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Human trafficking is an issue that transcends national borders. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by this crime. Although research shows that increasing the number of women in law enforcement results in law enforcement that is more responsive to women’s needs and more operationally effective, women represent a small share of law enforcement officers in the ASEAN Region ranging from 6% in Indonesia to 20% in Lao PDR. In 2017, UN Women and UNODC set out to jointly mitigate these challenges, leading up to a four-year partnership between the agencies.
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The 20th anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda is a critical moment for the agenda and its relevance, which has been tested by the extensive impacts of COVID-19. This publication takes stock of the progress as well as the gaps in implementing WPS in the Asia Pacific region over the last 20 years, and builds upon the lessons learned to move the WPS agenda forward in the years to come.
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Pressure has been building on addressing the needs of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) survivors in Sri Lanka, but political will is needed to deal with CRSV in a cohesive manner. The proliferation of National Action Plans and policies does not ensure their implementation. Resources need to be allocated for the specific needs of CRSV survivors to be addressed. Cases of CRSV must be documented in a more systematic manner, maintaining the confidentiality of the survivor, so that...
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In 2009, UN Women (then UNIFEM) produced a Report based on a scoping mission that mapped and assessed options as well as strategic entry points for work on GRB. With various changes in key laws and policies pertinent to gender equality during the past six years, in 2015, UN Women in Viet Nam decided to revisit the 2009 Report’s findings and recommendations, validate their relevance six year later and identify current opportunities to introduce GRB in Viet Nam. The 2015 Gender Responsive Budgeting in Viet Nam Report will serve as a useful tool for policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders working on gender equality, budgeting and planning.
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The report specifically calls upon the Government of Afghanistan to acknowledge the commission of wartime atrocities, develop protection programs and support services for victims and witnesses of attacks against women, and foster an institutional culture in which women’s participation in the justice system, whether professionally or personally, is promoted and encouraged.
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The study shared at a workshop on ‘Gender and Land Tenure Security: Challenges and Barriers to Women’s Entitlement to Land in India’ organized by UN Women and the Rural Development Institute explores challenges which prevent rural women from owning and controlling land.