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UN WOMEN MOZAMBIQUE NEWSLETTER ISSUE NO.

2015 Red Alert Floods

UN Women Participate in UNDAF2017-2020 Formulation

Heavy seasonal rainfall starting in The UN Country Team organised a half day meeting to launch
December 2014 caused flooding that the formulation process of the new UNDAF 2017-2020. The
affected over 370,906 people in Tete, meeting was held in the Irish Embassy in Maputo on May 5 2015.
Nampula, Niassa, Zambzia and Sofala.

There were 163 deaths recorded and the The event was attended by 58 UN staff including members UN
cholera outbreak culminated to 8,351 Country Team, conveners and sub-conveners of Development
infection cases and 64 related deaths Results Groups and Joint Team and chairpersons of working
since December 2014. The impact of the groups (M&E, Communications, and Operations).
rains destroyed 35,000 houses and led to

the losses of at least 103,807 ha of crops The United Nations Development Assistance Framework
affecting about 112,123 families. 52,714 (UNDAF) is a programme document between a government and

people affected by the floods and at risk the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) that describes the
of food insecurity were placed in collective actions and strategies of the United Nations to the
achievement of national development. The UNDAF includes
resettlement centers/permanent sites.
outcomes and outputs and UN agency responsibilities and shows

On January 12 2015 an institutional red where the United Nations can contribute most effectively to the
alert was declared and the government
achievement of national development priorities.
requested for Humanitarian assistance

and sought for $30.1 million to recover


Gender equality is

and rebuild. On April 10 2015 the red


one of the 10 priority
alert was downgraded to green, but the
issues selected to be
World Bank Flood Assessment
Aide

in the 2017-2020
Memoire indicates that response and
UNDAF.
reconstruction priorities would require
Mainstreaming
an estimated at US$ 423 million.

gender needs to

happen from the

beginning of the road


map phase of the

Florence Raes, UN Womens Representative, Head UNDAF.

of UNDAF Task Team on Gender and colleague at


the UNDAF formulation meeting.

WFP-Woman and child receiving emergency food


supplies at a resettlement site in Zambzia

The current UNDAF 2012-2015 has been extended until


December 2016 and will be evaluated in the current year. The
evaluation will partially be running in tandem with formulation
process and will help inform the content of the next UNDAF.

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Gender Dimensions of Emergency:


The
Uncertainties after the Floods

needs and vulnerabilities of women, men, girls and boys


The
affected by crisis are often different. UN Women is part of the

Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to support efforts to address


gender
equality concerns for flood-affected communities.

UNWomen has participated in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment


in Zambzia, Niassa and Nampula and continue to support the

elaboration
of the early recovery framework, led by INGC with the
support
of HCT.

Emergencies
often tend to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities to

violence. In the current emergency, several challenges have been


identified
to prevent and respond to violence against women.

Under the leadership of the INGC with the support of the HCT, UN

Women
has participated in the assessment of protection needs
which describes women and girls vulnerabilities to violence
the emergency.

throughout
Flood-affected communities reported cases of violence against
women and girls in accommodation camps, resettlement sites as
well as in communities that have not received support or shelter.
Women in Nampula reported feeling particularly unsafe as they
are sleeping outside ever since their houses were destroyed. We
are afraid because we are at risk, said one female focus group
member
in
Nampula
who
reported
hearing
her
neighbour screaming to defend herself against perpetrators of
sexual violence at night.
The current crisis also risk
to exacerbate womens
economic marginalization
and to increase the gender gaps in access to
livelihoods. For example,
women in the resettlement
site in Murrumbala in Zambzia reported difficulties
Resettlement site in Murrumbala
as they now have to walk for 5 hours to fetch water, adding to the
burden of womens daily work and preventing them from engaging
in income-generating activities.
Women and girls, particularly heads of households, pregnant,
disabled or older women, keep facing particular challenges. It is
now crucially important that gender equality concerns are
effectively addressed in the early recovery phase, says Theresia
Thylin, UN Women Gender and Humanitarian Specialist.
UN Women has participated in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment
in Zambzia, Niassa and Nampula and continue to support the
elaboration of the early recovery framework, led by INGC with the
support of HCT.

