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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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Gender-based violence crisis centres from six countries in the Pacific have faced not only the COVID-19 crisis, but also in some countries, the dual impact of a tropical cyclone. UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme works in close collaboration with government, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors, especially during emergencies.
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An unexpected visit sparked a glimmer of hope during a dark time in Arihi’s life. She is now an empowered survivor of domestic violence who now knows her rights and how to access financial and legal services.
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The workshop that brought together over 40 participants including key policy makers and gender experts from the Government aimed to review challenges and achievements in advancing gender equality in Viet Nam in the past two decades. It was part of a sustained effort by the Government and key stakeholders to review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) in preparation of the 20th Anniversary of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, to be globally celebrated next year.
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Sharing the voices of Indian women, a new UN Women report details work towards meeting MDG targets and sheds light on the issue of female infanticide, son preference and violence against women.
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New self-help groups are aiming to start their own income-generating activities, and hopefully, diverse businesses that could provide some financial relief to survivors of domestic violence, widows, single mothers and other community members.
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With locally produced goods set up throughout the community centre, self-help group members in Timor-Leste were in high spirits, and enjoyed showing local leaders the proof of their labor.
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Papua New Guineans – near and far – donned orange on Friday to demonstrate support for safe public spaces and the elimination of violence for the global United Nations campaign ‘Orange Day’.
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As many as three in four women have experienced physical or sexual violence in the Pacific Island nation of Tonga, according to a National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Tonga released in 2012. Yet until now, there was no law to criminalize domestic violence or establish prompt police safety and protection orders or prevention measures.
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In 2005, the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (LCWRI) spearheaded a successful national campaign to enact the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA).
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Naved’s parents were always opposed to his relationship with Shehnaz as they deemed the initial dowry offered by her family as unsatisfactory. To appease the in-laws, Shehnaz’s parents gave a significant dowry during the wedding and even afterwards, giving in to the pressure of the in-laws.
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An initiation of self-help groups, collectives of women and men who work together to produce agricultural products, raise livestock, fish, and even create bricks for infrastructural development has changed not only the financial situation, but the gender division of labour of many communities in poverty-stricken Memo village of Timor-Leste.