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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

Tackling human trafficking in Myanmar

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Khawng Nu* was 22 years old when she was trafficked from the state of Kachin, northern Myanmar, to China. There are few job opportunities in the conflict affected and impoverished state, so when a woman from her village offered her work in a factory in China, Khawng Nu happily accepted. Upon arrival in China, she discovered that her womb would be the ‘factory’. “They give pills to women and inject them with sperm for them to carry babies for Chinese men.. More

In India, women boycott weddings with child brides

Monday, November 19, 2018

Malti Tudu speaking about the women rights awareness to village women during a meeting at Simalbari village in Kishanganj Tehsil of Kishanganj district in Bihar, India. Photo: UN Women/Biju Boro More #HearMeToo stories from Asia and the Pacific Read more» Read more» Read more» You could call 20-year-old Malti Tudu a wedding crasher. Only her goal is to stop the wedding from ever getting started. At least when the bride-to-be is a child. &ldquo... More

Young educators in China are questioning gender norms and preventing violence

Monday, November 19, 2018

Justin Zhao Peng, now 16, remembers vividly how his grandmother used to favour him over his female cousin when they visited her as young children. She would take him aside and tell him that he would have more responsibility and be more important. In celebrating the New Year, she would slip him 300 yuan more than his cousin. At first, Zhao Peng felt proud that he had been singled out... More

#HearMeToo: Afghan women, the faces of change

Monday, November 12, 2018

“I feel so proud of my work. So proud of being part of a movement that helps women like me who have survived violence,” says Tabasum Bahar*, eyes flashing with the conviction forged by surviving a painful past. “The women I train want to be independent. We don’t... More

We are equal, we are important, say Nofotane women of Samoa

Friday, October 12, 2018

Many women have started their own businesses since participating in skills and livelihood training delivered by the project, including creating and selling handicrafts at the local markets. Photo: UN Women/Sarika Chand The city centre of Apia is festive today. The market stalls are laden with handmade mats, baskets and traditional jewellery made by women from rural Samoa; music and laughter lace the air. The two-day market is part of an event to showcase the results of a project... More

UN Women champions empowerment for desert women amid energy boom in Thar

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tractors and dump trucks busily transporting material for a coal-fired power plant bustle amid the softly sweeping sand dunes of the sprawling Thar desert, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Powering her orange dump truck, Rukhsana, 37, seems unstoppable in making a mark in this male-dominated field: “Through this driving training, I gained the strength and courage to face the world. Initially, I got a lot of criticism from my... More

Pig pens power a solution to climate change in Viet Nam

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

When Trin Gim first started her biogas digester business, she raised many eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change... More

Women at the helm of cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga

Monday, August 27, 2018

“When the cyclone finally arrived, we were all huddled in the house. The cyclone strength was getting stronger and stronger, and the damages started in the kitchen.” “The next morning, we saw the complete devastation in front of us. The roof was completely destroyed. All the doors and windows were completely damaged. The walls had collapsed because of the fallen roof. We all stood in shock, crying and holding on to each other,” recalls Sesalina Vaiangina... More

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