UNGJT Retreat at UNICEF

UN Gender Joint Team Retreat


The UN Gender Joint Team met on
February 6 2015 to discuss the revision of
its strategies in order to enhance
effectiveness of the agencies in
delivering a coherent gender agenda,
revise the recommendations of the
GEWE and finalize the annual work plan
for 2015.
What was expected was that the retreat
would produce a consensus on the
recommendations
that
strengthen
gender equality in the UNDAF in terms of
thematic
areas,
structures
and
accountability.

Marta Cumbi (centre) on Tudo s Dez

8 March2015:
International Womens Day
IWD was commemorated this year
through a series
of interviews
broadcasted on TVMs Tudo s Dez and
STVs
Teledirio.
UN
Women
coordinated the UN celebrations.
Bettina Mass, UNFPA Representative and
Marta Cumbi from UN Women discussed
various gender issues that affect
Mozambican women, such as early
marriage, violence against women and
girls and equal opportunities in the
media.
The theme for 2015 IWD was Empower
Women, Empower Humanity, which is
part of the Beijing Platform for Action.

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awareness raising session of the


facilitators of the UNiDOS Campaign

The session focused on information

about the integrated package of


services which are provided by the

police, health, justice and social


action
sectors
enabling
the

facilitators to adequately advice


the youngsters they work with in

Ondina da Barca Vieira talks about the


schools on the availability of
concept
of gender with the UNiDOS
services for women and girls at risk
Campaign facilitators
or who survived violence.

Gender Training for UNiDOS

Campaign
Facilitators

On 20 March 2015, UN Women held


a training on gender and the forms

of violence at Hopems office. The


training
was attended by UNiDOS

campaign
facilitators:
Hopem,

Coalizo
da
Juventude
Moambicana,
Horizonte
Azul,

MovFem, and AVVD. The purpose of


the training was to improve
understanding of gender equality

concepts
to better discuss the
nature
of
violence against women

and girls with young girls and boys in

secondary
schools
and
form
strategies to integrate women's

empowerment
in
the
implementation
of the campaign.

Representative from the MGCSA presents


the
multi-sectorial mechanism

Introduction of the Multi


sectorial
Mechanism
for
Integrated
Assistance
to
Women
and Girls that have

been Victims of Violence


continuation with the capacity
In
building,
of UNiDOS Campaign

facilitators the Ministry of Gender,

Children
and Social Action along with
HOPEM and UN Women held a

activities,
their
decision
making
processes,
the
constraints they face, their
legal status, their technical and
financial capabilities, their
financial
resources,
their
involvement in the struggle for
women's rights, including the
existence
of
democratic
practices. Furthermore, it
intended to identify examples
of good practice, success
stories and innovations in any of
the aspects mentioned for its
spread.

Participants from rural womens


associations doing group exercises
A group of women in Gaza meet

Scoping
Mission
onteam
with UN Women
scoping
UN Women Validates Results
of Mapping of Rural Womens
Associations in Mozambique
The mapping of rural women's
associations in Mozambique took
place from December 2014 to March
2015, was undertaken to fill a gap
in
the
systematization
of
information on rural women in
Mozambique. With a view to
contribute to improve their agency.
The study covered all provinces.
It
was conducted by the
Mozambican Movement of Rural
Women (MMMR) through the
Association Women Gender and
Development (MuGeDe) with the
support of UN Women with the
purpose of the mapping the
associations to build a systematized
information
base
that
will
contribute to the visibility and
strengthening of these associations.
The research explored why and how
these associations choose their core

Gender, Food Security


and Climate Resilience in
Gaza Province
In
response
to
the
disproportionate
negative
effect of adverse climate
events and related food
insecurity on women in Gaza
province,
UN
Women
is
implementing
the
Project
Expanding Womens Role in and
benefit
from
agricultural
production
and
natural
resource
management
as
strategy for socio-economic
empowerment
towards
improved food security and
climate change resilience in
Mozambique.
The objective of the project is
to enhance womens food
security and climate change
resilience, and to empower
them and their communities to
become change agents in local

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decision-making, development and


4. Establish community of practice

implementation
of
womens
of gender equality and HIV focal
economic empowerment in the
points.

context of , climate change


UN Womens Mozambique was
adaptation
and
mitigation

recognised for its support and work


strategies.

with
the
Positive
Womens
The direct beneficiaries of the
Associations which resulted in their

project
will be women and local
strong
participation
and
The project board meet at UN
governments in the selected
contribution the formulation of PEN
districts of the Gaza province with
Women office
IV.
high vulnerability to climateFirst Meeting of the Project

induced disasters.
This has led HQs to commit to Board for the DRTF Project

supporting the documentation of UN


on the Elimination of
Women Mozambique experience in

engaging with the Positive Womens Violeneca against Women


Associations and continue the and Girls Project in Tete

discussion about further supporting Province

their capacity building.


