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Asia-Pacific commemoration of International Women’s Day focuses on women’s empowerment to achieve sustainable development

13 March 2017

At the 2017 Asia-Pacific commemoration of International Women’s Day a distinguished panel of experts underscored the need to close the gender pay gap, ensure comprehensive social protection for women workers, recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work and address other key issues related to women’s economic empowerment in order for the region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The panel also emphasised the importance of transformative... More

UN Women showcases ‘women at work’ theme in Delhi Metro

08 March 2017

Today, on International Women’s Day, UN Women launched a one-month campaign branding four trains of the Delhi Metro with messaging on women’s economic empowerment. Two trains each on the Blue Line and Yellow Line will showcase ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’, drawing attention to the need for equal pay for work of equal value, recognizing and sharing unpaid care work, as well as making... More

First report by UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment outlines drivers to advance gender equality

22 February 2017

The first report of the United Nations High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment draws attention to challenges faced by the most marginalized women and proposes solutions to address them based on global good practice and consultations. The report, which was presented to the UN Secretary-General in September 2016, was released in New Delhi today by Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry; Renana Jhabvala, founder of the... More

UN Women and Morango Films to roll-out Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’

14 February 2017

Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’ (IBFF) programme - an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) - will commence its four-day filmmaking course in Islamabad from 16-19 February 2017. The IBFF in its first round, early this year received 200 applications following which 60 aspiring filmmakers aged 18 and older were selected from across Pakistan... More

Domestic worker rights video gets a staggering 15 million views in just one week

14 February 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM - UN Migration Agency) and the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) video Open Doors: Singapore has become an overnight sensation in Asia. The video, aimed at preventing the exploitation of domestic workers, was viewed more than 15 million times over the past week. Produced by IOM and USAID's innovative counter-trafficking campaign, IOM X, and in partnership with ASEAN and UN Women, Open Doors: Singapore tells the... More

Women’s invisible burden: The struggle for dignified and meaningful livelihoods in the informal sector in Lao PDR

01 February 2017

Every morning, Mrs. Khong rises before dawn to prepare the morning meal and tidy her modest home for her family in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. As her husband and young children awake, she already has several hours of work behind her and hurries to the local market to set up her small, road-side stall selling fresh fruit and snacks, in time to catch the morning rush of customers. Mrs. Khong is worried. There have been rumours that the market will be developed and that she will be forced out or won’t be able to pay the increased rent... More

Agreement Signed between UN Women & Swiss Development Cooperation for Enhancing Capacity of the Women Parliamentary Caucus of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

12 January 2017

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) today signed a one-year partnership agreement to enhance the capacity of the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to integrate a gender perspective in new provincial laws and policies and review of existing legislation. Through this project “Capacity Enhancement of the Women Parliamentary... More

The Government of Finland commits to strengthen resilience and empowerment of women and girls in Nepal

30 December 2016

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and UN Women Nepal have agreed to implement a programme supporting the Government of Nepal’s commitments to advance women’s economic empowerment; women’s engagement in peace and security and humanitarian action; and policies on gender equality. The agreement for supporting the implementation of “Advancing Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls (ARE)” was signed on 28 December 2016 by Mr.... More

South Asia Peer Learning Regional Consultation concludes with country-specific action points on gender responsive disaster preparedness and response

12 December 2016

The three-day South Asia Peer Learning Regional consultation meeting concluded today with country-specific action points on gender responsive disaster preparedness and response, and unanimous agreement on the critical need to engage women’s groups in decision-making to effectively design, implement and monitor gender-responsive disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and programmes across the humanitarian-development continuum. The consultation was organized jointly... More

New UN Women report finds progress but also big challenges on gender responsive budgeting in Asia

09 December 2016

Targeted fiscal policies have improved the quality and quantity of budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality in Asia and the Pacific but significant challenges remain, says a new UN Women report launched today. Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Status Report is the first comprehensive review of these policies in the region. It is based on a detailed review of 26 countries and assesses almost two decades of such initiatives by government,... More

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