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“Enabling empowered women to work equally in all the productive sectors” —Lakshmi Puri

Friday, September 29, 2017

Keynote speech by United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at 2017 APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business — I thank our host, the Minister Dao Ngoc Dzung and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) who have convened this APEC Forum dedicated to... More

Speech: Launch of “Women’s Entitlement” booklets in Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On behalf of UN Women, I am very pleased to be at the second launch of the “Women’s entitlements” booklet on economic initiatives now in Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang languages. Previously this booklet was made available in Nepali and English with support of the Government Finland and Zonta International. UN Women is privileged to partner with the... More

Speech: Launch of “A Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion”

Monday, March 27, 2017

On behalf of IDPG GESI Working Group Co-Chairs, USAID and UN Women, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your participation at today’s launch of the Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion and the subsequent orientation workshop later in the day. I wish to extend a special thanks to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)... More

Asia-Pacific Commemoration of International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Speech delivered by Dr. Miwa Kato, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific at UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand [ CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ] Excellences, members of the diplomatic Corps, Civil Society and Private Sector representatives, Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, Greetings. On behalf of the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, I would like to begin by thanking Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP,... More

Global Report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (HLPWEE) and its implications to Nepal

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gender equality is a matter of human rights. Yet it remains the greatest human rights challenge of our time. Women’s economic empowerment can generate huge gains for human development, economic growth and business. Yet the pace of improvement in expanding women’s economic empowerment and closing gender gaps has been far too slow... More

HeForShe Launch Event and Forum: “He” Role in Global Gender Equality, Remarks by Miwa Kato, Regional Director

Thursday, January 5, 2017

For more than a century much has been achieved by the feminist movement and women’s rights organizations in promoting gender equality. As we stand today, we will close the educational gap by 2086, we will achieve equal pay for women by 2089. We cannot wait this long! By engaging men and boys in the path to gender equality, we can reach parity... More

“Ending violence against women requires that key institutions work together”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in India

Friday, December 9, 2016

The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and McKinsey are among the institutions that have produced studies showing how violence against women has a significant impact on economic activity. Violence against women is unacceptable, because it is a violation of the rights of women and girls. It is a universal challenge that all countries are grappling with... More

Can the Sustainable Development Goals deliver on their promise of gender equality and empowerment of women by 2030?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

All 17 of the goals have significance for women and girls. Goal 1 is about ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. Goal 3 is about ensuring that healthy lives are a reality for the people of the world as well as making sure we address and promote wellbeing for people of all ages. Goal 4 is dedicated to providing quality education for ... More

Regional Commemoration for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Monday, November 28, 2016

For decades, activists around the world advocated tirelessly to bring the world’s attention to the critical issue of violence against women. Violence against women is a human rights violation that permeates every corner of society, every country in the world and is widespread and very costly as well for those beyond the women who are experiencing... More

Gender Equality and Social Justice, Remarks by Wenny Kusuma, UN Women Country Representative

Friday, September 30, 2016

Since the promulgation of Nepal’s new constitution last year, there has been notable progress in women’s participation and leadership in the political realm. The global average for women in parliaments is 22 per cent, and in Asia it is 18.50. In the last two Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal, women secured 33 per cent and 30 per cent of the total seats respectively, up from 7 per cent in previous elections. Now is the time to sustain and build on these impressive gains. With the local elections planned, it is widely expected that the political participation and representation of women will be further strengthened... More

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