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Tonga’s launch of the new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Friday, December 7, 2018

Tonga is a focus country for the new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls programme (Pacific Partnership), being launched nationally today. Violence against women and girls is recognised worldwide as a social and public health violation that has grave physical, emotional, psychological and financial consequences for those impacted, such as in Tonga with data indicating 40 per cent1 of the nation’s women experience physical or sexual... More

New Pacific Partnership addresses gender equality and violence against women

Thursday, December 6, 2018

In the Pacific region up to two in every three women are impacted by domestic violence and gender-based violence – twice the global average based on national prevalence studies. To respond to this challenging issue - and in a first for the Pacific - the European Union, Australian Government, United Nations and two Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) are partnering to coordinate the region’s largest single project to... More

UN Women Executive Director joins the call for an end to child marriage in Pakistan at ‘16 Days’ event in Mithi

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Making one of Pakistan’s most impoverished districts the first stop of her first official visit to the country, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka today called upon the entire community to end child marriages and voice their commitment to change the lives of girls and young women for the better. “Choosing when and who to marry is one of life’s most... More

A DREAM from the Heart

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

UN Women in PNG has launched a new song composed by Jobecca Watinga, a final year accounting Student at the University of Papua New Guinea. She wrote the song after attending one of Sanap Wantaim’s campaign concerts on promoting Port Moresby as a safe city for women and girls. “I am from a loving Christian home, where its peaceful with no exposure to violence. However, this is not the same for many. The song is about the dreams... More

Speak Up for Gender Equality: Because Gender Equality is not an individual’s issue

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

This morning in Hanoi, "Speak Up for Gender Equality” was organized by UN Women, the Embassies of Canada, Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland, Vietnam Women's Museum, VVC - National Volunteer Center, Plan International Vietnam, TRAMOC at United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi). The event began with “The journey for Gender Equality”... More

UN House turns orange to support ending violence against women

Monday, November 26, 2018

As part of the global 16 Days of Activism campaign, the UN House in India turned orange on Friday, ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked annually on November 25. The special event, under the theme “Orange The World: #HearMeToo”, was organised by UN Women, along with the UN in India, as part of the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign that is set to continue till the International Day of Human Rights... More

#HearMeToo: Stand in solidarity with survivors to end violence against women and girls

Friday, November 23, 2018

Survivors must be heard, believed and supported, and new action is needed more than ever to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. That was the key message underscored through deeply personal and powerful stories shared at the regional commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at the United Nations’ regional hub in Bangkok today. As the annual 16 Days... More

An equal playing field for women and men a priority for Oceania Sevens

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A record number of women in the workforce and local women assistant referees are part of this year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship reflecting a global movement to achieve more equal participation of women and men in rugby. The number of women working in the tournament... More

Pacific countries agree to establish a regional working group to address domestic violence

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Representatives from eleven Pacific countries have agreed to establish a regional working group to help address domestic violence issues. This agreement was a key result from a regional consultation made up of senior civil servants responsible for domestic violence legislation and representatives from national domestic violence taskforces and committees, who met in Fiji this week to discuss strategies for implementing domestic violence legislation... More

UN Agencies partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to promote more inclusive services and the rights of persons with disabilities

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On Tuesday, October 30th, the United Nations in Timor-Leste, through its initiative Empower for Change, launched new partnerships with national organizations of persons with disabilities, the Asosiasaun Defisiensia Timor-Leste (ADTL), The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste (TLMTL) and the Community-Based Rehabilitation Network (CBRN) to address and prevent violence against women and children with disabilities in Timor-Leste. Through the partnerships... More

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