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4 th March 2016 WOMEN RESPONDING TO TROPICAL CYCLONE WINSTON Tropical Cyclone Winston was the most powerful cyclone to strike Fiji but despite the devastation, women have emerged as leaders and innovators, showcasing their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. From day one women have been front and centre, sometimes alongside men, at other times on their own, responding to the needs of their communities. Women have been tending to the elderly, the sick and injured, supporting community...
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Increasing women’s participation in leadership and decision-making is not only critical for achieving gender equality, it is also essential for general economic and social development. Studies have found that longer exposure to women’s political representation increases women’s overall labour force participation, the share of public employment opportunities allocated to women and women’s increased access to public goods such as roads and health services. The Pacific...
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UN Women Pacific Newsletter Issue# 3
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Food insecurity and inadequate nutrition are key issues which threaten lives and well-being in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), and changes in climate are likely to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has acknowledged that climate change will seriously threaten food security across the world, as any changes to the global climate will impact on agriculture, and therefore the world’s food...
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UN Women Pacific Newsletter Issue 2
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The main content of the research has been crystallized into four chapters in this report. Chapter 1 provides a broad overview of the socio-cultural context and the evolution of the political system in Bhutan. It highlights the current status of women’s participation in decision-making at both the national and local level, and explains why women’s participation is important. Chapter 2 covers objectives of the study and the methodology used. Chapter 3 presents the results of the research in the form of exhaustive data and the main survey findings, while chapter 4 extrapolates these findings to recommendations and conclusions...
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A comprehensive analytical report that maps the situation and status of women in South Asia, within the framework of 12 critical areas of concern identified by the Beijing Platform.
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The Fifth South Asia Regional Ministerial Meeting – “Celebrating Beijing Plus Ten”, was as special as the year 2005 itself. A year of milestones for gender equality, it marks the tenth anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women at Beijing; 30 years since the First World Conference on Women at Mexico; and, five years since the Millennium Summit. Keeping alive the promise of Beijing, this regional review process, which began in 1996, is a collaborative undertaking involving all stakeholders, including Governments, NGOs, the SAARC secretariat, gender experts...