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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

Women at the helm of cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga

Monday, August 27, 2018

“When the cyclone finally arrived, we were all huddled in the house. The cyclone strength was getting stronger and stronger, and the damages started in the kitchen.” “The next morning, we saw the complete devastation in front of us. The roof was completely destroyed. All the doors and windows were completely damaged. The walls had collapsed because of the fallen roof. We all stood in shock, crying and holding on to each other,” recalls Sesalina Vaiangina... More

Asian ministerial conference pledges greater efforts to empower women in reducing disaster risk

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

More than 50 countries have pledged to give more women leading roles in efforts to reduce the high risks they face from natural disasters in Asia. The 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction , held in Mongolia’s capital on 3-6 July, made this and other key commitments by adopting the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and the Action Plan 2018-2020 of the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework... More

Take Five: “If you are invisible in everyday life, your needs will not be thought of, let alone addressed, in a crisis situation”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Matcha Phorn-in is the Executive Director of Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon , a civil society organization working with young people from marginalized communities, many of whom are indigenous, in disaster-prone Thai villages at the border with Myanmar. Phorn-in is from an ethnic minority and identifies as a lesbian feminist human-rights defender. Her organization supports women to become leaders and raise their communities... More

Empowering Rohingya women and girls through art

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

To commemorate World Refugee Day, UN Women hosted “Awareness through Art” workshop at Balukhali, Camp-18 for women and girl refugees to enjoy their right to a life of dignity. The event, held at UN Women’s Women’s Centre, incorporated art and awareness on gender equality in an interactive style so that Rohingya women and girls could express their ideas about what it means to be a woman... More

From where I stand: “Women need support from each other to cope with this crisis”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I came to Bangladesh many years ago. I was only seven years old and all I remember is crossing the river on a boat. My mother said that the Myanmar military had killed my nine-year-old brother, so we had to leave our home. I used to think that one day Myanmar will take us back and the violence will stop. But I don’t see any improvement of the situation in Myanmar. The military torture is worse and the number of Rohingyas fleeing is much... More

Photo Essay: "I want to live in peace"

Monday, May 21, 2018

Senu Ara arrived in Cox’s Bazar the same way as many other Rohingya refugees: On foot. After a week of walking barefoot, Senu and her three sisters reached Bangladesh, tired, hungry and thirsty, having left their home in fear of the escalating violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. “I saw the military in Myanmar burn down a lot of houses, and kidnapping and killing others. We fled to... More

From where I stand: “I am worried about the monsoon… will our small shelter keep standing?”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Minara Begum is among the thousands of Rohingya women who fled the violence unleashed by the Myanmar army in her village, Buchidong, Myanmar. Having learned new skills in a UN Women-supported Multi-Purpose Women’s Centre in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she is speaking out, meeting decision-makers in the camp and helping other Rohingya women. Minara Begum. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce In Myanmar, we had a big wooden house. We had cows, goats, chicken and lots of... More

Solar lamps, alternative fuel, feminine hygiene products—relief that counts in the practical needs of Rohingya women refugees

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mahmuda Begum, 23, lives in a makeshift settlement at the Moynerghona, Balukhali camp, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She arrived recently with a newborn baby she had delivered, without any medical assistance, just before crossing the border of Myanmar. She is among the estimated 688,000 new arrivals of Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar, and has had a harrowing journey. “Being eight months pregnant, I had to endure inhumane suffering while we were fleeing from our home,” she said... More

UN Women Executive Director praises Bangladesh for its generosity in embracing the Rohingya into the country and protecting the Rohingya women and girls' rights and dignity

Monday, February 5, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka praised the Government of Bangladesh, as well as its people, for its generosity in welcoming the Rohingya despite its own priorities and its efforts to address needs of women and girls and protection of their rights and dignity during this world's worst humanitarian crisis, the press was informed today. The Executive Director ended her five-day visit today, in which she met with the Prime... More

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