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This paper is a review of gender mainstreaming principles and examples of interventions by countries and organisations in Asia and the Pacific region. It also includes tools and approaches to mainstream gender into climate change and disaster risk reduction policies.
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These statistics set the tone for a series of conversations jointly hosted by UN Women and the French Embassy in Sri Lanka, in the broader context of COVID-19 and the parallel worsening of gender equality. In the course of the six discussions – each based on the thematic focus areas of the Generation Equality Forum – experts and activists repeatedly highlighted three underlying problems in relation to gender equality and women’s rights in Sri Lanka.
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Before, during and after disasters and conflicts, people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) experience discrimination, violence and exclusion. This report explores what inclusion truly means according to key frameworks and tools in the humanitarian and disaster risk reduction systems. At the same time, it serves to identify gaps within these systems and generate a clearer understanding of how and why these gaps exist.
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The infographic was based on a policy research “Leveraging Digitalization to cope with COVID-19: An Indonesia case study on women-owned micro and small businesses” by UN Women in partnership with Pulse Lab Jakarta and Gojek, with the support of National Council for Financial Inclusion of Indonesia (S-DNKI).
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The infographic was based on the survey on the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and men launched through SMS messages via Indosat Ooredoo mobile network, during April and July 2020 to collect data from randomly selected cellphone users with a link to a web-based survey. The report “Counting the Costs of COVID-19: Assessing the Impact on Gender and the Achievement of the SDGs in Indonesia” reveals how COVID-19 is exposing women’s vulnerabilities to...
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Women are paid less than men globally, with the gender pay gap estimated at 16 percent. Women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn for work of equal value – with an even wider gap for women with children. These discrepancies in pay have negative consequences for women and their families - a situation that is exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Having been the first region to face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, markets and businesses in Asia-Pacific are now showing early signs of revival and leading the way towards a new economic reality. But until more progress is made, the positive developments in closing the gender gap could come under pressure. Despite a growing number of resources made available to develop women’s entrepreneurship, gender inequalities still exist. 
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The infographics examine the progress made and challenges faced in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in Asia and the Pacific 25 years after its adoption.
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Over several years, UN Women has accompanied CSAGA in many women rights advocacy activities. In 2017, we decided to incorporate the prevention of sexual violence against women and girls as one of the main contents of the 16 Days campaign to end violence against women and girls, starting from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 th November) to International Human Rights Day (10 th December). A key activity in 2017 was the exhibition titled "Portraits of the...
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Women and girls inKachin State are bornto experience the natureof earth’s beauty,and to contributepeace, harmony and well-being in theirfamilies, communities, overall societyand the nation to shape the processfor sustainable development for all. OnJune 9, 2011, human-made armed conflictemerged in Kachin State, and hassince then resulted in extensive loss oflife, damage to infrastructures, destructionof livelihoods and protracted andcontinuous displacement of more...
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The importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment and leadership as a central element of humanitarian action, and across the humanitarian-peace-development nexus, has been recognized in international normative frameworks to which the Government of Myanmar is a signatory. These include the World Humanitarian Summit Agenda for Humanity and the Grand Bargain, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms...
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The discussion paper “Unpaid Care and Domestic Work: Issues and Suggestions for Viet Nam” is developed specifically to help policymakers gain a better understanding of what unpaid care work is and how this affects women’s participation in the social and economic life; and recommend policy measures that would help recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work...
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As Viet Nam is taking further steps to operationalize the gender equality principles set out in the State Budget Law 2015, this discussion is designed to help policymakers and relevant stakeholders understand the linkages between gender inequalities, tax laws, and tax policy options. Specifically, the paper examines the gender impact of tax laws and tax incentives in Viet Nam, including in relation to personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, consumption taxes such as the Value Added Tax,...
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The Sustainable Development Goals are the globally agreed goals guiding the new development agenda towards 2030. Gender is mainstreamed throughout the 17 SDGs while Goal 5 specifically calls on states to: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
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Addressing the need for the ensuring gender responsiveness of the legislation in Afghanistan is one of the important aspects of efforts to ensure gender equality. Over the last several years the efforts to improve legislation from gender perspective has been successful however still there is a number of issues that needs to be addressed. Issues including age of marriage, forced marriage, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment are among are still among the controversial issues that should be...
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Inclusive Cities. Toward gender equality, youth empowerment, and non-discrimination.
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Malaysian Evaluation Society (MES), 6th International Evaluation Conference, 2014 Kuala Lumpur: 24-28 March, 2014
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As part of the national evaluation capacity building activities, UN Women Evaluation Office (EO) provided bursaries to four practitioners/researchers working in the area of gender responsive evaluation to present their research topics at the 2011 Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) InternationalConference on 6-9 June, 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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To improve the legal framework for better promotion and protection of the rights of Cambodian women migrant workers, UN Women held several workshops for representatives from Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MOLVT), and representatives from Malaysian embassy. The inputs and recommendations from the workshops resulted in successful development of The Sample Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Kingdom of Cambodia (MOU) on the recruitment and placement of Cambodian domestic workers and the development of employment contract between Malaysian Employer and Cambodian domestic worker.
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This publication was based on collaborative work supported by various people. UN Women EO would particularly like to thank Soma De Silva (SLEvA), who has supported the four researchers’ presentations during the 2011 International Conference on 6-9 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Also, special thanks go to Ada Ocampo (UNICEF). It would not have been possible to collaborate with SLEvA without her help and support. UN Women EO would like to express its deep gratitude to the four UN Women bursaries recipients, who presented their expertise in evaluation, gender equality and human rights by writing the articles for this journal: Pradeep Narayanan (Institute of Participatory Practice (Praxis)), Lalitha Vaidyanathan (FSG), Natalia Kosheleva (Process Consultancy), and Kyoko Kusakabe (Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)). UN Women EO benefi꤁ed from excellent collaboration with the Sub-Regional Offices (SROs) for East and South East Asia and for South Asia and would like to thank Moni Pizani, Shoko Ishikawa, Montira Narkvichien, Anne Stenhammer, Sushma Kapoor, Shreyasi Jha and Rajat Khanna. Finally, the coordination and dedicated support of Yumiko Kanemitsu, UN Women regional evaluation specialist for Asia Pacific has been invaluable in this project bearing fruit.