Regions: Liberia

Note for implementing and operational partners by UNHCR and Save the Children-UK on sexual violence & exploitation: The experience of refugee children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone based on initial findings and recommendations from assessment mission 22 October – 30 November 2001

Summary of the draft assessment report of UNHCR and Save the Children-UK regarding sexual violence and exploitation of refugee children and other children of concern in the Mano River Sub Region in West Africa. Initial findings show high levels of risk and vulnerability within family settings and the wider context of the camp and surrounding communities. Additionally, allegations of abuse were made against individuals from a range of humanitarian agencies. The report also provides a set of recommendations for action.

Methodologies to Promote Gender-Responsive Climate Resilience

At the May Adaptation Community Meeting, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Senior Gender Advisor, Lorena Aguilar, shared her team’s work to increase understanding of gender issues in climate adaptation strategies through its research under AGENT. She also shared its approach to integrating gender throughout environmental sectors in the national Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) that IUCN develops with governments around the world.

The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF): Empowering African Women to Influence REDD+

The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des Forêts, or “REFACOF”) aims to make concrete, meaningful, and effective contributions to forest governance in order to influence national policies and international frameworks regarding women’s rights and tenure in member countries. Under African customary law, women seldom own or inherit land, and the only way they can access it is by marriage or through their male children. Through advocacy work, REFACOF has been able to propose articles and forest policies to the Government and to the Parliament that include women’s interests and ultimately will secure women’s rights in forestry and natural resource management, as well as REDD+ in the coming years. The lack of collective action amongst women’s organizations was a pressing issue that led to REFACOF forming strategic country and regional level development interventions. By strengthening women’s networks and partnering with men so they can advocate for comprehensive gender equality, which benefits broad community wellbeing, REFACOF has made it clear that inequitable situations are not an option.

The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making

Abstract: This publication shares IUCN’s experiences in developing the world’s first gender-responsive national strategies and roadmaps on climate change. Different sections outline steps and elements of creating a climate change gender action plan (ccGAP) or REDD+ roadmap; present principles behind the strategies and what has worked best; detailed case studies highlighting sectors that demonstrate the gender dimensions of climate change in different national contexts; and provide recommendations on how to move forward.

Climate Change Gender Action Plan for the Government of Liberia

This Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) for Liberia was prepared based on the desk review of key reports, publications and websites, surveys and interviews, in-country meetings, stakeholder consultation and research, among others. Each priority sector includes a plan of action with clear objectives, actions, indicators and responsible institutions as proposed and agreed to by participants during workshops with the Government of Liberia and stakeholders.

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