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In the words of Jeevanee Kariyawasam
“Technology is our future - it’s important to empower women in this sector,” says Jeevanee Kariyawasam has over 15 years of experience in the development sector ... Learn more
More than 40 practitioners from across the humanitarian field attended a workshop on how to mainstream gender in the sector
Held at the end of March in Seoul. The training underlined the importance of committing to gender equality at every stage of emergency operations ... Learn more
Keeping the heart where the home is
A daughter of an overseas Filipina worker, Gina Romero, builds a business to offer alternatives to the migration of Filipina women for economic opportunities aboard ..." Learn more
Business training helps Sri Lankan entrepreneur improve her businesses, family, and community
“The training provided by UN Women and Chrysalis gave us a lot of knowledge ...” Learn more
In the words of Bhoomi Harendran
“We need to transform digital spaces in order to make them safe, including changing laws and policies ... Learn more
Destruction from Cyclone Mocha in the Ah Htet Myat Lay camp for internally displaced people. Ponnagyun, Rakhine. Photo: UNOCHA/Sai Phong Kham
Vulnerable women and girls face compounded crises after Cyclone Mocha

[Photo essay] In the aftermath of last week’s Cyclone Mocha, there are deep concerns for vulnerable women and girls in north-western Myanmar, many of whom were already facing dire conditions ...

Internally displaced people walk in Camp Maw Ti Ngar, destroyed by Cyclone Mocha. Sittwe, Rakhine. Photo: UNOCHA/Pierre Lurioux
Cyclone Mocha makes dire situation worse for millions of women and children in Myanmar

“As a region, the Pacific has one of the highest recorded rates of violence against women and girls globally; with 2 out of 3 women who have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against women and girls takes a profound and long-term toll on women's health and well-being ..." says Mereseini Rakuita, Principal Strategic Lead – Gender at SPC ...

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Strengthening bilateral labour migration agreements to protect the rights of women migrant workers

The symposium highlighted the numerous risks and challenges faced by South Asian women seeking employment abroad and the collaborative efforts of governments to safeguard their rights ...

UN Women India met Dan Shapero, Global COO, LinkedIn, in February 2023, in Mumbai, to discuss the importance of digital access and skilling for young women in India.   (from left) Ashutosh Gupta, Country Manager, LinkedIn India; Suhela Khan, Country Programme Manager, Women's Economic Empowerment; Susan Ferguson, Country Representative, UN Women India; Dan Shapero, COO LinkedIn; Bhavna Mathur, Social Impact Mangaer, LinkedIn India; Padmakshi Badoni, Project Analyst, FLIGHT UN Women India.  Photo: UN Women/D
Linking women to bridge the digital gender gap

What do women want? We found one answer while working with them under our flagship programme, Second Chance Education. They want decent work and to develop skills to become financially independent. And thus was born the LINK Women project, which upskills women to participate in the digital economy and bridges the current gender gap in the digital sector ...

Roel Raymond. Photo: Courtesy of Roel Raymond
“The appeal of social media lies in the opportunity to participate in democratic debate”

Roel Raymond is an independent journalist in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Until April 2023 she was the editor-in-chief of Roar Media, a South Asian multilingual platform. In her more than 15 years as a journalist, she has seen her country’s media landscape transformed by the rise of digital media. ...

Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Statement on Afghanistan by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

UN Women strongly condemns the Taliban’s latest discriminatory decision to ban Afghan women from working with the United Nations in Afghanistan. We stand in full solidarity with our colleagues, and all women who every day put their lives at risk to serve their country and we salute their dedication, professionalism, and bravery. We re-assert their inalienable, fundamental human rights as enshrined in the UN Charter. We will not replace our female workforce with men ... More


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Gender Equality Brief for Cook Islands

Using a gender analysis framework, aligning with the SDG gender indicators and targets, the regional and country gender equality briefs cover a number of thematic areas including Women’s Human Rights, Women’s Representation and Leadership, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Education, Health/Sexual and Reproductive Health, Ending Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Action ... Read more

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