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The entirety of UN Women and HeForShe movement share with the bereaved family, the government and the people of Japan, the feelings of great loss at this moment of deep sorrow. Please join us in extending our heart-felt condolences.
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In the spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) of Juntendo University co-organised the Open Symposium on Gender Equality in Sports with the Japan Sports Agency (JSA) and ASEAN Secretariat, and support from the UN Women. The Symposium is part of the four-day ASEAN-Japan Workshop on Gender Equality in Sports held from 10 to 13 August.
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In support of the UN Women-convened Unstereotype Alliance’s mission to eradicate harmful gender-based stereotypes in all media and advertising content, Nikkei Inc. the largest financial newspaper in Japan and the founding member of Unstereotype Alliance Japan Chapter, has announced its first winner of the Nikkei Unstereotype Award — the #NoBagForMe PROJECT 2019-2020 by Unicharm.
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The Government of Japan has contributed US$4,545,454 to UN Women programmes to protect the lives and dignity of women and girls, as well as address the challenges they face by COVID -19.
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To prevent an added humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 24 Rohingya volunteers are working with UN Women to mobilize their communities and raise awareness on COVID-19.
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[Joint press release] Today, UN Women and Junior Chamber International Japan (JCI Japan) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the acceleration of gender equality nationwide in Japan through the advancement of the HeForShe solidarity movement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goal of MOU is to achieve the SDGs in Japan by 2030. The primary focus is on the SDG 5, ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women.
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[Press release] In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, today called upon global parliamentarians to build on the experiences and best practices from Member States on how to achieve a gender equal world via legislation and parliamentary work.
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[Press Release] Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., parent of the Japanese global apparel retailer UNIQLO, and UN Women announced today a global partnership to champion women’s rights and empowerment in the apparel industry. This is the first formal alliance between UN Women and a clothing company based in Asia. “Fast Retailing is committed to ensure that all women who are main players in our business can fully demonstrate their abilities. This is essential for the sustainable growth of the entire supply chain, as well as to continue to offer products that meet customer expectations,” said Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President and CEO, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
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More than 50 countries have pledged to give more women leading roles in efforts to reduce the high risks they face from natural disasters in Asia. The 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction , held in Mongolia’s capital on 3-6 July, made this and other key commitments by adopting the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and the Action Plan 2018-2020 of the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework...
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I have a man, I have a woman, I have a smile, I have respect - Gender Equal Peaceful World! With these words, Japanese pop sensation PIKOTARO - star of the world famous "PPAP" - debuted his new collaboration with UN Women, "Gender Equal Peaceful World", in Tokyo on March 1. With his signature dance moves on full display, PIKOTARO performed live as part of a showcase of the successes of UN Women's regional programme on Preventing Violent Extremism...
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As the internet becomes more accessible, the online space has become the new battleground for influencing the ideologies of young people. Violent extremist groups use the internet and social media to promote radical messages, which glamorize terrorism in an effort to recruit young men and women to their ranks. Comedy and satire are a powerful force to counter these harmful messages and prevent violent extremist activity. Female comedians in particular are proving to be a...
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Shiseido and UN Women have announced a partnership to promote gender quality in Japan. Grounded in UN Women’s universal mandate to advance gender equality and Shiseido's commitment towards women’s advancement, the partnership aims to raise awareness of gender equality and develop capacities of young women and men to act as agents of change. Shiseido, one of the oldest Japanese multinational personal care companies, commits to strengthen its management focus on...
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The project aims to better understand the needs of conflict-related sexual violence survivors and their children in Asia-Pacific, and to document recommendations for strengthening national approaches that respond to survivors, including National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security. In January 2017, a regional Expert Group Meeting was convened in Bangkok, Thailand to reflect on the needs of survivors in Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and...
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British Embassy Bangkok and UN Women in Asia Pacific hosted a dialogue on ‘Addressing the needs of sexual violence survivors and children born out of rape in National Action Plans for Women, Peace and Security in Asia-Pacific’ in Bangkok on 12 January 2017. The event brought together global and regional experts, civil society, and representatives from UN entities involved in the development of National Action Plans for Women, Peace and Security (NAPs-WPS)...
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UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific launched the UNiTE Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign by inviting people to submit their own music video about ending violence against women. UN Women spoke with Ms Zolboo Dashmyagmar from the Forever Crew in Mongolia about the inspiration for their song for the UNiTE Song Contest...
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Reiterating their shared commitment to create “a society where women shine”, on 30 August, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka officially inaugurated the new UN Women Liaison Office in Tokyo, located in Bunkyo City... UN...
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I want to thank President Johnson Sirleaf for sharing her inspiring story which always motivates. I would also like to thank the Prime Minister for his strong and consistent voice on matters of gender equality and women’s rights, both nationally, and internationally, and for being one of the 10 heads of state who are HeForShe Champions - men who stand and act for gender equality.The UN Women team is already looking forward to the Prime Minister’s speech at the General Assembly, because he never fails to hit the issues that matter for women and girls.
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Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, refers to his Government's contribution of nearly USD 5 million to UN Women’s core budget and over USD 14 million to projects and programmes financed through its non-core budget, bringing Japan’s total funding for 2015 to USD 19,244,181 million – more than double its 2014 donation. In an interview, Minister Kishida reinforces messages by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underlining Japan’s commitment to gender equality...
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From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.”
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Starting on 25 March, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will begin her first official visit to the Asia-Pacific region as United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.