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Empowering the invisible mine victims in Lao PDR

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

As I play tag with Minta, a beaming four-year-old, it’s easy to forget the tragic circumstances that brought this bright-eyed girl and her mother to a UN Women-led skills training for women victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Xieng Khouang, a town in the north-east of Lao PDR. Tired from running, Minta settles into a chair, giggling, and I can’t resist reaching for my camera to capture her radiant face, pink from the exercise and the nippy Xieng... More

From where I stand: “I can share, I can speak, and I can teach.”

Thursday, April 4, 2019

“I used to have a rice field, but then I borrowed money and put my land as collateral to build a house. My husband did not help, so I had to find a way to pay the debt on my own. In the past, he was very violent, and I could not say anything. Even though I did not want to, I was considering leaving my daughter behind with my parents to migrate to Thailand to find work and pay my debts. Instead, I heard about a programme through CWCC. I attended sessions they organized on topics like... More

Take five: The idea is to make safety a collective enterprise that we all work towards improving

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Kalpana Viswanath is Co-Founder and CEO of SafetiPin, a social enterprise based in India that uses data and technology to support cities in their endeavour to become safer, more inclusive and smarter. Since 2013, Safetipin has worked with more than 30 cities in India and other developing countries, collecting public space data and working with governments to use that data for better planning and maintenance of cities.... More

Thai public prosecutors learn how to be more sensitive to female victims

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

With a recent gender-sensitivity training for 60 public prosecutors, UN Women is continuing its efforts to help Thai women who have experienced violence to secure justice. UN Women organized the Training Workshop on Criminal Justice Processes on the Protection of Women on 23-25 January in collaboration with Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General and Thailand Institute of Justice, a state-established... More

From "City of Peace" to Safe Cities for Women and Girls

Friday, March 8, 2019

Twenty years ago, Hanoi was awarded the UNESCO City for Peace prize. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, now is a good time to look at what a peaceful city means today, in particular for women and girls, and at the many initiatives under way to ensure safety, inclusion and access for all. Last week, as Hanoi hosted a much-heralded summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)... More

“Don’t Tell Me How To Dress”: How a clothing exhibition is challenging the culture of victim-blaming in the Philippines

Friday, February 22, 2019

This is what she was wearing that day —her usual corporate attire. This is what she was wearing that day —her school uniform. This is what she was wearing that day —baby clothes. These harrowing stories are among those on display in a touring exhibition in the Philippines, which aims to challenge the culture of victim-blaming and raise awareness of the need to end all forms... More

Advocates convene to promote women’s right to a nationality in Myanmar

Friday, February 15, 2019

To strengthen joint action on nationality rights, UN Women and UNHCR convened key women’s civil society organizations (CSOs), gender equality networks and women’s empowerment advocates from across Myanmar, representing diverse states, ethnicities, religions, transgendered persons, sex workers, networks of women living with HIV and women with disabilities, philanthropists, faith-based leaders and celebrities. Participants came from all... More

Support for Police to Improve Outcomes for Domestic Violence Survivors

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Police officers are being supported to help improve services and processes when responding to survivors of violence who are mostly women. Police deal daily with cases of domestic violence and other gender-based violence cases. Therefore, this training is aimed at helping police officers increase their knowledge and improve their understanding of gender, human rights, violence against women and girls and, in doing so, improve their skills... More

Partners unite to use faith to prevent violence against women and girls

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Faith-based activities in Fijian communities are expected to contribute to preventing violence against women and girls as part of House of Sarah’s new Preventing Violence Against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings (PVAWFFS) initiative. PVAWFFS is co-funded by the Fiji Women’s Fund, supported by the Australian Government, and the new EUR 19.5 million Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) programme funded... 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

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