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Human trafficking is an issue that transcends national borders. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by this crime. Although research shows that increasing the number of women in law enforcement results in law enforcement that is more responsive to women’s needs and more operationally effective, women represent a small share of law enforcement officers in the ASEAN Region ranging from 6% in Indonesia to 20% in Lao PDR. In 2017, UN Women and UNODC set out to jointly mitigate these challenges, leading up to a four-year partnership between the agencies.
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Child marriage takes away a girl’s right to safe and healthy childhood, quality and complete education that can lead to decent economic opportunities, and social and political empowerment. Pakistan has the 6th highest number of girls married before the age of 18 in the world. Child marriage is prevalent due to several reasons including deeply entrenched traditions and customs, poverty, lack of awareness and/or access to education, and lack of security.
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The 20th anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda is a critical moment for the agenda and its relevance, which has been tested by the extensive impacts of COVID-19. This publication takes stock of the progress as well as the gaps in implementing WPS in the Asia Pacific region over the last 20 years, and builds upon the lessons learned to move the WPS agenda forward in the years to come.
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Transport is one of the most important elements of national infrastructure and a key to gender equality. Women’s opportunities to access paid work are reduced when there is poor investment in gender responsive transport infrastructure.
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The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting nationwide restricted mobility is exacerbating the pre-existing social and economic inequalities, adding more layers of barriers, discrimination and threats for women in their homes and communities. The brief reflects the situation and voices of women and gender diverse people from the ground, constantly battling against these challenges.
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Women in India are key leaders and agents of ecorestoration in preserving India’s forests. Yet limited policy priority and implementation is given to the needs of women.
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The report specifically calls upon the Government of Afghanistan to acknowledge the commission of wartime atrocities, develop protection programs and support services for victims and witnesses of attacks against women, and foster an institutional culture in which women’s participation in the justice system, whether professionally or personally, is promoted and encouraged.
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This joint UN Women and OHCHR publication is intended as a tool to guide and support the adoption and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to ensure women's access, use and control over land and other productive resources.
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A new UN study on men’s use of violence against women was launched at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on 10 September 2013. The study of over 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific found that nearly half of those men interviewed reported using physical or sexual violence against a female partner, ranging from 26 percent to 80 percent across the sites. Nearly a quarter of men interviewed reported perpetrating rape against a woman or girl, ranging from 10 percent to 62 percent across the sites.
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Though there is no uniformity in the practices being observed within Indian states to protect women from domestic violence, a number of them seem to be promising acts of change.
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Read this Resource Tool on how the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA) safeguards women’s right to justice through protection officers and NGOs. The tool also contains information about civil and criminal procedure laws.
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Though there is no uniformity in the practices being observed within Indian states to protect women from domestic violence, a number of them seem to be promising acts of change.
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Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence through a Multi-Sectoral Approach
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This report highlights the gender gaps which persist to barricade women in agricultural productivity and developments.
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In the Western Indian state of Gujarat, UN Women has funded an energy conversation programme in the districts of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
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A study based on women’s voices in rural Haryana draws attention to women’s ownership of land, and how economic independence can help reduce violence against women.
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Rural, indigenous people live in two simultaneous situations. While they have highly developed capabilities for management of biodiverse natural resources, they are lodged in a discriminated, excluded existence, away from the centre stage of economic and technological change.
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A study report from the Gujarat Institute of Development Research analyzing Home-based Workers in the rich and poor segments of the Garment industry in Gujarat state of India.
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Fourth in the series of ‘Staying Alive’, this report tracks the implementation of the 2005 Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.
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The report of the final external evaluation of UNIFEM’s Regional Programme on Home-based Workers in South Asia (Phase II, 2004-2007) by CMS Social, covers Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The evaluation provides an in-depth analysis of UNIFEM’s programmes, approaches, strategies and interventions and advocacy initiatives to support HBWs.