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Lumbini lighted up to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Friday, January 12, 2018

Lumbini was oranged to mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to challenge violence against women and girls. Mayadevi Temple, the birthplace of Sakyamuni Buddha was lighted up into fully orange. The event jointly organized at Mayadevi by Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), UN Resident Coordinators Office (UNRCO), UN Population Fund (UNPF), UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UN Women was attended by large number of participants including tourists... More

Statement of the LBTQ Caucus at ILGA Asia 2017

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

“Lesbian, bisexual, trans women, trans men, and queer persons (LBTQ) exist in all of human diversity. Our issues and concerns cut across diverse groups and communities, including other marginalized groups such as people with disabilities, refugees, migrant workers, and indigenous peoples. LBTQ persons experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence in multiple spaces based on our assigned, actual, or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity... More

OP-ED: The mixed bag of gaps and progress since December 16, 2012

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Violence against women and girls has become frontpage news across the world. The breaking of silence and the global outrage that the #MeToo movement in the US has triggered globally shows the pervasiveness of the problem, and we hope it will become a tipping point for awareness and accountability. When estimates show that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives.. More

Building peace while empowering women on Indonesia's Java Island

Monday, January 8, 2018

The group of 20 women from this farming community in Klaten, Central Java gathered on a stage and pledged before their neighbors and friends: "We, Indonesian women, are determined to live in love and peace with all elements of society regardless of one's ethnicity, religion, and faith." With this pledge on 01 November, and the signing of a... More

Women Safety Audit Report on Public Transport in Lahore reveals challenges faced by women commuters

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

To reveal and assess the safety concerns of women and girls with regards to the public transport in Lahore, Pakistan's first Women Safety Audit Report was launched on Tuesday. The Women Safety Audit in Public Transport in Lahore was conducted by Aurat Foundation and co-led by the Women's Development Department (WDD) Punjab and UN Women, in collaboration with the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), the Chief Minister's Strategic Reform Unit (SRU), the Punjab... More

Pakistani Men Pledge to Make Their Districts Violence-Free Zones for Women and Girls

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Men and boys from across Pakistan are taking a unified stand to become part of the solution to prevent and end violence against women and girls. In a unique event, thousands of men and boys from around 70 districts across the country poured out into the streets in solidarity with women and girls and called for an end to crimes of violence against women and girls yesterday. Violence against women is a global phenomenon affecting 1 in 3 women... More

ASEAN Launches "ASEAN HeForShe" Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

Friday, December 22, 2017

The key highlights of the campaign launch included proposed actions and hope for the future of women and girls, voiced by the leaders of ASEAN University Student Council Union and a panel discussion with ASEAN senior officials, leader from the private sector and representative from women's organization on their perspective in overcoming challenges to gender equality and how they can bring forward real changes in the region. ASEAN has put in place a multitude of regional initiatives to promote gender equality including, most recently, a Joint Statement of Women, Peace and Security and the ASEAN Declaration... More

"Women and Men" Film Screening Highlights the Challenges of Gender Equality

Thursday, December 21, 2017

To mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism UN Women, Institut Français d'Indonésie (IFI) and the Embassy of France held a film screening of "Des Femmes et Des Hommes"/ "Women and Men" and an ensuing discussion about ending violence against women as well as challenges to achieving gender equality. Held at IFI Jakarta, the event brought together more than 100 participants from representative of EU Member States Embassies, civil society organization, media and public... More

No one is worth more or less than another. We are all equal as humans.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

For as long as she can remember, Cheekii has always known that she is a girl. Back in her village in Chanthaburi Province in eastern Thailand, people discriminate against transgender women. People talked about her and questioned her identity. But Cheekii didn't rise to their provocation. "My grandmother was my only supporter, ever since I was little. My father once tried to hit me because he caught me putting on lipstick. My grandmother... More

Women migrant workers still working under unclear, unfair contracts, study finds, despite availability of best-practice templates

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of women migrant workers are labouring under contracts they don't understand, in languages they cannot read, or that provide inadequate protection of their rights, a study has found. This problem persists despite the available of templates such as the Standards Terms of Employment (STOE) . The findings were discussed at a stakeholder consultation in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 20 and 21 of December... More

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