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Cambodia LGBTIQ people celebrate identity, hope for acceptance

21 June 2017

With music and dance, Cambodian LGBTIQ people have held a festive celebration that they hope will help ease the discrimination against them. About 100 LGBTIQ people joined the opening day of Cambodia Pride Week, held on 12 May at this small community on the outskirts of Phnom Penh to promote LGBTIQ rights at the community level. They were joined by LGBTIQ and civil society groups, businesspeople, and representatives of United Nations... More

Leading in Urban Safety: Metro Manila Mayors Act to Prevent Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces

21 June 2017

Metro Manila mayors demonstrated leadership in urban safety today at the SAFE CITIES METRO MANILA MAYORS CONFERENCE: “Leading in Urban Safety and Protection of Women and Girls from Sexual Harassment and Violence in Public Spaces”, held at Novotel Manila in Quezon City, which was co- convened by the Quezon City Local Government and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) Safe Cities Programme. Fifteen out... More

Needs of victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and their children in the region require urgent attention and response

19 June 2017

Armed conflicts, civil unrest and internal crises have created ongoing challenges for the protection of women and girls across Asia and the Pacific. They are among the most vulnerable and their rights have been violated, including through sexual violence. Often the victims and survivors of sexual violence and their children are forgotten about and their specific needs are not addressed. Today, UN Women, with support from the British... More

Systematic data could help millions of women experiencing violence in Southeast Asia

16 June 2017

Availability of data on violence against women has increased significantly in recent years, however UN Women’s evidence suggests that gaps in data collection system are hampering efforts to combat the world’s worst pandemic. Recognizing that violence against women is a violation of human rights and a hindrance to progress, UN Women and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), with the support from... More

National Economies and Commitments to Benefit from Gender Responsive Budgeting

14 June 2017

Decision-makers around the region are being urged to match commitments on gender equality with increased and better targeted funding. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Director for Policy, Sione Tekiteki made the call at a regional training workshop aimed at improving understanding of the financial benefits ... More

Disaster Response Management Plans developed for Auki and Honiara Central Market

12 June 2017

For the first time two Solomon Islands markets, Auki and Honiara Central Markets have plans ready to ensure safety at a time of disaster thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners engaged in the UN Women Markets for Change project. Over the past two weeks, UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project has partnered with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and provincial counterparts based at Honiara City... More

Introducing Women’s Safety Audit in Pakistan to make Public Transport Safe for Women

08 June 2017

In making public transportation facilities accessible, ‘safe’ and ‘harassment-free’ for women and girls, a pilot has been launched in Lahore, Punjab to conduct women’s safety audit in public transport to assess women’s perceptions on safety as well as actual safety, and increase their participation in local decision-making. Internationally recognized as a ‘best practice’, a women’s safety audit... More

Auki Market Vendors Equipped with Food safety and Hygiene Techniques

29 May 2017

"The training was an eye-opener for me,” said Alice O’ote’e, one of the 32 market vendors from Auki Central Market in Malaita Province who successfully completed a three day Food Safety and Hygiene training. “So many times we ignore small things that can be done for food handling to be safe and hygiene for our families, business and the general public. I've learned from the training and my aim is to put into practice what... More

Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits MT Everest for gender equality in sports and empowerment of women migrant workers

24 May 2017

"My win is a win for all women and girls. And my mission is to contribute to a discrimination-free Nepal where all girls and women have freedom and an enabling environment to realize their full human potential," Kanchhi Maya radioed from Mount Everest Base camp. Shortly before she summited Everest, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka announced in a tweet message," Thank you, Kanchhi Maya, for taking UN Women on your quest to Mt. Everest! You're an inspiration to Nepal and the... More

Services for Survivors of Gender-based Violence Set to Further Improve

22 May 2017

Women and children in Fiji confronted by violence will soon have improved access to timely and relevant services with the drafting of a new interagency National Service Delivery Protocol for Responding to Cases of Gender Based Violence. The planned improvements are being led by the Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Taskforce, the Fiji Government’s formal body to address issues of violence faced by women and children, in collaboration with health, police, counselling... More

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