UN Women in Action

  • In Aceh, UN Women is supporting local partners to strengthen women's legal rights by participating in the qanun-making process. Qanuns are local by-laws that are informed by Sharia Law. Women's rights advocates are sitting on qanun-drafting committees, advocating to members of parliament and speaking publicly on the need for gender-sensitive laws.
  • In the Philippines, an Act providing for the Magna Carta of Women of the Philippines was formally signed into law as Republic Act No. 9710 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 14 August 2009. The Magna Carta of Women (MCW) is a landmark legislation that serves as the Philippines' gender equality law, supported by UN Women through its CIDA-funded CEDAW South East Asia Programme since 2006.
  • In Timor-Leste, UN Women has supported strategic planning and the development of a gender policy in the Ministry of Environment (MoE), Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Economy and Development (MoED), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF).
  • In Indonesia, the Ministry of Women's Empowerment has committed to promoting the roll-out of a district law on women's rights
  • In Thailand, UN Women is working with partners to develop gender sensitive model court guidelines.
  • In Aceh, UN Women is working with government and NGO partners to increase women's political participation through public discussions, voter education, training for women candidates and media campaigns.
  • Prior to the 2007 presidential elections in Timor-Leste, UN Women initiated a presidential debate on gender-based violence and women in politics, and ran workshops for women members of political parties. These activities resulted in the signing of a landmark commitment to women's political participation.
  • UN Women's Programme for Enhancing Women's Leadership (PERWL) in Timor-Leste helped build the leadership skills of rural women. Training encouraged women to be more assertive in discussing and managing affairs at home and their communities. UN Women worked with the East Timor Transitional Administration to increase the number of women standing for election to the Constituent Assembly to 145 in 2001.
  • In Cambodia, UN Women supported women to take part in commune elections in 2002 and 2007. For the 2002 vote UN Women supported the training by NGOs of over 60% of the almost 12,000 women who contested the elections. Women secured 8% of the 11,352 seats available. In the April 2007 commune elections women did almost twice as well, securing almost 15% of the seats.

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