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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

From where I stand: “Don’t tell me how to dress!”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thai supermodel Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the founder of a campaign to stop victim-blaming, which has galvanized women all over the country. She is now taking the campaign to different platforms, public events, and universities in Thailand and abroad... More

From Where I Stand: From Survivor of Violence to Women’s Rights Advocate

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Violence against women is considered normal in Thai culture. It is justified to the point that most survivors of domestic violence are pushed back into abusive relationships. Stuck in the cycle of violence, the survivors often face harsh social pressure and blaming every time they speak up. I know this all too well, as a women’s rights advocate, human... More

From where I stand: “I launched Thaiconsent to introduce the concept of consent”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

In Thailand, women are no longer willing to stay silent and live with a culture of rape. Launched in 2015 by a young activist, the ThaiConsent campaign is opening spaces for men and women discuss consent... More

From where I stand: “I saved a life”

Monday, November 12, 2018

If all people start boycotting such weddings, it would definitely help eliminate child marriage. People are needed during a marriage ceremony: a priest to perform the religious rites, musical band to play the music, cook to prepare the food for the guests and guests to give their blessings to the newlyweds. I took a group of women with me and visited the parents of a 16-year-old girl whose marriage was fixed before she was of the legally... More

From where I stand: “I feel good about the change that I have been able to bring”

Monday, November 12, 2018

When I was in Class 11 and there was no money for attending school, I dropped out. I continued with my studies at home by taking notes from my friends and borrowing books. This is how I kept myself connected with studies, and I joined back school as soon as I had the means to do so. I am currently pursuing my studies and working simultaneously at the Empowerment Centre. At Pragya, I got the opportunity to help women find jobs... More

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When I was kid, I didn’t think I would be in the military. It was difficult to imagine that since we were under Indonesian occupation. Initially I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer. When we gained our independence, I decided to pursue a degree in civilian engineering. However, after my father passed away, I stopped my studies to help take care of the family... More

From Where I Stand: “I expect that the CEO of Telkomcel will be a woman within the next 5 - 10 years.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Our [company] culture gives equal opportunity to everyone, both men and women. 40 per cent of the managers are women in our company and they have made an outstanding contribution to the company. For instance, we have a colleague, Joana. She is a manager of our Enterprise and Whole Sales Department, and more than 50 per cent of revenue is coming from that Department. This shows us that women fit and have great achievements in high-level positions. I believe that women in Timor-Leste can... More

From where I stand: “It’s possible to achieve the just and humane society that I envision”

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sophia Dianne Garcia from the Philippines is a youth activist who teaches young people to advocate for their rights and for peace. She spoke to UN Women about what sustainable peace means for her, as part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change. In my country, there are a lot of extremists. Very recently, in May 2017... More

From where I stand: “The solutions really are with communities and the people”

Friday, August 3, 2018

I started working for women's empowerment more than 20 years ago when dowry killings were rampant in northern India. My friends and I set up an organization called Saheli in 1981 to help women facing domestic violence. Saheli, along with other women's groups, helped change many legislations including the law on domestic violence and the law against pornographic display of women. But then I realized that all this helps only middle-class women who... More

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