The project board met for the first

time in the beginning of April to


discuss the action plan, prepare

for the launch program in Tete


UN
Women Gender Equality and HIV
Province.
Retreat in Panama City, Panama

UN
Women
Conference

Gender and HIV

UN
Women
Mozambique

represented
by Marta Cumbi
participated at the conference

that took place from 24th to the


th of March 2015 in Panama. The
30

purpose of the conference was:

1.
To
have
a
common
understanding of UN Women
approach, strategy and thematic

focus areas for addressing the


gender
dimension of HIV in the

current context;

2. Develop requirements/roadmap

for
engaging with UNAIDS (i.e.
coordination, programming, policy

guidance,
reporting, etc);
Share learning, knowledge and

best practices and;

3. Establish community of practice


gender equality and HIV focal
of
points.

Students ask panel members questions


during the Womens month celebrations

UN Women Representative
holds Gender Lecture at ISRI
On Friday, 9 April 2015, Florence
Raes, Representative of UN Women,
held a lecture at the Institute of
Advanced International Relations
(ISRI) in Zimpeto.
The lecture was attended by the
institutes students and professors and
was part of the institutes celebration
of womens month.
In her lecture, the Representative
touched upon various topics that
affect women: from women in
academia, to gender based research
and the lack of funding towards such
initiatives. The main focus of the
lecture was womens rights and Ms
Raes close by stressing the fact that,
no one is born without rights.

The overall objective of the


project is to strengthen the
National Policy Framework and
capabilities of the Government
and civil society to provide
coordinated services, equitable
and integrated in order to address
the issue of Violence against
Women and Girls in Mozambique.
The project on the Elimination of
Violence against Women and Girls
is an initiative funded by the
United Nations Fund and involves
four agencies: UN Women, UNFPA,
UNICEF and UNAIDS.
To ensure the attainment of their
goal, the project board was
created and is composed of the
above
stated
agencies,
government institutions and civil
society organizations with the
mandate to give a strategic
orientation in the planning,
implementation and evaluation of
activities.

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In her speech Ms Raes emphasized


the importance of the 7 principles
for Women's Empowerment.

To conclude, the participants


shared their worries about the lack
of funds for activities of womens
organisations. With the global
financial crisis less funds are being
invested in feminist causes.

quite convinced and would like UN


Women to hold a meeting about the
principles of the campaign.

Delivering as One UN staff at the


Women and Children fair

One UN Participate at the


for
Women
Fair
Entrepreneurship for the

Development of the Child

Member from MovFem and Horizonte


Azul share thoughts on CSW59

UN Gender Joint Team Review


National Participation at CSW59

The Women and Children share fair


Mozambican feminist organisations
occurred from the 9-11 of April
that participated in the 59th session
2015. ONE UN had a joint stand in
of the Commission on the Status of
which UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA,
Women that took place in New York
UNDP, UN AIDS, and UNESCO were
(9-20
March)
reviewed
their

all represented. The Permanent


experiences during the gathering.
Secretary of the Gender, Children

The organizations that participated


and Social Action Ministry cut the
ribbon
marking
the
official
opening
were Horizonte Azul, MOVFEM both

of the fair and delivering the


supported by the CO, FORUM Mulher
opening
speech
with
the
and the Ministry of Gender, Children
representative from IPEX.
and Social Action supported by

UNFPA.
The speeches were followed by
some cultural performances in the
At UN Women, the participants
shared their thoughts about how the
arts of dance, poetry and choir.

What did we take there?


meeting transgressed. One of the
main issues was the topic of

abortion, which in the opinion of the

participants was not adequately


handled because of the setting, a

reformed church, as well as the


presence of priests.

Florence Raes converses with women at


KPMG
Maputo

UN
Women and KPMG

celebrate Women's Month

The participants also commented


that young feminist organisations
where not well integrated with the
older feminists, and this may be a
cause for lack of generational
dialogue. Mozambique was also
praised for bringing young feminists
as part of the national delegation. In
addition, the participants noted that
the issue of semantics played a
major role for them as gender based
violence is not equal to violence
against women.

