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In India, women boycott weddings with child brides

Monday, November 19, 2018

Malti Tudu speaking about the women rights awareness to village women during a meeting at Simalbari village in Kishanganj Tehsil of Kishanganj district in Bihar, India. Photo: UN Women/Biju Boro More #HearMeToo stories from Asia and the Pacific Read more» Read more» Read more» You could call 20-year-old Malti Tudu a wedding crasher. Only her goal is to stop the wedding from ever getting started. At least when the bride-to-be is a child. &ldquo... More

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018

We still do not know the true extent of violence against women, as the fear of reprisals, impact of not being believed, and the stigma borne by the survivor—not the perpetrator—have silenced the voices of millions of survivors of violence and masked the true extent of women’s continued horrific experiences. In the recent past, grassroots activists and survivors, as well as global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc... More

Young educators in China are questioning gender norms and preventing violence

Monday, November 19, 2018

Justin Zhao Peng, now 16, remembers vividly how his grandmother used to favour him over his female cousin when they visited her as young children. She would take him aside and tell him that he would have more responsibility and be more important. In celebrating the New Year, she would slip him 300 yuan more than his cousin. At first, Zhao Peng felt proud that he had been singled out... More

Female leaders contribute to climate change risk reduction plans in Cambodia

Monday, November 19, 2018

Local administrations in Cambodia are planning to incorporate into their climate change risk reduction plans the ideas contributed by female leaders who received training under a United Nations project. Local authorities discussed the plans with women’s and civil society groups on 17 and 19 October in two provinces, Prey Veng and Kompot... More

From where I stand: “Don’t tell me how to dress!”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thai supermodel Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the founder of a campaign to stop victim-blaming, which has galvanized women all over the country. She is now taking the campaign to different platforms, public events, and universities in Thailand and abroad... More

From Where I Stand: From Survivor of Violence to Women’s Rights Advocate

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Violence against women is considered normal in Thai culture. It is justified to the point that most survivors of domestic violence are pushed back into abusive relationships. Stuck in the cycle of violence, the survivors often face harsh social pressure and blaming every time they speak up. I know this all too well, as a women’s rights advocate, human... More

From where I stand: “I launched Thaiconsent to introduce the concept of consent”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

In Thailand, women are no longer willing to stay silent and live with a culture of rape. Launched in 2015 by a young activist, the ThaiConsent campaign is opening spaces for men and women discuss consent... More

In the words of Palwasha Hassan: “The time is now to transform that suffering into our strength”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Palwasha Hassan is a mobilizer who fought for the rights of women to be enshrined in Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution. She is an advisor at the country’s High Peace Council (which is tasked with negotiating with elements of the Taliban), and also the Executive Director of the Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC). She has been a political and women’s rights activist since her early youth, volunteering with a women’s movement in 1995... More

In the words of Halima Askari: “Our victory is our unity”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Halima Askari became the first woman head of the Provincial Council in Afghanistan’s conservative Wardak province in 2017. She is part of a new generation of women leaders who, little by little, are pushing for the transformation of governance. She ran for national Parliament this year and is awaiting the results. Regardless of the election results, Askari is determined to continue serving her community and advocating for girls... More

From where I stand: “I saved a life”

Monday, November 12, 2018

If all people start boycotting such weddings, it would definitely help eliminate child marriage. People are needed during a marriage ceremony: a priest to perform the religious rites, musical band to play the music, cook to prepare the food for the guests and guests to give their blessings to the newlyweds. I took a group of women with me and visited the parents of a 16-year-old girl whose marriage was fixed before she was of the legally... More

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