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In the words of Nabila Musleh: “Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience. Indonesia has successfully championed... More

Press release: Seminar for Members of Parliament: The Role of Parliament in promoting the Strategy for Development of Samoa & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 22 – 23 August 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A two-day seminar aimed at recognising and promoting the significant role that Members of Parliament (MPs) play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held in Samoa on the 22 – 23 August, at Taumeasina Island Resort. 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

National Economies and Commitments to Benefit from Gender Responsive Budgeting

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Decision-makers around the region are being urged to match commitments on gender equality with increased and better targeted funding. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Director for Policy, Sione Tekiteki made the call at a regional training workshop aimed at improving understanding of the financial benefits ... More

Speech: Launch of “A Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion”

Monday, March 27, 2017

On behalf of IDPG GESI Working Group Co-Chairs, USAID and UN Women, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your participation at today’s launch of the Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion and the subsequent orientation workshop later in the day. I wish to extend a special thanks to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)... More

The International Development Partner's Group(IDPG) jointly co-chaired by UN Women and USAID launches a common GESI framework

Monday, March 27, 2017

With the promulgation of a new constitution that contains many positive provisions to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as due to Nepal's national and international commitments, there has been a significant progress towards achieving gender equality and social inclusion in the country. However, many serious challenges remain and a coherent approach among development partners will ensure more coordinated support to the Government of Nepal. In... More

Punjab Chief Minister steams up women’s empowerment initiatives

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Government of the Punjab has set up a taskforce to fast-forward women’s empowerment agendas, including working closely with UN Women to create policy environment for women informal workers in the province. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif early this week constituted a provincial taskforce for facilitating the coordination of women’s empowerment initiatives, and scaling up activities and awareness campaigns across relevant frameworks including but not limited to the... More

Commentary: Global development goals pose complex challenges of costs and monitoring

Friday, February 26, 2016

What goals do we have to achieve in order to build a world that is safe and prosperous? About that we’re pretty clear. What’s not so clear, however, is how much we will have to spend along the way and how we will know we’re on the right path. How much will it cost to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment – No. 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to be reached by the year 2030? What... More

TRANSFORMATIVE FINANCING FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GENDER EQUALITY BY 2030

Thursday, February 18, 2016

On behalf of UN Women I join my colleagues in welcoming you to this Expert Group meeting which is in preparation and intended to feed into the 60th session of the Commission on the status of women. As you know, the Commission which first convened in 1947, will be considering Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. It does so fully engaged with and informed by the Sustainable Development Goals... More

Strategic Planning of MenEngage Alliance Nepal Announced

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mr. Kalyan Shrestha, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nepal has emphasized on the need of ending gender-based violence and discrimination through active participation of men and boys, as envisioned in the new Constitution of Nepal. 'Gender-based violence is detrimental not only to women and girls but to the nation as a whole', Chief Justice Shrestha said on Thursday at the... More

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