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UN Women and Thailand Institute of Justice strengthen partnership to ensure female victims can get justice

Friday, April 19, 2019

UN Women signed an agreement today with the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) to strengthen their partnership to help women and girls who have experienced abuse and violence secure legal protection and justice. The partnership will focus on joint activities based on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 for gender equality, Goal 16 for peace, justice and security and Goal 17 for building sustainable partnerships. Countries worldwide including Thailand have agreed to try to achieve these and other goals by 2030... More

Passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law promises new hope for women in Southern Philippines

Friday, February 22, 2019

Following decades of struggle for peace in southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in July 2018. The law creates a new political entity to replace the existing autonomous region, which is home to 13 ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao. On 22 February 2019, the transitional authority took their oath of office, swearing in the new government’s Chief Minister, Cabinet and Parliament... More

Advocates convene to promote women’s right to a nationality in Myanmar

Friday, February 15, 2019

To strengthen joint action on nationality rights, UN Women and UNHCR convened key women’s civil society organizations (CSOs), gender equality networks and women’s empowerment advocates from across Myanmar, representing diverse states, ethnicities, religions, transgendered persons, sex workers, networks of women living with HIV and women with disabilities, philanthropists, faith-based leaders and celebrities. Participants came from all... More

Press release: Samoa Launches its National Inquiry into Family Violence Report

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Family violence sits behind a veil of silence which allows it to continue to menace the lives of our people especially the most vulnerable among us. This is according to the National Inquiry into Family Violence Report 2018 released today with support from the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) along with UNDP, Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions (APF) and the Commonwealth Secretariat. More

Take Five: “If you are invisible in everyday life, your needs will not be thought of, let alone addressed, in a crisis situation”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Matcha Phorn-in is the Executive Director of Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon , a civil society organization working with young people from marginalized communities, many of whom are indigenous, in disaster-prone Thai villages at the border with Myanmar. Phorn-in is from an ethnic minority and identifies as a lesbian feminist human-rights defender. Her organization supports women to become leaders and raise their communities... More

Advancing the partnership for gender equality and women’s rights in Nepal with the Ministry of Women Children and Senior Citizen

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As Nepal prepares to embark on a journey for sustained development after the successful completion of the country’s historic elections, two prominent advocates for gender equality and women’s empowerment meet to discuss the way forward for women and girls in Nepal. The meeting... More

From where I stand: “Women need support from each other to cope with this crisis”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I came to Bangladesh many years ago. I was only seven years old and all I remember is crossing the river on a boat. My mother said that the Myanmar military had killed my nine-year-old brother, so we had to leave our home. I used to think that one day Myanmar will take us back and the violence will stop. But I don’t see any improvement of the situation in Myanmar. The military torture is worse and the number of Rohingyas fleeing is much... More

From where I stand: “I am worried about the monsoon… will our small shelter keep standing?”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Minara Begum is among the thousands of Rohingya women who fled the violence unleashed by the Myanmar army in her village, Buchidong, Myanmar. Having learned new skills in a UN Women-supported Multi-Purpose Women’s Centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she is speaking out, meeting decision-makers in the camp and helping other Rohingya women. Minara Begum. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce In Myanmar, we had a big wooden house. We had cows, goats, chicken and lots of... More

Breaking the Silence: Ending Impunity

Monday, April 2, 2018

The experiences of women, especially those who suffered sexual violence, have not been fully acknowledged as part of the history of Nepal's armed conflict from 1996 to 2006. Too often women survivors and victims are silenced, disbelieved, or punished when they do come forward to share their accounts. In support of the women survivors and victims who faced and endured these experiences, this event was organized to share the gross violations of their rights that... More

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

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