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REACH Project, much-needed for Samoa

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion, or REACH project, has been identified as much-needed for Samoa due to its high rural population, which was reported at about 81 per cent of the total population in 2016, according to the World Bank.

Civil service takes big steps to end workplace sexual harassment in Timor-Leste

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Faustino Cardoso Gomes, took the discussion in an unexpected and welcome direction, telling the UN Women team of the challenge of sexual harassment in the civil service and the need for guidelines. Sitting alongside him, Maria Olandina Isabel Caeiro Alves, a long-time advocate for women’s rights who was then Commissioner for Discipline and Gender Focal Point, reinforced the necessity for such guidelines. “I was impressed at how openly they identified sexual harassment as a problem,” Caminha recalls.

Take Five: “It’s time for the Philippines to say, ‘MeToo!’”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Maica Teves, Executive Director of SPARK! Philippines, was primarily focused on women’s economic empowerment until she began a Filipino version of the #MeToo campaign to address gender-based violence. With the #RespetoNaman [#RespectMe] movement gaining traction, SPARK! teamed up with the #DontTellMeHowToDress campaign, which began in Thailand to dispel myths by displaying the clothing, ranging from sweat pants to a toddler’s playsuit, that women and girls were wearing when they were sexually assaulted.

From where I stand: “It’s about lifelong skills on and off the rugby field”

Friday, June 7, 2019

I come from a family where I hardly had a say. When they spoke, I listened. I myself had the mindset that rugby was a male sport, and when I used to see women playing rugby, I commented [negatively] about them. I am so lucky to be part of Get Into Rugby PLUS! When I started this role, I coached the under 10th grade [rugby team] in my school, and the male parents looked at me and laughed— ‘a woman being a rugby coach!’ I said to myself, ‘I’m not going to be undermined by their looks and their comments; I am going to be stronger for the children’.

In Fiji, teaching life skills and changing mindsets through rugby

Friday, June 7, 2019

Rugby, often considered a male sport, is levelling the playing field for girls and boys, men and women in the Pacific island of Fiji. “It’s an honour and a privilege to be a Get into Rugby PLUS coach,” says Kitiana Kaitu, a primary school teacher from Nasinu, Fiji. She has recently qualified as coach and life skills trainer for the Get Into Rugby PLUS programme. “I’m not just a rugby coach, but also an advocate for those who cannot voice their opinion. I love that I’m working together with others for the future of the nation,” she adds.

From where I stand: “Women are a part of society, and they can accomplish anything”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

“In Bangladesh, I see issues like violent extremism, repression of women, and radicalism taking place more and more. This is why I work on the topic of women, peace and security with my NGO, SEED. Our activities in the community include a courtyard meeting with women’s groups. We discuss different issues. For example, today I will discuss sexual harassment and rising intolerance of different religions. If the community members come to me with a problem, I link them with law enforcement.

From where I stand: “Showing respect for the diversity of religion and caste in our community is the secret to being in harmony”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Kohinoor Begum, 47, is a member of Polli Shomaj, a community-based women’s group that discusses how to prevent violent extremism and resolve local disputes together with other members of the community. “My husband left me when I was pregnant with our only daughter, so I had to come back to my parents’ house. Since that day, I went through endless struggles to support my parents and daughter. I worked for long hours in multiple jobs such as tailoring, which my father had taught me to do.

Bangladesh reviews implementation of women’s rights agenda in the last 25 years

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Seventy-two officials representing twenty-four ministries from the Government of Bangladesh met in Dhaka this week to review and discuss the progress and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) after 25 years of its adoption. Considered to be the most visionary agenda for the human rights of women and girls, everywhere, the Beijing Platform for Action set out to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life.

Using AI in accessing justice for survivors of violence

Monday, June 3, 2019

To provide much-needed information to survivors, Lieutenant Colonel Mekhiyanont turned to Artificial Intelligence, or AI, in short. She started developing a chat bot that would offer a “holistic approach to help victims from the beginning to the end” of the justice process. MySis Bot is a chat bot that can provide 24/7 information services for survivors of violence. A woman facing domestic violence can for instance, message MySis Bot via Facebook Messenger and it will immediately respond with information about how to report to the police.

Take Five: “Government alone cannot ensure effective implementation of laws and policies”

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nepal’s transition from a unitary to a federal system has paved the way for the formulation of legal and policy reform, as well as restructuring and the establishment of mechanisms and organizations. We are still in the process of transferring funds and deploying civil servants to the sub-national levels. We believe that the new system of governance will be more effective for ensuring inclusion. The government will now benefit by having elected representatives and government officials at the sub-national levels where they can work in close proximity with the community.

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