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Indonesian Finance Minister “Rang the Bell” to Encourage Private Sector’s Role in Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment

Friday, April 19, 2019

Indonesian Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani, was joined by representatives from the businesses sector and Indonesia Stock Exchange to ring the bell for Gender Equality with UN Women, to celebrate International Women’s Day. The bell ringing ceremony aims to raise awareness on the key role of the private sectors in accelerating progress for gender equality. Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani with Vice Chair of UN Global Compact Paul Polman... More

Memorandum of Understanding signed by UN Women Nepal and Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

UN Women and the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC) of the Government of Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to take forward their partnership in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal. The five-year agreement was signed by Wenny Kusuma, Representative of UN Women Nepal and Rudra Devi Sharma, Joint Secretary of MoWCSC, in the presence of Honorable Minister Tham Maya Thapa and Acting Secretary Bir Bahadur... More

Empowering the invisible mine victims in Lao PDR

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

As I play tag with Minta, a beaming four-year-old, it’s easy to forget the tragic circumstances that brought this bright-eyed girl and her mother to a UN Women-led skills training for women victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Xieng Khouang, a town in the north-east of Lao PDR. Tired from running, Minta settles into a chair, giggling, and I can’t resist reaching for my camera to capture her radiant face, pink from the exercise and the nippy Xieng... 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

UN Officials in Asia-Pacific trained on UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard

Monday, March 25, 2019

UN Women in collaboration with the UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and the UNSDG Asia-Pacific organized a regional coordination training workshop entitled, UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard: Regional Training Workshop for UNCTs in the Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand on 11-12 March 2019. UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard is an accountability framework that promotes improved planning, coordination, programming and results for gender equality and women’s empowerment... 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

Think equal innovate for change

Friday, March 8, 2019

Arin is a shop attendant at one of the biggest malls in Semarang. She has just moved to the city after graduating from high school and is proud to be a working woman, earning a salary to support herself and her family back in her village. However, she is nervous about navigating a new city at night after she finishes work at 10pm. She feels lucky that the online ojek service (motorbike ride sharing app) - is affordable in Semarang and offers... More

International Women’s Day highlights innovative ways to advance gender equality in social protection, public services and infrastructure across Asia-Pacific

Friday, March 8, 2019

The United Nations system in Bangkok is marking International Women’s Day (IWD) today with a series of events to drive public attention and raise awareness of gender equality and the empowerment of women under the global theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”. Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), “Social protection systems, access to public... More

Statement: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

At a time when innovation is dominant, shaping and changing the way people live in every part of the world, we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact the lives of women and girls. That means making sure they are not only consumers of innovation, but take their place as innovators. With their engagement, both design and execution of solutions can address the unique needs of women and girls, from the creation of decent work to delivery of products, services and infrastructure... More

Start-ups and innovators who advance gender equality in the spotlight at Asia-Pacific commemoration of International Women’s Day 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

Innovation and technology present both unprecedented opportunities and challenges. While they can be leveraged to drive positive changes and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the process of technological automation makes women particularly vulnerable and could lead to greater gender inequality in the labour market as well as exacerbate trends of gender digital divide. In commemoration of International... More

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