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From where I stand: “They forced me to get pregnant”

Thursday, January 3, 2019

[The broker] convinced my aunty that I could get a job in China. I had stopped school and was not doing anything, so I needed a job. She showed me a picture of a phone factory, and a shoe-making factory. But when I arrived in China in May 2017, they forced me to get pregnant. They gave me pills for 10 days to prepare the womb. Then I went for a medical checkup to see if my womb... More

Government of Finland provides 4 million EUROS (NPR 514 million) to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal through UN Women

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Government of Finland and UN Women have signed an agreement to collaborate and support the implementation of Government of Nepal’s national priorities and commitments on enhancing women’s economic empowerment and political participation and to advance our mission towards poverty eradication in Nepal. The agreement, worth 4 million Euros (approximately NPR 514 million), covering a period of four years (2018-2022)... More

Tackling human trafficking in Myanmar

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Khawng Nu* was 22 years old when she was trafficked from the state of Kachin, northern Myanmar, to China. There are few job opportunities in the conflict affected and impoverished state, so when a woman from her village offered her work in a factory in China, Khawng Nu happily accepted. Upon arrival in China, she discovered that her womb would be the ‘factory’. “They give pills to women and inject them with sperm for them to carry babies for Chinese men.. More

UN Women promotes use of gender statistics for sustainable development in Cambodia

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Members of civil society groups and of the Government are now better able to produce and use statistics to advance women’s rights, thanks to trainings organized by UN Women. A total of about 90 people participated in the trainings, held on 25 October for civil society groups and on 26 October for high-level Government officials. Jessica Gardner, the UN Women consultant who led the trainings, said she hoped that all groups would give... More

Indonesian Influencers calling for the elimination of violence against women in UN Women video for 16 Days of Activism

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

To mark 16 Day of Activism, UN Women Indonesia recorded a video message featuring 25 Indonesian influencers with the objective to encourage people to take action to end violence against women. Worldwide, women and girls continue to experience violence regardless of their level of education, social status or age. Violence is often overlooked and not visible. The short video shows issues that often... More

Survivors raise their voices at a Walk to Remember in Timor-Leste

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“I was taken to Otel Flamboyan [now Pousada in Baucau] by the Indonesian military. They would bring me to the bathroom and push me to take a bath. Take a bath, take a bath, they said. Then they would throw me on the bed and they would take turns to rape me.,” said Maria de Fatima, a survivor from Timor-Leste reflecting on her time as a captive of the Indonesian military during the occupation. A hundred people from Baucau joined Mana... More

UN Women Executive Director visits China

Monday, December 17, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit China from 12-15 December. During her visit, the Executive Director will meet with government authorities, the All-China Women's Federation, UN country team representatives, media and private sector members. Present in China since 1998, UN Women works in partnership with the governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors, communities and networks to advance gender equality, in line with China’s commitment... More

Orange the World: #HearMeToo

Friday, December 14, 2018

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 “Orange the World: #HearMeToo". Coming on the heels of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MeTooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the 16 Days of Activism will be a rallying moment to bring together governments, communities, survivors, activists and the public through high-visibility events, using the signature colour orange... More

From where I stand: “If women are knowledgeable and have skills, they can make the impossible possible. They can make peace.”

Friday, December 14, 2018

When I was 14, my father wanted me to marry, and he engaged me to a man from our community without my consent. I said to my father, “I don’t want to marry! I want to study.” But my father said, “You cannot study because there is martial law in Mindanao.” So, I ran away and went to study religion on my own. I started working in radio in 2008, and I was the assistant host for a show. In 2015, I received training from UN Women on how women can be involved in peacebuilding, and now, I am the host of my own show. On my radio show, I ask, “What are the rights and roles of women?”... More

A fresh look and a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia

Friday, December 14, 2018

Three Cambodian women welcome their first customer of the day to have a seat in the salon chair. Chantrea* gently scrubs her hair, dries it, and styles the locks in long twists. When the next customer enters, Kunthea* provides a manicure, her steady hands painting each nail twice before a clear coat seals the color. Finally, Sokhanya* finishes the treatment with a bit of eye shadow and powder to the customer’s face... More

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