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This report has been conducted during the first year of the ‘Master Plan on Socio-economic Development of Ethnic Minorities and Mountainous Areas 2021-2030’ and compiled by the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Viet Nam (UN Women).
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This brief will help stakeholders formulate workable strategies to develop gender-responsive plans, projects and programmes at the local or national level and to allocate the necessary budgets for the effective implementation of those strategies.
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This brief provides an overview of the Rights of Nature, how the global movement is being translated into regional action, and its connection with indigenous knowledge and systems of living in harmony with nature. 
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This issue of the WA2J Quarterly Brief highlights the project initiatives from April - November 2021 under the joint UN Women, ICJ, and OHCHR project titled "Enhancing Women’s Access to Justice in the Asia Pacific: Bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment." The aim of the joint project is to make justice accessible for women by strengthening the formal justice system and creating an enabling environment for justice seekers by working with civil society organizations, women human rights defenders, and community-based justice mechanisms as well as initiating regional, national and community dialogues. The project is generously supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA.
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This guidance for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is an essential tool to make sure a coordinated response to VAW, including women migrant workers, is put in place. Because of the multi-faceted nature of VAW and the specific challenges and needs of women migrant workers, coordinated approaches to addressing it are considered more effective than when different actors work in isolation to address the issue.
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The purpose of this Gender Alert is to document and analyze the impact of the rapidly evolving Afghan context on women’s rights and gender equality. This Alert focuses on developments since the Taliban take-over of Kabul on 15 August 2021, shedding light on the impact of the current contextual dynamics on the rights of women and girls.
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In this edition: [*] Thousands Displaced by Heavy Rains and Floods in Cox’s Bazar [*] Women Police Deployed in Camps Handling Gender- sensitive Cases [*] The Second Chance Education Programme is Transforming the [*] Lives of Women in Cox’s Bazar [*] Australia Proudly Supports Women Police Helpdesk [*] Partners Learned How to Respond to Counter-trafficking Cases and more...
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The Bangkok Rules commit states, including the Philippines, to reduce the incarceration of women, and if they are already in prison, protect their rights and uphold their dignity.
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In Pakistan, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is widespread, normalized and legitimized because of pervasive gender inequality and deep-rooted patriarchy. Pakistan ranks at 151 out of 153 countries according to the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap report 2018 and 164 out of 167 in the Women, Peace and Security Index 2019. Violence Against Women (VAW) is significant in Pakistan and pervades every class, ethnicity, religion, geographical location and age group.
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The study report of National Women Commission, Nepal, monitors the progress on the implementation of the 2018, Concluding Observations issued by the CEDAW Committee on the sixth periodic report of Nepal. The progress was systematically monitored on the basis of a novel and practical tool.
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The policy brief was developed based on the results of the Survey on the Socio-Economic Situation of 53 Ethnic Minority Group in Viet Nam in 2019 and other recent research results related to ethnic minority issues in Viet Nam. The policy brief aims to support the process of formulating and implementing policy for ethnic minority areas, contributing to an effective and comprehensive promotion of gender equality in ethnic minority areas as Viet Nam.
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The report Figures on Ethnic Minority Women and Men in Viet Nam 2015-2019 presents gender analysis and highlights gender outcomes, and provide policy recommendations for gender equality promotion in ethnic minority areas in Viet Nam. Data in the reports were analysed based on the Survey on the Socio-economic Situation of the 53 Ethnic Minority Groups in Viet Nam, which was conducted by the General Statistics Office in collaboration with CEMA in 2015 and 2019.
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The study report of the National Women’s Commission of Nepal provides the implementation status of the 2018, Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee on the sixth periodic report of Nepal. The report serves as tool for enabling the State to fulfil its human rights obligation, particularly in light of the seventh periodic report that has to be submitted to the CEDAW Committee in November 2022.
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Child marriage takes away a girl’s right to safe and healthy childhood, quality and complete education that can lead to decent economic opportunities, and social and political empowerment. Pakistan has the 6th highest number of girls married before the age of 18 in the world. Child marriage is prevalent due to several reasons including deeply entrenched traditions and customs, poverty, lack of awareness and/or access to education, and lack of security.
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In this edition: [*] Fire Breaks Out in Rohingya Camp : A massive fire broke out in the world’s largest refugee camps (8E, 8W and 9) in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 22 March. The fire affected and displaced both Rohingya refugees and host community residents. [*] International Women’s Day 2021 : In observance of International Women’s Day 2021, UN Women organized several events in collaboration with humanitarian actors to uphold women’s rights.
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The use of digital technologies in the justice sector has gained considerable momentum against a background of global trends in accelerating technology advancement, combined with an urgency to transform processes in the justice chain amid improve limited access to courts during the COVID-19 pandemic. What does this mean for access to justice for women and gender equality in the justice system? Read more in this op-ed titled What are the digital dividends for women seeking e-Justice?
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The programme Enhancing Access to Justice for Women in Asia and the Pacific: Bridging the gap between formal and informal systems through women’s empowerment aims to make justice accessible for women by strengthen the formal justice system and to create an enabling environment for justice seekers by working with CSOs, women human rights defenders, and community-based justice mechanisms.
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This decision tree helps organizations working on violence against women migrant workers decide when and how to best collect data on women migrant worker’s experiences of violence and their access and use of relevant services.
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This Resource Pack for Orientation of Justice Sector Stakeholders has been developed by UN Women Pakistan to orient justice sector officials in Pakistan for understanding the process of legal aid/ assistance/ advice, client handling, and management of cases of Gender-Based Violence for better dispensation of justice. It details pro-women laws and legislative provisions and serves as a reference guide that can be adapted to respond to the needs of each particular audience.
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This guidance document provides a foundation how to implement human rights principles in the Philippine business setting. Premised on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights' which emphasizes that "a gender perspective is always appropriate for all States and businesses in all situations," this document underscores that gender is a cross-cutting concern in securing a better future for people, planet and prosperity.