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Power for a Sustainable Future: Women and Green Energy

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Green energy development does not automatically benefit all evenly and sustainably. The world today faces a significant energy divide, between rich and poor countries, between urban and rural areas and between men and women. 1.1 billion people world-wide, mainly in rural areas, do not have access to energy, and 2.9 billion people worldwide still use solid biomass, such as wood or waste, for cooking and heating. In developing Asia, 526 million people, or 14 per cent of the population, lack electricity access. Without significant political commitment and investment, energy poverty is said to deteriorate even further over the next 20 years... More

Greater efforts needed to protect disadvantaged women from domestic violence, say experts at workshop co-organized by UN Women

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Law enforcement authorities must strengthen efforts to protect China’s disadvantaged women from domestic violence, including women living with HIV, LBT people and those with disabilities. Gender equality experts and advocates made this recommendation at a 09 August workshop in Beijing that UN Women co-organized with equality NGO (Weiping) and Women’s Network against AIDS-China. About 75 participants from United Nations and governmental agencies, research institutes and civil society organizations attended... More

UN Women Joins with Zhaopin to Promote Equal Employment

Thursday, August 10, 2017

UN Women and Zhaopin Limited, one of China’s leading career platforms, have jointly launched an annual award for companies committed to international standards of empowering female employees. The China Best Employers for Female Employees Award is part of Zhaopin’s China Best Employers Awards. The award, initiated by Zhaopin in 2011, previously was given based on voting by female internet users. With UN... More

How can philanthropy best benefit women in China?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Funders of development projects seek to maximize their impact on society, but how much do women in China actually benefit from these projects? Experts from funding organizations, development projects, United Nations agencies and others tackled this question at an international Gender Equality and Philanthropy Conference in China, organized by UN Women on 21-22 June. As Elizabeth Knup of the Ford Foundation said at the conference: “Whatever we... More

Women Rising: A Diverse Perspective

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

On Monday June 26th, the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN) hosted the 2017 Women in Leadership Forum “Women Rising: A Diverse Perspective”. The full-day event featured a fantastic line-up of speakers who, addressed women’s empowerment in leadership roles across sectors, including politics, business, entrepreneurship, creative... More

A UN Women toolkit for peer education opens young eyes in China and Viet Nam

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

When young people talk to other young people about women’s rights, the experience can be eye-opening for both sides. “I have learned what it means to truly respect each other,” said Zhang Hang, a student at Beijing Royal School who attended a training given by students at Beijing Normal University. “This is the first time I talk openly about gender, sex and life,” said Li Hexin, a student... More

Research from China reveals women more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

Thursday, December 22, 2016

On 12 December 2016, one-year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, UN Women launched the new research report, “Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China” in Beijing. The research fills a crucial literature gap in the country and supports evidence-based discussion on the future of climate change and disaster reduction in China. Ma Leijun, China Gender Fund Programme Officer from... More

Remarks: International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This is the culmination of more than 10 years of advocacy, by Chinese civil society, the Women’s Federation, the UN system, embassies, and other national and international organizations. Domestic violence occurs in all countries and affects all groups of people. Strong laws are needed to prevent domestic violence, to provide assistance to survivors of More

Shining the Olympic Spirit on Gender Equality: “International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational” Advocacy Event

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chinese popular TV star Zhu Yawen and Olympic speed skating champion Wang Meng attended a special sports advocacy event to show their support for gender equality. The advocacy event, which is organized by UN Women, Proya Cosmetic Company, Beijing Roller Derby, and seven other sponsors, is the International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational. The event will attract a large audience of nearly 500 people to the Ditan Olympic Gymnasium in Beijing, China. The aim of this... More

Family Violence Law takes a historical step forward for women’s and children’s protection

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The UN System in China welcomed the entering into force of the Family Violence Law on March 1, marking a significant step in preventing and protecting victims of family violence in the country. Adopted at the 18th Session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on 27 December 2015, the law prohibits family violence, defined as physical, emotional and other behaviors in the form of beating, binding, mutilation and restriction... More

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