UN Women Cabo Verde
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Equality for Women is progress for all!
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, the organization was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on
women’s rights worldwide. UN Women’s efforts are based on the fundamental belief that every woman has the right to live a life free from violence, poverty, and discrimination, and that gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving global development.
UN Women stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas to unlock rapid transformation:
• Increasing women’s participation and leadership;
• Ending violence against women;
• Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes;
• Enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and
• Making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.
Gender equality in Cabo Verde - achievements and challenges
In recent times Cabo Verde has made big steps towards gender equality. Great gains and achievements have been reached:
The country adopted a legal and institutional framework that promotes gender equality and that guarantees the equality of men and women before the law. In 2011 the Special Law on Gender Based Violence (GBV) was passed (http://www.icieg.cv/article/525), defining GBV as a public crime (ex-officio). Further on important planning and evaluation instruments support public institutions, civil society and partners in taking action in the field of gender equlity and the combat to stop violence against women. The promotion of gender sensitive data production helps to identify social injustices linked to unequal power relations between men and women. In addition a systematic approach to engage men in fighting discrimination and preventing violence against women and girls was fostered through the creation of the Laço Branco Network Cabo Verde in 2009.
Since September 2014, the Cabo Verdean Government is led by 11 women and 7 men. Despite the fact that Cabo Verde has reached gender parity in the Government since 2006, this new governmental composition represents a big step for the Island State which for the first time of its existence is led by a majority of women.
Nevertheless the country is far from reaching gender equality.
The gender challenges encountered are mainly related to five domains: i) economic opportunities, ii) political participation, iii) gender stereotypes and social stigmatization, and iv) gender based violence.
UN Women Cabo Verde
UN Women has an in country programme presence in Cabo Verde since March 2008 and ensures a gender advisory role to the United Nations Country Team (UNCT). As co-leader of the Human Rights and Gender Interagency Thematic Group, UN Women Cabo Verde shares the National Gender Agenda among the UNCT and mobilizes UN agencies to promote gender equality in the frame of UNDAF and all their activities on the Archipelago.
The main partner of UN Women Cabo Verde is the National Institute for Gender Equality and Equity (ICIEG). UN Women supports the ICIEG not only technically and in the mobilization of resources but also in the draft of programmes, activities and reports.
Also other governamental institutions, as for example the Ministry of Justice and the National Institute for Statistics, work closely together with UN Women and profit from its gender advisory role.
Un Women Cabo Verde follows 3 programming priorities:
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