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India: Training of trainers seeks to ensure safe migration for women domestic workers

11 May 2017

“If only I could speak English and was trained in basic housekeeping skills, I would have had the freedom to negotiate better pay for my skills and services with my employer abroad”. Lakshmi, from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, echoes the sentiment of thousands of women domestic workers migrating to the Gulf countries each year. She first travelled to the region nearly 15 years ago, working as a domestic help in households in Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain. She visits her home in... More

UN Women Executive Board commends development partners in India for initiatives, cooperation on achieving national priorities, SDGs

28 April 2017

The Bureau of UN Women’s Executive Board concluded a three-day mission to India, where they gained first-hand understanding of UN Women’s work in the country through meetings and interactions with representatives from the government, development partners and media. Photo: UN Women The members included H.E. Mrs. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and... More

UN Women, Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

20 April 2017

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India and the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a project to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation... More

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

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