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The past year has seen an encouraging rise in companies that promote gender equality in the workplace, with over 1,500 organizations in the region adopting the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Despite the limiting effects of the pandemic, a growing number of firms now have women in leadership positions, giving them greater representation in boardrooms and a louder voice in critical business decisions.
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The unseen strands: looking at the state of violence and gender in Timor-Leste. Message from the former Head of Office for UN Women in Timor-Leste on the state of violence against women in the country. With this progress around us, we have been reflecting on violence, especially violence against women and girls that still makes the news and our Facebook feeds, in places with familiar names, such as Lahane, Kutet or Rai Kotu, and in familiar settings, such as homes, orphanages, schools, on the street, in taxis, markets, offices and even social media.
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The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum brings together representatives from government, business, workers organisations and the international community for wide-ranging discussions on maximising the positive contribution of business to human rights and developmental goals in Asia.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical role of collaboration in creating gender-inclusive ecosystems where women can emerge and thrive. As the European Union, UN Women and its partners Bopinc and The DO School highlight their commitment to helping more women entrepreneurs on the occasion of the World Entrepreneurs Day this year, two initiatives should be recognised for their remarkable progress in providing the space and tools these women need: the Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Industry Disruptor.
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For immediate release, Bangkok (4 June 2020) – The annual United Nations Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum will this year be held online, June 9 – 12.  Where: Online When: June 9 – 12 Time: Event begins at 10.00 am (Bangkok time, GMT+7) Webcast: Journalists are invited to register and view the event on our dedicated platform The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum brings together representatives from government, business, workers organisations and...
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[Updated] Over the course of two weeks in early March, stock exchanges across Asia, in partnership with the joint European Union-UN Women programme, WeEmpowerAsia, will hold a series of “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” events in a symbolic gesture to mark International Women’s Day (8 March).
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Private sector leaders, social entrepreneurs along with European Union and UN officials will meet in Bangkok to discuss the business case for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment at a panel hosted as part of the ASEAN Women CEOs Summit.
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Twenty years ago, Hanoi was awarded the UNESCO City for Peace prize. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, now is a good time to look at what a peaceful city means today, in particular for women and girls, and at the many initiatives under way to ensure safety, inclusion and access for all. Last week, as Hanoi hosted a much-heralded summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)...
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The Economic Survey of 2017-2018 assumes special significance for two reasons-one, it marks the last full Budget of the Government before the 2019 General Elections. Second, for the first time, the survey entails a dedicated chapter on gender, relaying a renewed focus on the most urgent challenge of our time. The chapter rightfully notes the gains made by the government in improving gender indicators and more importantly, offers an analytical method to capture the...
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Women are the key to sustainable peace, from family, to country, to the world. With these words President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo advocated to honor the role of women in Indonesian society at the International Day of Peace celebration on Oct. 8, 2017 in Sumenep, Madura to a room full of 8000 people in the remote village. This celebration was organized by UN Women together with the Wahid Foundation, in order to showcase the instrumental contributions women make at the...
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Today is International Day of the Girl Child, a good day to celebrate the progress India has made in advancing the rights of half its children. Concerted efforts over the last decades are bringing results. According to the National Family and Health Survey (2015-16), teenage pregnancy has halved in the last 10 years and the percentage of girls married as children has decreased from 47% to 27%. More girls are going to school than...
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The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) form an economic powerhouse. The ASEAN Economic Community is now the world’s seventh-largest economy and third-largest labour force, with enormous potential for further growth. But to maximize growth, the region needs to ensure that its labour force is diversified and ready to adapt, expand and move freely. Currently, the ASEAN region is a hotspot for labour migration. It hosts a reported 9.9...
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In 2016, Kumari, 41, went from an unpaid agriculture and house-worker in Vedireswaram village of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, to a paid domestic worker in Qatar. She left behind her ailing husband, young children, and a run-down house. An unregistered recruitment agent helped her migrate, albeit on a visit visa. In the absence of a verified contract, Kumari found herself unable to negotiate her monthly wage or living conditions. Her illegal travel documents discouraged her from...
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Across the world, all women work. They occupy varying roles and spaces, in homes, factories, farms and shops. Many have challenged conventions and ste­reotypes and stormed traditional male bastions, in politics, sport business and technology. However, the world of work continues to be skewed in favour of men. Only 50 per cent of working age women are represented in the labour force globally, compared to 76 per cent of men. Women do most of the...
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On 1 February, 2017 UN Women in Lao PDR will launch two landmark reports in Vientiane Capital, on the importance of gender equality, women’s empowerment and advocacy for gender-responsive policies. The reports are: (*) Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, and (*) Baseline Study on Situation of Women Market Vendors in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. The launch event will also include a robust discussion panel by expert panellists...
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The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” The UN will observe the day by building momentum for the effective implementation of Gender Equality principles and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Regional Commemoration of International Women’s Day will be organized by the Asia-Pacific UN RCM Thematic Working Group on Gender...
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UN Women Philippines, in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women, is organizing a High-Level Dialogue on ‘Economies that Work for Women’ in conjunction with the visit of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The Dialogue will provide an opportunity to discuss the research and recommendations of UN Women’s Flagship Report, Progress of the World’s Women (POWW) 2015-2016:...