN Volunteers.

The national volunteer award was adopted by the Minister of Social Solidarit during IVD 2021. This year, the award is given under the theme of Environment. UNV Egypt is recognizing best performing UN Volunteers under three categories, initiative, innovation and teamwork, in addition to, special award for the 9 UN Volunteers mobilized for COP 27.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister Qabbaj praised the important role played by volunteers in Egypt, pointing out that 600 volunteers had been selected to contribute to the organization of the COP27 in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheikh last month.

Egypt has some 600,000 volunteers working across the country with the aim to help improve their communities, families, schools and universities, Qabbaj said. They also help with implementing many national projects, she added.

The minister, however, underscored the need to have a systematic mechanism for volunteering and securing enough training for volunteers.

UNV coordinates IVD on December 5 every year to recognize and promote the tireless work, not just of UN Volunteers, but of volunteers across the globe.

AU, UN Women Renew Commitment to Advance Gender Equality in Africa

AU, UN Women Renew Commitment to Advance Gender Equality in Africa

The African Union Commission’s Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD) in collaboration with UN Women Eastern and Southern Africa and the UN Women Liaison Office to the AU agreed on drafting a joint Framework aligned with the African Union and the UN Women strategic gender priorities for Africa, Official press release confirmed.

The AU’s press release states that the Framework will take into account both UN Women’s expertise and mandate as the world’s leading advocate for women and girls, as well as the AU’s special positioning and access to African policymakers at the highest levels across the continent.

It is aligned with both organization strategies on gender equality, in particular the WGYD Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy and the UN Women Agenda 2030.

The participants also agreed on five key areas that should be included in the new ‘AU-UN Women Collaborative Framework’, particularly: Programmatic support on GEWE; Challenges at the Operational Level; Resources; Support, and Opportunities.

According to the official press release, the three-day meeting served as a platform for the AUC and UN Women to strengthen their strategic partnership on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa over the course of the next five years.

Official UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Official UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

According to the UN, The Official UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women took place on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 from 10 am – 11.30 am (EST) at the ECOSOC Chamber, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The event was shined a spotlight on the powerful role of women’s rights movements in preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls; mobilize more people to support efforts to end violence against women and girls and push back against the rollback of women’s rights, and kickstart the activities of the 16a Days of Activism.

At a time of growing pushback against the hard-earned gains of the feminist movement and heightened threats to the rights of women and girls everywhere, The UN invite everyone to orange the world through activism!

 

Music, passion, and powerful women: Launch of amplifyHER, an exciting new UN podcast

Music, passion, and powerful women: Launch of amplifyHER, an exciting new UN podcast

Today, the UN launches amplifyHER; a vibrant, music-filled podcast, celebrating exciting women artists from around the world.

According to UN, many women produce art in the face of, and sometimes inspired by, the challenges they face in society, whether related to insecurity, human rights, climate change, inequality, or simply because of their gender.

The series is a compelling blend of music, interviews, and natural sound, featuring inspiring female musicians from various cultural backgrounds discussing their challenges as women in a male-dominated industry, how they’ve overcome obstacles, and what motivates them to keep creating music.

“Making this series was a joy,” says the amplifyHER presenter, Laura Quinoñes. “I was able to have conversations with these huge talents, who felt comfortable being vulnerable with me, speaking to me from their safe spaces: studios, kitchens, even their bedrooms!”

With help from music entertainment company SoundCloud, which is committed to supporting women artists, the UN team identified 10 women artists, representing a diverse range of countries and cultures

amplifyHER is dedicated to women and girls everywhere, particularly to those whose dreams and aspirations are unfulfilled, due to discrimination and oppression.

“The empowerment of women and girls, as well as the achievement of gender equality, are central to the United Nations’ mission,” says Melissa Fleming, the UN’s head of Global Communications.

“National for Disabilities”: Egypt presented a model to follow in applying the Accessibility Code at “COP27” conference.

