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Take five: The idea is to make safety a collective enterprise that we all work towards improving

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Kalpana Viswanath is Co-Founder and CEO of SafetiPin, a social enterprise based in India that uses data and technology to support cities in their endeavour to become safer, more inclusive and smarter. Since 2013, Safetipin has worked with more than 30 cities in India and other developing countries, collecting public space data and working with governments to use that data for better planning and maintenance of cities.... More

Women in Construction

Monday, March 18, 2019

The achievement of the SDGs, and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment, requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches, and new solutions. Based on current projections, the existing interventions will not be enough to ensure an end to discrimination and achievement of gender equality by 2030. If we want to achieve sustainable development, fifty percent of the population cannot remain on the margins. We need to level the playing field. Women must be integrated into the formal workforce... More

#MyRedLine – A social movement cataloguing where Afghan’s stand on women’s rights and peace

Monday, March 18, 2019

Farahnaz Forotan, in partnership with UN Women Afghanistan launched “ #MyRedLine ” - an online campaign cataloguing where Afghan’s stand on women’s rights and peace, harnessing the voices of Afghan women and men on what matters most to them. Afghanistan has demonstrated significant progress in equal access to women and men to participate in all parts of Afghan society from education to the police, from media to medicine. #MyRedLine , a campaign by Farahnaz Forotan,... More

Thai public prosecutors learn how to be more sensitive to female victims

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

With a recent gender-sensitivity training for 60 public prosecutors, UN Women is continuing its efforts to help Thai women who have experienced violence to secure justice. UN Women organized the Training Workshop on Criminal Justice Processes on the Protection of Women on 23-25 January in collaboration with Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General and Thailand Institute of Justice, a state-established... More

Take five: “If we have policies and services but no one knows about them, it’s useless”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

As NGOs or youth representatives, we do not have such a loud voice among the governmental delegations in New York. But it is good for us to negotiate with some of the governments. Some are more supportive than others, of course, but for example Australia and Nepal are really pushing for our agenda in their meetings. And if the right recommendations are then adopted, then this makes it easier for Y-PEER to then deal with other governments... More

From "City of Peace" to Safe Cities for Women and Girls

Friday, March 8, 2019

Twenty years ago, Hanoi was awarded the UNESCO City for Peace prize. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, now is a good time to look at what a peaceful city means today, in particular for women and girls, and at the many initiatives under way to ensure safety, inclusion and access for all. Last week, as Hanoi hosted a much-heralded summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)... More

Think equal innovate for change

Friday, March 8, 2019

Arin is a shop attendant at one of the biggest malls in Semarang. She has just moved to the city after graduating from high school and is proud to be a working woman, earning a salary to support herself and her family back in her village. However, she is nervous about navigating a new city at night after she finishes work at 10pm. She feels lucky that the online ojek service (motorbike ride sharing app) - is affordable in Semarang and offers... More

International Women’s Day highlights innovative ways to advance gender equality in social protection, public services and infrastructure across Asia-Pacific

Friday, March 8, 2019

The United Nations system in Bangkok is marking International Women’s Day (IWD) today with a series of events to drive public attention and raise awareness of gender equality and the empowerment of women under the global theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”. Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), “Social protection systems, access to public... More

When more women work, economies grow: European Union and UN Women partner to boost women’s economic rights and opportunities in Asia

Friday, March 8, 2019

The European Union and UN Women jointly launched today a 3-year WeEmpower Asia programme to encourage the private sector to expand economic participation and business opportunities for women in seven Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Funded by the EU, UN Women will implement the €8 million programme aiming to integrate gender concerns into business practices in the region. WeEmpower Asia will promote dialogue among women’s groups and the public and private sector so as to enable a business environment that empowers women; provide skills training... More

Statement: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

At a time when innovation is dominant, shaping and changing the way people live in every part of the world, we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact the lives of women and girls. That means making sure they are not only consumers of innovation, but take their place as innovators. With their engagement, both design and execution of solutions can address the unique needs of women and girls, from the creation of decent work to delivery of products, services and infrastructure... More

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