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Village decision — makers take a stand for Samoa’s “nofotane” women

21 July 2017

Seualuga Tauasa Malietoa, the 70-year-old Talking Chief at Manase Savaii village in rural Samoa, has pledged to support women’s rights. His commitment is the result of trainings that the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), an FGE grantee, is conducting to engage local leaders as advocates for “nofotane” women. The term refers to women married to men from a different village and living with their in-laws. They are often exploited as domestic... More

#BeatMe: A String of Awards for UN Women Pakistan

21 July 2017

Launched for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in November 2016 through social media, UN Women Pakistan’s #BeatMe campaign gives an unconventional twist for women’s rights and their equality.   In challenging stereotypes in a country grappling to end violence against women and in public and private spaces, the #BeatMe campaign, spearheaded by a one-minute video, aims to inspire women and reaffirm that they are... More

Gender Awareness for Councillors

17 July 2017

“At times, we think only men can participate in decisions that we make for our wards, council and for the city but women also play a very important role in our society and we must also include them in whatever decisions we do,” said Charles Aiwosuga, a participant at the Gender 101 training and also Honiara’s Deputy Mayor. “For me, as a leader, this session had given some new ideas and knowledge to be humble and carry our work by putting on the gender lenses,” he added... More

Women in rural Cambodia cultivate their way out of vulnerability

14 July 2017

In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women – including those who are illiterate or single mothers, to help them improve their livelihoods. Twenty-year-old Vern Chantha is one. The fifth in a poor family of seven children with unemployed elderly parents, she decided to participate in training on agricultural techniques to improve productivity on her 100-square-metre family farm. “Sometimes the plants didn’t grow... More

How can philanthropy best benefit women in China?

12 July 2017

Funders of development projects seek to maximize their impact on society, but how much do women in China actually benefit from these projects? Experts from funding organizations, development projects, United Nations agencies and others tackled this question at an international Gender Equality and Philanthropy Conference in China, organized by UN Women on 21-22 June. As Elizabeth Knup of the Ford Foundation said at the conference: “Whatever we... More

Empowering girls identified as the key to ending Viet Nam’s child marriages

10 July 2017

Early marriage in Viet Nam violates children’s rights and stunts their physical, mental and psychological development, says a senior government official. Ha Hung, Vice Minister and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), made the comment at a 29 June national conference on Preventing and... More

Op-Ed: Empowering Women Workers for a better ASEAN

10 July 2017

The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) form an economic powerhouse. The ASEAN Economic Community is now the world’s seventh-largest economy and third-largest labour force, with enormous potential for further growth. But to maximize growth, the region needs to ensure that its labour force is diversified and ready to adapt, expand and move freely. Currently, the ASEAN region is a hotspot for labour migration. It hosts a reported 9.9... More

ASEAN to build an inclusive community for women migrant workers with renewed political will and gender-responsive policies

07 July 2017

Women migrant workers of ASEAN contribute significantly to the region’s economies. Yet many obstacles remain which must be removed to ensure their equal participation in and benefit from ASEAN economic growth and development. The ASEAN High-level Policy Dialogue on Women Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) concluded with the participation of senior officials from labour, gender, trade and foreign affairs of ASEAN Member... More

PH dialogue pushes for gender-responsive disaster risk reduction and management

28 June 2017

Promoting equitable community resilience requires addressing the high and unequal risk that women and girls face in relation to climate change and disaster impact in the Philippines. UN Women, in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) are therefore advocating for a gender-responsive approach in disaster risk reduction and management... More

Women Rising: A Diverse Perspective

28 June 2017

On Monday June 26th, the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) hosted the 2017 Women in Leadership Forum “Women Rising: A Diverse Perspective”. The full-day event featured a fantastic line-up of speakers who, addressed women’s empowerment in leadership roles across sectors, including politics, business, entrepreneurship, creative... More

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