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TAKE FIVE: Beena Pallical

Monday, July 9, 2018

Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia . The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus... More

Village decision — makers take a stand for Samoa’s “nofotane” women

Friday, July 21, 2017

Seualuga Tauasa Malietoa, the 70-year-old Talking Chief at Manase Savaii village in rural Samoa, has pledged to support women’s rights. His commitment is the result of trainings that the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), an FGE grantee, is conducting to engage local leaders as advocates for “nofotane” women. The term refers to women married to men from a different village and living with their in-laws. They are often exploited as domestic... More

Women in rural Cambodia cultivate their way out of vulnerability

Friday, July 14, 2017

In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women – including those who are illiterate or single mothers, to help them improve their livelihoods. Twenty-year-old Vern Chantha is one. The fifth in a poor family of seven children with unemployed elderly parents, she decided to participate in training on agricultural techniques to improve productivity on her 100-square-metre family farm. “Sometimes the plants didn’t grow... More

Helping Philippine female migrant domestic workers face difficulties of going home

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Many of the Philippine women working abroad face exploitation and abuse, but they may face even greater challenges when it’s time to go back home. After long years of separation from family and country, they are estranged from children and spouses and have problems finding new work when they return back home. And despite so many hours of toil abroad, they often don’t have enough savings to get started again. These women have... More

Migrant women of Viet Nam claim social protection and rights

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

An estimated 40 – 50 per cent of migrants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the two biggest cities in Viet Nam, are women, and they face distinct challenges. Low and unstable incomes and lack of social protection make them particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. But migrant women workers of Viet Nam refuse to live on the fringes any longer. More than 10,000 migrant workers have learnt how to access social welfare benefits, legal protection and health care. They are advocating for... More

Young women’s voices resonate in ASEAN

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

With more than 700 million young people in the Asia-Pacific region, youth-friendly spaces for discussion and participation are essential. However, these kinds of scenarios remain scarce and more often than not young people’s voices, in particular girls’ voices, are side-lined in national, regional and international fora, even on issues that directly affect and concern them... More

Women gain political representation and leadership in rural China

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Liao Bin, from the Hunan province in China, was elected as the head of her Village Committee at 27. Her average day looks like this: hours spent in efforts to boost the economy of the village, caring for left-behind children of migrant workers, and then whatever is left of the day, she spends visiting village residents to hear about their concerns, and organizing various skills training programmes for the villagers. “Chinese women are as capable to govern and lead as men, and must be given equal opportunities to do so,” she says... More

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 1.4 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia Pacific

Monday, December 21, 2015

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality announced the awarding of USD 1.4 million in grants to four innovative programmes in Asia and the Pacific starting in January 2016. These high-impact programmes were designed by women-led civil society organizations, and have been selected to jumpstart the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The new programmes will strengthen women’s right to adequate standard of living, dignity and... More

Asia Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

Monday, December 14, 2015

“It’s important to understand CEDAW because it acts as an umbrella, protecting all women across the globe,” said Maria Abrantes, a high school student and women’s rights advocate from Timor-Leste. She attended a 2014 workshop organized by the International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia-Pacific with support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE). Participants learned how to recognize gender-based discrimination and fight for change using the... More

Girls and young women gain ground in male dominated fields

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

20-year-old Kalaichelvi Kanagalingam could no longer afford her tuition fees in Kilinochichi, the Northern Sri Lanka, and received valuable training with the help of a UN Women Fund for Gender Equality-supported programme... More

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