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Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for women’s economic empowerment. In China, as in the rest of the world, despite a recent surge in women’s entrepreneurship, women-owned businesses tend to be small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are more vulnerable in emergencies than larger companies are, and many women-owned SMEs are situated in the service sector, which was hit the hardest by the pandemic.
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Despite recent progress in advancing economic justice, the world economy still suffers from a gender gap, and China is no exception. The private sector is an important catalyst for sustainable and gender-inclusive development and economic growth.
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“Participating in the Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme has made me confident,” says Bulbul Akter, 24, a seamstress, turkey farmer and community outreach volunteer from Ukhiya Cox’s Bazar. “Now, I am known to my relatives and neighbours as a self-reliant woman. I am contributing to my family and the wider community, and I can support my daughter’s studies. I have requested that my two sisters also enrol in this programme.”
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This report presents the findings, lessons, conclusions, and recommendations of the Independent External Midterm Evaluation of the Pacific Partnership implemented between November 2020 and April 2021 by hera and Aid Works under the governance of an Evaluation Reference Group that included representatives of donors, partners and implementing civil society organisations (CSOs).
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Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency, the EmPower project aims to contribute to the implementation of climate change and disaster risk reduction actions in Asia and the Pacific that address the key drivers of gender-based vulnerabilities while enhancing human rights.
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UN Women Indonesia rolled out the project from June 2020 through May 2021. At the end of the project, 610 women benefited from the cash-based interventions, 100 women received advocacy and leadership training, and more than 100 individuals received knowledge on coordinated quality services to better support and empower women's migrant workers. In addition, 11 women’s crisis centers and shelters across the country were supported to ensure that services for women’s survivors of violence could continue during the pandemic.
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The World Economic Forum says that at the current rate of change, it will take 108 years to close the overall gender gap and 202 years to bring parity in the workplace. India has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates in the world and a majority of women work in the informal sector.
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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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The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown combined with Cyclone Amphan and the severe monsoon flooding of 2020 destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of families and individuals. Many were forced to live in terrible conditions without food, income, and shelter. In response, UN Women launched a cash assistance project delivering cash grant support and COVID-19 prevention awareness campaigns to Bangladesh’s most vulnerable households.
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Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic’s social isolation and economic fallout. They face increased violence, unpaid care work, and other inequalities and violations of their rights.
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For women in Indonesia and indeed around the world, starting or running a business is never easy. Limited access to skills development, barriers to securing financial capital to set up or grow their businesses, accessing business networks often dominated by men, are all challenges due to discriminatory and cultural norms.
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UN Women is working with national and provincial counterparts to strengthen rule of law institutions for enhancing women’s access to justice. Under the inception phase project “Strengthening the Rule of Law and Improving Access to Justice, FATA and Balochistan”, UN Women aims to analyse Rule of Law institutions and justice mechanisms from gender perspective, enhance institutional capacities and advocate for policy/legal reforms in Balochistan and FATA.
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PROGRESS UPDATE: AUGUST With the generous support of the Government of Japan, UN Women is implementing the programme “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities” in Indonesia as part of a broader regional programme aimed at preventing violent extremism and building resilient societies. Our main implementing partner is the Wahid Foundation.
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PROGRESS UPDATE: AUGUST With the generous support of the Government of Japan, UN Women is implementing the programme “Women for Peace and Social Cohesion” as part of our broader regional programme “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities” aimed at preventing violent extremism and building resilient societies.
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UN Women entered into a partnership with ANANDI to strengthen gender perspectives in the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) and to gear the NRLM towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.  Two State Rural Livelihood Missions of Madhya Pradesh (MPSRLM) and Bihar (JEEViKA BRLPS) were identified, and pilots were initiated under this program in select districts. ANANDI and UN Women believe that there exists a unique opportunity within NRLM to promote women’s...
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Part of UN Women’s Stories of Change series, this publication tells the story of Atefe Mansoori, an entrepreneur in Afghanistan who has defied her family and conservative factions to start her own saffron export business and provides training and employment opportunities to other women in Afghanistan.
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Part of UN Women’s Stories of Change series, Ryahem Alem tells her story of going through UN Women’s intern programme. The 22-year-old from Badakhshan is a trainee midwife who was placed at Ali Seena Hospital in Kabul.
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Part of UN Women’s Stories of Change series, this publication tells the story of Najiba and Lalbibi, two survivors of violence who sought help at a UN Women-funded Women’s Protection Centre, help that likely saved their lives.
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Part of UN Women’s Stories of Change series, this publication tells the story of Zarmeena, a survivor of violence who sought help at a UN Women-funded Women’s Protection Centre. The support services, legal support and vocational training has helped her return to school and escape violence.
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Part of UN Women’s Stories of Change series, this publication tells the story of Nabila Azizi, a university graduate who went through UN Women’s intern programme and was placed with the World Food Programme.