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Don’t blame the clothes

Monday, June 25, 2018

As countries around the world reassess their views and approaches to sexual violence, in Thailand an exhibition that showcases victims’ clothing challenges the notion that women’s appearance and behaviour are to blame when they are assaulted and asks audiences to question the acceptance of sexual violence. The exhibition will be on display at Siam Paragon, Bangkok, from 25 June to 1 July and at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, from 3 to 15 July. By... More

UN Women, OHCHR and ICJ partner to enhance women’s access to justice in Asia and the Pacific

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Women’s limited access to justice is one of the most significant barriers to gender equality in Asia and the Pacific. On 7 June 2018, UN Women, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) jointly launched a new programme to tackle this issue over the next five years, with generous funding from the government of Sweden. The public launch for the programme, “Enhancing Access... More

Advancing the partnership for gender equality and women’s rights in Nepal with the Ministry of Women Children and Senior Citizen

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As Nepal prepares to embark on a journey for sustained development after the successful completion of the country’s historic elections, two prominent advocates for gender equality and women’s empowerment meet to discuss the way forward for women and girls in Nepal. The meeting... More

Training on Federalism and Women's Rights Given to 40 Future Leaders

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Forty potential future leaders from across Myanmar have received training on the proposed federal system of government and how it can open opportunities to boost the status and participation of women in the country's affairs. The Myanmar Federalism Leadership Programme, held here during 16-26 November, was jointly organized by Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany), UN Women, Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (Myanmar), and Canterbury Christ Church University... More

Samoa’s Nofotane women assert their rights and independence

Friday, November 3, 2017

In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender... More

OP-ED: Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required

Monday, August 21, 2017

The laws a society passes speak of the values the society wishes to embrace. Nepal, through its laws and policies, shows clear aspiration to be a country governed with respect for human rights, equality and dignity for all. The recent deaths of several young women, banished to cow sheds during their menstruation and exposed to the elements and to snakebites... More

UN Women and Morango Films Screen the top 25 short films on ‘Social and Political Rights of Women’ under Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’

Friday, March 31, 2017

To experience another woman's life through a 60-seconds documentary can be a revelatory experience, if crafted and narrated well. The Izhar by Film Fellowship (IBFF), an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) held a screening ceremony of the top 25 short films produced by trainees from across Pakistan who participated in the first-ever fellowship program on the social and... More

In Singapore and Indonesia, women re-claim rights from religious fundamentalists

Monday, March 27, 2017

The ideologues say men are the bosses of the household and women should just keep it clean and take care of the children. They tell women not go out at night, and not to wear short skirts – if you are sexually assaulted, it is your fault. “Gender equality” is a heresy imposed by Westerners and rogue clerics, they say." In Singapore and... More

Q&A with Abigail Pamei, featured artist for the 2016 UNiTE Song Contest

Thursday, December 8, 2016

UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific recently launched the UNiTE 2016 Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End violence against women Campaign by inviting people’s own music video for the UNiTE Campaign Song 2016. As a starting point, Ms Abigail Pamei, an independent singer from India and Director Social Responsibility of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur... More

UN Women to launch women, peace and security publications

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Four publications on women, peace and security, produced by UN Women, will be launched on 28 October during the women’s agenda presentation to the ARMM Regional Government in Cotabato City. More

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