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From where I stand: “If women are knowledgeable and have skills, they can make the impossible possible. They can make peace.”

Friday, December 14, 2018

When I was 14, my father wanted me to marry, and he engaged me to a man from our community without my consent. I said to my father, “I don’t want to marry! I want to study.” But my father said, “You cannot study because there is martial law in Mindanao.” So, I ran away and went to study religion on my own. I started working in radio in 2008, and I was the assistant host for a show. In 2015, I received training from UN Women on how women can be involved in peacebuilding, and now, I am the host of my own show. On my radio show, I ask, “What are the rights and roles of women?”... More

In the words of Palwasha Hassan: “The time is now to transform that suffering into our strength”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Palwasha Hassan is a mobilizer who fought for the rights of women to be enshrined in Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution. She is an advisor at the country’s High Peace Council (which is tasked with negotiating with elements of the Taliban), and also the Executive Director of the Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC). She has been a political and women’s rights activist since her early youth, volunteering with a women’s movement in 1995... More

In Indonesia, women-led Peace Villages discuss ways to move their vision forward

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

At a hotel in Central Java, a sea of women wearing colorful headscarves and men in traditional Muslim dress are engaged in deep discussion. Working closely by their side are Christian women wearing cross necklaces, men palming prayer beads, and individuals of the traditional Javanese faiths. Elisabet Anita Wahyuningsih, Member of Jetis Village Women's business group and Peace Agent Facilitator, takes notes with her group from Klaten, Indonesia.... More

Church leaders visit Bougainville to see how they can help prevent conflict

Monday, October 8, 2018

After a four-day trip there, Papua New Guinea’s church leaders now have better understanding of how they help keep the peace when the Autonomous Region of Bougainville holds a landmark referendum next year. With UN Women’s assistance, representatives of the PNG Council of Churches and government, civil society and research organizations made the fact-finding mission to Buka from 20 to 23 August... More

Church and women’s leaders push for peace in Papua New Guinea

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Preventing conflict and fostering a culture of peace is of critical importance in many parts of Papua New Guinea, and church groups are trying to help achieve these objectives. With support from UN Women, about 50 members of the PNG Council of Churches, churches from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Government departments and civil society organizations, women’s groups, and the country’s development partners... More

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When I was kid, I didn’t think I would be in the military. It was difficult to imagine that since we were under Indonesian occupation. Initially I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer. When we gained our independence, I decided to pursue a degree in civilian engineering. However, after my father passed away, I stopped my studies to help take care of the family... More

Press release: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Project for Palau

Monday, September 17, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the Mechesil Belau (Women of Palau) Conference with the Republic of Palau, UN Women and the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is also proud to mark the launch of an emergency preparedness, response and recovery project in the country aimed at empowering women. More

Raising women and youth’s voices for peace in the Bangsamoro

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In 2014, a bill was filed to create a new political entity in southern Philippines – to be called ‘the Bangsamoro’. The creation of the Bangsamoro was one of the key features of the peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The bill to establish the Bangsamoro aims to fulfil the right of Muslim Filipinos in the... More

New research examines the impact of an innovative new project on preventing violent extremism through empowering women

Monday, July 9, 2018

The idea is radical yet simple: when women are empowered and are part of decision-making in their communities, societies are more cohesive, more peaceful, and less susceptible to the spread of violent extremism. UN Women’s programme “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities”, funded by the Government of Japan, has been operating in Indonesia and Bangladesh to test this theory of change. And new research says that it’s working. Last week in New York, UN Women launched... More

Comedy for Equality: Harnessing the power of laughter for empowerment and peace

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

“I believe in women having control over their own bodies, but I feel like my own body is getting a little out of control. I’m in my 30’s, and it feels like my body is a band. The older I get, different parts are pursuing solo careers,” joked Aparna Nancherla to a packed house of delegates, United Nations staff and civil society organizations at the event Comedy... More

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