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Government of Sweden pledges USD 9.6 million to enhance women’s access to justice in Asia Pacific

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Government of Sweden has committed USD 9.6 million to UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to carry out a five-year project aimed at enhancing access to justice for women in Asia and the Pacific. The project “Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific: Bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment” will be jointly carried out jointly with Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human... More

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and a violation of human rights. We must all ensure zero tolerance to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. This is particularly true for the United Nations which has a duty to ensure full accountability for sexual harassment. Violence against women and girls in Pacific Island countries is among the highest in the world. Evidence shows that two in every three Pacific women are impacted by gender based violence - that’s twice... More

As 2018 China Women Leadership Forum held to celebrate International Women’s Day, survey finds wage gap has decreased but still significant

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"Her World·Her Strength," the 2018 China Women Leadership Forum, was held on Wednesday, March 6th in Beijing. The forum was jointly organized by UN Women, Zhilian Zhaopin, and CCTV's Survey on Chinese Lifestyle and Economy. With the theme 'More Than This' this event was aimed at encouraging working women to overcome traditional gender norms, challenge prejudices and stereotypes, and call on all circles of society... More

From where I stand: “I am worried about the monsoon… will our small shelter keep standing?”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Minara Begum is among the thousands of Rohingya women who fled the violence unleashed by the Myanmar army in her village, Buchidong, Myanmar. Having learned new skills in a UN Women-supported Multi-Purpose Women’s Centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she is speaking out, meeting decision-makers in the camp and helping other Rohingya women. Minara Begum. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce In Myanmar, we had a big wooden house. We had cows, goats, chicken and lots of... More

UN Women urging Manila’s youths to ‘break the silence’ on sexual harassment

Friday, April 27, 2018

In Philippines’ machismo culture, sexual harassment often makes a routine bus ride across town a fearful and distressing experience for women and girls. UN Women’s Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme is trying ease that journey by stepping up efforts to encourage youths to speak up and take action to reclaim public spaces. The Safe Cities team has been meeting with university and school administrators and with student councils and organizations about... More

Real change coming for Gizo Market

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Celebrations are underway today at the official ground-breaking ceremony for a new Gizo Market facility. Following a request from the Western Provincial Government, Australia has committed approximately AUD 3 million to redevelop the existing Gizo town market facility. The new market will be designed and built by Reeves International and will improve the market’s... More

International Girls in ICT Day, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The ICT sector presents tremendous opportunities for women. It’s slated to become a very big chunk of the job market, with an estimated 90 per cent of jobs soon requiring ICT skills. But for women to seize these opportunities equally as men, we have to tackle the gender stereotypes and biases that prevent them from pursuing or making it big in STEM-related fields. The trends are not promising, according to a recent ITU report: the percentage of women in computing jobs has been declining... More

Events and activities around Asia-Pacific to celebrate the International Women's Day 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are Throughout Asia-Pacific, UN Women and partners organized series of events to celebrate an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice, recognizing the tireless work of activists who have... More

Expert’s take: Curbing the tide of violent extremism needs women’s voices and inclusion

Monday, April 23, 2018

Many of the women of Marawi had seen this coming. They told us they had seen the escalation in ambushes and violence well before the siege, and also a surge in religious and conservative practices, such as the closure of entertainment venues and women and girls being forced to dress conservatively. When the fighting broke out, these women and their families fled the city, as their homes and livelihoods were destroyed. When I met her at an evacuation centre on the outskirts of Marawi nine months after the battle, she had little hope of seeing her home and business again. Marawi is the first city in the Philippines to have been completely destroyed... More

“I needed to learn to lead myself before I could lead others” — an Afghan women’s rights leader talks about UN Women’s leadership training

Monday, April 23, 2018

Shukuria Hashimi has been with the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) for 17 years, where she was appointed planning and policy manager in 2013, and recently started mentoring women graduate recruits. She is also the founder of the country’s Association of Women in Public Service. Hashimi shared her thoughts about a training course by UN Women she attended, on Transformational Leadership and Management for Women in the Afghan Civil Service... More

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