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“Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow"

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022 is: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

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“Orange the World: End Gender-Based Violence Now!”

UN Women’s media partner Scenario have joined us to raise public awareness on the issue of gender-based violence.

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Illustration: UN Women/Erica Jacobson
Believe survivors. Act now. Romela’s story, Bangladesh

Through this special editorial series for the 16 Days of Activism, UN Women showcases the voices of survivors and programmes that are transforming lives and communities.

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Mursal Samadi. Illustration: UN Women/Poompat Watanasirikul
“Women coming together, working together, kept me going… Now, we live in fear.”

Mursal Samadi, a civil society leader in Afghanistan. When the Taliban took over Kabul, she remains in Afghanistan, advocating for the rights of Afghan women and girls.

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Dewi Tjakrawinata, Indonesia advocate for rights of people with disabilities, poses with her son, Morgan. illustration: Courtesy of Dewi Tjakrawinata and Oxfam
"The justice system must be responsive to persons with disabilities.”

To mark 16 Days of Activism, UN Women’s Access to Justice team spoke to Dewi about ending impunity for sexual violence against women with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities.

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Domestic workers are an essential part of many Singaporean households. Photo: ILO/J. Aliling
‘I feel safe here’

Aye Aye, a single mother with a 5-year-old son from Myanmar to Singapore. "I thought working as a domestic worker would be easy, but it is quite challenging and sometimes miserable," she says.

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Veronica Tamar Simogun, founder, Family for Change Association, PNG. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Kageni
I used my own money to contribute to building violence — free homes

"My desire to build violence-free families and communities for women and girls pushed me to use money from my personal account to fund these activities, until I got some funder," says Veronica.

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In Focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence | 2021
Orange the world: End violence against women now!

The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”

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Jenny Mei poses at her school in Shanghai, China, on Year 9 graduation day, on 17 June 2021. Photo courtesy of Angel Xia
Youth blog

The Youth Blog is an online space for young activists from across Asia and the Pacific to raise their ideas, concerns, and expectations for gender equality and women’s empowerment. This month, Jenny Mei, a 9-year-old girl from China shares with us on “To give birth to a child is a woman’s right but it has become a woman’s duty”

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Photo: UN Women/Louie Pacardo
Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response. 

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Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future
Generation Equality in the Asia and the Pacific

Join UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign in Asia and the Pacific to accelerate gender equality actions. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of violence against women and girls, women’s leadership and access to health.

Message from the Executive Director on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2021)
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Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Here at the UN, and across the world, we are celebrating those who are working to protect women and girls and defend their human rights. And we welcome new partners — governments, organizations, institutions, community groups, people everywhere — to join us, raise your voices and work together to transform lives, not only during the 16 Days of Activism, but every day. More ►

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Regional Director, Mohammad Naciri
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Regional Director, Mohammad Naciri

Mohammad NACIRI has been recently appointed as the Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Regional Director of UN Women in the Arab States. From 2012 to 2015, Mohammad Naciri was the Deputy Regional Director for UN Women in the Arab States. Mohammad has extensive experience in the region and in gender and development issues. Read more

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