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UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women awarded grants worth over USD 13 million to 36 organizations responded to the cycle 20th Call for Proposals

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is a multilateral grant-making mechanism working to fulfil the right of every woman and girl to live a life free of violence. Administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund supports multi-year innovative and practical approaches that contribute to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms and in all contexts. Thirty-six new grants were awarded in the cycle 20th UN Trust Fund’s grant-making. These will... More

Comedy and Comics: Fighting terrorism one laugh at a time

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) and UN Women, with support from the Government of Japan, are showcasing innovative approaches to preventing violent extremism such as using comedy to fight terrorism and extremist threats. As a part of the landmark forum co-convened by CTED and UN Women, the event will bring together participants from both South Asia and Southeast Asia in an informal setting to encourage cross-regional... More

Changing Social Norms to Prevent Violence

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Taking bold action for the prevention of violence against women and girls has dominated a high-level panel discussion at one of the Pacific’s most influential forums. In the margins of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, held in Samoa from 4-8 September 2017, the European Union (EU)-Pacific Gender Conference panel was co-chaired by a European Union representative and Samoa’s Prime Minister and Minister... More

Ensuring Women’s Participation in Humanitarian Action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“Samoa can be a leading example for other Red Cross Societies in the Pacific region, with humanitarian assistance that recognizes the different needs of women, children and people with disabilities and involves them actively in the process,” Samoa Red Cross Society (SRCS) Secretary General Namulauulu Tautala Mauala said. SRCS is the largest humanitarian organisation in Samoa with more than 2,200 volunteers supporting local communities. SRCS is one of four Pacific organisations that UN Women is supporting through the Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) - formerly the Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) on Women... More

Expert’s take: When building climate resilience, women’s needs cannot be an afterthought

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In May 2015, UN Women had organized an event in Dhaka on gender and climate change, during the high-level regional consultations on disaster risk reduction and climate resilience. A national expert was presenting the progress that Bangladesh had made in adapting to climate change. Listening with great attention was Mahera, who lives in the Khulna district of the remote Sundarban area, home to one of the largest mangrove forests in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She was there to... More

From where I stand: “I have seen the impact women’s voices can have”

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Syar S. Alia is a young woman advocate for gender equality from Malaysia. Her journey as an advocate began with the first Young Women Making Change workshop for cis and trans women in Malaysia, supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. For me, being a young woman living in Malaysia means maintaining an anger about the daily discrimination and harm [that women face], without burning out. Every day, there is... More

UN agencies join hands to expand services for survivors of gender-based violence in Pakistan

Monday, September 4, 2017

Women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence will have greater access to essential and quality multi-sectoral services thanks to a new program jointly implemented by four United Nations agencies including UN Women. Contracts to roll out the United Nations Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence were signed by the representatives... More

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. The five-member bench delivering the historic judgement comprised of judges from different major faiths in India—Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism... More

UN Women baseline study identifies gaps in services, justice delivery to women

Friday, August 25, 2017

Women’s access to justice, services, and safe spaces requires long-term advocacy, evidence-based provincial strategies on zero tolerance for Violence Against Women (VAW), strengthened service delivery mechanisms, and capacity building of law enforcement agencies. These recommendations were released on August 24th, by the UN Women as part of a baseline study and the initial phase of a project More

UN Women and the Australian Government step up efforts to prevent violence against women in Asia and the Pacific

Thursday, August 24, 2017

UN Women and the Women’s Union in Danang today launched a new four-year project to strengthen research, strategies and national policies to stem the pervasive violence against women in Asia and the Pacific. UN Women is partnering with local groups across the region, including the Women’s Union in Da Nang, Viet Nam, on a new project entitled “Stepping up Solutions to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific (2017-2020),” generously funded by... More

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