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Art and advocacy: Young women speak up for political participation in the Philippines

Monday, January 28, 2019

Art workshops, solidarity messages and video recordings are just some of the creative ways in which young women in the Philippines have come together to inspire themselves and their peers to build their political participation and stand up and have their voices heard. With the support of UN Women, young women from diverse backgrounds across the country took part in a series of forums starting in September 2018 to build their political advocacy through discussions sessions, interactive quizzes... More

ASEAN launches gender-sensitive guidelines for handling women victims of trafficking

Friday, January 25, 2019

Imagine you’re a police officer who has just busted a human trafficking ring. There are a dozen female victims lying on a dingy floor, crying and afraid of what comes next. What can you tell them? Knowing how to interact with a victim of human trafficking is a delicate matter that can be daunting even for experienced frontline workers. There are certain sensitivities that law enforcement... More

Sushi rolls, not gender roles

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In December 2018, a one-of-a-kind “Gender Fair” was organized by Independent University Bangladesh faculty and students with the support of UN Women. Students creatively designed stalls with gender-friendly themes, such as “bin a stereotype”. One focused on self-defense for women, while another sold cookies and cupcakes decorated with gender-friendly messages, such as “Sushi rolls, not gender roles”... More

For a violence-free education environment

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Ministry of Education and Training, ChildFund Vietnam and UN Women have introduced the "Connect with Respect” toolkit. The toolkit was adjusted to the context of Viet Nam and will be piloted in secondary schools. The toolkit has been compiled based on scientific research and experience from many programs across various countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with the objective of supporting secondary school teachers to prevent gender-based violence in schools, through interactive activities and lessons... More

In Thailand, high-level visit showcases the impact of empowering women on preventing human trafficking

Monday, January 21, 2019

Standing on the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, in Mae Sot, Thailand, it’s hard not to be struck by the sheer number of people making their way across. Up to 10,000 people cross the bridge daily, with more making their way on boats via the river below. On Sunday, Thai officials affirmed to high-level visitors from the Embassies of Canada and Japan that a second Friendship Bridge will be completed in April this year... More

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

Monday, January 21, 2019

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. The achievement... More

#HearMeToo: United for advocacy and concrete interventions in Viet Nam

Friday, January 18, 2019

In November and December 2018, the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls took cities across Viet Nam by storm—an orange storm demonstrating solidarity, provoking thought and inspiring action. Throughout the activities—which ranged from awareness-raising to advocacy, from online campaigns to youth engagement—solidarity and partnership were identified as the key elements to achieve results and act for an end to gender-based... More

Hundreds of people ‘orange’ Manila during 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hundreds of women’s rights supporters bicycled around Manila’s historic walled area and bathed a government building in orange light as they joined in the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. This year’s campaign, which ran from 25 November to 10 December, centred on the theme Orange the World: #HearMeToo, a call to listen to and amplify the voices of women who have survived violence and seek justice... More

Indonesia discusses infrastructure improvements to make its cities safer for women and girls

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

To shine a spotlight on factors that help create safe public spaces for women and girls in Indonesia, a talk show was held in late November 2018, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Dubbed “Infrastructure for All: Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities for Women and Girls”, the discussion was organized by the Presidential Special Staff Office, the Indonesia Australia Infrastructure Partnership (KIAT)... More

Women’s voices essential to success of global migration compact

Monday, January 7, 2019

Almost half of the world’s migrants are women, yet some countries place bans and restrictions on migration based on gender, marital or maternity status, or require the permission of a male relative. Women may also lack access to the information on migration and recruitment that they need to make empowered decisions and manage the risks. Myanmar migrant workers sew clothes in a factory in Thailand's western province of Mae Sot. Their working day... More

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