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Advocates convene to promote women’s right to a nationality in Myanmar

Friday, February 15, 2019

To strengthen joint action on nationality rights, UN Women and UNHCR convened key women’s civil society organizations (CSOs), gender equality networks and women’s empowerment advocates from across Myanmar, representing diverse states, ethnicities, religions, transgendered persons, sex workers, networks of women living with HIV and women with disabilities, philanthropists, faith-based leaders and celebrities. Participants came from all... 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

In Thailand, high-level visit showcases the impact of empowering women on preventing human trafficking

Monday, January 21, 2019

Standing on the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, in Mae Sot, Thailand, it’s hard not to be struck by the sheer number of people making their way across. Up to 10,000 people cross the bridge daily, with more making their way on boats via the river below. On Sunday, Thai officials affirmed to high-level visitors from the Embassies of Canada and Japan that a second Friendship Bridge will be completed in April this year... More

#HearMeToo: United for advocacy and concrete interventions in Viet Nam

Friday, January 18, 2019

In November and December 2018, the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls took cities across Viet Nam by storm—an orange storm demonstrating solidarity, provoking thought and inspiring action. Throughout the activities—which ranged from awareness-raising to advocacy, from online campaigns to youth engagement—solidarity and partnership were identified as the key elements to achieve results and act for an end to gender-based... More

Hundreds of people ‘orange’ Manila during 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hundreds of women’s rights supporters bicycled around Manila’s historic walled area and bathed a government building in orange light as they joined in the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. This year’s campaign, which ran from 25 November to 10 December, centred on the theme Orange the World: #HearMeToo, a call to listen to and amplify the voices of women who have survived violence and seek justice... More

Indonesia discusses infrastructure improvements to make its cities safer for women and girls

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

To shine a spotlight on factors that help create safe public spaces for women and girls in Indonesia, a talk show was held in late November 2018, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Dubbed “Infrastructure for All: Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities for Women and Girls”, the discussion was organized by the Presidential Special Staff Office, the Indonesia Australia Infrastructure Partnership (KIAT)... 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

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