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[Press release] During the virtual event held on 12 May 2022 to launch the 2022 WEPs campaign, both parties reiterated the importance of having a holistic approach to implementing gender-inclusive strategies that span an organisation’s value chain and impact the wider business ecosystem.
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I first really become aware of feminism and women’s empowerment was the Emma Watson speech at the HeForShe campaign in 2014, when I was 16. That speech had a big impact on me and to girls and women everywhere. I also grew up in a very matriarchal family, my mother was the boss, my grandmother was the boss, my brother is a bit terrified of me sometimes, I think. But I guess I didn’t realise that until I saw that speech. So, I started reading more, educating myself, and as I read I encountered gender-based violence (GBV).
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I am the founder of Monsters Among Us, a Malaysian youth-led non-governmental organization. As the name indicates, we combat child sexual abuse and violence and sexual and gender-based violence in Malaysia. Our niche area is child protection.
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Eight outstanding Malaysian private-sector companies and corporate leaders were celebrated as gender champions of the 2021 Malaysia WEPs Award Ceremony on 29 October 2021. The champions were among applicants evaluated by a panel of six high-calibre judges from investment organizations, boards of directors, the community, academics, finance, women and youth empowerment.
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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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Economies in Asia and the Pacific will recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic if more women are appointed at the top of supply chains, and women’s opportunities are prioritized throughout the workplace.
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More than 150 business people, officials and civil society representatives took part in the launch of the campaign Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Activator Malaysia, aimed at enabling a gender-inclusive culture and implementing the WEPs in Malaysian businesses. 
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Tenaganita is a civil society organization specialized in case management related to violence, exploitation and abuse of women migrant workers. They work to protect the rights of migrants, support survivors of trafficking in persons and also provide shelters for survivors of violence.
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The Women’s Aid Organization is a civil society organization which aims to end violence against women and promote gender equality in Malaysia. WAO operates helplines for survivors of violence against women, to any women who need support including women migrant workers, informing the survivors about their rights and available options, support them to make informed decisions.
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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.
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The European Union and UN Women jointly launched today a 3-year WeEmpowerAsia programme to encourage the private sector to expand economic participation and business opportunities for women in seven Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Funded by the EU, UN Women will implement the €8 million programme aiming to integrate gender concerns into business practices in the region. WeEmpowerAsia will promote dialogue among women’s groups and the public and private sector so as to enable a business environment that empowers women; provide skills training...
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Syar S. Alia is a young woman advocate for gender equality from Malaysia. Her journey as an advocate began with the first Young Women Making Change workshop for cis and trans women in Malaysia, supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. For me, being a young woman living in Malaysia means maintaining an anger about the daily discrimination and harm [that women face], without burning out. Every day, there is...
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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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In Thailand, as in other countries of the region, employing domestic workers has long been a cultural and social practice as much as an economic one. In the past, such jobs were routinely filled by girls from the provinces and while often overworked and grossly underpaid, they were usually absorbed into the family, which provided them with some kind of security away...
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Treating domestic workers as if they are "part of the family" may lead to attitudes that are likely to be detrimental to them, a United Nations (UN) Women study has found. In the study released on Tuesday in Bangkok, focusing on migrant domestic workers in Thailand and Malaysia, researchers noted that many employers referred to their live-in domestic workers as "helpers" or as "aunties" and likened them to "family members". While these terms...
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Since the promulgation of Nepal’s new constitution last year, there has been notable progress in women’s participation and leadership in the political realm. The global average for women in parliaments is 22 per cent, and in Asia it is 18.50. In the last two Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal, women secured 33 per cent and 30 per cent of the total seats respectively, up from 7 per cent in previous elections. Now is the time to sustain and build on these impressive gains. With the local elections planned, it is widely expected that the political participation and representation of women will be further strengthened...
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The Royal Government of Bhutan and UN Women have launched a new report highlights measures to make Bhutan’s national planning and budgeting processes more gender responsive. Senior representatives of the Royal Government of Bhutan launched the report Gender Responsive Budgeting in Bhutan: From analysis to action in Thimphu on 11 May 2016. Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting in Bhutan: From Analysis to Action synthesises the...
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Over the past two decades, the ASEAN region has seen impressive levels of economic growth. At the same time, we know that this growth has not been evenly distributed, resulting in rising inequalities within and between countries. Growing economic disparities, and the corresponding challenges for many States to ensure universal access to education, health, decent work and social services, provide both the push and the pull factors for labour migration...
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More than 100 people including students, teachers, volunteers, civil servants, representatives from the private sector and civil society organisations, as well as survivors of violence – wore orange caps to participate in a 13-kilometre walk from the historic temple of Goddess Tara to the clock tower at Thimphu’s city centre to mark International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November 2015. The walk was flagged off by Her Royal Highness,...
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UN Women rolled out its project on ‘Empowerment of Women Migrant Domestic Workers in South Asia through implementation of Standard Terms of Employment’. UN Women works with partners to create improved conditions of work, fair and decent employment for marginalized groups of women migrant workers, workers in the informal sector, and home-based worker across Asia. The project targets to open discussions with...