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After the landslides

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bojjropodi Chakma, 44, started a successful garden after the landslide. Now, her garden not only helps her bring in income for the household, but also helps in supplementing her family’s nutritional needs. PThe Chittagong Hill Tracts area in southeastern Bangladesh is prone to natural disasters. The resulting displacement of local tribal people has spurred many conflicts in... More

UN Women Executive Director praises Bangladesh for its generosity in embracing the Rohingya into the country and protecting the Rohingya women and girls' rights and dignity

Monday, February 5, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka praised the Government of Bangladesh, as well as its people, for its generosity in welcoming the Rohingya despite its own priorities and its efforts to address needs of women and girls and protection of their rights and dignity during this world's worst humanitarian crisis, the press was informed today. The Executive Director ended her five-day visit today, in which she met with the Prime... More

Exclusive Media Briefing on UN Women Executive Director's Visit to Bangladesh

Monday, January 29, 2018

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Bangladesh for the first time, since the creation of UN Women in 2010. Her visit will be an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration in Bangladesh between national partners, civil society and UN Women, to address the challenges and opportunities that will effectively transform the lives of women and girls. To this effect the Executive Director's Mission agenda will... More

Statement of the LBTQ Caucus at ILGA Asia 2017

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

“Lesbian, bisexual, trans women, trans men, and queer persons (LBTQ) exist in all of human diversity. Our issues and concerns cut across diverse groups and communities, including other marginalized groups such as people with disabilities, refugees, migrant workers, and indigenous peoples. LBTQ persons experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence in multiple spaces based on our assigned, actual, or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity... More

Joint Statement - ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Monday, December 11, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms... More

Samoa’s Nofotane women assert their rights and independence

Friday, November 3, 2017

In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender... More

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. The five-member bench delivering the historic judgement comprised of judges from different major faiths in India—Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism... More

OP-ED: Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required

Monday, August 21, 2017

The laws a society passes speak of the values the society wishes to embrace. Nepal, through its laws and policies, shows clear aspiration to be a country governed with respect for human rights, equality and dignity for all. The recent deaths of several young women, banished to cow sheds during their menstruation and exposed to the elements and to snakebites... More

Asia's youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBT rights

Friday, August 4, 2017

Marching through the streets of East Timor's capital Dili with a rainbow flag in his hand, Natalino Guterres was overwhelmed with emotion, reminding him of how he felt 15 years ago when he saw the Timorese flag raised for the first time. "It was an emotional moment," he said of the... More

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’

Friday, March 31, 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

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