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UN Women helps Metro Manila authorities as they design women-friendly public spaces

Friday, August 24, 2018

UN Women has organized discussions among local governments of Metro Manila on how to design and plan public spaces so that women and girls can feel safe when using them. Government officials of 13 cities of Metro Manila attended a forum, “Enhancing Good Local Governance: Gender Equality and Women’s Safety in Urban Planning”, which UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme organized on 11-12 July in Pasig. The forum was... More

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and a violation of human rights. We must all ensure zero tolerance to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. This is particularly true for the United Nations which has a duty to ensure full accountability for sexual harassment. Violence against women and girls in Pacific Island countries is among the highest in the world. Evidence shows that two in every three Pacific women are impacted by gender based violence - that’s twice... More

OP-ED International Women's Day

Monday, March 12, 2018

International Women's Day, every 8 March, is a time for people across the Pacific region to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality. It's a day to commit ourselves to redouble our efforts to achieve equal access for Pacific women to education, employment, health, leadership, prosperity and other opportunities - and to realise the rights and benefits... More

OP-ED: A gender responsive budget

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Economic Survey of 2017-2018 assumes special significance for two reasons-one, it marks the last full Budget of the Government before the 2019 General Elections. Second, for the first time, the survey entails a dedicated chapter on gender, relaying a renewed focus on the most urgent challenge of our time. The chapter rightfully notes the gains made by the government in improving gender indicators and more importantly, offers an analytical method to capture the... More

OP-ED: The mixed bag of gaps and progress since December 16, 2012

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Violence against women and girls has become frontpage news across the world. The breaking of silence and the global outrage that the #MeToo movement in the US has triggered globally shows the pervasiveness of the problem, and we hope it will become a tipping point for awareness and accountability. When estimates show that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives.. More

Op-Ed: Empowered Women - A Concern for All

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"Women are the key to sustainable peace, from family, to country, to the world". With these words President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo advocated to honor the role of women in Indonesian society at the International Day of Peace celebration on Oct. 8, 2017 in Sumenep, Madura to a room full of 8000 people in the remote village. This celebration was organized by UN Women together with the Wahid Foundation, in order to showcase the instrumental contributions women make at the... More

Joint Op-Ed: Urgent Actions to end violence against girls and women

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The women's rights movement has struggled for decades to persuade the international community that violence against women is a human rights issue, not just a private matter between individuals. Dec. 10 marks the end of 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women, a global campaign that unites people across the world to end this epidemic. It is also Human Rights Day. Violence against women is among the most... More

OP-ED: Together to Zero - Stopping Violence against Women and Girls

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Globally, one out of three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. This increases to double the global average - two out of three women - in the Pacific. Violence against women is gender inequality at its most extreme. Its repercussions directly undermine the capacity of each and every Pacific Island nation and its people to strive for sustainable development. Gender-based violence comes in many different forms. It includes domestic violence, violence against... More

Day of the Girl Child progress report: India has moved forward in empowering girls but still lags much of the world

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl Child, a good day to celebrate the progress India has made in advancing the rights of half its children. Concerted efforts over the last decades are bringing results. According to the National Family and Health Survey (2015-16), teenage pregnancy has halved in the last 10 years and the percentage of girls married as children has decreased from 47% to 27%. More girls are going to school than... More

OP-ED: Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required

Monday, August 21, 2017

The laws a society passes speak of the values the society wishes to embrace. Nepal, through its laws and policies, shows clear aspiration to be a country governed with respect for human rights, equality and dignity for all. The recent deaths of several young women, banished to cow sheds during their menstruation and exposed to the elements and to snakebites... More

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