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This publication showcases the results of Rapid Gender Assessment surveys (RGAs) on the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in seven countries in Asia and the Pacific. For some of these countries, this is the second round of RGAs and thus these findings may follow up those of “Unlocking the Lockdown”. The report is meant to be a statistical snapshot that could inform responses to the crisis but is not meant to provide policy recommendations or analyze the policy context in each country.
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In this edition: [*] Rohingya women share their stories with the Swedish delegation [*] Cox’s Bazar Police strengthening their skills in gender responsive policing [*] Community Feedback Mechanism (CFM) Pilot Project Launched in Camp [*] International Women’s Day 2022... and much more...
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This research used a mixed methods approach with a strong focus on the qualitative to investigate the diverse perceptions and experiences among the Rohingya and host communities, addressing different dimensions of empowerment, motivations and catalysts that contributed to the perceptions, attitudes, behaviours, influencing factors, and parties that drive positive and negative change.
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In this edition: [*] Eliminating Gender-Based Violence in Cox’s Bazar was discussed during the 16 Days of Activism campaign [*] Acting against gender-based violence in Cox’s Bazar [*] Orange handprints to raise awareness against gender-based violence in Multi-Purpose Women’s Centres [*] Women and girls in Cox’s Bazar say "No to violence against women" and more...
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The general seat MPs act as the electorate, but there is effectively no competition for the seats as party leaders nominate only as many candidates as there are available seats for each party. The reserved seat MPs, therefore, do not have a constituency as they are not directly elected by the people, and they are not considered by the voters as a representative of the women’s electorate. The female MPs of the reserved seats neither have a budget allocation to develop their own initiatives nor have little influence in governmental policy decisions. They have traditionally been treated as second-tier parliamentarians and been used as a ‘vote bank’ for the treasury benches. The current system of reserved seats without direct election has caused marginalization of women in the policy-making institution and has not benefitted women.
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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 “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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In this edition: [*] Journalists in Cox’s Bazar trained to write more sensitive stories about woman [*] Training on Women’s Leadership in Cox’s Bazar [*] Rimu’s Blog: Child marriage is a curse for girls in Bangladesh [*] Fire Response to Women and Girls in Rohingya Camps [*] Rohingya Women in COVID-19 Awareness [*] Empowering Women and Girls in Cox’s Bazar [*] Joint Response Plan – JRP 2021 Launched, and much more...
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The Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Bangladesh (CGBV) Project, funded by the Government of Canada, has one driving goal: for all women and girls to be free of violence at home, at work and in public spaces. It goes without saying that 2020 was a year that bore unrivalled challenges. As the world receded into lockdown, sectoral shocks triggered ripple effects across the globe, countries scrambled to urgently provide essential services to the billions impacted.
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UN Women Pakistan has developed a Training Manual on Enhancing Attitudes of Police towards Survivors of Violence Against Women with the aim to enhance the capacity of law enforcement officials for understanding gender dynamics and issues related to violence against women as well as dealing with VAW cases. A Training Needs Assessment conducted before developing this manual informed that while there are many trainings on the skills and methods police officers need to apply in their work, the...
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In this edition: (*) 16 Days Activism Campaign : Orange the world: Engage, Act, Prevent Violence! (*) Hand Over the Mic to: Minara : Community outreach volunteer, Rohingya refugee (*) Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect! – Closing Event for 16 Days of Activism to End Gender- Based Violence, Cox’s Bazar Campaign 2020. and more...
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On 29 November 2020- International Women Human Rights Defender’s Day, survivors of gender-based violence shared their experiences at the grounds of Tarango. It is the shelter home and safe space for women and girls located in Mirpur of Dhaka. The event allowed scope for dialogue with the community on the many issues faced by women and girls incessantly.
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This year the whole world was shaken by the unprecedented health and human crisis brought upon by COVID-19. Nationally as well as globally, it has been highlighted that COVID-19 has triggered a sharp increase in violence against women, particularly domestic violence, and in April the UN Secretary General called on UN Member States to step up efforts to address this “Shadow Pandemic”.
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On 25th November 2019, representatives of the Government of Bangladesh, civil society organizations, the UN family and development partners, gathered together on the occasion of the National Dialogue on Actions Against Sexual Violence to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence under the theme: Generation Equality Stands against Rape.
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While the fields working to end VAC and VAW have largely developed separately, recent reviews and analyses of large datasets have identified multiple intersections between VAC and VAW including: co-occurrence, shared risk factors, similar underlying social norms, common consequences, intergenerational effects, and the period of adolescence as unique period of heightened vulnerabilities to both types of violence.
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In the edition: [*] Diverse Women as First Responders: Three Year Mark of Rohingya Influx and World Humanitarian Day [*] Learning Circle on Diversity and Expression of Racism , organized by: ISCG Gender Hub [*] Who Holds the Microphone by Shanti Khana Women [*] more...
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[Commemorating 20 years of UN Security Council Resolution 1325] - On 25 August 2017, the military offensive in Rakhine state, Myanmar, targeting the Rohingya escalated and the violence unleashed upon them forced them to flee across the border to Bangladesh. To date 861,545 Rohingya refugees live in camps in Cox’s Bazar, over half of which are women and girls and an estimated 80% of whom are women and children.
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The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting nationwide restricted mobility is exacerbating the pre-existing social and economic inequalities, adding more layers of barriers, discrimination and threats for women in their homes and communities. The brief reflects the situation and voices of women and gender diverse people from the ground, constantly battling against these challenges.
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[Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape | 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE] This newsletter is the summary of events organized by UN Women Bangladesh and partner organizations during the 16Days between 25th November – 10th December 2019
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Intimate partner violence (IPV), like all kinds of violence, is a violation of human rights. Violence committed by an intimate partner – whether a current or former spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or dating partner – has devastating physical, emotional, financial and social effects on women, children, families and communities around the world. IPV can happen to anyone. It occurs across all societies, countries, cultures and genders, but women are by far the most at risk. In the worst cases, it can culminate in femicide, or the targeted gender-related murder of women.