“National for Disabilities”: Egypt presented a model to follow in applying the Accessibility Code at “COP27” conference.
“Iman Kareem”: reassuring people with disabilities .. The Egyptian state and at its forefront is wise political leadership sparing no effort in achieving social justice for all classes of society
Egypt has submitted a model to apply code availability to the UN Climate Change Convention COP27 held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Dr. Iman Kareem, the Supervisor General of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, said Under her eyes the formation of a positive image befitting Egypt’s position and role A hub in the Middle East region of all the countries of the world, where this conference reversed the Egyptian state making significant progress in promoting and integrating the rights of persons with disabilities with others in the society, especially the application of the code of spatial availability, which has made a significant difference in the Republic Deda.
In a press release issued by the council, Karim indicated that she looked into the available availability in Sharm El-Sheikh city in the green and blue areas during her participation in the COP27 climate summit, where she saw the availability of many availability, and found them to be of a high level of efficiency and quality. To make it more sustainable and flexible for human use Those with disabilities, among them were the availability of wheelchairs for persons with disabilities to facilitate their movement inside the conference halls, golf carts and carts equipped to transport persons with disabilities from the airport to hotels and vice versa, as well as the presence of Tada Fund cars and Nasser Social Bank In the eye of the Ministry of Social Solidarity, and Egyptian Red Crescent cars in the conference areas, Green bus powered by electricity and renewable energy, Braille printing available for visually impaired participants, offices to support accessibility in the blue and green zones.
In addition to the availability of a number of volunteers to facilitate services for persons with disabilities, as well as connecting all offices with a wireless network to coordinate among them, as well as providing 6 sign language translators inside the conference halls, the council also worked on providing a sign translator in the green zone for Tessis Communication with people with hearing disabilities and translation of conference events For them, in addition to the contribution of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to the application “Control” which specializes in instant translation of sign language.
The “Supervisor General on the Council” praised the availability applied at the COP27 conference, and the extensive Egyptian efforts that led to the successful completion of the conference in the best way and knew its success, reassuring citizens of people with disabilities that the Egyptian state and at its forefront, the wise political leadership is taking over Great interest in them, spare no effort in social justice for all Categories of society in the new republic on all levels, and the best evidence of this, tangible results that everyone sees on the ground, whether in the infrastructure built by the state, or in the provision of volunteers, or even increasing the umbrella of social support for deserving citizens, to Jan Participating persons with disabilities in international and national conferences and forums Media, as well as media campaigns as our “beautiful morals” campaign

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2022

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2022

According to the UN, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

The campaign, led by civil society, is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary General’s UNiTE by 2030 initiative to end violence against women. This year’s theme for the 16 Days is “UNiTE! Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls.”

Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation around the world. Already heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, its prevalence is now being further increased by the intersecting crises of climate change, global conflict and economic instability.

Against this backdrop, there is a global backlash against women’s rights. Anti-feminist movements are on the rise, as are attacks on women human rights defenders and activists, and the legal status of women’s rights in many countries. Regressive new laws increase impunity for domestic violence perpetrators, governments use force against femicide and gender-based violence protestors, and women’s rights organizations are increasingly marginalized.

Despite these depressing trends, there is more evidence than ever that violence against women and girls can be avoided. Evidence shows that a strong and autonomous women’s movement is the single most important driver of policy change, making feminist mobilization in the face of anti-rights backlash a literal matter of life and death.

This 16 Days, the UN encouraging everyone to get involved: from amplifying the voices of survivors and activists to supporting women’s organizations and strengthening feminist movements, we can all act to empower survivors, reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, and protect women’s rights

COP27 closes with the deal on loss and damage: ‘A step towards justice, says UN chief

COP27 closes with the deal on loss and damage: ‘A step towards justice, says UN chief

Countries reached an agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for “loss and damage” from climate-induced disasters after days of intense negotiations that stretched countries at the latest UN Climate Change Conference, COP27.

“This COP has taken an important step toward justice.” “I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and to operationalize it in the coming period,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message from the conference venue in Egypt, emphasizing the importance of hearing the voices of those on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

Developing countries made strong and repeated appeals for the establishment of a loss and damage fund, to compensate the countries that are the most vulnerable to climate disasters, yet who have contributed little to the climate crisis.

The combat against climate change continues

Mr. Guterres reminded the world of the world’s priorities in climate action, including the ambition to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree Celsius limit and pulling humanity “back from the climate cliff.”

The UN chief also emphasized the need to make good on the long-delayed promise of $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries, establishing clarity and a credible roadmap to double adaptation funds.

 

‘Consign Violence against Women, Girls to History Books’, Says Secretary-General in Message for International Day

‘Consign Violence against Women, Girls to History Books’, Says Secretary-General in Message for International Day
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed on 25 November:

Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation in the world.

Every 11 minutes, a woman or girl is killed by an intimate partner or family member — and we know that other stresses, from the COVID‑19 pandemic to economic turmoil, inevitably lead to even more physical and verbal abuse. Women and girls also face rampant online violence, from misogynistic hate speech, to sexual harassment, image abuse and grooming by predators.

This discrimination, violence and abuse targeting half of humanity comes at a steep cost. It limits women’s and girls’ participation in all walks of life, denies their basic rights and freedoms, and blocks the equal economic recovery and sustainable growth our world needs.

Now is the time for transformative action that ends violence against women and girls.

This means Governments designing, funding and implementing national action plans to tackle this scourge.

It means involving grass-roots and civil society groups at every stage of decision-making.

It means ensuring that laws are implemented and respected, so survivors see their rights to justice and support upheld.

It means supporting public campaigns that challenge patriarchal norms and promote different forms of masculinities that reject misogyny and violence.

And as this year’s theme — “UNITE: Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls” — reminds us, it means standing with activists around the world who are calling for change and supporting survivors of violence. I call on Governments to increase funding by 50 per cent to women’s rights organizations and movements by 2026.

Let’s take a stand and raise our voices in support of women’s rights.

Let’s proudly declare: We are all feminists.

Let’s consign violence against women and girls to the history books.