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Young educators in China are questioning gender norms and preventing violence

Monday, November 19, 2018

Justin Zhao Peng, now 16, remembers vividly how his grandmother used to favour him over his female cousin when they visited her as young children. She would take him aside and tell him that he would have more responsibility and be more important. In celebrating the New Year, she would slip him 300 yuan more than his cousin. At first, Zhao Peng felt proud that he had been singled out... More

An equal playing field for women and men a priority for Oceania Sevens

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A record number of women in the workforce and local women assistant referees are part of this year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship reflecting a global movement to achieve more equal participation of women and men in rugby. The number of women working in the tournament... More

UN Agencies partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to promote more inclusive services and the rights of persons with disabilities

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On Tuesday, October 30th, the United Nations in Timor-Leste, through its initiative Empower for Change, launched new partnerships with national organizations of persons with disabilities, the Asosiasaun Defisiensia Timor-Leste (ADTL), The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste (TLMTL) and the Community-Based Rehabilitation Network (CBRN) to address and prevent violence against women and children with disabilities in Timor-Leste. Through the partnerships... More

Engaging ASEAN Youth in Gender Initiatives: Empowering Change-Makers to achieve gender equality

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Today, youth representatives from ASEAN countries, together with 100 other young people from Vietnam, participated in the event “Gender Dialogues: Engaging ASEAN Youth in Gender Initiatives” at the Green One UN House in Hanoi. The event highlighted the potential for youth engagement to generate social change for gender equality and the empowerment of women at both regional and national levels. The dialogue concluded a 5-day participatory... More

Events and activities around Asia-Pacific to celebrate the International Women's Day 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are Throughout Asia-Pacific, UN Women and partners organized series of events to celebrate an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice, recognizing the tireless work of activists who have... More

Thai stock exchanges commit to help women rise up in businesses

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) today signaled its commitment to further promote business practices that give women greater equality and leadership in listed companies. SET President, Kesara Manchusree led business leaders in ringing the bell at the opening of the afternoon market trading session as part of the "Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2018" campaign held by exchanges worldwide. It was the first time the SET had participated... More

Announcer: UN Women Executive Director on her first official visit to Bangladesh

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, begins today her first official visit to Bangladesh. During her visit, the Executive Director will be meeting with key government and civil society partners as well as international development actors both in Dhaka, and in Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya Refugee response is taking place. Women in Bangladesh have made important strides in development in recent decades. The country has made impressive gains on a number of development... More

UN Women carries the Olympic Torch, calls for gender equality in sports

Monday, January 22, 2018

UN Women Country Programme Manager in China, Julie Broussard carried the Olympic Torch in Paju, South Korea, leading up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. She called for gender equality in sport, following in the footsteps of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who had carried the Olympic Torch at the 2016 Rio Games... More

“Enabling empowered women to work equally in all the productive sectors” —Lakshmi Puri

Friday, September 29, 2017

Keynote speech by United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at 2017 APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business — I thank our host, the Minister Dao Ngoc Dzung and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) who have convened this APEC Forum dedicated to... 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

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