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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 book is a compendium consolidating 8 good practices from ASEAN member states, organized along the four Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 priorities of understanding disaster risk, strengthening risk governance, investing in DRR for resilience, and enhancing disaster preparedness for building back better.
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The toolkit provides a grounding in risk control and business continuity, with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic response. With its step-by-step guidance, checklist, and various tools, the toolkit becomes a self-learning tool for SME leaders across the world, so that they can better address risks and build their own gender- responsive business continuity management system.
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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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This report analyses the gendered aspects of the ethnic and religious conflict in Pakistan that can potentially lead to a breakdown of social cohesion and stability. In order to effectively understand the drivers of conflict and the factors that threaten community security and social cohesion focusing on women and young women, UN Women commissioned a research study titled: “Resilience, Community Security and Social Cohesion through Effective Women’s Leadership”.
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This publication presents highlights of results achieved under the regional project, “Stepping Up Solutions to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific”. The project literally stepped up solutions by bringing together a wealth of evidence, knowledge and innovative approaches those involved in ending VAWG for good. The project united men and boys, teachers and students in schools and universities, local, national and regional governments.
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The report aims to strengthen country-driven processes by presenting more evidence of the links between gender equality and climate change in the priority sectors of forestry, agriculture, energy, and water. It was prepared by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and UN Women to provide country-specific recommendations on enhancing gender responsive policy implementation and actions to further augment the integration of gender equality in climate relevant policy areas.
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The current conflict and political uncertainty in Afghanistan has clear gendered impacts. Restrictive gender norms and harmful practices are being exacerbated. Women and girls are at risk of further marginalization and being left behind. It is critical that women’s voices continue to be consulted, amplified and inform humanitarian decision-making through their participation in humanitarian assessments. Given the current circumstances.
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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 finance maps work much like a dating site for women entrepreneurs and finance providers. First, you open the finance map for your country. Second, simply fill out your profile, filter on what you are looking for and the map will list the finance providers that best match your business.
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The WE Rise Toolkit for Accelerators consists of three tools that provide actionable steps to unlock the power of gender inclusivity for your organisation and acceleration programme. This will enable entrepreneurs from all genders to benefit equally from the support you have to offer. To implement a more inclusive and innovative acceleration programme that yields business benefits for entrepreneurs and ecosystem partners, it’s advised to applying all of the three tools.
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The WE Rise Toolkit for Entrepreneurs consists of four tools that provide actionable steps to unlock the power of gender inclusivity for your business. The WE Rise Toolkit is unique in the fact that it shows how gender equality means good business. You can use our four tools in an iterative manner. Once you’ve completed all four tools you can start over as to further sharpen your gender inclusive business.
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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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This brief was developed with an aim to capture the experiences and lessons learned from piloting gender responsive budgeting (GRB) initiatives in Bac Giang in 2018 and 2019. It presents the positive changes made and challenges encountered during the processes of the implementation and make proposals on how to promote GRB practices in socio-economic development programmes in the community going forward.
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In 2020, Bangladesh faced a double disaster Cyclone and COVID-19 in Khulna and Satkhira districts amongst the hardest hit. Thousands of families lost their livelihoods and incomes overnight. While the government provided direct assistance to those affected, many women and girls fell through the cracks. At the onset of the pandemic, UN Women expanded the group of NGOs that it worked with and created the Gender Monitoring Network (GMN), a network of 28 civil society organizations (CSOs) and women’s rights organizations. Organizations from the GMN supported UN Women in identifying vulnerable groups of women and girls, including transgender and sex workers, for unconditional cash assistance.
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Stateless women and girls experience particular gender-related barriers, and the pandemic further exacerbated their vulnerability. Increased sexual and gender-based violence, socioeconomic impacts, school dropouts due to excess demands at home, forced marriage and early pregnancy are some of the major factors that continue to threaten to reverse hard-won gains on gender equality.
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An equal and inclusive society demands inclusion of voices from all paths. The checklist, ‘Diversity in Dialogue’ includes detailed steps to help organizers and panelists to ensure multiple arguments, expertise and inclusion in public forums. UN Nepal’s Gender Theme Group collaborated with International Development Partners – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Group to develop the checklist. UN in Nepal and more than 17 International Development Partners have signed the pledge. Let’s make a conscious choice today to promote inclusive representation.
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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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This study consolidates good practices and lessons learned on WPS, including key recommendations that have emerged from ASEAN-owned experiences and context to pave the way forward. Sustaining peace must start at building peace where it already exists. At the same time, women’s empowerment cannot be accomplished without the active engagement of men and boys in promoting the rights and dignity of women and girls.