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From where I stand: “I feel good about the change that I have been able to bring”

Monday, November 12, 2018

When I was in Class 11 and there was no money for attending school, I dropped out. I continued with my studies at home by taking notes from my friends and borrowing books. This is how I kept myself connected with studies, and I joined back school as soon as I had the means to do so. I am currently pursuing my studies and working simultaneously at the Empowerment Centre. At Pragya, I got the opportunity to help women find jobs... More

We are equal, we are important, say Nofotane women of Samoa

Friday, October 12, 2018

Many women have started their own businesses since participating in skills and livelihood training delivered by the project, including creating and selling handicrafts at the local markets. Photo: UN Women/Sarika Chand The city centre of Apia is festive today. The market stalls are laden with handmade mats, baskets and traditional jewellery made by women from rural Samoa; music and laughter lace the air. The two-day market is part of an event to showcase the results of a project... More

EU, ILO and UN Women work to promote women migrant workers’ right to organize in workplaces and communities

Friday, October 12, 2018

Guaranteeing the right to organise, collectively bargain, and join trade unions in destination countries is one of the most effective ways to prevent exploitation of women migrant workers from ASEAN, concluded the participants of the regional meeting for Promoting Women Migrant Workers’ Rights through Organizing in ASEAN. Representatives from trade unions, migrant worker organizations and civil society along with experts, development partners and the UN, joined... More

Market Safety a priority as stakeholders convene

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ensuring markets are safe for all users is a top priority, as expressed by market stakeholders during a meeting convened in Lautoka, which discussed market safety issues in Fiji. Discussions were based on the findings of a safety and discrimination assessment exercise conducted in Fiji markets by UN Women Markets for Change (M4C) Project. The meeting, which concluded yesterday, was organized by UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Women and the Ministry... More

Press release: Fondation CHANEL and UN Women partner to accelerate women’s economic empowerment and counter climate change

Friday, September 28, 2018

Fondation CHANEL and UN Women announced today a three-year programme to accelerate rural women’s economic empowerment, many facing the brunt of climate change, in South and East Asia by addressing the barriers women entrepreneurs commonly face through business skills training, financial services and support networks of peers and mentors. With an investment of USD 3 million, Fondation CHANEL–in line with its mission and commitment to gender... More

Market Vendor Associations Representatives will attend inaugural Forum

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More than 40 Market Vendor representatives from Auki, Gizo and Honiara Central Market Vendors Associations will gather in Honiara over three days from 25-27 September for the inaugural Solomon Islands Market Vendors’ Association (MVA) forum. Since the establishment of these MVAs through UN Women Markets for Change (M4C) Project, this will be first time that Market Vendor representatives from the different provinces will gather to network and empower... More

Press release: Improved Toktok at Port Vila market

Monday, September 24, 2018

No more shouting at the top of his lungs for Paul Tabi, the main staff announcer at Port Vila market in Vanuatu. Today, he’s receiving a microphone to ease communications through Port Vila market’s new Public Announcement (PA) system. More

UN Women champions empowerment for desert women amid energy boom in Thar

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tractors and dump trucks busily transporting material for a coal-fired power plant bustle amid the softly sweeping sand dunes of the sprawling Thar desert, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Powering her orange dump truck, Rukhsana, 37, seems unstoppable in making a mark in this male-dominated field: “Through this driving training, I gained the strength and courage to face the world. Initially, I got a lot of criticism from my... More

In the words of Nabila Musleh: “Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience. Indonesia has successfully championed... More

Press release: Savusavu Market to undergo major upgrade

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Good news for market vendors and market goers in Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji! The Savusavu market is ready to undergo a major upgrade after an agreement signed today with UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and Fiji’s Ministry of Local Government. More

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