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Gender-based violence Rapid Response Teams in 17 communities, led by local police, and consisting of a Women’s Union Officer and a Justice Officer, Youth Union Officer or Community Leader, deliver timely and coordinated responses and protection for women and girls experiencing violence in their communities.
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I am generation equality because… “In the face of urgent and horrifying rights abuses, growing anti-rights forces and glacially slow change – it’s the collective creative energy of the feminist movement that keeps me going. It was a life-changing experience for me to join the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement 10 years ago. The feminists I met in Fiji and across the Pacific taught me so much about feminist practice, solidarity and most importantly, how to have fun while changing the world."
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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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Last week, the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), a long-standing partner of UN Women, granted a 3.5 million AUD (roughly 2.5 million USD) contribution to UN Women’s initiative Building Back Better: Promoting a Gender Data-Driven Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Pacific and South-East Asia.
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[Press release] Business leaders have a key role to play to address intimate partner violence as a workplace issue. When workplaces understand, recognize and respond to violence against women, women can continue to work and access the support they need, a UN Women report says. With the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UN Women is launching today, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, case studies showing how 14 diverse organizations across the Asia-Pacific region are addressing intimate partner violence as a workplace issue.
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Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police...
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UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, Yannick Glemarec will visit Australia this week, from 9 – 12 October, and the Solomon Islands, from 12 – 14 October, to step-up progress on women’s empowerment following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While in Australia, Mr. Glemarec is expected to meet with Government representatives, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, to discuss the country’s vital role...
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The United Nations in Maldives and the UN Women Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka organized a workshop to discuss women’s participation and leadership in peace and security based on the principles of the historic UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Under the title “Women in Public Life: Better Participation for Sustainable Peace and Development”, the workshop included discussions by various...
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Over the next 3 days, the Australian Embassy on Sathorn Road will be lit up in orange to raise awareness and encourage action to stop violence against women. Orange has been chosen as the colour as it is a bright and optimistic colour, representing a future free from violence against women and girls for the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign “UNiTE to end violence against women”. By lighting the Embassy building in this symbolic colour, the embassy...
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Maldivians marked the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign with bicycle rallies in Malé city, Addu City and Kulhudhuffushi to raise awareness and highlight the need to end violence against women and girls. Young people, representatives from UN agencies, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, Bike Maldives, Girl Guides and many other partners participated enthusiastically in...
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The Government of Maldives and the United Nations in the Maldives agrees to work together on four areas to deliver development results in the next 5 years. The 2016-2020 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon and the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Shoko Noda at an event held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The four outcome areas identified...
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At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the co-facilitators of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the UN DESA Financing for Development Office (FFDO), UN-NGLS is conducting an open, transparent and participatory process to identify civil...
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On 27 August, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Australia for the first time as the Executive Director of UN Women. During a three-day trip to Canberra and Sydney, she will attend meetings with high-ranking government officials as well as with representatives from the business community and civil society.
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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote gender equality, gender justice and the empowerment of women among the countries in the South Asian region.
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Millions of girls around the world are still threatened by genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite a century of efforts to put an end to it.
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The United Nations in India has launched a joint advocacy and communication campaign to end violence against women for the month of November. Part of the Say No- UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, this campaign will bring greater focus on the issue of violence against women and also call for solutions. The campaign will end with the commemoration of the International Day for Eliminations of Violence against Women on 25 November.
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The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced a $250,000 grant to the organization UN Women, which is a part of the United Nations' Women's Global Safe Cities Initiative.
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UN Women and the Bihar Legislative Assembly joined hands by organizing a gender workshop that was attended by members of the Assembly, especially from the Women and Child Development Committee, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Committee.
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New Delhi, 3 July 2013: Dr Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, Ed.D. was appointed as UN Women’s Representative for India, Maldives, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Dr Tavares took on her new role as of 1 July 2013.
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Women peace activists from South Asia urge the United Nations to improve the participation of women in peace building processes.