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22 Oct 2020

Migration as a topic has today taken centre stage in policy discourse in Africa as in much of the rest of the world, evidenced by the adoption of two global compacts – Global Compact on Refugees and Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Global Compact for Migration) – that seek to deal with human mobility more holistically. Challenging the Narrative could not be more fitting given the myriad misconceptions, myths and fears around migration that persist.

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15 Oct 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet: African countries must not let their guard down. The pandemic continues to spread, with the number of cases surpassing 36 million and more than one million deaths globally. With the notable exception of South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa appears to have so far escaped the worst of the health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a large toll on economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa, putting a decade of hard-won economic progress at risk. Economic activity in the region is expected to contract by 3.3 percent in 2020, confirming the prediction that Sub-Saharan Africa would suffer its first recession in a quarter-century in 2020.

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8 Oct 2020

Evidence shows that women’s participation in peace processes leads to a higher chance of reaching an agreement, and that the resultant peace will last on average 15 years longer than if women are excluded. For years, women’s rights and feminist organizations across the world have campaigned for recognition of women’s contributions to preventing conflict, building peace and delivering relief and recovery. Twenty years ago, UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) 14 called on member states and other key actors to do just that. Since UNSCR 1325 (2000), the UN Security Council has passed nine additional resolutions, developing and expanding the focus, creating what is now known as the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

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1 Oct 2020

It has been well established that gender equality is both a social and human rights issue. In recent years, research has amply demonstrated that it also makes economic sense: according to one estimate, greater gender equality has the potential to add $13 trillion to global GDP over the next decade. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has made gender equality even more of an economic imperative. As economies struggle worldwide, there is an urgent need for policymakers to restore confidence, preserve financial stability and revive growth, aligning short-term solutions to medium and long-term sustainable objectives.

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