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UN Women and Thailand Institute of Justice strengthen partnership to ensure female victims can get justice

Friday, April 19, 2019

UN Women signed an agreement today with the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) to strengthen their partnership to help women and girls who have experienced abuse and violence secure legal protection and justice. The partnership will focus on joint activities based on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 for gender equality, Goal 16 for peace, justice and security and Goal 17 for building sustainable partnerships. Countries worldwide including Thailand have agreed to try to achieve these and other goals by 2030... More

Passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law promises new hope for women in Southern Philippines

Friday, February 22, 2019

Following decades of struggle for peace in southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in July 2018. The law creates a new political entity to replace the existing autonomous region, which is home to 13 ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao. On 22 February 2019, the transitional authority took their oath of office, swearing in the new government’s Chief Minister, Cabinet and Parliament... More

ASEAN launches gender-sensitive guidelines for handling women victims of trafficking

Friday, January 25, 2019

Imagine you’re a police officer who has just busted a human trafficking ring. There are a dozen female victims lying on a dingy floor, crying and afraid of what comes next. What can you tell them? Knowing how to interact with a victim of human trafficking is a delicate matter that can be daunting even for experienced frontline workers. There are certain sensitivities that law enforcement... More

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

Panel co-organized by UN Women discusses the multiple barriers to women getting justice

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In an effort to advocate improvements to women's access to justice, an in-depth panel discussion on "Women's Access to Justice: Ending Violence against Women (VAW)" was organized by UN Women in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institutes (SDPI). The discussion was held as part of the '20th Sustainable Development Conference'. The objective of the... More

Women’s Protection in the Criminal Justice System Requires Stronger Multi-Sectoral, Quality Services that Respond to Women’s Needs

Thursday, November 2, 2017

To strengthen the criminal justice sector response to sexual violence, it is essential to establish quality essential justice services for victims that prioritize their safety, protection and support, today’s workshop by UN Women and partners concluded. To improve the quality of and access to essential services for victims of gender-based violence, it is necessary to enhance understanding of the essential services for women and girls subject to violence- what... More

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. The five-member bench delivering the historic judgement comprised of judges from different major faiths in India—Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism... 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 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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