On April 14 2015, UN Women

Representative, Florence Raes,


gave
a speech to a room full of

women at KPMG in Maputo. The

company
celebrated
women's
On the introduction of the HeForShe
month
with
a
breakfast
dedicated

campaign, the participants were not


to the 82 women in the companys
staff.
5

Students and teacher from Ressano


Garcia secondary school participate
in UNiDOS dialogue

UNiDOS Campaign:
Mobilizing Youth to End
Violence against girls
During the month of April UN
Women, HOPEM and the various

facilitators have been conducting


social mobilization under the
UNiTE (UNiDOS) campaign in
various schools.
Part of the campaign consists of on
the
job
training
for
the
implementing
partners
and
facilitators as well as stimulating
and guiding the dialogue between
male and female students, the
school directorate and the
community in order to help shape
mind sets on gender equality and
towards elimination of violence
against women and girls.

Meeting on Women in
Artisanal and Small-scale
Mining in Tanzania
United
Nations
Economic
Commission for Africa (UNECA)
and UN Women organized an
expert group meeting on an

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upcoming research on women in


The research focused on the

Artisanal
and Small-scale Mining
regulatory
frameworks
that
(ASM) in Africa which took place

support
women's
engagement,
from 5 to 7 May 2015 in Dar-esfinancial mechanisms and producSalaam
Tanzania.

tive collaboration among the


stakeholders.
Case
studies

included
Zambia,
Tanzania,

Democratic Republic of Congo,


Zimbabwe, Ghana and Guinea.

During the three days participants

including
government
representatives,
researchers,
Participants
discuss women in small

scale mining
women
miners
and
NGOs

reviewed the draft reports and had


The research was prompted due to
vibrant discussions on the findings

the significant role women play in


to provide the countries with
ASM.
Womens' involvement in this

concrete policy recommendations


sector tends to be informal and
in various sectors to be considered

thus
they suffer more of the
in national workshops.
negative impacts of this industry

and remain invisible to policy and


decision
makers. Women play

various roles in this sector from

providing
mining services to being
traders. Their involvement is

labour-intensive because mineral


extraction
and/or processing of

precious minerals is done using

rudimentary
equipment.
The impacts on women and their
needs
are
not
sufficiently

addressed at the legal level, in


mining
projects or in community

decision
making
platforms.

Women
lack
access
to
information, credit, services,

skills,
education, tools, markets
and
licences,
which hinders the

transformative growth potential in


countries and forms a poverty
the
trap for the most vulnerable.

The research was initiated in

order
to study existing practices
and provide recommendations to

address ASM from a gender


perspective
in selected countries

and will contribute to the

strengthening
of
womens
economic empowerment by giving

them a voice in mining sector.

The event was attended by


members
from
government
institutions,
civil
society,
academia, youth organisations,
religious and community leaders
and the media.
The launch of the project was made
by the Governor of Tete with
interventions from the Ministry of
Gender, Children and Social Action,
represented by Dr Buque, and the
UN represented by Ms. Ondina da
Barca Vieira, UN Womens staff.
Due to the increasing prevalence of
violence against women and girls in
the province, there was a high level
of commitment made by the
stakeholders in the implementation
of the project. The governor stated
that he would be holding himself
accountable for overseeing the
project implementation and that
all stake- -holders should share in
that sentiment. He called for the
project board to return in
December 2015 to evaluate the
progress made.

Governor of Tete bids to personally


United
Nations-Mozambique
support the joint UN EVAWG initiative in
Tete

Launches DRTF Project on


the Elimination of Violence
against Women and Girls in
the Province of Tete
On 14 May 2015, UN Mozambique
launched the DRTF project on the
Elimination of Violence against
Women and Girls with the slogan of
From Policy to Action: Together in
the
Strengthening
of
the
framework
of
policies
and
capabilities for the protection of
women and girls.

Dr Buque from the Ministry of Gender,


Children and Social Action

The following strategies were reemphasised in the launch:


-Need to include the youth
-Accountability for the results of
the project
-Need to involve community,
opinion and religious leaders
-Need to use media to convey a
different messages to the target
audiences

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This project is a joint initiative of


the
United Nations involving

UNFPA, UN Women, UNAIDS and

UNICEF
and is scheduled to be
completed by 31 December 2015.

