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Women in the changing world of work

15 March 2017

In 2016, Kumari, 41, went from an unpaid agriculture and house-worker in Vedireswaram village of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, to a paid domestic worker in Qatar. She left behind her ailing husband, young children, and a run-down house. An unregistered recruitment agent helped her migrate, albeit on a visit visa. In the absence of a verified contract, Kumari found herself unable to negotiate her monthly wage or living conditions. Her illegal travel documents discouraged her from... More

Closer to myself | My poem on International Women's Day

10 March 2017

All the gold that adorned my neck, arms and waist, now firms up my spine, As if in the battlefield, I stand strong and erect like a warrior so fine. अपने मंगल सूत्र कंगन टीके और तागड़ी के सारे सोने को तोड़मरोड़ कर अपनी रीढ़ को सजा लिया है और वह फौलाद सी मज़बूत दुनिया का सामना करने में एक योद्धा की तरह तनी खड़ी है... More

UN Women showcases ‘women at work’ theme in Delhi Metro

08 March 2017

Today, on International Women’s Day, UN Women launched a one-month campaign branding four trains of the Delhi Metro with messaging on women’s economic empowerment. Two trains each on the Blue Line and Yellow Line will showcase ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’, drawing attention to the need for equal pay for work of equal value, recognizing and sharing unpaid care work, as well as making... 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

Launch of the 16 Days campaign in Bengaluru

05 January 2017

UN Women MCO in collaboration with the Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and the Old Cottonians' Association, launched the 16 Days campaign in Bengaluru on 19 November, building on an unprecedented response to a HeForShe campaign organised by the school two days prior to the event. This was the first time an all boys’ school in India took up the cause of gender equality and advocated for women's rights on such a large scale. Nearly 3000 students, parents, teachers,... More

Training for Rapid Action Force Officers (RAF) on conflict related sexual and gender based violence, protection of civilians and child protection with an aim to encourage higher deployment of women in peacekeeping missions

05 January 2017

Every year UN Women, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) collaborate to conduct training for approximately 30 RAF officers including men and women on critical peacekeeping issues. The training equips the police officers with an understanding of the mission mandate, legal frameworks, international humanitarian law and human rights, protection of civilians, sexual and gender based violence, conflict related sexual violence and sexual exploitation and... More

New UN Women report finds progress but also big challenges on gender responsive budgeting in Asia

09 December 2016

Targeted fiscal policies have improved the quality and quantity of budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality in Asia and the Pacific but significant challenges remain, says a new UN Women report launched today. Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Status Report is the first comprehensive review of these policies in the region. It is based on a detailed review of 26 countries and assesses almost two decades of such initiatives by government,... More

“Ending violence against women requires that key institutions work together”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in India

09 December 2016

The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and McKinsey are among the institutions that have produced studies showing how violence against women has a significant impact on economic activity. Violence against women is unacceptable, because it is a violation of the rights of women and girls. It is a universal challenge that all countries are grappling with... More

Q&A with Abigail Pamei, featured artist for the 2016 UNiTE Song Contest

08 December 2016

UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific recently launched the UNiTE 2016 Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End violence against women Campaign by inviting people’s own music video for the UNiTE Campaign Song 2016. As a starting point, Ms Abigail Pamei, an independent singer from India and Director Social Responsibility of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur... More

Spotlighting urgent need to end violence against women and girls, business leaders pledge commitment and investment

08 December 2016

Unveiling a new partnership, UN Women and the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMC) today organised a high-level event to underline the critical link between women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women, and the need for urgent and adequate investment in the twin themes. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on a visit to India was the Chief Guest at the conference titled ‘WeUNiTE: Investing in Planet 50-50’. Private... More

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