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Region:Asia Pacific Current UN Women Plan Period Afghanisthan:2018-2022
i-icon World Bank Income Classification:Low Income The World Bank classifies economies for analytical purposes into four income groups: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high income. For this purpose it uses gross national income (GNI) per capita data in U.S. dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method, which is applied to smooth exchange rate fluctuations. i-icon Least Developed Country:Yes Since 1971, the United Nations has recognized LDCs as a category of States that are deemed highly disadvantaged in their development process, for structural, historical and also geographical reasons. Three criteria are used: per capita income, human assets, and economic vulnerability. i-icon Gender Inequality Index:0.575 GII is a composite metric of gender inequality using three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. A low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men, and vice-versa. i-icon Gender Development Index:0.723 GDI measures gender inequalities in achievement in three basic dimensions of human development: health, education, and command over economic resources.
i-icon Population:209,497,025 Source of population data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2022). World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision Male:19,976,265 (9.5%) Female:189,520,760 (90.5%)
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outcome XM-DAC-41146-ZAF_D_2.2

Public and private procurement is gender responsive

The South African government has continued to d emonstrate high level political commitment towards national transformation through promoting the principle of local implementation towards transformative change. The government has contributed in the translation of political commitments into practice by putting in place mechanism to operationalise the 40% preferential procurement through the establishment of a Multi stakeholder and sectorial a National Task Team initiative supporting Women Economic Empowerment Programme (WEEP) Initiative in the public sector. A total of 6156 women entrepreneurs in partnership women Empowerment Programme (WEEP) implemented through the National Task Team on preferential procurement, women entrepreneurs in four provinces (Limpopo, Free State, Northwest, and Kwa-Zulu Nata), represented 14 districts have strengthened capacity to start and grow their businesses. In addition, in October 2021 the President launched the Women Economic Assembly (WECONA), E led the launch of the Women Economic Assembly (WECONA), Home - Women Economic Assembly 2023 ( , a multi stakeholder initiative, an entity co-led by government and private sector women business associations to engage industry leaders to set gender transformation targets and establish game changing interventions that increase procurement from women owned businesses. He again led the second WECONA event in October 2022, to reflect on progress made to achieve gender transformation in their sectors; showcase industry opportunities and success case stories, and further commit to further action towards gender transformation in industry value chain s. The event reached about 2000 participants including women entrepreneurs, government leaders and policy makers, and industry leaders. A total of 10 industry leaders made commitments to implement strategies aimed at promoting preferential procurement for women owned businesses . These initiatives have enabled investment and commitment to women owned businesses and building an ecosystem mechanism to enhance their participation in the economy.
outcome XM-DAC-41146-ZAF_D_2.4

Low income women entrepreneurs (micro-entrepreneurs and members of co-operatives) better manage their enterprises for decent jobs and income security and/or autonomy

A total number of 2246 women micro-entrepreneurs in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa have secured jobs for themselves through their participation in the AWOME programme that assisted them to put business management systems in place through the SIYB trainings for income security for themselves.
outcome XM-DAC-41146-ZAF_D_2.6

Increased productivity and market access for women in climate smart agriculture

In partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UN Women strengthened the adaptation capacity and resilience of women farmers on the adoption and application of Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) practices, CSA, and participation in inclusive value chains. A total of 448 women farmers (251 in the Free State province ; 193 in Limpopo province), improved their CSA branding and marketing This has contributed significantly to the capacity of farmers to manage climate change and improved farming practices. Farmers capacity to access buyers was enhanced through value chain facilitation. In addition, data available at the time of reporting indicates that about 20% women wore accessing traditional and non-traditional markets , despite the set back due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown regulations. In addition, the training of a total of 185 extension officers has significantly contributed to enhanced support and service provision for the women farmers in the targeted areas. There are greater awareness of the farmers needs by the extension officers and increased responsiveness. aring ring In addition, through the partnership with FAO, curriculum for both farmers and extension officers was developed and focused on CSA and inclusive value chains. The curriculum offers farmers with farming and agricultural business management including value adding, pricing and target marketing. These training manuals have been shared with extension officers in Limpopo and the Free State. Anecdotal evidence suggest extension have used these materials and have contributed significantly to climate smart farming practices. ring aring
outcome XM-DAC-41146-ZAF_D_3.1

GBV prevention strategies and action plans are implemented by UN, government and civil society in a coordinated manner and are informed by voices of women survivors of violence

In line with its technical advisory support to the Department of Women Youth and Persons with Disability (DoWYPD) in South Africa through secondment to the Department, UN Women has contributed to improved coordination amongst organizations and strengthened efforts to achieve the objectives of NSP on GBVF. Grouping and mobilizing organizations implementing the NSP according to pillars with self-managed working groups planning and implementing together in a multi-sectoral collaborative now known as the End GBVF Collective has led to better synergies. The MCO has contributed to better synergy and coordination amongst UN Agencies implementing GBV programmes. Following the completion of the Comprehensive National Prevention Strategy (CNPS) which the MCO also technically and financially supported, UN Women convened UN agencies that supported the development of the CNPS to map a way forward and a common UN position to present to the Department of Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities at the close-out meeting. UNW leadership in developing a tool for agencies to indicate areas of work has helped to streamline work and strengthen coordination amongst UN agencies in GBV programming thus contributing to improve programming and less duplications amongst agencies.
outcome XM-DAC-41146-ZAF_D_3.2

Favourable social norms, attitudes and behaviours are promoted at community and individual levels to prevent GBV

Men in the 4 municipalities of Greater, Hammanskraal, uMgungundlovu, Emalahleni and Ehlanzeni; 2 cities of Nelson Mandela Bay, and Klerksdorp as well as Mamelodi town and Themba township in the 5 provinces of KZN, Eastern Cape, Northwest Mpumalanga, and Gauteng have been influenced to change their attitudes and behaviours around gender-based violence, unequal gender relationships and HIV. Through implementing partners, UN Women contributed to strengthening communities’ response to HIV & Aids and GBV by engaging men and religious leaders as agents of change to address negative social norms and gender stereotypes and leveraging the HeForShe campaign. The partnership with implementing partner SACBC, identified key sites for change (taverns, faith institutions, tertiary education institutions) in which to influence attitudes and behaviours around gender-based violence, unequal gender relationships and HIV. Four main strategies of Research and advocacy, development of toolkits, engaging communities and modelling social clubs were employed to influence change.
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