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

Asia and the Pacific


Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work will be the focus of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) from 13-24 March. Global leaders, civil society and government representatives, private sector and activists will meet to mobilize and strategize, share new initiatives and commit actions to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

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    Youth's Voice

    Let's us listen to young boys and girls to express their thoughts and opinions for developing gender equality in their homes and communities. UPDATE! - Younghwa from South Korea tells us through her blog about "Sex-Selective Abortion" issue and Gender Equality... More

  • From where I stand: Graciana Da Silva

    A single mother among 319 women who ran in recent nationwide elections for village chief in Timor-Leste, and founder of the non-government Moris Foun Foundation, which helps women and children... More

  • UNiTE Song Contest

    "People see domestic violence as a private matter and this public perception makes talking about ending violence against women difficult." Zolboo from the Forever Young Crew in Mongolia says during the interview... More

  • ‘We must write our own legend’

    “Keep on fighting,” UN Women Executive Director has told female Members of Parliament of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as they shared stories of breaching barriers and rising to political leadership in societies plagued... More

  • ‘HeForShe has set me free’

    As HeForShe Champion, Pop singer Hoang Bach talked with experts that “It is a whole new perspective. Most important of all, HeForShe has set me free..." More

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    Triumphing gender stereotypes with skills

    Q&A with Hajra Khan, Captain of Pakistan’s Female National Football Team, and first Pakistani female football player to try out for three professional German Bundesliga clubs... More

  • Football - changing young women’s lives in Pakistan

    UN Women teamed up with Serena Hotels and hosted a match day to show how football is a powerful tool for social inclusion, gender equality and youth empowerment. Young women and girls from Pakistan’s National... More

In a gender equal world, girls must have choices for their future

In a statement on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "The solutions demand many aspects of what is normal and valuable to be changed all together." More

Featured Publication

THE TRIAL OF RAPE: Understanding the criminal justice system response to sexual violence in Thailand and Viet Nam

This study, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, seeks to analyze how the varying criminal justice systems in Thailand and Viet Nam respond to reported cases of rape and sexual assault, and to identify the key institutional factors associated with the disposition of cases... Read more

Women in the changing world of work | OP-ED

In 2016, Kumari, 41, went from an unpaid agriculture and house-worker in Vedireswaram village of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, to a paid domestic worker in Qatar. She left behind her ailing husband, young children, and a run-down house. An unregistered recruitment agent helped her migrate, albeit on a visit visa. In the absence of a verified contract, Kumari found herself... More

Disasters: What’s gender got to do with it?
OP-ED – World Humanitarian Day

In the past 18 months, we have seen two massive cyclones rip through Vanuatu and Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation; homes and livelihoods destroyed, crops wiped out, no clean water, insecure food supply... More

Featured Publication

UN Women Asia-Pacific - Interactive Annual Report 2015

Our first interactive Annual Report 2015 highlights our key achievements Across the 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific region... Read More