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Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency, the EmPower project aims to contribute to the implementation of climate change and disaster risk reduction actions in Asia and the Pacific that address the key drivers of gender-based vulnerabilities while enhancing human rights.
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The report aims to provide a better understanding for policymakers in Asia about what focusing on human rights and gender equality in the context of climate change entails in practice.
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Effective coordination and referrals are essential to respond to the needs of women migrant workers subject to violence. Safe and Fair has created a regional service directory for this purpose. The service directory enables referrals of women, including women migrant workers survivors of violence, by sharing information on available violence against women (VAW) specialized service providers across the region.
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The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed progress in ending the HIV epidemic, with a decrease in AIDS-related deaths, increased access to treatment, higher domestic financing, and notable improvements in addressing stigma and discrimination. Yet, challenges related to ending the HIV epidemic persist with respect to gender relations and inequalities. An adequate response to the gender dimension of the HIV epidemic requires public policies that include and prioritize women’s equality, and that...
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An overview of progress in Asia with evidence from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Viet Nam. Documented evidence from around the world demonstratesthat climate change and disaster impacts are not genderneutral. This also applies to Asia where available evidenceshows there are differences in how men and women areaffected by, cope with, and respond to the effects of climatechange and disasters....
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The Sustainable Development Goals are the globally agreed goals guiding the new development agenda towards 2030. Gender is mainstreamed throughout the 17 SDGs while Goal 5 specifically calls on states to: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
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Increasing women’s participation in leadership and decision-making is not only critical for achieving gender equality, it is also essential for general economic and social development. Studies have found that longer exposure to women’s political representation increases women’s overall labour force participation, the share of public employment opportunities allocated to women and women’s increased access to public goods such as roads and health services. The Pacific...
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Violence against women, in its many forms and manifestations, and across all settings, is a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Violence against women takes place regardless of age, class, race and ethnicity, and impacts women across the world. This report looks at the proportion of women who ever had a partner, and if they ever in their lifetime have experienced physical, sexual and/or emotional violence. This is the first nationally representative, dedicated survey on intimate partner violence in Cambodia.
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There has been progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Pacific, but it still remains a key challenge. The Millennium Development Goals have helped create awareness and gain political support for efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development across the globe. However, with the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close in 2015, the Pacific region’s progress towards achieving targets has been slow and uneven and many gender disparities still...
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Indigenous women in Cambodia, Indonesia and India were targeted for this project because massive land alienation and land concession projects are taking place in the name of development, which are adversely affecting many indigenous communities. Among the destructive projects that are being implemented in these countries are large-scale rubber and palm oil plantations and mining. These projects have led to systematic violations against the individual and collective rights of the affected communities such as forced relocation, threats and harassments against protesting indigenous peoples and loss of livelihood among others. Indigenous women have been working alongside their communities to defend their land and livelihood from destructive projects but have not been spared as they are also subjected to harassments, rape and sexual abuse.
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Global processes towards the achievement of gender equality
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In partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, UN Women have developed a curriculum of training focusing on building the understanding and capacity of government and local authority officials on the issues surrounding migration and gender. The curriculum outlines three main modules that should be focused on in training, namely: (1) Gender & Migration; (2) Law & Policy; and (3) Safe Migration. All training materials have been translated into Khmer and been included in the appendices. This curriculum has been developed in close consultation with a representative group of government officials from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training and Ministry of Interior.
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The CEDAW General Recommendation No.26 on Women Migrant Workers was translated into Khmer to use in the National Workshop on Gender and Labor Migration. The translation improved participants understanding of the law that protect and promote rights of women migrant workers and enabled them to identify the need of written law and policy with gender perspective. Moreover, the Khmer version of CEDAW General Recommendation No.26 is an effective tool for Khmer people to increase their knowledge and build up understanding in the law that protect women migrant workers.
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This is a Khmer translation of International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) produced with cooperation between UN Women and OHCHR. Over 130 participants attended the launch consisted of relevant ministries and organizations including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic community, UN agencies, development partners, NGOs, civil society, trade unions and the private sector.
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To improve the legal framework for better promotion and protection of the rights of Cambodian women migrant workers, UN Women held several workshops for representatives from Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MOLVT), and representatives from Malaysian embassy. The inputs and recommendations from the workshops resulted in successful development of The Sample Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Kingdom of Cambodia (MOU) on the recruitment and placement of Cambodian domestic workers and the development of employment contract between Malaysian Employer and Cambodian domestic worker.
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This is an annual report 2012 of the Migration Working Group, an inter-ministerial and multi-stakeholder mechanism under the National Committee on the Suppression of Human Trafficking, Smuggling, Labor Exploitation and Sexual Exploitation in Women and Children. The Migration Working Group was officially established on September 26, 2012. Members of the working group consisted of Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Labor and Vocational training, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, other relevant ministries, international organizations, and NGOs. The working group has analyzed and overseen the implementation of national policy especially focusing on women’s issues in labor migration and has been recognized as one of the most remarkable developments in Cambodia’s protection of migrant workers.
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This Handbook for CEDAW-Based Legal Reviews in Bahasa is a user-friendly guide for reviewing laws to identify whether they discriminate against women. Using the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as a framework, this handbook specially developed from experience in Southeast Asia, but applicable globally, takes you step-by-step through the process of measuring CEDAW compliance in national laws. From planning to carrying out a legal review, with advice to maximize your success along the way, this handbook shows government, NGOs, academics and practitioners working towards gender equality how to formulate CEDAW-based legal indicators, identify discriminatory provisions and gaps using these indicators, develop recommendations and use your CEDAW-based legal review to advocate for changes in law for gender equality.
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In Cambodia, UN Women supported a joint initiative with Partners for Prevention, a Regional Joint Programme of four UN Agencies, to strengthen community mechanisms to prevent violence against women and girls, including through the use of male and female community volunteers. As part of this project, key national partners strengthened the capacity to effectively manage and support volunteers working at the community level, through the organization of capacity-building workshop on EVAW/G Volunteer Management conducted in November and December 2011.Topics covered were: planning an EVAW/G volunteer programme, recruiting and placing volunteers, training volunteers (including a collective discussion on minimum training standards for volunteers working on EVAW/G), team building, safety and security, supervising volunteers and evaluating their volunteer programme.
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This is a Khmer translation of International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) produced with cooperation between UN Women and OHCHR. Over 130 participants attended the launch consisted of relevant ministries and organizations including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic community, UN agencies, development partners, NGOs, civil society, trade unions and the private sector.
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This volume of Progress of the World’s Women starts with a paradox: the past century has seen a transformation in women’s legal rights, with countries in every region expanding the scope of women’s legal entitlements. Nevertheless for most of the world’s women, the laws that exist on paper do not translate to equality and justice. In 1911, just two countries in the world allowed women to vote. A century later, that right is virtually universal and women are exercising...