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Coverage: UN Women Executive Director takes #HearMeToo to Pakistan

Thursday, December 13, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, started her first official visit to Pakistan today, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence . The visit aims to bolster the gender equality agenda in the country... More

UN Women-organized workshop creates innovative ways to improve women’s lives

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Seventy young people participating in a UN Women-organized “Ideathon” have come up with innovative solutions to the problems women in Asia face in school and at work. The Innovation for Impact (i4i) Ideathon brought together 70 women aged 18-25 from across the region to discuss ways to improve women’s participation in the workforce and small-medium businesses, personal safety and especially sexual harassment, and access to... More

Project to empower women in climate change decisions begins in Cambodia

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A project to strengthen women’s resilience to climate change and natural disasters in Cambodia has begun with government, civil society and women’s groups, and United Nations agencies discussing the best ways forward. The Cambodia project is part of a larger project that UN women is jointly coordinating with UN Environment in Asia-Pacific countries. The Government of Sweden funds the project, which runs from 2018 to 2022 and is called The Empower: Empowering Women to Secure Climate-resilient Societies... More

UN Women Executive Director to visit China

Wednesday, December 12, 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

“Enough is enough”: Thai survivor activists and women’s rights advocates speak up to challenge acceptance of violence against women and girls

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Survivors must be heard, believed and supported, and new action is needed more than ever to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in Thailand and beyond. That was the key message underscored through deeply personal and powerful stories shared to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at E.Quality Talks events in Bangkok, Thailand. Two similar events, but with different sets of speakers and different... More

All seven Provincial Assemblies in Nepal go orange for the 16 Days of Activism

Monday, December 10, 2018

All seven Provincial Assembly buildings across the country were lit up in orange to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the first day of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Events were organized by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Nepal and the International Development Partners’ Group, in collaboration with the seven Provincial... More

Statement: Speaking out and speaking up for fundamental rights and freedoms

Monday, December 10, 2018

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It guaranteed fundamental rights and freedoms for all people, “without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” In the 70 years since, despite differences in culture, language, religion and politics, together we have striven to uphold... More

Priority given to legal protection for female migrant workers in Cambodia

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Cambodian Government and its development partners have decided that efforts to protect female migrant workers should give priority to ensuring that those who abuse them are punished under the law. The National Project Advisory Committee on female migrant workers’ rights and opportunities made the commitment at a 30 October meeting to decide priority actions for their work plan for 2019. Cambodian government and development partner... More

Lao journalists learn from UN Women how they can help stem violence against women

Friday, December 7, 2018

As their country joins in a global campaign to stop violence against women, Lao journalists are better able to cover the issue at home and promote gender equality thanks to a training supported by UN Women, in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund... More

Tonga’s launch of the new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Friday, December 7, 2018

Tonga is a focus country for the new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls programme (Pacific Partnership), being launched nationally today. Violence against women and girls is recognised worldwide as a social and public health violation that has grave physical, emotional, psychological and financial consequences for those impacted, such as in Tonga with data indicating 40 per cent1 of the nation’s women experience physical or sexual... More

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