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EU, ILO and UN Women join forces to realize women migrant workers' rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region

Friday, November 17, 2017

Today, EU, ILO and UN Women are launching a new programme "Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers' rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region", as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The programme's main objective is to achieve safe and fair labour migration for all women in the ASEAN region by addressing women migrant workers' vulnerabilities, enhancing their access to essential services and strengthening rights-based and gender-responsive... More

Together We Can: Building Strategic Alliances with Private sector

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and UN Women have signed a partnership to contribute towards the economic empowerment of women in Pakistan. The initiative includes strengthening women entrepreneurship and supporting gender-responsive procurement in the country. The partnership was announced after a meeting between Mr. Jamshed M. Kazi, Country Representative for UN Women Pakistan and Mr.... More

Record Number of Women’s Teams Shift Gender Inequality to the Sideline

Friday, November 10, 2017

As the record number of eight women’s teams take to the field for the Oceania Sevens, they are playing to win, and to shift gender inequality to the sideline. “We are currently rated in the top four in the world standings,” said Fijianas Rugby 7s captain Ana Roqica. “Ever since I started playing rugby, the crowd used to tell us that it’s a ‘men’s sport’… now they really... More

An Equal Playing Field for Women and Men a Priority for Oceania 7s

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

“We’re getting impressive results from the investments by Oceania Rugby and World Rugby to grow women’s rugby in the region,” said Oceania Rugby President Richard Sapias. “This is reflected in the increased number of women’s teams participating in the Oceania Sevens, and in recent changes to our strategic planning and partnerships such as with UN Women as we work together towards equality on the field,” said Mr Sapias. To encourage more equal participation of women and girls... More

Samoa’s Nofotane women assert their rights and independence

Friday, November 3, 2017

In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender... More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women launches its 2017 Call for Proposals

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 21st grant cycle (2017) from women-led and women’s rights organizations, humanitarian organizations, organizations of women with disabilities, organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOS), civil society organizations working with women and girls with disabilities and regional/international civil society organizations and networks (women-led, women’s rights and humanitarian... More

Women’s Protection in the Criminal Justice System Requires Stronger Multi-Sectoral, Quality Services that Respond to Women’s Needs

Thursday, November 2, 2017

To strengthen the criminal justice sector response to sexual violence, it is essential to establish quality essential justice services for victims that prioritize their safety, protection and support, today’s workshop by UN Women and partners concluded. To improve the quality of and access to essential services for victims of gender-based violence, it is necessary to enhance understanding of the essential services for women and girls subject to violence- what... More

India's Smart Cities Mission

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015. The objective of the mission is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and a decent quality of life to their citizens; a clean and sustainable environment; and the application of “smart” solutions. Women constitute a little less than half of the urban population in India. It is crucial that the design of upcoming smart cities is gender... More

Women Market Vendors Share Empowering Stories

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Women leaders of market vendor associations (MVA) from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are today sharing their stories of hardship and success at the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women in Suva. Women leaders of Market Vendor Associations in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu share their stories at the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women. (left to right: Lako Ogotia, Maureen Sariki, Melody Leo,... More

Diverse and Local Humanitarians Essential for Disaster Preparedness and Response

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“Humanitarian preparedness and response must include the voices and action of all in society, to ensure that humanitarian assistance is just, inclusive, safe and dignified,” said Noelene Nabulivou, political advisor of Diverse Voices for Action and Equality (DIVA for Equality). Sharing circle facilitated by DIVA for Equality and UN Women at the Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting in Suva. Photo: UN Women/Caitlin Clifford A sharing circle facilitated... More

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