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Ways to reduce violence against women and girls with disabilities

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lessons learnt from a unique Toolkit on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Fiji are driving ideas to develop similar approaches in other Pacific countries. “When we started using our Fiji toolkit back in 2015 we didn’t realise how much it would really help our women and girls,” said Litia Naitanui, Rewa Branch President, Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO), who is a participant at this week’s Pacific Disability... More

Bangladesh’s women getting help in coping with natural disasters

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Government of Bangladesh is launching a new 3-year project to help women cope with natural disasters, in one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. The “National Resilience Programme” aims to help sustain the country’s human and economic development through... More

UN Women helping make Jakarta’s public spaces safer for women and girls

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

In her work for a non-governmental organization, Rika Rosvianti, 30, regularly uses commuter trains, motorcycle taxis and other public transport to meet with people and participate in social activities. Her experience has not always been nice. “One day I took a motorcycle taxi to the office and the driver asked for directions by patting my thigh, and practically questioned me at every turn,” she said. “Though I had given him the directions, he kept... More

Asia's youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBT rights

Friday, August 4, 2017

Marching through the streets of East Timor's capital Dili with a rainbow flag in his hand, Natalino Guterres was overwhelmed with emotion, reminding him of how he felt 15 years ago when he saw the Timorese flag raised for the first time. "It was an emotional moment," he said of the... More

Honiara Central Market Vendors Association (HCMVA) Constitution Review

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Market vendors from the Honiara Central Market are gathering for the first time to review their constitution. Twenty vendors from Honiara Central Market Vendors Association (HCMVA) and market management staff are meeting for two days with a legal consultant in Honiara to review their constitution, facilitated by UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project. Improving governance among market management, vendors and local governments is a guiding principle of the M4C project, to enable... More

Honiara Central Market Vendors undertake Food Safety and Hygiene Training

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

“The training is very useful,” a participant at the food safety and handling training, indicating that it is the small things that make a big difference. “When we do not take good care of food when preparing it, it will be a hazard for us and our customers,” she said. A Food Safety and Hygiene training was held from 21-24 July, facilitated by the Honiara City Council (HCC) Environmental Health Division and supported by UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project.... More

Village decision — makers take a stand for Samoa’s “nofotane” women

Friday, July 21, 2017

Seualuga Tauasa Malietoa, the 70-year-old Talking Chief at Manase Savaii village in rural Samoa, has pledged to support women’s rights. His commitment is the result of trainings that the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), an FGE grantee, is conducting to engage local leaders as advocates for “nofotane” women. The term refers to women married to men from a different village and living with their in-laws. They are often exploited as domestic... More

#BeatMe: A String of Awards for UN Women Pakistan

Friday, July 21, 2017

Launched for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in November 2016 through social media, UN Women Pakistan’s #BeatMe campaign gives an unconventional twist for women’s rights and their equality.   In challenging stereotypes in a country grappling to end violence against women and in public and private spaces, the #BeatMe campaign, spearheaded by a one-minute video, aims to inspire women and reaffirm that they are... More

Gender Awareness for Councillors

Monday, July 17, 2017

“At times, we think only men can participate in decisions that we make for our wards, council and for the city but women also play a very important role in our society and we must also include them in whatever decisions we do,” said Charles Aiwosuga, a participant at the Gender 101 training and also Honiara’s Deputy Mayor. “For me, as a leader, this session had given some new ideas and knowledge to be humble and carry our work by putting on the gender lenses,” he added... More

Women in rural Cambodia cultivate their way out of vulnerability

Friday, July 14, 2017

In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women – including those who are illiterate or single mothers, to help them improve their livelihoods. Twenty-year-old Vern Chantha is one. The fifth in a poor family of seven children with unemployed elderly parents, she decided to participate in training on agricultural techniques to improve productivity on her 100-square-metre family farm. “Sometimes the plants didn’t grow... More

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