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Training on Federalism and Women's Rights Given to 40 Future Leaders

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Forty potential future leaders from across Myanmar have received training on the proposed federal system of government and how it can open opportunities to boost the status and participation of women in the country's affairs. The Myanmar Federalism Leadership Programme, held here during 16-26 November, was jointly organized by Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany), UN Women, Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (Myanmar), and Canterbury Christ Church University... More

Orange the World, Leave No One Behind

Thursday, December 7, 2017

This year, UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the theme of “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”. A host of public events—from marches, exhibits and concerts to sporting events—are being organized under the banner of the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030, using the signature colour orange. As... More

Improving the nation's SAFENET to prevent violence against women and girls

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More than 20 people from government and non-government organisations gathered during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence for a workshop to further improve services for women and girl survivors. Members of the SAFENET network and Essential Service Package (ESP) for Women and Girls Subject to Violence partnership, attended a workshop held at the Central Bank in Honiara on 5 December - almost three months since the official... More

Leave No One Behind - Fun Run Embracing Inclusive Approach to Ending Violence

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Samoa's Annual Fun Run to End Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAW) on 25 November will focus on a commitment to 'leave no one behind' in efforts to eliminate violence. Samoa's Ministry of Women, Community and Social, Development, UN Women, the Australian Government, and Samoa's Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) are partnering for the event, which will be followed by sports and craft activities at Lalomanu Primary School. The... More

Civil Society Meets for Workshop on the Shrinking Space for the Feminist Movement

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Civil society organisations globally are uniting in the Pacific on Tuesday 5 December to discuss the critical need to raise women's voices and protect the shrinking space for the global feminist movement during 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The International Civil Society Week (ICSW) global conference is being held from 4-8 December in Suva, Fiji, and includes a workshop called 'Shrinking Space for the Feminist Movement' to share... More

Partnerships critical in Pacific Approaches of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today's talanoa on the Pacific approaches to what works to end violence against women and girls highlighted the critical need for all Pacific communities to work together, with a focus on prevention. Currently, the Pacific region has double the global average of women-two out of three women - who experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The talanoa was held during the 16... More

In the words of Baby Rivona: “Once I fought for my rights, the other women followed”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Baby Rivona is a legend in Indonesia, loved widely, as well as feared by some. A passionate advocate of women living with HIV and AIDS, she is as often seen on the world stage, as she is the many districts and villages of her home country. Her mission is to guarantee access to treatment, services, and a life free of stigma and discrimination for women living with HIV and AIDS. She is a leading voice on ending forced sterilization of women and girls affected by HIV, and the current National... More

16 Days of Activism Kickoff Event in Afghanistan

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Government, civil society activists and representatives from international community gathered at the Ministry of Women Affairs to celebrate the launch of International Day to end violence, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan. H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive, National Unity Government said that "it is important to ensure an enabling environment for women to work in the security sector. We have to create the needed space and environment that can be trusted". Dr. Abdullah praised the efforts made to empower Afghan women since the fall of Taliban in 2001 but also acknowledged that the current string of violence against women and girls is not tolerable... More

UN Women and Pakistan's Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jointly Promote Gender Diversity in Companies

Thursday, November 30, 2017

UN Women and the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) today brought together CEOs of numerous leading private sector companies to talk about cooperating to empower women in Pakistan's corporate sector. The dialogue on "Empowering Women for a Brighter Tomorrow" ended with 58 of the companies voicing their agreement to support the OICCI Women Initiative to promote gender equality in line with the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles... More

UN study sheds new light on discrimination against rape victims

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Most sexual assault victims in Thailand and Viet Nam face serious challenges obtaining justice, in part because discriminatory attitudes and practices push them out at every stage of the justice process from initial reporting to trial, a new United Nations study has found. The 109-page study, 'The Trial of Rape: Understanding the criminal justice system response to sexual violence in Thailand and Viet Nam,' was released... More

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