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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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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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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...
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The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), senior government officials, Wangduephodrang district administration, representatives of the armed forces, UN agencies, including UN Women, jointly celebrated International Women’s Day. Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and President of RENEW, graced the event. The theme for this year’s event is Empowering Women - Empowering...
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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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A two-day session at UN Women’s Suva office in Fiji helped Tuvalu’s state delegation prepare to face the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women in February. The five-member delegation (pictured below) was heading to Geneva to take part in a constructive dialogue with the Committee following the submission of their latest report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). ...
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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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The European Union and UN Women paid tribute to inspiring Indian Women at the jointly organised ‘Inspiring Change: Equality for All’ conference in Delhi today, with the launch of a new EU film and a new UN Women report.
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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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The United Nations in Bhutan supported a workshop to integrate gender responsive budgets and plans into Bhutan’s 11th Five Year Plan. Organized as a response to a request by the Royal Government of Bhutan, this is the first such in-depth training conducted in Bhutan to guide the government to ensure that its planning and budgeting processes respond to the needs of women.
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15 October 2012, Thimpu: Household responsibilities, low self-esteem, illiteracy, fewer role models and lower expectations prevent Bhutanese women from actively participating in local politics. These were some of the findings of a new study released by the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) with support of UN Women in Thimpu yesterday.
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Household responsibilities, low self-esteem, illiteracy, fewer role models and lower expectations prevent Bhutanese women from actively participating in local politics. These were some of the findings of a new study released by NCWC with support of UNWomen in Thimpu today.
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Giving gender budgeting the high level response it deserves, the Royal Government of Bhutan hosted a two-day High Level Meeting on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) supported by the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office and UN Women South Asia .
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Gup Namgay Peldon attributes her win to the overwhelming support she received from the people in her village. For over ten years, Gup Peldon worked as a non-formal education instructor, which helped her to establish a close rapport with the villagers. “As an instructor, I interacted very frequently with people.
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UN Women and its Norwegian research partner, Norwegian Institute for Regional and Urban Research, will start work on a Gender Responsive Governance Index at a two-day South Asia conference in Thimphu on 2 and 3 March 2012.