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Global Report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLPWEE) and its implications to Nepal

23 February 2017

Gender equality is a matter of human rights. Yet it remains the greatest human rights challenge of our time. Women’s economic empowerment can generate huge gains for human development, economic growth and business. Yet the pace of improvement in expanding women’s economic empowerment and closing gender gaps has been far too slow... More

Fijian community organizations leading response

22 February 2017

When Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji a year ago this month, UN Women and other international organizations helped people recover. But it was local organizations that led the way in reaching many of the storm’s less visible victims – the elderly, people with disabilities, and those suffering psychological trauma. The cyclone damaged entire villages and communities, killed 44 people and left 40,000 people in need of immediate assistance, according to... More

First report by UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment outlines drivers to advance gender equality

22 February 2017

The first report of the United Nations High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment draws attention to challenges faced by the most marginalized women and proposes solutions to address them based on global good practice and consultations. The report, which was presented to the UN Secretary-General in September 2016, was released in New Delhi today by Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry; Renana Jhabvala, founder of the... More

Q&A with Sisters in Danger

21 February 2017

UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific launched the UNiTE Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign by inviting people to submit their own music video about ending violence against women. UN Women spoke with Sisters in... More

In Fiji’s markets, hopes are growing a year after a devastating cyclone

17 February 2017

A year on, Varanisese Maisamoa is still frightened whenever the wind rises. “When I feel the wind blow very strong, I get scared, and I have to remind myself that it’s just the wind,” she said. “But cyclones will come and go, and people learn how to survive. And that’s what we did - that’s how we learn to be resilient." Ms. Maisamoa was among the tens of thousands of Fijians who had to rebuild their... More

UN Women Executive Director urges Port Moresby residents to ‘stand together’ for women’s safety

14 February 2017

The women-only bus arrives at Gerehu Market and the crowd cheers. Dressed in native costumes, the Mt. Hagen Mothers dancers from the market vendors association burst into song and dance. Determined not be outshined, the Motu Dance Group, from the traditional landowners of Port Moresby, launched into their performance as well. Market vendors, shoppers, police officers, and youths from Kop Kop College, which shares the fence with... More

UN Women and Morango Films to roll-out Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’

14 February 2017

Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’ (IBFF) programme - an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) - will commence its four-day filmmaking course in Islamabad from 16-19 February 2017. The IBFF in its first round, early this year received 200 applications following which 60 aspiring filmmakers aged 18 and older were selected from across Pakistan... More

Domestic worker rights video gets a staggering 15 million views in just one week

14 February 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM - UN Migration Agency) and the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) video Open Doors: Singapore has become an overnight sensation in Asia. The video, aimed at preventing the exploitation of domestic workers, was viewed more than 15 million times over the past week. Produced by IOM and USAID's innovative counter-trafficking campaign, IOM X, and in partnership with ASEAN and UN Women, Open Doors: Singapore tells the... More

Setting the stage to break the cycle of violence: theatre as an advocacy tool for youth in Solomon Islands

07 February 2017

“Dealing with youths, especially students, is very difficult, because when you talk about the issues of violence, domestic violence and sexual abuse, it’s funny to them. They giggle and laugh. But when the drama group actually dramatizes the scene, the mood. Hendrick Barai of Family Support Centre, with UN Women’s toolkit on designing projects... More

In a gender equal world, girls must have choices for their future

06 February 2017

The existence of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concentrates some of the most intractable problems we face in trying to change the future for the world’s girls. The cutting and sewing of a young child’s private parts so that she is substantially damaged for the rest of her life, has no sensation during sex except probably pain, and may well face further damage when she gives birth, is to many an obvious and horrifying violation of that child’s rights. It is a... More

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