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The pandemic highlighted the immense challenges that women face in their health, safety and livelihoods. Many women, especially those in vulnerable communities, have lost a generation’s worth of economic gains. With the increase in gender-based violence and the reversal of decades of advancement for women in the workplace, we have reached an inflection point for gender equality.
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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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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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Building an equal and a just society requires inclusion of all voices and representation from all walks of life. It entails giving people from diverse and marginalized backgrounds an opportunity to be heard. Women, youth, marginalized communities, people with disabilities, and sexual minorities continue to be underrepresented in public forums, events, and webinars. We must recognize different expertise and experiences in our society, including differing views.
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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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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 report tells UN Women’s story over the period 2019–2020. It shares how we and our many partners are striding forward to realize a better world for women and girls—one of equality and empowerment. Looking forward, we will draw on our full resources and experiences in protecting and advancing the rights of all women and girls. That is what we do and who we are, as a leader, mobilizer, convenor, provider of programmes, and partner for change.
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The 2019 Annual Report of the United Nations in China highlights results and impacts in the following priority areas; poverty reduction and equitable development, improved and sustainable environment, enhanced global engagement with an emphasis on cross-cutting areas such as gender equality, and leaving no one behind.
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UN Women Afghanistan issues this alert, as a preliminary outline of gender specific considerations of the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan of the impact of COVID-19.
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The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality in Timor-Leste. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year along with the progress and achievements of gender equality and women’s empowerment by the government in collaboration with UN Women and other partners. The story of progress shared in the 2017 Annual Report is above all, a story of partnerships and participation...
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It is a time of transformation in Asia and the Pacific. In 32 countries of the region, UN Women is joining women and men, governments, civil society groups, businesses and others in a common aim: gender equality. The region’s vibrant economies and societies have produced historic advances in human well-being. Women have been central to these advances, as leaders of communities and countries, as workers and innovators, as advocates for peace and security. Yet the advances on gender...
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The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality in Timor-Leste. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year along with the progress and achievements of gender equality and women’s empowerment by the government in collaboration with UN Women and other partners; new initiatives taken forward, and contact information.
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This year has seen UN Women’s programmes in the Pacific reach more women than ever before. There is evidence of progress and that the needs, potential and contributions of Pacific women are being prioritised and included in the private and public sectors alike. There is still, however, much to be done. While the intenational community’s adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals – and the level of recognition they gave to the need to achieve gender equality – is a...
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Across the 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific region where UN Women has programme presence,partnerships with ministries for gender equality, women’s organisations, UN agencies and developmentalagencies have shaped our work on economic empowerment, ending violence against women; addressing harmfulpractices based on gender stereotypes and advancing peace and security.Our first interactive Annual Report 2015 highlights our key achievements.
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In 2014, UN Member States from across Asia and the Pacific came together with civil society organizations to review the implementation status of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women. The Platform is a stirring call to action to end the historical subordination of women and girls. It recognizes that equal rights, opportunities and access to resources, as well as equal sharing of family responsibilities by women and men, are critical to...
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There has been progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Pacific, but it still remains a key challenge. The Millennium Development Goals have helped create awareness and gain political support for efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development across the globe. However, with the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close in 2015, the Pacific region’s progress towards achieving targets has been slow and uneven and many gender disparities still...
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Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world
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We now look forward to building on the results and foundations we have put in place with our partners in leading towards realization of gender equality and empowermentof the women of Pakistan.