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‘We must write our own legend’: UN Women’s leader urges female politicians of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to make their presence felt

06 February 2017

“Keep on fighting,” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has told female Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as they shared stories of breaching barriers and rising to political leadership in societies plagued by civil conflict, poverty and sexism... More

At FIFA football final in Papua New Guinea, thousands of fans say no to violence against women

03 February 2017

The roars of 15,000 fans at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final stopped for a few moments today as UN Women and FIFA encouraged them to reject violence against women and girls. UN Women partnered with FIFA, football’s world governing body, to ask the capacity crowd at the National Football Stadium to think about the harsh reality faced by women and girls in Papua New Guinea and around the world.   Before the... More

Women’s invisible burden: The struggle for dignified and meaningful livelihoods in the informal sector in Lao PDR

01 February 2017

Every morning, Mrs. Khong rises before dawn to prepare the morning meal and tidy her modest home for her family in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. As her husband and young children awake, she already has several hours of work behind her and hurries to the local market to set up her small, road-side stall selling fresh fruit and snacks, in time to catch the morning rush of customers. Mrs. Khong is worried. There have been rumours that the market will be developed and that she will be forced out or won’t be able to pay the increased rent... More

UN Women to launch reports on the progress of women and women market vendors | Media Advisory

30 January 2017

On 1 February, 2017 UN Women in Lao PDR will launch two landmark reports in Vientiane Capital, on the importance of gender equality, women’s empowerment and advocacy for gender-responsive policies. The reports are: (*) Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, and (*) Baseline Study on Situation of Women Market Vendors in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. The launch event will also include a robust discussion panel by expert panellists... More

From where I stand: Graciana Da Silva

30 January 2017

“I was the only woman candidate for the role of village chief in my village Laidohar [in Liquica Municipality near Dili, Timor-Leste]. I was competing against six men. In the next village over, in Suku Asumanu, my friend was competing against 10 men and in neighboring Suku Laurema, it was the same. People hold tightly to traditional culture. They don’t want to see women as leaders outside the home. Meanwhile, many men want to be in a position where they can influence people.... More

UN team to help Cambodian women

25 January 2017

The UN agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment has pledged about USD 5 million to help the government and women in Cambodia. Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met with Janet Wong, the country representative for UN Women, according to ministry spokesman Chum Sounry, who said the ministry is committed to working with the agency to help protect Cambodian women. Mr. Sounry said the UN Women’s office was established in Cambodia in 2010. In 2015, UN Women... More

‘HeForShe has set me free’

25 January 2017

Pop singer Hoang Bach joined UN Women’s HeForShe campaign because he wanted to change other men’s attitudes towards women. Along the way, he found his own attitudes changed. Since becoming HeForShe Champion in Viet Nam in March 2015, the well-known performer has been inspiring young people to respect women.... More

Q&A with Forever Young Crew from Mongolia

24 January 2017

UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific launched the UNiTE Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign by inviting people to submit their own music video about ending violence against women. UN Women spoke with Ms Zolboo Dashmyagmar from the Forever Crew in Mongolia about the inspiration for their song for the UNiTE Song Contest... More

Maid about the house

16 January 2017

In Thailand, as in other countries of the region, employing domestic workers has long been a cultural and social practice as much as an economic one. In the past, such jobs were routinely filled by girls from the provinces and while often overworked and grossly underpaid, they were usually absorbed into the family, which provided them with some kind of security away... More

Domestic help better off as 'not in family'

16 January 2017

Treating domestic workers as if they are "part of the family" may lead to attitudes that are likely to be detrimental to them, a United Nations (UN) Women study has found. In the study released on Tuesday in Bangkok, focusing on migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia, researchers noted that many employers referred to their live-in domestic workers as "helpers" or as "aunties" and likened them to "family members". While these terms... More

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