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“Participating in the Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme has made me confident,” says Bulbul Akter, 24, a seamstress, turkey farmer and community outreach volunteer from Ukhiya Cox’s Bazar. “Now, I am known to my relatives and neighbours as a self-reliant woman. I am contributing to my family and the wider community, and I can support my daughter’s studies. I have requested that my two sisters also enrol in this programme.”
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UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme enables women to re-enter formal education, access vocational training, learn entrepreneurial skills, and connects them to employment and business opportunities.
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The toolkit provides a grounding in risk control and business continuity, with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic response. With its step-by-step guidance, checklist, and various tools, the toolkit becomes a self-learning tool for SME leaders across the world, so that they can better address risks and build their own gender- responsive business continuity management system.
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UN Women is a lead technical partner for supporting gender mainstreaming in the programme. In 2021, in addition to the establishment of partnership, as a result of UN Women’s advocacy and technical support, a Gender Action Plan has been developed, with an aim for enhancing the gender responsiveness of the programme interventions, at a total cost of USD 173 million. The Gender Action Plan has been integrated into the Project Management Manual for local government partners for guiding implementation at 10 pilot counties in Hunan from 2022 to 2026.
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This 10-year implementation of the National Target Programme on New Rural Development has resulted in significant improvements in the socio-economic development of rural Vietnam. By the end of 2020, 62.4 per cent of rural communes met the New Rural Development standard; the average attainment of the NRD criteria was 16.4 out of a total of 19 criteria. Despite such remarkable improvements, there are still sizable gender gaps in terms of employment, property ownership, and access to public services in rural areas, especially in poor districts and communes. The burden of unpaid care work hinders equal access for women to opportunities; gender-based violence remains high at places.
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The two National Target Programs on New Rural Development and Sustainable Poverty Reduction for the period 2016-2020 have achieved important results. There have been more than 6 million people escaping poverty, approximately 2 million people escaping near poverty; 62.4 per cent of communes met the New Rural Development standard. However, there are still sizable gender gaps in terms of employment, property ownership, and access to public services in rural areas, especially in poor districts.
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The finance maps work much like a dating site for women entrepreneurs and finance providers. First, you open the finance map for your country. Second, simply fill out your profile, filter on what you are looking for and the map will list the finance providers that best match your business.
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The WE Rise Toolkit for Accelerators consists of three tools that provide actionable steps to unlock the power of gender inclusivity for your organisation and acceleration programme. This will enable entrepreneurs from all genders to benefit equally from the support you have to offer. To implement a more inclusive and innovative acceleration programme that yields business benefits for entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners, it’s advised to applying all of the three tools.
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UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme enables women to re-enter formal education, learn vocational and entrepreneurial skills and connects them to employment and business opportunities. Since 2018, it has impacted more than 15,000 women in India from some of the poorest and most vulnerable areas.
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UN Women, UNICEF and Human Rights Watch joint­ly issue this fifteenth alert to continue to highlight the gender specific impact of COVID-19 in Afghanistan. This alert focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandem­ic on women and girls’ education and the long-lasting consequences it will have on gender equality, women’s human rights and Afghanistan’s development and peace efforts.
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The Report serves a timely need to develop a comprehensive profile of rural women in the shifting landscape of Pakistan that includes the commitments to the SDGs, information technologies and environmental change, highlighting opportunities and obstacles to their development, and to provide evidence and recommendations for action and advocacy by relevant stakeholders (government, civil society and international donors) that can influence and enhance their economic and social wellbeing. A series...
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The UN Women Evaluation Policy came into effect in January 2013 and a new Strategic Plan (2014-2017) was endorsed in September 2013. A landmark System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on gender equality and women's empowerment was also adopted that requires annual reporting against a performance indicator on gender-responsive evaluation. Given the decentralized nature of the organization, the majority of the evaluations supported by UN Women are managed at a decentralized level. On average, in Asia...
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Given the decentralized nature of the organization, the majority of the evaluations supported by UN Women are managed at a decentralized level. To address the organizational demands for good quality and credible evaluations particularly at decentralized level, in 2013, the UN Women’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) introduced the Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS). GERAAS is an approach to rating evaluation reports using UN Women, UN Evaluation Group...
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In addition to the quality assessment of individual reports, the GERAAS system requires a Meta-Analysis of evaluations to capture the key insights from evaluation reports rated ‘satisfactory’ or above according to UN Women standards. This ensures that the body of evidence produced by corporate and decentralized evaluations are synthetized and used to inform corporate-level and decentralized policies and strategies. Whereas the Meta-Evaluation provides a rating of the quality of...
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“Unless we see changes in the gender and power dynamics to change gender based violence, it’s like pouring water over the back of a duck- violence will not change. School-related GBV is a fairly recent area of attention in the education community. The new SRGBV guidance provides core components of addressing GBV, and sets out safe approaches to respond and collect data. We need to see the reflection of teachers, students, parents on gender norms to change GBV in schools.”...
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The publication “Inclusive Electoral Processes: A Guide for Electoral Management Bodies on Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Participation”, jointly produced by UN Women and UNDP, focuses attention on the role of electoral management bodies (EMBs) in encouraging the participation of women across various points in the electoral cycle. The Guide is directed to electoral administrations and the international assistance providers who support them, and highlights the...
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UN Women Pakistan Newsletter - Issue No 5: May - August 2013
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This report and photo-essay are aimed at sharing the "live experience" of women and girls in India and ensuring that the voices especially those remain socially, economically and geographically marginalised are meaningfully reflected in the emerging post-2015 development discourse and agenda.
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UN Women Afghanistan Newsletter Issue No. 1
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This policy brief is an effort to highlight key policy recommendations to address critical gender concerns in the higher education sector. The recognition and redressal of inequalities in higher education has become a matter of considerable urgency in contemporary India.