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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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As Nepal grapples with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of people in Nepal have been drastically impacted. The most severe consequences are being borne by women, as well as vulnerable and excluded groups. To respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, UN Women Nepal Country Office (NCO) has developed a comprehensive relief package to support women from excluded groups in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On the afternoon of March 22, 2021, a massive fire broke out in the Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar. The fire quickly spread across three camps consuming shelters and personal belongings of refugees as well as essential facilities such as hospitals, primary health facilities, learning centers, and women friendly spaces in the camps.
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The Gender Equality Update #22 recognizes the valuable efforts of women’s groups to promote and protect the rights of the most excluded and vulnerable groups in Nepal during the COVID-19 crisis.
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The Philippines remains gravely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in South East Asia, and the second highest number of COVID-19 related deaths. This third Gender Snapshot from UN Women Philippines captures the situation of women and girls in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic from the period of June to July 2020. Protection from gender-based violence, and threats to the safety of LGBTIQ...
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In the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disproportionate impact on women and girls has been severe across the region. As previously highlighted in a regional analysis, the pandemic has particularly affected women and girls by exacerbating burdens of unpaid care work, increasing risks of gender-based violence (GBV), impacting livelihoods of women disproportionately especially in the informal sector, and reducing access to sexual and reproductive health.
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In this edition; (*) UN Women and Rohingya women at the frontline of COVID-19 response (*) Honour in Transition: Changing gender norms among the Rohingya (*) UN Women and UNHCR sign an MOU on strengthening gender-responsive site management in Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar and more...
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In March 2020, emerging gender impacts and trends were highlighted in an Advocacy Brief developed by GiHA resulting in key recommendations.
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Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex. This policy brief explores how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and outlines suggested priority measures to accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts.
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In this edition; (*) Training of Trainers (TOT) on ‘Rohingya Refugee Women's Empowerment, Participation and Leadership’ conducted for humanitarian actors (*) Bangladesh Police and key stakeholders sensitized on how to address Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases (*) Rohingya and Bangladeshi women celebrate Ramadan together in solidarity (*) and much more...
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UN Women continues to galvanize Rohingya refugee women’s self-discovery, empowerment and leadership. The launch of the new, much larger Multi-purpose Women’s Center (MPWC) in Cox’s Bazar provides a safe, communal space away from the chaos of camp life with an assortment of training and learning opportunities for women. The latest Rohingya Crisis Response update also covers an exciting joint UN-Women-WFP livelihood partnership, a flurry of empowerment activities throughout the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence’ and efforts to strengthen Bangladesh police capacity to address gender-based violence (GBV) through forensic case management and victim-centered approaches....
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The Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Brief No. 5 focuses on gender equality interventions with adolescent Rohingya girls and boys.
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The Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Brief No. 4 focuses on addressing age, gender and disability issues in the Rohingya Refugee crisis response.
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The update aims to review the status of progress against the main recommendations and agreed actions in the ‘Guidance Note - Gender Inclusion & Women’s Empowerment at the Centre of Resilience Building’ for the implementation of the Asia Regional Plan 2016-2018.
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On 25 August 2017, the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, targeting the Rohingya escalated and forced them to flee across the border to Bangladesh. To date an estimated 687,000 Rohingya have crossed over into Cox’s Bazar in desperate conditions, an estimated 52 per cent of whom are women and girls. The speed and scale of the influx of refugees has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. In order to help efforts led by the Government of Bangladesh to respond to this unprecedented...
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The Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Brief No. 3 provides a snapshot of International Women’s Day (IWD) events organized in the refugee camps and with the host community in Cox’s Bazar.
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The Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Brief No. 2 features a gender equality checklist to support sectors in their disaster preparedness efforts for the monsoon and cyclone season in Cox’s Bazar.
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The Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Brief No. 1 focuses on key commitments on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis.
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The Gender Profile for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, was prepared by the Inter-sector Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group (GiHA WG) in Cox’s Bazar, co-led by UN Women and UNHCR with technical support from inter-agency Gender Capacity Adviser (GENCAP). The GiHA WG is comprised of sector gender focal points and gender advisers engaged in the response from across NGOs, INGOs, Red Cross/Red Crescent Society, and the UN. The purpose of the gender profile is to present a summary context overview gender analysis...
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Violent conflict began in Rakhine State in October 2016. Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 537,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The distressed and traumatized displaced population – approximately 51 per cent of which are women and girls – lives in terrible conditions and lacks adequate food, water, sanitation, medical care and access to their livelihoods and assets. The crisis situation disproportionately affects women, girls and...