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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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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 Indonesia rolled out the project from June 2020 through May 2021. At the end of the project, 610 women benefited from the cash-based interventions, 100 women received advocacy and leadership training, and more than 100 individuals received knowledge on coordinated quality services to better support and empower women's migrant workers. In addition, 11 women’s crisis centers and shelters across the country were supported to ensure that services for women’s survivors of violence could continue during the pandemic.
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The World Economic Forum says that at the current rate of change, it will take 108 years to close the overall gender gap and 202 years to bring parity in the workplace. India has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates in the world and a majority of women work in the informal sector.
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The “UN Women impact stories series”, updated quarterly, illustrates the human impact of UN Women’s work across Asia and the Pacific, highlighting the partnerships that make this work possible. These stories share how we and our many partners are striding forward to realize a better world for women and girls—one of equality and empowerment because that is what we do and who we are, as a leader, mobilizer, convenor, and provider of programmes.
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UN Women 'WEPs Activator' 2.0 Capacity-building Programme
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Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic’s social isolation and economic fallout. They face increased violence, unpaid care work, and other inequalities and violations of their rights.
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This first introductory brochure provides information about the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and UN Women's services to help private companies implement them, including through training and learning programs, technical assistance and innovative new initiatives, such as the UN Women WEPs Activator and Industry Disruptor that are bringing together companies from Asia and Europe to co-create gender-inclusive business and supply chains.
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The ‘WEPs Activator’ is UN Women’s capacity-building programme that brings together a cohort of up to 15 companies for an opportunity to learn and exchange knowledge and insight on gender-responsive policies and practices through training and mentoring.
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UN Women in Bangladesh works to promote gender equality in all spheres- political, economic and social - through four priority areas: promoting women's income security, decent work and economic autonomy; ending violence against women and girls; sustainable peace and resilience, and humanitarian action; and making gender equality a key part of national development planning and budget allocation.
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Over several years, UN Women has accompanied CSAGA in many women rights advocacy activities. In 2017, we decided to incorporate the prevention of sexual violence against women and girls as one of the main contents of the 16 Days campaign to end violence against women and girls, starting from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 th November) to International Human Rights Day (10 th December). A key activity in 2017 was the exhibition titled "Portraits of the...
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This is the sixth compilation of good practices on integrating gender into humanitarian action in Asia, developed on behalf of the Regional Network Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action in Asia-Pacific.Despite recent strides towards ensuring the safety and enjoyment of equal rights by LGBTIQ+ persons in the Asia-Pacific region, persistent and sizeable obstacles to inclusion remain, including harmful legal frameworks and religious, cultural, and societal stigmas which, when combined...
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Global processes towards the achievement of gender equality
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Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. It is not just a women’s issue but a human rights issue.
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This brochure outlines the UN Trust Fund's work and funding for organizations around the world, showcases where money goes and what these funds can achieve.
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The booklet ‘Empowerment of Women Migrant Workers of Nepal’ aims to share information about the project ‘Sustaining the Gains of Foreign Labour Migration through Protection of Migrant Workers’ Rights.’
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This publication describes the partnership between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Pacific (UN Women) and Te Tūao Tāwāhi - Volunteer Service Abroad New Zealand (VSA) with the aim of working with Pacific Island countries and territories’ governments and civil society organisations in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women.
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UN Women is the global champion for women and girls. In India, UN Women builds on a strong foundation, taking forward the efforts of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). This brochure provides more information about UN Women’s programmes in India.
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One half of the world’s population is female. Yet in some areas of the world, there is so little that belongs to them. They have limited access to literacy, sanitation and health and to opportunities be this at the level of the individual or the nation. The need, more than ever,is to develop a lasting vision that incorporates the well-being and empowerment of women. Supporting women to reach their true potential is important. To fulfill its universal goals on gender equality and empowerment of women worldwide, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women was established by UN Member States in July 2010. With strong advocacy by women’s rights activists, UN Women was created with the intention of improved support to Member States in achieving their goal of equal socioeconomic participation of women.
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In the Western Indian state of Gujarat, UN Women has funded an energy conversation programme in the districts of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.