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UN Women and Morango Films Screen the top 25 short films on ‘Social and Political Rights of Women’ under Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’

31 March 2017

To experience another woman's life through a 60-seconds documentary can be a revelatory experience, if crafted and narrated well. The Izhar by Film Fellowship (IBFF), an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) held a screening ceremony of the top 25 short films produced by trainees from across Pakistan who participated in the first-ever fellowship program on the social and... More

UN Women and NIC launched a booklet on women's entitlement in 4 languages

28 March 2017

UN Women Nepal and the National Information Commission jointly organised the second launch of the Women's entitlements booklet in four new languages: Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang. The booklets were officially launched by Honorable Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ms. Sita Devi Yadav. The booklets made available in English and Nepali languages aim to harness the right to information enshrined in the constitution to further women's right and substantive... More

Speech: Launch of “Women’s Entitlement” booklets in Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang

28 March 2017

On behalf of UN Women, I am very pleased to be at the second launch of the “Women’s entitlements” booklet on economic initiatives now in Tharu, Maithali, Doteli and Tamang languages. Previously this booklet was made available in Nepali and English with support of the Government Finland and Zonta International. UN Women is privileged to partner with the... More

In Singapore and Indonesia, women re-claim rights from religious fundamentalists

27 March 2017

The ideologues say men are the bosses of the household and women should just keep it clean and take care of the children. They tell women not go out at night, and not to wear short skirts – if you are sexually assaulted, it is your fault. “Gender equality” is a heresy imposed by Westerners and rogue clerics, they say." In Singapore and... More

Fijian community organizations leading response

22 February 2017

When Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji a year ago this month, UN Women and other international organizations helped people recover. But it was local organizations that led the way in reaching many of the storm’s less visible victims – the elderly, people with disabilities, and those suffering psychological trauma. The cyclone damaged entire villages and communities, killed 44 people and left 40,000 people in need of immediate assistance, according to... More

In Fiji’s markets, hopes are growing a year after a devastating cyclone

17 February 2017

A year on, Varanisese Maisamoa is still frightened whenever the wind rises. “When I feel the wind blow very strong, I get scared, and I have to remind myself that it’s just the wind,” she said. “But cyclones will come and go, and people learn how to survive. And that’s what we did - that’s how we learn to be resilient." Ms. Maisamoa was among the tens of thousands of Fijians who had to rebuild their... More

From where I stand: Edna Valdez

26 October 2016

Edna Valdez, 58, a former migrant domestic worker, is now the President of Bannuar Ti La Union, an organization that works for migrant women’s rights in the La Union province of Philippines. Having experienced the hardships of migration first-hand, Ms. Valdez conducts trainings in her community about migrant workers’ rights, risks of illegal recruitment and trafficking, and access to services. More

UN Women to launch women, peace and security publications

23 October 2016

Four publications on women, peace and security, produced by UN Women, will be launched on 28 October during the women’s agenda presentation to the ARMM Regional Government in Cotabato City. More

Putting women at the heart of peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro, in the Philippines

20 October 2016

Filipino women, civil society, and political institutions are working hard towards achieving sustainable peace in the Bangsamoro, in the Philippines. After a complex history of conflict, colonialisation, and a long struggle for independence, the Filipino and Moro people are fighting for gender equality and peace. The Philippines, and the Moro people, suffered through colonisation by the Spanish during the 16th to 19th centuries, including in the Moro-Spanish wars. These... More

Launching and Dissemination of “Research report on women’s access to justice in Nepali Judiciary”

30 September 2016

Nepal has made significant progress in guaranteeing women’s rights through constitutional, legal and institutional reforms over the years. However, there is still room for improvement in the substantive and procedural laws to promote gender justice. The laws that exist on paper, must translate into substantive equality... More

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