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In the past 18 months, by trapping women with their abusers, COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have worsened the already-widespread violence against women while preventing many of them from getting help. But even those who do manage to contact the police come up against another long-standing challenge: a culture and system that treats the survivor as a big part of the problem.
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Gender equality is not a women’s issue but a matter of human rights. The concept of “human right” has been interpreted differently according to society’s definition of who is a human being under which conditions. Women have achieved human rights through endless struggles and efforts; for example, the right to vote, the right to receive the same wages, and the right to wear pants were all rights that women had to acquire. I have been dedicated to the movement throughout my life.
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Thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), for hosting the 12th session of the Seoul ODA International Conference.First of all, let me say that gender equality is always a result of political will. Gender equality does not come automatically. It does not arrive with a new generation; we have to actively work towards it. In every country of the world, gender inequality is about an imbalance in power, which normally favours men over women. Achieving gender equality requires negotiations around how society should be and political priorities and positions to change...
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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 13 to 14 September 2018. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with the Republic, aimed at achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, both at home and abroad. She will be speaking at the 12th session of the Seoul ODA International Conference, on the importance of development cooperation and the official development...
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More voices can bring more and real changes. Synergising the shared vision: ending gender-based violence (GBV), KWID has always been a big part of the relationship with UN Women. With 16 Days of Activism to say ‘no’ together to end violence against women across the globe, Sujeong Song, Programme Officer – EVAW, interviewed Dr. Myung-Sun Lee, President of Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) on Friday, 25 November...
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The risk of sexual harassment and assault strikes fear into the hearts of women in the Republic of Korea. In 2014, almost 1 in 4 women there said they had experienced sexual violence, according to a report released in 2014 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. To avoid being victimized, many women regularly alter their everyday behaviors when outdoors; they are thus forced to curb their own freedoms in public spaces meant for all. Possible solutions...
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On 27 January 2016 the Republic of Marshall Islands elected its first female president; also the first woman ever to lead an independent Pacific nation. A former Minister for Education, Dr Hilda Heine was one of three women elected to the 33-member Nitijela (the Marshall Islands Parliament) in the November 2015 elections and entered parliament for her second term as a senator. She is the first, and currently only, Marshallese citizen to achieve a doctorate...