UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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A social movement cataloguing where Afghan’s stand on women’s rights and peace... More

  • Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change

    In Focus: International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

    The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure... More

  • Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for CSW63 at UNCC Bangkok. Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking

    Regional stakeholders say a holistic and gender-responsive approach to social protection is needed

    Gender inequalities remain profound and entrenched across Asia and the Pacific, despite recent rapid economic progress. Women’s inequitable access to health, education and other basic social services starts young and has a life-long, cumulative impact on their social and economic opportunities... More

  • Attendees shared stories of their own experiences of gender and citizenship issues in Myanmar. Photo: UNHCR

    Advocates convene to promote women’s right to a nationality in Myanmar

    Almost a third of the population of Myanmar does not have an identity document – more than half of those are women. Myanmar is home to one of the largest populations of stateless persons in the world, and inter-generational discrimination in accessing basic services and protection due to their lack of official identity documents is a huge problem affecting many... More

  • (from left) H.E Mr. Pertti Anttinen, Ambassador of Finland to Nepal, and Wenny Kusuma, UN Women Nepal Country Representative. Photo: UN Women

    Finland and UN Women partnership to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

    Through this partnership, UN Women Nepal will be able to support elected and appointed women representatives; increase women’s representation and leadership in peace and security; strengthen gender responsive development and economic empowerment; implementation and monitoring of laws, policies, plans, budgets... More

  • Gender equality, 2018 year in review

    Gender equality, 2018 year in review

    From the continued momentum of the #MeToo movement to numerous new laws on violence against women to the first world leader taking maternity leave, this timeline is a selection of some of the noteworthy moments for women’s rights and gender equality from around the world... More

  • Orange the World: #HearMeToo

    Orange the World, #HearMeToo

    As in previous years, iconic buildings and monuments will be ‘oranged’ to call for a violence-free future. Highlights from events around the Asia Pacific region... More

  • All speakers and guests of Speak UP. Photo: UN Women/Nguyen Minh Duc

    Gender Equality is not an individual’s issue

    “Speak up for gender equality" — a diverse and inclusive dialogue where each speaker brings a unique personal perspective on gender equality. In the fight for gender equality, each of us can contribute in our own way... More

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“Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”

In her statement for International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to put innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities. Remoteness need no longer be an exclusion issue when mobile money technology and digital payments can deliver social benefits to even the most remote households. Lack of roads need not prevent life-saving medication from reaching patients... More

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This #WomensDay, we’re innovating for change

What does it mean to innovate? From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.

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Asia-Pacific SDG Report

Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific

The report provides a baseline for monitoring progress on gender equality within the SDG framework and identifies priority actions towards achieving gender equality in the region. It provides the first assessment for Asia and the Pacific of how the 2030 Agenda is to be achieved by addressing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls... Read more

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality