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Sushi rolls, not gender roles

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In December 2018, a one-of-a-kind “Gender Fair” was organized by Independent University Bangladesh faculty and students with the support of UN Women. Students creatively designed stalls with gender-friendly themes, such as “bin a stereotype”. One focused on self-defense for women, while another sold cookies and cupcakes decorated with gender-friendly messages, such as “Sushi rolls, not gender roles”... More

For a violence-free education environment

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Ministry of Education and Training, ChildFund Vietnam and UN Women have introduced the "Connect with Respect” toolkit. The toolkit was adjusted to the context of Viet Nam and will be piloted in secondary schools. The toolkit has been compiled based on scientific research and experience from many programs across various countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with the objective of supporting secondary school teachers to prevent gender-based violence in schools, through interactive activities and lessons... More

In Thailand, high-level visit showcases the impact of empowering women on preventing human trafficking

Monday, January 21, 2019

Standing on the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, in Mae Sot, Thailand, it’s hard not to be struck by the sheer number of people making their way across. Up to 10,000 people cross the bridge daily, with more making their way on boats via the river below. On Sunday, Thai officials affirmed to high-level visitors from the Embassies of Canada and Japan that a second Friendship Bridge will be completed in April this year... More

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

Monday, January 21, 2019

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. The achievement... More

#HearMeToo: United for advocacy and concrete interventions in Viet Nam

Friday, January 18, 2019

In November and December 2018, the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls took cities across Viet Nam by storm—an orange storm demonstrating solidarity, provoking thought and inspiring action. Throughout the activities—which ranged from awareness-raising to advocacy, from online campaigns to youth engagement—solidarity and partnership were identified as the key elements to achieve results and act for an end to gender-based... More

It shouldn’t be always women who tries to break the glass ceiling, we need those men who are holding the ceiling to remove it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

According to United Nations statistics, in 2017, 87,000 women were killed worldwide, equivalent to 10 women dying every hour. “We have not been able to know the real violence situation that women are facing. Being worried about retaliated, fearing not being trusted, fearing being humiliated have been letting millions of victims cover up the truth and living in fear." As the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, pointed in her latest... More

Hundreds of people ‘orange’ Manila during 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hundreds of women’s rights supporters bicycled around Manila’s historic walled area and bathed a government building in orange light as they joined in the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. This year’s campaign, which ran from 25 November to 10 December, centred on the theme Orange the World: #HearMeToo, a call to listen to and amplify the voices of women who have survived violence and seek justice... More

Indonesia discusses infrastructure improvements to make its cities safer for women and girls

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

To shine a spotlight on factors that help create safe public spaces for women and girls in Indonesia, a talk show was held in late November 2018, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Dubbed “Infrastructure for All: Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities for Women and Girls”, the discussion was organized by the Presidential Special Staff Office, the Indonesia Australia Infrastructure Partnership (KIAT)... More

Women’s voices essential to success of global migration compact

Monday, January 7, 2019

Almost half of the world’s migrants are women, yet some countries place bans and restrictions on migration based on gender, marital or maternity status, or require the permission of a male relative. Women may also lack access to the information on migration and recruitment that they need to make empowered decisions and manage the risks. Myanmar migrant workers sew clothes in a factory in Thailand's western province of Mae Sot. Their working day... More

From where I stand: “They forced me to get pregnant”

Thursday, January 3, 2019

[The broker] convinced my aunty that I could get a job in China. I had stopped school and was not doing anything, so I needed a job. She showed me a picture of a phone factory, and a shoe-making factory. But when I arrived in China in May 2017, they forced me to get pregnant. They gave me pills for 10 days to prepare the womb. Then I went for a medical checkup to see if my womb... More

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