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Take five: “If we have policies and services but no one knows about them, it’s useless”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

As NGOs or youth representatives, we do not have such a loud voice among the governmental delegations in New York. But it is good for us to negotiate with some of the governments. Some are more supportive than others, of course, but for example Australia and Nepal are really pushing for our agenda in their meetings. And if the right recommendations are then adopted, then this makes it easier for Y-PEER to then deal with other governments... More

Take five: “We would like to see something done about the women workers who are not currently recognized as formal labourers”

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nepal’s hospitality and entertainment sector includes dance restaurants, singing or “duet” restaurants, open restaurants, and the smaller snack bars known as cabin restaurants, as well as massage parlours. The workplaces in this sector are sometimes registered and sometimes not, but the women who work there are almost always unregistered. In researching women who work in the small bars and massage parlours... More

Regional stakeholders say a holistic and gender-responsive approach to social protection is needed

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gender inequalities remain profound and entrenched across Asia and the Pacific, despite recent rapid economic progress. Women’s inequitable access to health, education and other basic social services starts young and has a life-long, cumulative impact on their social and economic opportunities. To overcome such disadvantages, investment in well-coordinated and gender-responsive social protection systems, public services and sustainable... More

Opening Remarks to Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for CSW63

Thursday, February 14, 2019

On behalf of UN Women, I thank you for being here to prepare for the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is taking place in New York next month. I want to thank our UN partners, particularly ESCAP, FAO, UNDP, and UNFPA, for their partnership in organizing... More

Opening Remarks to Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for CSW63

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gender-responsive public services and infrastructure investments are key in reducing and redistributing the burden of unpaid work, thereby opening opportunities for women to participate in labour markets, community events, or leisure activities. This would include the provision of affordable child care services, which would free-up time for mothers to engage in activities that are appropriate to their situations. Provision of water, sanitation and clean energy, especially in rural areas... More

Take five: “Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships”

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bayi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines. In February 2019 she attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing + 25 Review. This year’s CSW is focused on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. Cerillo’s organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around... More

Canadian ambassador: “We need to amplify the voices for good and equality” nearly 25 years after Beijing Declaration

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Donica Pottie, Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, participated as a young diplomat and activist in the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in China, which resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As the global community prepares to mark 25 years of the Declaration in 2020, she spoke about the challenges facing the new generation of advocates fighting for gender equality and the empowerment... More

Bangladesh holds consultation rural women ahead of Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 12, 2018

The rural women of Bangladesh have learned much about overcoming gender inequality amid the other challenges of development. Their experiences and recommendations were shared at a multi-stakeholder consultation in Dhaka, ahead of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to be held in New York from March 12. This year's CSW priority theme is "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment... More

Asia-Pacific countries commit to empower rural women and girls at high-level UN forum

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Senior officials from ministries responsible for agriculture, rural development and gender equality across Asia and Pacific have agreed on key priorities for advancement of rural women's and girls' human rights at the Asia-Pacific High-level Meeting for the 62th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) concluded in Bangkok on 23 February. Organized as the regional preparatory meeting leading up to CSW62, which is taking... More

A call for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work in Asia and the Pacific

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Women in the Asia-Pacific region face serious barriers to their full and active engagement in the economy and to improving their socio-economic status. In deliberating these barriers, key recommendations on promoting women’s economic empowerment in today’s changing world of work were made at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on the 23 – 24th of February 2017. Dr Miwa Kato, Regional Director of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the... More

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