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TAKE FIVE: Beena Pallical

Monday, July 9, 2018

Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia . The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus... More

Bringing Women to the Forefront: President of Sri Lanka Launches National Campaign for Greater Women's Representation in Local Government

Friday, December 8, 2017

As Sri Lanka heads to Local Government elections in 2018, the President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, committed his support for increased women's political participation at the launch of a national campaign titled, "Women for Change". President Sirisena remarked that, "though women's representation in the government service is at a proper level, it is a critical issue that... More

Women in the changing world of work

Monday, March 27, 2017

Across the world, all women work. They occupy varying roles and spaces, in homes, factories, farms and shops. Many have challenged conventions and ste­reotypes and stormed traditional male bastions, in politics, sport business and technology. However, the world of work continues to be skewed in favour of men. Only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. Women do most of the... More

Statement for 5th Ministerial Consultation of the Colombo Process by Anna-Karin Jatfors, UN Women Deputy Regional Director

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Colombo Process has identified five thematic areas to guide its work: skills and qualification recognition, fostering ethical recruitment, pre-departure orientation and empowerment, remittances, and labour market analysis. They reflect the complex and often unpredictable global trends of labour mobility in the twenty-first century, especially here in Asia. They all speak to ... Your Excellency, Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Foreign Employment of the Government of Sri Lanka, Chair in Office of the Colombo Process, H.E. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration, Distinguished delegates from Colombo Process Member states, Representatives from the Abu Dhabi... More

What Is a Real Man - A 'Mard'?

Monday, January 4, 2016

None of this: Eighteen-inch biceps. A moustache that supposedly proclaims your virility. 'Showing appreciation' by leering at girls on the streets. And stalking and harassing a woman until she 'falls in love' with you or hitting your wife or your partner; none of this defines a 'mard', which is the Hindi word for 'man'. Here's what does define a 'mard', a real man, though. Showing respect. Supporting her choices. Standing up for a woman's right to live free from violence, from the fear of... More

Sri Lanka joins orange campaign against gender-based violence and launches HeForShe

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Ministry of Women and Child Affairs of Sri Lanka, together with UN Women illuminated in orange the iconic Independence Square in Colombo to commemorate the conclusion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign celebrated on December 10th. The event was hosted by Chief Guest, Minister of Women and Child Affairs of Sri Lanka, Chandrani Bandara Jayasinghe, the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), Subinay Nandy, and UN Women Multi Country Office... More

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 1.4 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia Pacific

Monday, December 21, 2015

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality announced the awarding of USD 1.4 million in grants to four innovative programmes in Asia and the Pacific starting in January 2016. These high-impact programmes were designed by women-led civil society organizations, and have been selected to jumpstart the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The new programmes will strengthen women’s right to adequate standard of living, dignity and... More

Girls and young women gain ground in male dominated fields

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

20-year-old Kalaichelvi Kanagalingam could no longer afford her tuition fees in Kilinochichi, the Northern Sri Lanka, and received valuable training with the help of a UN Women Fund for Gender Equality-supported programme... More

UN Women rolls out a three-year project to improve working conditions of women migrant domestic workers in South Asia

Friday, September 25, 2015

UN Women rolled out its project on ‘Empowerment of Women Migrant Domestic Workers in South Asia through implementation of Standard Terms of Employment’. UN Women works with partners to create improved conditions of work, fair and decent employment for marginalized groups of women migrant workers, workers in the informal sector, and home-based worker across Asia. The project targets to open discussions with... More

I attended CSW because...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women... More

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