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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

Empowering Rohingya women - UN Women update

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On 25 August 2017, the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, targeting the Rohingya escalated and forced them to flee across the border to Bangladesh. To date an estimated 687,000 Rohingya have crossed over into Cox’s Bazar in desperate conditions, an estimated 52 per cent of whom are women and girls. The speed and scale of the influx of refugees has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. In order to help efforts led by the Government of Bangladesh to respond to this unprecedented... More


Friday, April 27, 2018

In this edition (*) Events and activities around Asia-Pacific to celebrate the International Women's Day 2018 (*) UN Women Executive Director visits Bangladesh (*) "Transforming Gender Social Norms Through Comedy" - Japanese internet sensation stars at Tokyo event showcasing a new approach to promoting peace (*) and much more...... More


Friday, April 27, 2018

A study on impact of protective policies for Myanmar Migrant Domestic Workers in Thailand and Singapore presented the situation of women migrating to Thailand and Singapore for domestic work in light of the ban, highlighting their realities and risks at each stage of migration. The study was undertaken to identify the national and international legal and policy frameworks relevant to the whole of migration cycle for both the Myanmar-Thailand and Myanmar-Singapore corridors. The report also... More

ASEAN Regional Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls Data Collection and Use

Thursday, April 26, 2018

“As part of its long-standing cooperation, UN Women partnered with ASEAN, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) to develop the ASEAN Regional Guidelines on Violence against Women and Girls Data Collection and Use to strengthen the capacity of ASEAN Member States to systematically collect and use data related to violence against women and girls (VAWG). A timely motivator for these guidelines is... More

UN WOMEN TIMOR-LESTE Quarterly Newsletter | April 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

As 2018 begins, we see a momentum building across the world and in Timor-Leste, with great potential for lasting change. We see communities mobilizing across countries and generations, from rural to urban spaces, taking action on the streets and through social media. As we commemorate the progress made, we must also remember that women, with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities, have crossed many barriers to enjoying their rights. We must keep the stories of these women and this... More

Safety Audit in Three Areas of Jakarta

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Scoping study of "Safety Audit in Three Areas of Jakarta" presents data and knowledge on key concerns of women's safety including sexual Violence (SVAWG) in the selected areas of Jakarta city. The study was conducted in selected areas of three municipalities of Jakarta that include South Jakarta, East Jakarta, and West Jakarta. Results of this study consist of data and information on the specific context of the city and what the safety concerns for women and girls in public spaces are. It... More

GIHA Brief No. 3 — Marking International Women's Day Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Brief No. 3 provides a snapshot of International Women’s Day (IWD) events organized in the refugee camps and with the host community in Cox’s Bazar. More

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