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The UK and UN launch Aawaz II — programme to empower and protect Pakistan’s youth, women and children

Thursday, May 24, 2018

United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will provide £ 17.25 million to the United Nations (UN) in Pakistan to implement a five-year (2018-22) programme, AAWAZ II, which will Empower and Protect Pakistan’s Youth, Women, Girls and Boys who are too often exploited and too often left behind. An agreement to this effect was signed today between Ms. Joanna Reid, Head of DFID... More

Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy announced, features UN Women prominently

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Apolitical inaugural list of 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy in 2018, which was announced today, includes five gender equality experts from UN Women. Along with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammad, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér feature among the top 20 influencers, alongside trailblazers and global champions of women’s rights, such as Justin Trudeau, Malala Yousafzai, and Melinda Gates. ... More

In the words of Deeba Ayubi: “I am fighting a good fight and it's worth the sacrifice.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Deeba Ayubi, 27, is a women’s rights activist and defense lawyer with UN Women’s partner organization, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), which protects and supports survivors of violence. Ayubi is passionate about helping women and girls achieve a life free from all forms of violence, and dreams of becoming a judge. Even as a kid, I wanted to become a judge. My father would call me ‘Judge Deeba’. Before his death... More

Photo Essay: "I want to live in peace"

Monday, May 21, 2018

Senu Ara arrived in Cox’s Bazar the same way as many other Rohingya refugees: On foot. After a week of walking barefoot, Senu and her three sisters reached Bangladesh, tired, hungry and thirsty, having left their home in fear of the escalating violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. “I saw the military in Myanmar burn down a lot of houses, and kidnapping and killing others. We fled to... More

New programme to boost the rights of women migrant workers in Asia and the Pacific

Monday, May 21, 2018

Huong Nguyen vividly recalled her narrow escape in Taiwan a few years back, when a stranger entered the house where she was employed as a domestic worker and assaulted her. “When he tried to rape me, I grabbed a pencil to fight him off and ran away,” said the 44-year-old, now back in her native Vietnam. The incident was traumatic enough, but other women migrant workers fare far worse. They experience high levels of abuse and exploitation directly linked to their vulnerable status and conditions of employment.. More

P&G announces a new initiative for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Pakistan

Monday, May 14, 2018

Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced the launch of its latest Gender Equality initiative under the P&G #WeSeeEqual program at a formal ceremony held in Karachi, reinforcing its commitment to contribute towards the economic empowerment of women in the country. Through its social cause programs, P&G has partnered with Health Oriented Preventive... More

Appeal for clemency for Noura Hussein

Monday, May 14, 2018

Appeal for clemency for Noura Hussein UN Women, UNFPA and the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa join the people of Sudan who are appealing for clemency in the case of 19-year old Noura Hussein of Sudan, who has been sentenced to death for killing her husband. Reports indicate that she was forced against her will into marriage at the age of 16. She was raped by her husband while his three male relatives held her down. Speaking as the voices of women and girls of the world, we plead... More

From Where I stand… “I grow stronger every day”

Monday, May 14, 2018

One survivor of domestic violence in Afghanistan tells how she was able to heal, regain her independence, and help other survivors. Razia Shafaq (not her real name) has come a long way since she arrived at the Women’s Protection Centre in Afghanistan covered in bruises and burns suffered at the hands of her husband and his family. Since then, she has been able to learn a trade, finish her schooling, and has started mentoring other survivors. She tells her story... ... More

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa launches transport service for women in selected cities of KPK Province as funded by the Government of Japan and implementing partners UNOPS Country Office in Pakistan and UN Women

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Transport and Mass Transit Department has launched the ‘Sakura Women Bus Service’ with financial assistance from the Government of Japan along with technical implementing partnership with UNOPS and UN Women. With the aim of providing a public transport service safe to women and girls, a total of 14 buses have been procured. 7 buses will be allocated to each of the two districts of Mardan and Abbottabad. Although the... More

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in... More

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