Elimination of Violence against Women & other topics – Daily Briefing (25 November 2020)

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    Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Elimination of Violence against Women – Ethiopia/Secretary-General – Ethiopia/Humanitarian – Syria – Burkina Faso – Central African Republic – Samoa – UNHCR/COVID-19 – HIV/Children – Personnel Announcement – Financial Contributions ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at a virtual event to mark the Day and said that the COVID-19 crisis has further exposed violence against women and girls as a global emergency requiring urgent action. He reiterated his appeal to the international community to work to end this shadow pandemic once and for all, adding that the world needs to hear the voices and experiences of women and girls and take their needs into account, especially survivors and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. In his message for the Day, the Secretary-General also called for prioritizing women’s leadership in finding solutions and engaging men in the struggle. ETHIOPIA/SECRETARY-GENERAL  In a statement issued last night, the Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the unfolding situation in the Tigray region and its surrounding area.  Amid reports of a potential military offensive into the regional capital of Mekelle, he urges the leaders of Ethiopia to do everything possible to protect civilians, uphold human rights and ensure humanitarian access for the provision of much-needed assistance.  The Secretary-General also calls for the free and safe movement of people searching for safety and assistance, regardless of their ethnic identity, across both national and international borders. The Secretary-General reiterates the full support of the United Nations to the initiative of the Chairperson of the African Union, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, to facilitate peaceful solutions. He urges all parties to seize this opportunity to de-escalate tensions.   ETHIOPIA/HUMANITARIAN The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that it continues to receive reports of people fleeing Mekelle in search of safety. OCHA said violence and insecurity are also increasing in other regions of Ethiopia after the relocation of security forces to Tigray, with several reports of clashes and attacks in other places.  More than 95,000 people are estimated to be newly displaced in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, following clashes reported last week. Food, water and shelter are urgently needed in that region, as most of the displaced people are in open spaces.  Nearly 42,000 people have now crossed the border to Sudan.  The UN and partners have finalized our refugee response plan and it calls for $147 million to help a projected 100,000 refugees between November and June of next year.  The Sudan Humanitarian Fund has allocated an initial $425,000 for the most immediate needs, such as health, water, sanitation and hygiene, in the Um Raquba Camp in east Sudan. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=25%20November%202020

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