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“We … have a host of cultural barriers that prevent women from seeking help. For example, victims of violence are often threatened not to go to court and are subject to extreme physical and psychological abuse. Women also find legal battles as a ‘hassle’ to their daily lives, because they have to juggle multiple responsibilities at home and work.
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[Press release] The bill’s passage is a testament to the leadership of the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KemenPPPA) and the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan), and to the vigorous advocacy of civil society and women's rights activists across the country. It is a victory for all women, girls, and victims and survivors of sexual violence in Indonesia who have the fundamental right to protection under a comprehensive legal umbrella.
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In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Indonesian Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, joined heads of international organizations, members of the business sector, and the Indonesian Stock Exchange rang the Bell for Gender Equality. Ring the Bell for Gender Equality is a ceremony that aims to raise awareness of the key role private sectors play in accelerating progress for gender equality.
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The rights of migrants across the Asia-Pacific region have seen considerable progress in the three years since the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) was adopted. However, much remains to be done, particularly ahead of the first international review in 2022 (International Migration Review Forum), to effectively face both longstanding and emerging challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
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From cooking and cleaning to taking care of children and the elderly, household care work is the backbone of thriving families, communities and economies. Yet many cultures traditionally have regarded men as the breadwinners and women as the caregivers, with unpaid care work their “natural responsibility”. In China, women spend around 2.5 times as much time as men on unpaid care work.
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UN Women Asia and the Pacific Regional Director Mohammad Naciri discusses the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women, efforts to implement a gender-fair and gender- sensitive pandemic recovery plan, and the continuing partnership between UN Women and ASEAN. He also talks about the role of male leaders, allies, and champions in advancing the gender equality agenda. ASEAN: Emerging data and narratives from the ground indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the burden on women and girls and may be reversing the global progress made on achieving gender inclusion and equality.
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National strategies to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 must include steps to end the gender inequality that has made women particularly vulnerable to the crisis, experts from around the Asia-Pacific region say.The Beijing+25 Expert Group, with representatives from 22 countries, met online on 15-16 September to review progress on carrying out the Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.
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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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COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. Nations, businesses, and schools have closed, and billions are confined to their homes. Yet millions of care workers step out daily to keep the lights on and support those in need.
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Shanta Lakshmi Shrestha chairs the Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC), a coalition of women's rights and gender-justice organizations working to advance the status of women in Nepal. It was created after the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. The Committee advocates and monitors the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) from the grassroots to the global level.
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Nepal’s transition from a unitary to a federal system has paved the way for the formulation of legal and policy reform, as well as restructuring and the establishment of mechanisms and organizations. We are still in the process of transferring funds and deploying civil servants to the sub-national levels. We believe that the new system of governance will be more effective for ensuring inclusion. The government will now benefit by having elected representatives and government officials at the sub-national levels where they can work in close proximity with the community.
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[ASEAN Secretariat News, Press Release] ASEAN renewed partnership with UNICEF and UN Women following a cooperation review at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta from 9 to 10 May. The annual Joint Review Meeting of ASEAN – UNICEF Framework Agreement of Cooperation (FAC) and Work Programme aimed at agreeing on the parameters and next steps to renew the FAC between ASEAN and UNICEF as well as to identify and prioritise the concrete joint actions and flagship projects for 2019 and 2020.
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During her mission to South East Asia, United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Ms. Lakshmi Puri participated at the breakfast dialogue convened by the Government of Bangladesh as chair of Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), the intergovernmental body on migration and the GFMD Thematic Workshop on Migration, Connectivity and Business...
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Good morning and Namaste. I am very pleased to join you here today at the 7th Annual General Meeting of Sabah. The past year has been a challenging one for Nepal in light of the earthquakes in April and May and the ongoing challenges related to the political developments in the country. Let me begin by acknowledging our deep appreciation...
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United Nations entities call on States to act urgently to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)1 adults, adolescents and children. All people have an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma. International human rights law establishes legal obligations on States to ensure that every person, without distinction, can enjoy these rights. While welcoming increasing efforts in many countries to protect...
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In Phnom Penh, Cambodia this week, an important MOPAN workshop took place to shed light on the issue. “At UN Women Cambodia, we embrace evaluations. If results are good we want to hear it, if the results are bad we definitely want to hear it....
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The National Seminar on Proposed Practical Guidelines on the Protection and Promotion of Access to Justice for Malay Muslim Women in the Southernmost Provinces of Thailand was held in Bangkok on 21st April 2015. The seminar examined problems and barriers that prevent access to justice of Muslim women in the Thai Southern-border provinces - Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Satun. Since 1946, the Thai law has specified that the Islamic laws can be applied...
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The Secretary-General is increasingly concerned about the plight of migrants and refugees stranded in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca. In recent days, the Secretary-General has spoken to the Prime Ministers of Malaysia, H.E. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, and Thailand, H.E. Mr. Prayuth Chan-ocha. The Deputy Secretary-General has also spoken to the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Abul Hasan...
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At a star-studded event today in New York City, high-powered speakers took the stage to put out a clarion call: a firm expiry date of 2030 for gender inequality, with real equality being nothing short of 50-50. The packed Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality event was a UN Women-hosted celebration for the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Speakers called for bolder actions from governments and louder mobilization from citizens to move forward the agenda on women’s rights and gender equality, saying progress in the last 20 years has been too slow.
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Widows and single women from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka met together with government representatives and international organizations in New Delhi to address current gaps in policies and programmes that prevent them from claiming their rights.