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UN Women Helps Campaign to Get Local Laws to Align with International Obligations

20 June 2016

A major challenge for countries seeking to carry out their international treaty obligations on women’s rights is getting their national laws to move in step. UN Women has been helping this effort with legal trainings. In Cambodia and seven other Southeast Asian countries, UN Women has since 2013 collaborated with an NGO, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, to give trainings to lawyers, judges, government officials and civil society activists... More

Regional Results Sharing meeting CEDAW SEAP

19 May 2016

Thirty seven years ago, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women came into force as an expression of the global demand for states to take decisive action to transform unequal gender norms. It represents political will to guarantee equality of opportunity as well as equality of results. CEDAW and the General Recommendations that have... More

Canada and UN Women Support Women’s Rights in the ASEAN Region

19 May 2016

When women are able to participate as equal partners, decision makers, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, societies and economies are stronger. The consequences of inaction do not fall only on women: where women do not have the opportunities and resources to enjoy their human rights, development, inclusive governance and peace will remain an aspiration for too many in Southeast Asia. ... More

CEDAW and SDG Implementation- Step It Up Planet 50-50

16 May 2016

[Thursday, 19 May 2016, 10:30 - 11:15 A.M.] A briefing for the media by Ambassador of Canada, Indonesian and regional experts on women’s rights will discuss how investing in women and girls will accelerate development in Indonesia and ASEAN. [WHERE:] Satoo Garden Meeting Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Indonesia... More

Taking stock of the 10-year progress on gender equality through CEDAW in Viet Nam

21 April 2016

10 years ago, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was not widely known by the government and civil society. It was just something on the paper. Now, many civil society organizations understand and apply CEDAW in their work” said Ms Ngo Thi Thu Ha, Vice Director of Center for Education Promotion and Empowerment of Women, a local NGO in Viet Nam. Globally, the adoption of the Sustainable... More

CEDAW Bearing Fruits in Timor-Leste

19 April 2016

CEDAW has already born some fruits in Timor-Leste,” said Laura Pina, Director of the non-governmental organization Pátria, during the National Results Sharing on the Regional Programme on Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia (known as the CEDAW SEAP Phase II Regional Programme of UN Women). “In our view, the lawmakers have begun to understand their duty and obligation to integrate CEDAW in laws and... More

CEDAW at 35: Advancing Women’s Human Rights, Milestones Reached and More to Come: National Consultation

15 March 2016

Women’s issues are a particular priority for the Government of Canada, which has sought to actively promote women's rights and gender equality both at home and abroad. Following our elections on October 2015, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, made history by establishing Canada’s first gender balanced cabinet which consists of 15 women and 15 men... More

CEDAW AT 35: Advancing Women’s Human Rights, Milestones Reached and More to Come

14 March 2016

The data on the Philippines bears out the results of consistent and concerted efforts by the government and the vital women’s movement to promote substantive equality. The Philippines ranks 7th on the Global Gender Gap Index which tracks economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. There is real progress in education and health though much more to... More

Regional Consultation on Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Bisexual Women, Transgender and Intersex Persons in Southeast Asia

01 March 2016

I welcome you to this consultation on promoting and protecting the rights of LBTI persons in South East Asia. It is a component of the Canada-funded project on implementing CEDAW obligations in the ASEAN region and a continuation of a collaboration with OUTRIGHT which produced an important piece of research on violence against LBT in Asia in... More

Media Advisory - BREAKING THE SILENCE

26 January 2016

The right of access to justice for women is essential to the realization of all the rights protected under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It is a fundamental element of the... More

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