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UN Agencies partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to promote more inclusive services and the rights of persons with disabilities

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On Tuesday, October 30th, the United Nations in Timor-Leste, through its initiative Empower for Change, launched new partnerships with national organizations of persons with disabilities, the Asosiasaun Defisiensia Timor-Leste (ADTL), The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste (TLMTL) and the Community-Based Rehabilitation Network (CBRN) to address and prevent violence against women and children with disabilities in Timor-Leste. Through the partnerships... More

Ensuring an enabling environment for Thai women to enter politics: Sharing European and International ideas and best practices

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

As of January 2017, women accounted for only 4.9 per cent of Parliament in Thailand, ranking 184th out of 190 nations globally . Neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Malaysia have at least double the number of women in parliament with rates of 20.3 per cent and 10.4 per cent respectively . Thailand also ranks low on UNDP’s Gender Inequality Index (2017) coming in 93rd place compared to Belgium, which is 5th, and Finland, which is 8th... More

Protection and Gender in Emergency Response for Solomon Islands

Friday, November 2, 2018

Women and girls are often first responders in crises and, when given the opportunity, have the capacity to lead in disaster preparation, response and resilience building. A new project to strengthen this capacity through protection and gender in humanitarian response in the Solomon Islands was launched by UN Women and the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) today. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Women... More

To Reach Sustainable Development for All, Asia and the Pacific Must Move Faster on Gender Equality — ADB, UN Women Report

Friday, October 26, 2018

Countries in Asia and the Pacific must accelerate progress on gender equality in order to reach the ambitious and progressive global goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Women released today at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women in Ha Noi. The report, Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific:... More

In Indonesia, women-led Peace Villages discuss ways to move their vision forward

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

At a hotel in Central Java, a sea of women wearing colorful headscarves and men in traditional Muslim dress are engaged in deep discussion. Working closely by their side are Christian women wearing cross necklaces, men palming prayer beads, and individuals of the traditional Javanese faiths. Elisabet Anita Wahyuningsih, Member of Jetis Village Women's business group and Peace Agent Facilitator, takes notes with her group from Klaten, Indonesia.... More

Reaching all communities and sustaining achievements for all communities in Rakhine State remain priorities for Japan-UN Partnership

Monday, October 22, 2018

Marking the mid-term of the implementation of joint humanitarian and development projects aimed at benefitting all communities in Rakhine State, the Government of Japan and seven UN Agencies namely IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNWOMEN and WFP, confirmed that the partnership, under the humanitarian-development nexus, has enabled the provision of substantial and vital support in Rakhine State including crisis affected areas. An agreement totaling 2.2 billion Yen (USD... More

We are equal, we are important, say Nofotane women of Samoa

Friday, October 12, 2018

Many women have started their own businesses since participating in skills and livelihood training delivered by the project, including creating and selling handicrafts at the local markets. Photo: UN Women/Sarika Chand The city centre of Apia is festive today. The market stalls are laden with handmade mats, baskets and traditional jewellery made by women from rural Samoa; music and laughter lace the air. The two-day market is part of an event to showcase the results of a project... More

Recognizing rural Vietnamese women’s contribution to sustainable development through photography

Friday, October 12, 2018

Today an exhibition of the top 40 photographs shortlisted from over 1,000 submissions to the photo contest on Rural Women and Sustainable Development opened at Viet Nam’s Women’s Museum. The photos will be displayed from the 10 October to the 10 November 2018, and the exhibition marks the continuation of the competition held by UN Women with the support of the Australian and Canadian Embassies to recognize and promote the contribution... More

EU, ILO and UN Women work to promote women migrant workers’ right to organize in workplaces and communities

Friday, October 12, 2018

Guaranteeing the right to organise, collectively bargain, and join trade unions in destination countries is one of the most effective ways to prevent exploitation of women migrant workers from ASEAN, concluded the participants of the regional meeting for Promoting Women Migrant Workers’ Rights through Organizing in ASEAN. Representatives from trade unions, migrant worker organizations and civil society along with experts, development partners and the UN, joined... More

Engaging ASEAN Youth in Gender Initiatives: Empowering Change-Makers to achieve gender equality

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Today, youth representatives from ASEAN countries, together with 100 other young people from Vietnam, participated in the event “Gender Dialogues: Engaging ASEAN Youth in Gender Initiatives” at the Green One UN House in Hanoi. The event highlighted the potential for youth engagement to generate social change for gender equality and the empowerment of women at both regional and national levels. The dialogue concluded a 5-day participatory... More

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