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Jesmin Aktar lives in a village of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She regularly attends UN Women's "Shanti Khana" [Multi-Purpose Women's Centre – MPWC] learning sessions and is dedicated to improving her life by pursuing a challenging job and contributing to society.
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Women migrant domestic workers play an important role in Singapore, one of the 10 countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) where the Safe and Fair Programme is being implemented under the Spotlight Initiative. However, despite providing valuable domestic and care-giving services, many work in conditions that leave them vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and violence.Through the support of Safe and Fair, women migrant workers and civil society organizations in Singapore are working together to help domestic workers assert their rights and speak out against ill treatment.
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The Humanitarian Organization for Migrant Economics (HOME) is a Singapore-based civil society organization founded in 2004. HOME is dedicated to empowering and supporting migrant workers, especially those who are subject to violence against women, abuse and exploitation.
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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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The ideologues say men are the bosses of the household and women should just keep it clean and take care of the children. They tell women not go out at night, and not to wear short skirts – if you are sexually assaulted, it is your fault. “Gender equality” is a heresy imposed by Westerners and rogue clerics, they say." In Singapore and...
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From the very outset, Myint's search for work to support her family had to be conducted outside the law. Like thousands before her, the frightened young woman from Myanmar was recruited by a Yangon labor agency in defiance of a temporary ban enacted by the military government in 2014 on domestic workers seeking jobs overseas. With no means to check the reliability of the agency or the two-year contract it offered, she fled her job when she was forced to...
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The International Organization for Migration (IOM - UN Migration Agency) and the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) video Open Doors: Singapore has become an overnight sensation in Asia. The video, aimed at preventing the exploitation of domestic workers, was viewed more than 15 million times over the past week. Produced by IOM and USAID's innovative counter-trafficking campaign, IOM X, and in partnership with ASEAN and UN Women, Open Doors: Singapore tells the...
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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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Three new programmes of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality seek to give grass-roots women a more active role in government in Nigeria and Georgia and counter cultural arguments to CEDAW in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
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UN Women Representative and United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i., Elzira Sagynbaeva, and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative a.i, Akiko Fujii have arrived in Nauru today for an official visit to Government Officials and to re-establish the UN Joint Presence office. The Joint Presence office focuses on assisting the UN to strengthen collaboration and to better respond to needs identified at country level by working with key Government and Non-Government partners.
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Joint Press Release: Ministry of Social Welfare, Women & Poverty Alleviation, UN Women, the Indian High Commission and Barefoot College.