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Women’s role vital in countering violent extremism

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in terrorist activities around the world, including in South and South-East Asia. The 2016 Global Terrorism Index ranks South Asia as the second most affected region in the world. Women and girls are impacted by rising extremism differently than men and boys. They are often the first victims of violent attacks, their rights and mobility, as well as economic capacities are compromised even more than their male counterparts. But they also play a vital role... More

UN Women urges action to facilitate progress on women’s entrepreneurship at APEC 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Today, in a keynote speech delivered to the “Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business” part of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri urged for action to facilitate progress on women’s entrepreneurship in the region, and globally. The Forum is an activity of the Policy Partnership on Women and the... More

“Enabling empowered women to work equally in all the productive sectors” —Lakshmi Puri

Friday, September 29, 2017

Keynote speech by United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at 2017 APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business — I thank our host, the Minister Dao Ngoc Dzung and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) who have convened this APEC Forum dedicated to... More

In the words of Shobhna Verma: “Once I came into the market, there was no turning back”

Thursday, September 28, 2017

For the past 35 years Shobhna Verma has made her living selling produce at Suva Market in Fiji’s capital. While her three children are now grown and having their own families, she continues to take on new responsibilities, the latest of which is as a Justice of the Peace. Shobhna is the Legal Adviser with the Suva Market Vendor Association and has attended a series of trainings on financial literacy... More

Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri urges investment in women’s entrepreneurship at the She Means Business Forum in Viet Nam

Thursday, September 28, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri starts today a visit to Viet Nam to participate in the “Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business”, which is part of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, in Hue. The conference is convening 500 delegates from 21 APEC member economies, looking to enhance women’s integration and economic empowerment in a changing world of work. The Forum will focus on promoting... More

Comedy and Comics – Creative Approaches Break New Ground in the Battle Against Violent Extremism

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Innovative approaches such as an animated TV show with a female superhero who promotes messages of peace are needed to stem the growing threat of violent extremism in the Asia-Pacific, an important regional forum has concluded. Participants at the forum, “Comedy and Comics: Fighting terrorism one laugh at a time,” shared experiences on using new forms of media to creatively engage audiences with messages of peace and tolerance. UN Women Asia and the... More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri attends APEC 2017 in Viet Nam

Monday, September 25, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri is visiting Hue City, Viet Nam to attend the Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy – Women Entrepreneurs Forum in the framework of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2017). On Thursday, September 28, UN Women Deputy Executive Director will deliver a keynote address at the event. The Forum emphasizes the importance of the effort on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work to achieve sustainable,... More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women awarded grants worth over USD 13 million to 36 organizations responded to the cycle 20th Call for Proposals

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is a multilateral grant-making mechanism working to fulfil the right of every woman and girl to live a life free of violence. Administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund supports multi-year innovative and practical approaches that contribute to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms and in all contexts. Thirty-six new grants were awarded in the cycle 20th UN Trust Fund’s grant-making. These will... More

Comedy and Comics: Fighting terrorism one laugh at a time

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) and UN Women, with support from the Government of Japan, are showcasing innovative approaches to preventing violent extremism such as using comedy to fight terrorism and extremist threats. As a part of the landmark forum co-convened by CTED and UN Women, the event will bring together participants from both South Asia and Southeast Asia in an informal setting to encourage cross-regional... More

Changing Social Norms to Prevent Violence

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Taking bold action for the prevention of violence against women and girls has dominated a high-level panel discussion at one of the Pacific’s most influential forums. In the margins of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, held in Samoa from 4-8 September 2017, the European Union (EU)-Pacific Gender Conference panel was co-chaired by a European Union representative and Samoa’s Prime Minister and Minister... More

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