UN Women and the Centre of

Coordination
for
Gender

Affairs
(CeCAGe)
Eduardo
Mondlane University (UEM)

Launch the 5th Session of the

Course
on Planning and
Budgeting in Gender Optics

The course aims to build the capacity

of planning, budgeting and technical


staff
in CPLP countries in order to

address de the specific needs of men


women in the plans and budgets
and
of the respective institutions.

The slogan for the course this year is:

"Integrating
the Needs of Men and
Women in the plans and Budgets of

the Institutions to Ensure Equitable


Distribution
of Resources and the

Success of Development Programs.


was the key message of the song
This
of the National Police Choir which

developed
an anthem for the GRB
course.

The course started on the 12 May and

concluded on 22 May 2015. UN


Women
sponsored 9 students from

Gaza and 6 students from Tete and is

engaged
in the development of the
course curriculum. Students were

issued participation certificates


during
the closing ceremony, which

was attended by the Minister of

Gender,
Children and Social Action.

Florence Raes, Generosa Cossa Jose and

UEM rector speak at launch of course

Cidalia Chauque,
Minister of Gender, Children and Social Action celebrates end of
course with the Class of 2015

Eduardo Mondlane University and UN Women Celebrate 5


Years of course in Planning and Budgeting in Gender Optics
UN Women along with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action
received honorary certificates to commemorate the 5 year anniversary
of the Planning and Budgeting in Gender Optics course offered by
Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo (UEM).
214 students have attended this course since its inception. In 2015, 131
student participated out of which 51 % of were women. This course
provides adequate knowledge to facilitate lobbying and technical skills
for mainstreaming gender equality and womens empowerment issues
into planning, budgeting and monitoring processes. This course made
me realise how blind we were when formulating our gender strategies
in the district of Mabalane said a student during the closing ceremony,
now I feel like I have the right tools. UEM is planning on making the
course available for credit in the coming year.

National Revision on Gender


Based Violence and Health
On the 13-15 of May 2015 UN
Women participated in a three day
review meeting on gender based
violence in health organised by
MISAU in collaboration with MGCAS
and the Ministries of Interior,
Ministry
of
Justice
and
stakeholders.
The theme of the event was: Men
and Women together against
gender based violence and abuse
of children.

Positive Women Tete


On May 12 2015 UN Women met
with the association of Positive
Women in Tete to give them
feedback on the Pen IV process
and also to facilitate their
participation in the joint UN
EVAWG project that was launched
in the province.
The women have gone beyond the
victim state and are now gaining a
voice in their communities.

The aim of the national meeting


was to reflect on the progress
made and the challenges in
prevention and mitigation of
gender based violence in health.

Women from Positive Women Association


meet with UN Women in Tete

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Staff Announcement

Coming up in the
Next Newsletter

UN Women Mozambique office team has undergone some


significant changes since last year. To start with Florence Raes has
been appointed as Representative for UN Women Mozambique

after serving briefly as ad interim since the departure of Valeria


de Campos Mello in August 2014.
The programme team led by Ondina da Barca Vieira has welcomed
new personnel since last year.

Fernanda Bernardo- Monitoring and Evaluation, Violence against


Women and Girls
Marta Cumbi- Programme Officer, HIV and EVAWG (Elimination of
Violence against Women and Girls)

Delia Tatiana Machavela- Communications Officer

Lesira Gerdes -Programme Assistant

Launch of Extractives
Industries Research
UNiDOS Schools Youth
Mobilisation part 2
Continuation of DRTF
EVAWG Project in Tete
Launch
of
Womens
Agriculture Project Gaza
Launch of Rural Womens
Associations Research
Capacity Building for
Women Parliamentarians
PEN IV
Extractive
Industries
Sharefair 2015

Boaventura Veja- Programme Officer, WEE (Womens Economic


Empowerment)

Hanna Kemppainen- UN Volunteer, WEE/PO

Rebekka Ott-UN Youth Volunteer, EVAW/PA

Josina Nhantumbo- Programme Officer, WEE (Gaza)

Maria Elisa Machavene- Programme Officer, HIV and EVAWG (Tete)

Visiting from New York (February-June 2015):


Theresia Thylin- Gender and Humanitarian Specialist

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