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Take five: “Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships”

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bayi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines. In February 2019 she attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing + 25 Review. This year’s CSW is focused on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. Cerillo’s organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around... More

Canadian ambassador: “We need to amplify the voices for good and equality” nearly 25 years after Beijing Declaration

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Donica Pottie, Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, participated as a young diplomat and activist in the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in China, which resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As the global community prepares to mark 25 years of the Declaration in 2020, she spoke about the challenges facing the new generation of advocates fighting for gender equality and the empowerment... More

More access to social services through the ‘REACH’ Mobile Service Delivery

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Social support services for women, men and families provided by the government and civil society organizations (CSOs) will become more accessible for Tongan citizens, through a new mobile service delivery initiative launched today. People living in remote, rural and maritime communities in Tonga will soon have better access to social services including, youth programme, registration for labour mobility and seasonal workers scheme... More

Support for Police to Improve Outcomes for Domestic Violence Survivors

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Police officers are being supported to help improve services and processes when responding to survivors of violence who are mostly women. Police deal daily with cases of domestic violence and other gender-based violence cases. Therefore, this training is aimed at helping police officers increase their knowledge and improve their understanding of gender, human rights, violence against women and girls and, in doing so, improve their skills... More

Mobile Service Delivery to ‘REACH’ people in remote communities in Samoa

Thursday, February 7, 2019

More Samoan citizens living outside of urban communities will soon have better access to government, legal and women’s services through a new mobile service delivery initiative launched today. Samoa is adapting the successful mobile service delivery model implemented in Fiji, called Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH), led by the Government of Samoa... More

Partners unite to use faith to prevent violence against women and girls

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Faith-based activities in Fijian communities are expected to contribute to preventing violence against women and girls as part of House of Sarah’s new Preventing Violence Against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings (PVAWFFS) initiative. PVAWFFS is co-funded by the Fiji Women’s Fund, supported by the Australian Government, and the new EUR 19.5 million Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) programme funded... More

UN Women urges leaders and advocates to “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” on International Women’s Day

Friday, February 1, 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, UN Women is celebrating its 2019 theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” , along with hosting hundreds of festivities around the world through the organization’s global network. An official commemoration event is also being held at the UN Headquarters in New York that features UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other senior UN officials as well as innovation... More

Art and advocacy: Young women speak up for political participation in the Philippines

Monday, January 28, 2019

Art workshops, solidarity messages and video recordings are just some of the creative ways in which young women in the Philippines have come together to inspire themselves and their peers to build their political participation and stand up and have their voices heard. With the support of UN Women, young women from diverse backgrounds across the country took part in a series of forums starting in September 2018 to build their political advocacy through discussions sessions, interactive quizzes... More

ASEAN launches gender-sensitive guidelines for handling women victims of trafficking

Friday, January 25, 2019

Imagine you’re a police officer who has just busted a human trafficking ring. There are a dozen female victims lying on a dingy floor, crying and afraid of what comes next. What can you tell them? Knowing how to interact with a victim of human trafficking is a delicate matter that can be daunting even for experienced frontline workers. There are certain sensitivities that law enforcement... More

Sushi rolls, not gender roles

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In December 2018, a one-of-a-kind “Gender Fair” was organized by Independent University Bangladesh faculty and students with the support of UN Women. Students creatively designed stalls with gender-friendly themes, such as “bin a stereotype”. One focused on self-defense for women, while another sold cookies and cupcakes decorated with gender-friendly messages, such as “Sushi rolls, not gender roles”... More

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