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Category-5 Cyclone Resilient Rakiraki Market Opens

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The people of Rakiraki today celebrated the official opening of the new Rakiraki Market by Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (RET) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. The new structure is a great example of the partnership between the Government of Fiji, and the Australian Government through the Markets for Change project implemented by UN Women. The new market is Category 5 cyclone-resilient and includes a 40-bed accommodation centre for rural women vendors to stay overnight, improving their personal security and the safety of their produce.

Women’s Unpaid and Underpaid Work in the Times of Covid-19

Monday, June 1, 2020

As Covid-19 grips the world, market economy have shuttered, schools have closed, and nearly half of the global population is confined to their homes. Yet millions of care workers step out every day to keep the lights on and support those in need, for very low wages.

UN Women and Rohingya women at the frontline of COVID-19 response

Monday, June 1, 2020

The world in lockdown has created a ‘profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway[1]. Primarily as caregivers, women are not just sustaining families, but also serving as front-line responders, mainly in the health and service sector.

Safe Baucau and Safe Market task force paves way for a Generation Equality and safer Baucau for all

Friday, May 29, 2020

Launching of the Safe Baucau Market’s taskforce. Photo: TOMAK / Isaac The Baucau Municipal Authority (BMA) launched a Safe Baucau and Safe Markets Technical Working Group (TWG) in commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) in Baucau. The TWG is composed of voluntary members from local government, veterans, the Baucau Women’s Association, private sector, organizations of persons with disabilities, church and youth groups, with participation of the State Secretary...

National university of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) and UN Women set the standard in the safe campus initiative

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sexual harassment in public spaces is highly global, including in Timor-Leste. A UN Women study on the safe city conducted between 2017-2018 in the capital Dili, highlighted that no women (including university students) feel safe in public spaces, including campus environments.

Take Five: Women peacekeepers are role models for women and girls in the local community

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lt. Colonel Ratih Pusparini is one of the first Indonesian women to have been dispatched in a peacekeeping mission. From 2008–2013, she served as a military observer and in various positions on UN peacekeeping missions in the Congo, Lebanon and Syria.

Ending sexual bribery and empowering widows in Sri Lanka to bring peace to their communities

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sharmila* was 25 years old when her husband was abducted by an armed group. Despite several of her neighbors witnessing the abduction, Sharmila was not able to find her husband or receive help from authorities.

Take five: “We should have zero tolerance for sexual bribery.”

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Shyamala Gomez is the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. CEJ supports war affected women from Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim backgrounds to advocate for their rights and for transitional justice and reconciliation in their communities.

China’s companies recommit to helping female workers amid the COVID-19 crisis

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Beijing, China -- Thirty-seven Chinese companies joining a discussion hosted by UN Women underlined the importance of empowering women as businesses face the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

Experts discuss the gendered impact of COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Around 150 people from diverse background attended a virtual discussion on Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 organized by UN Women on 19 May 2020.

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