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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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UN Women and UNDP have piloted a training programme on Non-Violent Communication – a method which has found success in international mediation and conflict resolution settings – in Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The project was generously supported by the Government of Australia and the European Union. This brief provides an overview of the approaches used in the pilot project and presents results from the evaluations of the trainings.
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“Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (2018-2022) ” is part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. The programme is implemented by the ILO and UN Women, in collaboration with UNODC, and aims to reduce women migrant workers’ vulnerabilities to violence and trafficking and increase their access to coordinated and responsive quality services.
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16 things you can do to help end violence against women and girls
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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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If white cloth is dropped in the mud, it will be forever stained, soiled, ruined, and can be thrown away. This proverb is a sad reflection of how Cambodian society traditionally views women, and many regard the lower status of women as one of the root causes of inequality and gender-based violence (GBV)...
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Global processes towards the achievement of gender equality
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The Conference provided a forum for good practices and lessons learned by delegates, canvassed regional frameworks and cooperation efforts on labour migration governance, as well as national efforts to protect women migrant workers by implementing gender-responsive, rights-based labour migration laws and policies, and creative strategies and advocacy by women migrant workers to claim their rights and celebrate their contributions towards sustainable development. The Conference also reinforced...
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Appendices of the report "Resilience for All? Towards Gender-Responsive Social Protection in South-East Asia"
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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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UN Women has developed this publication to bring the key challenges faced by women migrant workers in the low wage sectors of the informal economy within the ASEAN. It is expected that the study will help key labour sending and receiving countries with the ASEAN in developing and implementing national and regional policies that will empower and legally protect women migrant workers.
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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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UN women supported the parliamentary forum on “the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers” held on 12 November 2012. More than 200 representatives from legislative and executive bodies of the Royal Government of Cambodia, representatives of the diplomatic communities, development partners, UN agencies, NGOs, trade unions, recruitment agencies and women migrant workers participated in the forum.
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Costing a Multidisciplinary Packages of Response Services For Women and Girls Subjected To Violence: A Gender Budgeting Approach - The Case of Cambodia
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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 report tracks the progress made by women in South Asia in areas such as violence against women, and economic empowerment. This was the base document for the Seventh South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference in October 2010.