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4 th March 2016 WOMEN RESPONDING TO TROPICAL CYCLONE WINSTON Tropical Cyclone Winston was the most powerful cyclone to strike Fiji but despite the devastation, women have emerged as leaders and innovators, showcasing their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. From day one women have been front and centre, sometimes alongside men, at other times on their own, responding to the needs of their communities. Women have been tending to the elderly, the sick and injured, supporting community...
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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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UN Women Pacific Newsletter Issue# 3
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Food insecurity and inadequate nutrition are key issues which threaten lives and well-being in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), and changes in climate are likely to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has acknowledged that climate change will seriously threaten food security across the world, as any changes to the global climate will impact on agriculture, and therefore the world’s food...
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UN Women Pacific Newsletter Issue 2
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The main content of the research has been crystallized into four chapters in this report. Chapter 1 provides a broad overview of the socio-cultural context and the evolution of the political system in Bhutan. It highlights the current status of women’s participation in decision-making at both the national and local level, and explains why women’s participation is important. Chapter 2 covers objectives of the study and the methodology used. Chapter 3 presents the results of the research in the form of exhaustive data and the main survey findings, while chapter 4 extrapolates these findings to recommendations and conclusions...
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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.