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Petra Angelina, 37, is a passionate justice champion and self-advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She is using her own journey to empower other women and persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities to exercise their rights and to realize their full potential.
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The sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to contribute to the session.
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The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus of the Republic of Indonesia signed a declaration today to “condemn any form of gender-based violence that hinders women from fulfilling their equal rights” and to urge all groups to allow women to safely participate in politics.
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The Zoom event “Am I a Feminist?” is the first initiative of 30 for 2030, a youth network for gender equality in Asia and the Pacific formed in August, and is held in conjunction with this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which kick off the same day. “We created this event to address the elephant in the room: the fear, confusion, and uncertain thoughts around the ‘F-word’/feminism,” says Lauralyn, team leader of the event  16 Days campaign.
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Asia-Pacific Regional Statement by Sarah Knibbs, Regional Director a.i. on The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: The study titled Gender-Related Killings of Women and Girls – Improving Data to Improve Responses to Femicide /Feminicide show that around 45,000 women and girls worldwide were killed by their intimate partners or other family members last year. This means that, on average, more than five women or girls are killed every hour by someone in their own family. The Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest number of intimate partner or family-related femicides with 17,800 femicides in 2021. The report is a startling reminder that over the past decade, progress to end violence
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[Press release] Twenty-two companies (22) and individuals across Asia and the Pacific region were named awardees in the UN Women 2022 Regional Women’s Empowerment Principles Awards (WEPs Awards), which recognize outstanding initiatives and practices that promote gender equality in the world of work. The awardees of the UN Women 2022 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards stood out from over 500 applications from 19 Asia-Pacific countries and among them are major corporates along with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across different industries and sectors.
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“Women and girls are deprived of their basic rights,” says Malalay. “The right to work, the right to education, and other women’s rights such as freedom and self-sufficiency have been taken away.” Deprived of political power and barred from most jobs, women are required to cover their faces in public and have been instructed to remain in their homes except in cases of necessity. Girls have been banned from attending school past the sixth grade.
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Sultana Kamal is a Bangladeshi lawyer, feminist, and human rights activist. She served as the executive director of Ain o Salish Kendra, a civil rights organisation and as an adviser in the Caretaker government of Bangladesh from 2006-2008. She is now the chairperson of the We Can End Violence Against Women Alliance and the chairperson for Transparency International Bangladesh.
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Adelah*, 27, is a former Afghan school teacher now pursuing her dream career in information technology. She is developing an app that connects Afghan women with gynecologists abroad. Adelah participated in a design thinking workshop for young Afghan leaders organized by UN Women to identify existing capacities, needs and solutions to support women’s empowerment and gender equality, and influence peace discussions in their home country Afghanistan.
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Karima(*), 21, is a young university student who is passionate about helping others through teaching. Despite her young age, she has multiple years of teaching experience in Afghanistan. Now she wants to find ways to continue educating Afghan women given their exclusion from education within the country. Karima participated in a design thinking workshop for young Afghan leaders organized by UN Women to identify existing capacities, needs and solutions to support women’s empowerment and gender equality, and influence peace discussions in their home country Afghanistan.
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Zuleika*, 22, is a young Afghan activist who has initiated several social projects supporting Afghan women refugees. She advocates for women’s freedom of choice and strongly believes in the power of women supporting women. Zuleika participated in a design thinking workshop for young Afghan leaders organized by UN Women to identify existing capacities, needs and solutions to support women’s empowerment and gender equality, and influence peace discussions in their home country Afghanistan.
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Women face greater demands to care for their families because of social and gender norms, and these demands increase during and after climate disasters. Women spend more time than men gathering household fuel and water and face more barriers in accessing information and resources to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. And they face heightened risks of gender-based violence after disasters. At the same time, women are critical leaders for climate action and their engagement and participation is essential to a better shared future.
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The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2022, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “UNiTE! Activism To End Violence Against Women and Girls!” Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) remains the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation worldwide affecting more than an estimated 1 in 3 women1, a figure that has remained largely unchanged over the last decade2. The most recent global estimates showed that, on average, a woman or girl is killed by someone in her own family every 11 minutes.

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Zahra Nader is an Afghan Canadian journalist and editor-in-chief of Zan Times, a newly launched media outlet that covers human rights in Afghanistan with a focus on women, the LGBT community and environmental issues. Born in Afghanistan, she is from the Hazara community, an ethnic group that faces marginalization and violence. She began her journalism career in Kabul in 2011, before moving to Canada in 2017 to purse higher education. She is currently completing a Ph.D in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies.
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[Press release] “Progress for women and girls is in dramatic reverse in many countries. Rights and freedoms that women and girls had experienced as normal - to work, to learn, to make choices about their bodies - have been abruptly taken away.  Some of those losses have been legislated or imposed by governing authorities against courageous resistance. Others have been brought to light and sharpened by unprecedented global crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ms Hathaway.
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Women’s participation and equal power is fundamental to progress for everyone. I’m sure you are aware of the evidence which shows conclusively that equality between woman and men makes us all safer, happier, more prosperous, and more successful. And yet, the reality in which we find ourselves is that at the current rate of progress, it may take another 300 years to achieve gender equality. I hope we all agree that this is three centuries too long.
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The 2021 takeover of Afghanistan by the Afghan Taliban displaced many Afghans to Pakistan, the majority of whom are women and children. Through the “Socio Economic Recovery of Displaced Afghan and Host Communities in Pakistan” project, UN Women, in partnership with CSO Pakistan Village Development Program (PVDP) responds to the emerging needs of the displaced community in Swabi and Peshawar, increases access to protection and livelihood opportunities and develop community platforms, and builds social cohesion for Afghan and host community women. Marjan is one of 300 beneficiaries.
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Leading justice advocates and experts from across the region are driving innovative solutions to close the justice gap. The voices of three women justice experts show how to accelerate justice for women and justice for all – through trailblazing technological solutions, game-changing social entrepreneurship initiatives and gender-responsive mediation.
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Civil society and women human rights defenders are on the front lines of supporting women’s access to justice. Leveraging their expertise, together with the lived experiences of women seeking justice, is key to transforming justice systems to be gender-responsive and people-centred, and to leave no one behind.
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[PRESS RELEASE] The six winners have been announced in the 2022 edition of the Thailand Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards, which recognizes outstanding initiatives and practices that promote gender inclusivity in the business sector.