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UN Women and Connected Women Team up to Help More Businesses Transition to Digital

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Manila, Philippines – Social impact startup Connected Women will now be able to reach and educate more Filipino women entrepreneurs, thanks to an exciting new collaboration with the joint European Union-UN Women program WeEmpowerAsia.

Her businesses shut by COVID-19, a woman in Philippines turns to helping others stay safe despite personal risk

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

When Philippines started lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19, Charmaine Ladot, 40, was among the millions of business owners who were hurt. But she didn’t just bow down in despair.

Take five: The COVID-19 challenges “are just too many to mention”

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Pamela Grace P. Español-Solano is one of nine female doctors volunteering at a COVID-19 facility in southern Philippines.

Take Five: “Our mission cannot be realized without women’s economic empowerment.”

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Christian Ewert is President of amfori, a global business association for open and sustainable trade. amfori groups over 2,400 retailers, importers, brands and associations of more than 40 countries, with a combined turnover of more than 1 trillion euros. amfori recently signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which UN Women and United Nations Global Compact developed to guide private companies to create gender-equal workplaces.

Philippine Police and Customs Officers Challenge Gender Stereotypes

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Officers of the Philippine security sector gathered in Manila to discuss needs of women and girls in cross-border situations. The five-day training in Manila aimed to strengthen a gender-responsive, survivor-centred approach to transnational crime investigations. It was hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Women with support from the Government of Canada.

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Tasini

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

People tell me not to think about what happened. They say that it won’t help to think about it and that I should be strong and try to be happy like before. I know they mean well, but it will take some time before I can forget about the physical abuse I experienced when I was abroad. It will take some time before I can forget about having to sleep on a cold cement floor that caused my body to ache constantly. My employers beat me, and my body is covered in the evidence of that cruelty.

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Carina

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

After my husband and I separated, life was hard for me and my children, so I decided to go abroad to work. It was painful leaving my children, but I didn’t know how else to take care of them. I was a domestic worker in Dubai, for a Libyan family. It was a good job, and the family was good to me. Then one day the son in this family came home in the middle of the day, which was unusual. He was with a friend and no one else was home. I didn’t think much of it at first and went to tidy up, and...

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Abegail

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

My journey started when a woman in my village connected me and several other women to a “recruitment agency” offering waitressing jobs in Malaysia. We were brought to Manila, to “process our paperwork”. Some of the women were actually minors, and when some of us didn't have money for the “processing fees”, the recruitment agency said that they would cover all of the expenses and that it would be deducted from our salary when we started to work in Malaysia. My younger sister was with me,...

UN Women helps bring a rainbow to Metro Manila during Pride march

Monday, July 15, 2019

The sun may not have been shining on the Metro Manila Pride March in Marikina City, but the horizon was nonetheless illuminated with bright rainbow flags and costumes celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Roughly 56,000 people took to the streets in the 29 June march to celebrate diversity of sexual expression and gender identity, and to rally for the rights of the LGBTQI community. This year’s theme was Resist Together, a call for advocates and supporters to fight discrimination against LGBTQI people.

Take Five: “It’s time for the Philippines to say, ‘MeToo!’”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Maica Teves, Executive Director of SPARK! Philippines, was primarily focused on women’s economic empowerment until she teamed up with other organizations to create a Filipino version of the #MeToo campaign to address gender-based violence. Through collaboration with SPARK!, UN Women, Empower, and the Embassy of Sweden in Manila, the #RespetoNaman (Respect Me) campaign was born.

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