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Taking the wheels of her destiny on the roads of western Nepal

Monday, March 25, 2019

Padma Chaudhary, a 38-year-old mother of two, leaves early in the morning from her home in the village of Phulwari to her e-rickshaw stall almost 20 km away, in Dhangadhi bazaar. Decked in a smart, long red coat that matches her bright red chariot on wheels, she marvels at how much her life has changed in the months since she acquired the vehicle, which has allowed her to work independently. An e-rickshaw, short for electric rickshaw, is a battery-operated... More

Women in Construction

Monday, March 18, 2019

The achievement of the SDGs, and particularly gender equality and women’s empowerment, requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches, and new solutions. Based on current projections, the existing interventions will not be enough to ensure an end to discrimination and achievement of gender equality by 2030. If we want to achieve sustainable development, fifty percent of the population cannot remain on the margins. We need to level the playing field. Women must be integrated into the formal workforce... More

From "City of Peace" to Safe Cities for Women and Girls

Friday, March 8, 2019

Twenty years ago, Hanoi was awarded the UNESCO City for Peace prize. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, now is a good time to look at what a peaceful city means today, in particular for women and girls, and at the many initiatives under way to ensure safety, inclusion and access for all. Last week, as Hanoi hosted a much-heralded summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)... More

When more women work, economies grow: European Union and UN Women partner to boost women’s economic rights and opportunities in Asia

Friday, March 8, 2019

The European Union and UN Women jointly launched today a 3-year WeEmpower Asia programme to encourage the private sector to expand economic participation and business opportunities for women in seven Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Funded by the EU, UN Women will implement the €8 million programme aiming to integrate gender concerns into business practices in the region. WeEmpower Asia will promote dialogue among women’s groups and the public and private sector so as to enable a business environment that empowers women; provide skills training... More

Grooming her business: a beautician-turned entrepreneur’s story from Nepal

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In the historical town of Banepa, 35-year-old Sulochana Timalsina runs a little shop, half of which is a grocery store and the other half a beauty parlour. The two units share one space to serve different purposes for her patrons, but one single purpose for this young entrepreneur – empowerment. “Five years down the line, I hope to turn this place into a full-fledged beauty parlour. With houses mushrooming in this area, I am positive that my business... More

National Dialogue brings together stakeholders to promote women and girls participation in science

Friday, February 22, 2019

Speakers at the National Dialogue on Women in Science unanimously stressed the need to rapid increase in the opportunities and participation of women and girls in science if the country wanted to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. UNESCO in partnership with UNWOMEN, Pakistan Alliance for Maths and Science and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) organized this two-day National Dialogue on Women in Science concluded late Tuesday... More

UN Women and Procter & Gamble announce newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Co-hosted with UN Women, P&G’s first IMEA #WeSeeEqual Summit brought together business and government leaders, and influencers to share inspiration and surface insights around the myths that prevent us from accelerating our progress for gender equality. The Summit brought together the leading voices to share perspectives on gender equality in its many facets including women’s economic empowerment, the role of advertising and media, the myths that are holding us back from equal representation in leadership and the workplace, and the importance of male champions as advocates... More

UN Women-organized workshop creates innovative ways to improve women’s lives

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Seventy young people participating in a UN Women-organized “Ideathon” have come up with innovative solutions to the problems women in Asia face in school and at work. The Innovation for Impact (i4i) Ideathon brought together 70 women aged 18-25 from across the region to discuss ways to improve women’s participation in the workforce and small-medium businesses, personal safety and especially sexual harassment, and access to... More

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

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