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UN Women and Norway cooperate to support peace process in Myanmar through the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Friday, April 5, 2019

UN Women Myanmar with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon is implementing the second phase of the project, ‘Centering Women and their Priorities in the Peace Process: Implementing the UNSCR 1325 and Related Resolutions’. Initiated in 2017, the programme will continue into 2020 with the aim of ensuring the implementation of the national commitments and accountability frameworks on the Women, Peace and Development Plans (WPDP) in south-eastern Myanmar... More

Women and youths encouraged to counter extremist groups

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Extremist groups are increasingly targeting youths and using gender stereotypes as a tool in recruitment, so young people must take the lead in creating strategies to combat radicalization. On 19-21 March, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime organized a dialogue in Bangkok called, Promoting Peaceful Engagement: Learning from and Empowering the Youth on Preventing Violent Extremism. A total of 75 people from South-East Asian countries,... More

From where I stand: “I can share, I can speak, and I can teach.”

Thursday, April 4, 2019

“I used to have a rice field, but then I borrowed money and put my land as collateral to build a house. My husband did not help, so I had to find a way to pay the debt on my own. In the past, he was very violent, and I could not say anything. Even though I did not want to, I was considering leaving my daughter behind with my parents to migrate to Thailand to find work and pay my debts. Instead, I heard about a programme through CWCC. I attended sessions they organized on topics like... More

Bangsamoro Women’s Summit raises grass-roots women’s voices and pushes for women’s participation in peacebuilding

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

On the heels of the swearing in of a new transitional authority for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), UN Women hosted an Inaugural Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Women’s Summit from 28-29 March in Davao, southern Philippines, bringing together over 100 grass-roots women and maintaining momentum for their full participation in the new government. The Summit produced a women’s agenda, which called for: spaces to ensure women’s needs are met in laws... More

From where I stand: “That is what we all want: a peaceful life.”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Narimbai leads by example when teaching women in her community to lead peaceful lives while supporting their families through entrepreneurship. Photo: UN Women/Joser Dumbrique When I was a kid, I experienced a lot due to conflict. It was hard for me to move around to different places with my parents. We had to leave many of our belongings behind and when we moved, we had to start again, over and over. I was always afraid of my surroundings, and I could not study well. Even if I only... More

From where I stand: “We could be heroines, and we can create peace”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“When I was younger, we lived in another community. But when a conflict arose between groups, we had to be evacuated [from our home]. Since my father had passed, my mother was taking care of all eight of us children. We had to get out of our house while there was an encounter taking place. While we were walking, the rebels were still there, fighting. But thank God, none of us got injured. Unfortunately... More

From where I stand: “Thanks to the women’s determination, we brought peace to the community”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“There was a time when we had to move to another village because of a clan feud [known as rido in the local language]. During the rido, there were gun fights, and I told my husband that we had to leave because other people said that the young boys would be shot. I feared for my children because they were still small. We stayed in another village for seven years until we came back to Orandang in 2012. This time, the elected chairwoman said that she would help end the rido. Men were... More

Women in the Philippines raise their voices in the new BARMM to recognize women’s contribution to nation-building

Friday, March 29, 2019

Over 100 women from various communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) gathered today in Davao City to call for women’s meaningful participation in the newly established political entity. The Inaugural Bangsamoro Women’s Summit, led by UN Women in collaboration with the governments of Norway, Australia and Canada, brings together women from the communities in the Bangsamoro... More

Using comedy to promote equality and peaceful communities

Thursday, March 28, 2019

“I wanted to explore an issue a lot of women face. We’ll just be talking about ‘can women have it all?’—which is of course a question that society poses every so often, similar to things like:‘are women funny’; or ‘does she have to talk’; or ‘can a woman have a family and a career and friends and soccer’? I immediately think: well, maybe if you helped instead of asking me this question all the time,”joked comedian Aparna Nancherla during her appearance... More

#MyRedLine – A social movement cataloguing where Afghan’s stand on women’s rights and peace

Monday, March 18, 2019

Farahnaz Forotan, in partnership with UN Women Afghanistan launched “ #MyRedLine ” - an online campaign cataloguing where Afghan’s stand on women’s rights and peace, harnessing the voices of Afghan women and men on what matters most to them. Afghanistan has demonstrated significant progress in equal access to women and men to participate in all parts of Afghan society from education to the police, from media to medicine. #MyRedLine , a campaign by Farahnaz Forotan,... More

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