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The purpose of this guide is to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on the role of gender equality issues in achieving development goals. It aims to inform dialogue, learning and the sharing of good practice around areas such as gender mainstreaming, measuring change, legal and policy frameworks on gender and human rights, and successful initiatives from the field.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting (FGC), is a practice involving the cutting or removal of the external genitals. It is practised in 28 African countries and some communities in the Middle East and Asia. It is a violent and dangerous practice that leaves many girls and women physically, psychologically and emotionally damaged, and can result in serious long-term health problems or even death. This update provides links to campaigns aimed at ending FGM, as well as resources that provide background on the issue and innovative suggestions for moving toward the abandonment of the practice.

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2014 Trafficking in Persons Report - Nigeria
US Department of State, 2014
Nigeria is a popular source, transit, and destination country for women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking. Nigerian trafficking victims are recruited from rural and, to a lesser extent, urban areas within the...
Women's Land Rights Handbook: Nigeria
Commonwealth Secretariat, 2013
Across Africa, land is integral to identity and existence. Access to, and ownership of land for women is often problematic – particularly when laws and culture collide. Land issues, including family property matters, are of...
Reluctant to return? The primacy of social networks in the repatriation of Rwandan refugees in Uganda
C. Karooma / Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, 2014
Two decades after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, tens of thousands of refugees remain in exile. Since October 2002, the governments of Rwanda and Uganda, and UNHCR have been playing an active role in promoting the voluntary repatriation...
Nigeria Elections Reflect Slow Progress for Women
Association for Women's Rights in Development, 2011
Results from the Nigerian General Elections held in April 2011 showed very low levels of women elected into public office. This not only reflected the slow pace of change within the country, but also a regression in the country’...
Property and inheritance rights key to empowering women living with HIV, say grass-roots groups
UN Women, 2013
It can no longer be disputed that women and girls are the most affected by the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, nor that they are often unable to protect themselves from HIV due to a range of social and economic inequalities. Tackl...
Combating sexual violence in conflict: recommendations to states at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (10-13 June 2014
Amnesty International, 2014
What can states do to end sexual violence in conflict? In the run up to the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Amnesty International made a series of recommendations to the 150+ nation states represented at the sum...
United Nation’s 57th Commission on the Status of Women agreed conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
This resource is a summary and transcript of the agreed conclusions adopted by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in its 57th session (CSW57) in 2013. The report outlines 34 conclusions that needed to be consi...
Towards a parliamentary strategy for African women’s rights and gender equality: uniting parliamentary efforts to end violence against women in Africa
While it is a universally recognised fact that eliminating gender inequality and achieving women’s empowerment are paramount to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, progress with implementation of the MDGs is the slowest ...
Change the Story: Refugees and Migrants Speak Against GBV
This 3-part series of short radio dramas highlights factors that make refugees and migrant communities vulnerable to sexual violence, as well as the challenges they face when attempting to access care and treatment services. ...
From fear to freedom: ending violence against women (video)
Worldwide, at least one in three women is the victim of violence. It is the most pervasive human rights violation on earth – present in every country, culture, religion, and class. Women around the globe are joining forces and s...
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