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High school students in the Philippines paint “roads to safety for women and girls”

Monday, July 16, 2018

On a day celebrating the country’s freedom from colonial rule, 65 high school students painted pictures on roads by Quezon City Hall to call for another kind of freedom -- for women and girls to go about public spaces without fear of sexual harassment. The Quezon City Local Government held the Street Art Painting Project on 17 June, Independence Day, in partnership with UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme. In bright, bold colors, the student artists painted the roads from the entrance to the main building of Quezon City Hall... More

Fiji launches new protocol to boost services provided to survivors of gender-based violence

Monday, July 16, 2018

Survivors of gender-based violence in Fiji are to see improved services across the board, as the government rolls out a new protocol to tackle the country’s high rates of abuse by standardizing procedures and boosting co-ordination between agencies. “It’s about working together to provide the best services possible to help survivors of violence, and to ensure survivors are treated with the dignity, respect and care they deserve... More

Officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand recommend steps to protect migrant workers

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Government officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand have jointly recommended steps to protect the millions of migrant workers in the region from exploitation and abuse. The officials from various ministries made the recommendations at a 24-25 May consultation that also included employers, civil society and international humanitarian organizations, and United Nations agencies - UN Women, International Organization for Migration... More

Experts recommend gender-responsive planning, investment and management for sustainable development outcomes for women

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In the lead-up to the High-Level Political Forum for sustainable development (9 – 18 July), the main UN process for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of experts at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasized that planning, investments and management of infrastructure and basic services must take into account women’s use... More

At this year’s HLPF, let’s not forget that gender equality is central to achieving all the goals

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The transformation to sustainable and resilient societies can only happen when every woman and girl is afforded the same rights and opportunities as men and boys. But, across countries, the reality is one of deeply rooted gender bias, which compromises the principle of equality and human progress through dignity and respect for our planet, which are the bedrock of sustainable development. As UN Women’s recent report “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030... More

Infographic: Why gender equality matters to achieving all 17 SDGs

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

“Turning promises into action” is UN Women’s global report on gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . It makes an urgent call to step up efforts to end discrimination against women and girls everywhere. This infographic puts a spotlight on where the global community stands on gender equality under each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and ends with a call to action on ways to make women and girls count... More

New research examines the impact of an innovative new project on preventing violent extremism through empowering women

Monday, July 9, 2018

The idea is radical yet simple: when women are empowered and are part of decision-making in their communities, societies are more cohesive, more peaceful, and less susceptible to the spread of violent extremism. UN Women’s programme “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities”, funded by the Government of Japan, has been operating in Indonesia and Bangladesh to test this theory of change. And new research says that it’s working. Last week in New York, UN Women launched... More

TAKE FIVE: Beena Pallical

Monday, July 9, 2018

Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia . The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus... More

Cambodian LGBTIQ activists launch online media platform with UN Women’s help

Friday, July 6, 2018

With the support from UN Women, Cambodian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) people and activists have launched an online media platform to promote the rights of their community. The platform, dubbed LOVEISDIVERSITY, aims to engage youths, especially students, in increasing society’s acceptance of LGBTIQ people and the profile of LGBTIQ issues. It was launched on 8 June in a ceremony at Pannasastra University of Cambodia... More

LGBTIQ people continue advocating for their rights in Cambodia

Friday, July 6, 2018

Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people are continuing to urge the Government to make laws and policies to give them equal rights. The effort continued with a public policy dialogue between policymakers and more than 70 LGBTIQ activists, civil society groups and United Nations agencies. The dialogue took place at a hotel in Phnom Penh on 31 May, during Pride Week... More

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