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Advancing Gender Equality within a Federal Governance Model in Myanmar

Friday, July 6, 2018

In 2015, after over 50 years of military governance, the National League for Democracy formed a government led by U Htin Kyaw as President and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as State Counsellor. A new model of governance must be negotiated, one that provides Myanmar citizens with pride in the nation-state, that fully recognizes Myanmar’s diversity in ethnicity, language and culture and that secures and guarantees the human rights of all, including women and girls. A federal model, a likely choice,... More

Progress Review & Way Forward Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Implementing the Sendai Framework in preparation for AMCDRR 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

The update aims to review the status of progress against the main recommendations and agreed actions in the ‘Guidance Note - Gender Inclusion & Women’s Empowerment at the Centre of Resilience Building’ for the implementation of the Asia Regional Plan 2016-2018. More

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women 2017 Annual Report

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The 2017 Annual Report highlights the life-changing results of our grantees working to prevent and end violence against women and girls around the world. It also aims to show our increased investment and efforts in building capacity and ensuring sustainability of our grantees. The 120 UN Trust Fund-supported projects implemented in 80 countries and territories, contribute to a growing knowledge hub of what works in preventing an ending violence against women and... More

Empowering women for peaceful communities: Evidence from Indonesia and Bangladesh

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

This brief summarizes innovative research conducted by Monash University’s Gender, Peace and Security Centre in conjunction with UN Women’s “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities” programme. The research examined how the programme has impacted social cohesion, women’s empowerment, community empowerment, and preventing and countering extremist ideologies in the programme communities in Indonesia and Bangladesh. To do this, an in-depth qualitative and quantitative... More

UN Women in Pakistan

Monday, June 11, 2018

Pakistan's population has increased 57 per cent, from 132.3 million in 1998 to 207.7 million in 2017, making Pakistan the world’s 5th most populous country and the 2nd largest South Asian country. As we witness a building momentum across the world and in Pakistan calling to end discrimination, while creating an enabling and lasting environment in which women and girls can realise their full potential, this 5-year Country Profile (2018-2022) provides... More

Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

UN Women, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are jointly implementing a five-year programme, generously funded by the Government of Sweden, entitled Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific: Bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment. The project will be implemented at the regional level, with initially six countries of focus: Indonesia... More

Access to Criminal Justice by Women Subjected to Violence in Viet Nam Women’s Justice Perception Study Research Report

Monday, June 4, 2018

This study provides new insights into how women perceive the justice system in Viet Nam and how the victims are treated. When the very actors tasked with facilitating access to criminal justice instead “counsel” and pressure victims to settle cases out of court, or treat them without regard for their dignity or privacy, it should come as no surprise that many women eventually give up on a system which is often unresponsive to their needs. When the criminal justice system... More

Brief: Women's Economic Empowerment

Friday, May 18, 2018

In this group of small countries, geographically dispersed across the vast Pacific Ocean and far from international markets, economic growth is often uneven. Pacific populations are mainly rural and rely largely on subsistence activities; women especially are heavily involved in informal economic activities. Women perform a greater share of food growing and in-shore fishing activities, which limits their availability for formal employment, although they dominate many small-scale market operations.... More

Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Action

Thursday, May 17, 2018

In the Pacific, cyclones, floods and droughts are becoming increasingly unpredictable and extreme, with devastating effects. Global research has shown that women and children are 14 times more likely than men to die or be injured in a disaster. In a disaster or emergency, women also face increased risks of sexual and gender-based violence; unequal access to humanitarian assistance such as food and shelter; loss of economic opportunities; and increased workloads. As these crises affect women,... More

Women's Safety Audit in Public Transport in Lahore

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Women’s Safety Audit in Public Transport in Lahore assesses the safety concerns of women and girls using public transport in Lahore. It identifies factors that may increase the chances of violence against women and girls at bus stops and on buses. It gauges the factors responsible for harassment, including sexual harassment in public spaces, with a focus on public transport. The study was conducted by the Aurat Foundation and co-led by the Women’s Development Department (WDD)... More

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