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UN Women is supporting Rohingya refugee women impacted by Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh

02 June 2017

UN Women in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is helping provide emergency shelters and other supports to ensure the safety and protection of thousands of women in the two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district in southeast Bangladesh that was struck by Cyclone Mora in the morning of 30 May 2017 this week. At least 27 of the refugees were injured by the storm... More

Auki Market Vendors Equipped with Food safety and Hygiene Techniques

29 May 2017

"The training was an eye-opener for me,” said Alice O’ote’e, one of the 32 market vendors from Auki Central Market in Malaita Province who successfully completed a three day Food Safety and Hygiene training. “So many times we ignore small things that can be done for food handling to be safe and hygiene for our families, business and the general public. I've learned from the training and my aim is to put into practice what... More

Portraits of Women Migrant Workers Bring Awareness to Cambodian Youths

25 May 2017

The photo exhibition on Safe Labour Migration for Women on 5 May 2017 at The Mansion. Photo: UN Women/Sreynich Leng “I now understand more about migration since I joined this photo contest. Before, I only knew that migrants sent home remittances. I had never thought deeply about their safety and the challenges they face,” said Sorn Sokkheang, who won second place in the Youth Photo Contest on Safe Labour Migration for Women organised by UN Women Cambodia. The purpose of... More

Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits MT Everest for gender equality in sports and empowerment of women migrant workers

24 May 2017

"My win is a win for all women and girls. And my mission is to contribute to a discrimination-free Nepal where all girls and women have freedom and an enabling environment to realize their full human potential," Kanchhi Maya radioed from Mount Everest Base camp. Shortly before she summited Everest, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka announced in a tweet message," Thank you, Kanchhi Maya, for taking UN Women on your quest to Mt. Everest! You're an inspiration to Nepal and the... More

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

23 May 2017

Le Thuy district, located along Kien Giang river, is among the high-risk flood zones in Quang Binh province, central Viet Nam. People here are used to gauging the weather patterns from observing the water level. After two years without flooding, in October last year, Le Thuy’s luck turned for the worse—three consecutive floods came within a month. "Most of the villagers were sleeping when the flood was rushing in,” recalls Huong Duong, a small shopkeeper living near Kien... More

Services for Survivors of Gender-based Violence Set to Further Improve

22 May 2017

Women and children in Fiji confronted by violence will soon have improved access to timely and relevant services with the drafting of a new interagency National Service Delivery Protocol for Responding to Cases of Gender Based Violence. The planned improvements are being led by the Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Taskforce, the Fiji Government’s formal body to address issues of violence faced by women and children, in collaboration with health, police, counselling... More

The United Nations and the Blue Diamond Society in Nepal, jointly celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and the International Family Equality Day

22 May 2017

Focusing on the role of families for the well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people, and countering the reclaiming of 'family values' by conservatives, the United Nations in Nepal, in collaboration with the Blue Diamond Society, observed the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and the International Family Equality Day, by raising the Rainbow... More

Better TokTok for Luganville market vendors

22 May 2017

Vendors are welcoming the new Public Announcement (PA) system at Luganville market in Santo to keep them better informed about important market issues. The new PA system responds to feedback from market vendors identifying information needs, developing and accessing effective communication tools by which local authorities can communicate, as critical to market operations and very important to vendors in the Luganville market in Santo. “Market is the best place for me to receive... More

OP-ED: Equal Rights Begin at Home

19 May 2017

This week people all over the world are marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). This is the day when the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) persons are highlighted and diversity is celebrated. Here in Cambodia, IDAHOT is at the centre of a week of celebration and awareness-raising for LGBTIQ Pride 2017 under the theme I Am What I Am. Globally, “Families” are the focus for IDAHOT 2017. The family is... More

Call for women’s representation and leadership in local governance

16 May 2017

"I am contesting the upcoming election with my headscarf on, duly following the advice of my mother-in-law. But I have offered my full support to my daughter-in-law to contest the polls without the scarf" says Kausilya Tharu, 45, who came all the way from Bara district in western Nepal to participate in the national conference. She is one of the 39 women participants contesting local polls in the second phase of the local elections scheduled for June 14. With the promulgation of a new... More

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