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Women entrepreneurs have always faced multiple challenges—from lack of working capital to difficulties in coordination of their businesses due to their care and domestic responsibilities. These obstacles have only increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 70% of women entrepreneurs reported being ineligible for credit under the recently launched Government of India’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat economic stimulus package.
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Since 2014, UN Women has played a significant role in convening diverse stakeholders to respond to and localize the emerging and new global paradigms on women’s unpaid work, with a special focus on Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A loose alliance called the Collective on Women’s Unpaid Work was formed to support the development of a common roadmap for policy and action, which included the recognition, reduction and redistribution of women’s unpaid work...
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The transgender (TG) community is one of the most marginalized social groups in India. Historically subjected to structural violence, the TG community continues to face widespread stigma and discrimination at the hands of their own families, society and even the state. Despite some recent progressive measures by the government, the community’s social mainstreaming and access to rights and entitlements remains shrouded in challenges. 'The Transgender Question in India: Policy and Budgetary...
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The marginalization of Dalit women is specifically compounded by the absence of quality education and supportive infrastructure. The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Scheme (KGBVS) was launched to enable girls, predominantly from marginalized communities, to avail upper primary education through residential schooling. Data collected from 12 KGBVs in Aurangabad and Munger districts of Bihar reveal that aspirations of Dalit girls and their parents for quality education remain largely unfulfilled....
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UN Women commissioned BASIX--a new generation livelihood promotion institution--to carry out a gender analysis of banking sector policies, financial products and services in India. The project commenced in September 2012 and concluded in April 2013. Select banking sector policies were reviewed to identify barriers women face while accessing financial support and the appropriateness of financial products for women’s empowerment. Methods to draw gender responsive indicators for effective...
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December 2014 UN Women’s Anti Human Trafficking (AHT) program was a first of its kind initiative which sought to address the problem of trafficking of women and girls by checking the problem at source. In this regard, the program was designed to successfully align itself to the factors that lead to women/girl’s vulnerability to getting trafficked/exploited by malicious elements from within or outside the community. The Evaluation has been led by Ernst & Young’s (EY)...
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An independent evaluation conducted by the UN Women South Asia sub-regional office in 2011, the report ‘Evaluation of UN Women support to PWN+ on HIV and AIDS focuses on UN Women’s assistance to PWN+, its invaluable technical support to this upcoming grassroots organization, and efforts to build the groundwork for a strong organization
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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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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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Though there is no uniformity in the practices being observed within Indian states to protect women from domestic violence, a number of them seem to be promising acts of change.
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This document is a more detailed version of the presentation titled “Towards Economic Growth: Ideas Emerging from Gendered Analysis” prepared by the Working Group of Feminist Economists in the context of the Twelfth Plan Approach and shared with the Planning Commission.
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This paper shines important light on a matter of increasing international interest: how to achieve gender responsive governance and advance the cause of gender equality and representative democracy?
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The report ‘Evaluation of UN Women’s Work on Gender Responsive Budgeting in India’ was conducted to review the UN Women GRB programme’s current strategy and work plan, and to share learnings which will guide its future direction.
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This is the report of an independent evaluation jointly conducted by the UN Women South Asia sub-regional office and SAARC in 2011-2012.
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This Report analyses the status of implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act in 2011.
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This report covers a joint resolution by women peace activists from South Asia that was presented to the United Nations Secretary-General.
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This report presents the results and successes of joint programmes between the Government of India and UN Women to strengthen the leadership skills and confidence of women leaders in gram panchayats (village councils) so they can make informed decisions that benefit all.
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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...
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The report of the Seventh South Asia Regional Ministerial Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh presenting an analysis of the key points discussed particularly on violence against women and economic security and women’s rights in South Asia.
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This report presents the external evaluation of the UNIFEM Regional Anti-Trafficking Programme (2000-2009) in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.