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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

Launch of Research report on Women’s Access to Justice in Nepali Judiciary

30 September 2016

National Judicial Academy (NJA), under the leadership of the Supreme Court of Nepal and with support from UN Women launched the research report on “Women’s access to justice through the Nepali judicial system” (Nepali version) in Kathmandu on 14 September 2016. The launch programme was attended by Rt. Hon’ Chief Justice Sushila Karki, the first woman Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Nepal... More

Photo essay: In the Philippines, women migrant workers rebuild lives, advocate for each other

15 September 2016

In the past two decades, an annual average of 172,000 Filipino women have left the country as migrant workers, in the quest for decent work and adequate income. More

Debrief by Pakistan’s Delegation to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit

23 June 2016

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) was convened by the United Nations (UN) in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, where Member States (including Pakistan) gathered to support efforts to better assist some 100 million people in need each year. With over 60 million displaced people in the world compared to 37 million a decade ago, demands on the humanitarian system are growing every year. With more than one thousand commitments,... More

‘I am what I am’: In Phnom Penh, a rainbow and costume rally against discrimination

06 June 2016

They came in bright rainbow colors and outrageous costumes, but what they wanted was to be accepted like everyone else. The LGBTI community held its annual PRIDE “tuk tuk race” on 21 May, sending more than 100 contestants in rainbow-draped tuk tuks – local trishaws -- for dashes through the streets of Phnom Penh. Many wore... More

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