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[Press release] Rising violence and insecurity are forcing women in Myanmar to stay away from jobs and healthcare services, says a new UN survey of over 2,200 women, which signals a deterioration of development gains in the country.
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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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The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation (MWCPA) held a high-level public event today to mark the launch of the national consultations across Fiji to produce a whole-of-government and whole-of-community, evidence-based, measurable, inclusive and funded five-year National Action Plan (2021-2026).
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Advances in LGBTIQ rights in Nepal began with a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to legally recognize a third gender category; audit all laws to identify those that discriminated against LGBT people; and open the door to consider same-sex marriage. In 2003, another Supreme Court decision said a person cannot be prohibited from cohabitating with someone of the same gender. But an analysis Prevention Collaborative did in July 2020 with support from UN Women Nepal said that, “Translating the Supreme Court rulings into a legal framework that guarantees inclusion and protections is slow-paced and hindered mainly by bureaucracy and dominant patriarchal institutional and social culture.”
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Naiyapak Chaipan works for the 1300 Hotline, managed by the Thai government’s Social Assistance Centre that assists women seeking to leave abusive and violent situations. Ms. Chaipan’s work has doubled as the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions have left many women confined with their abusers at home.
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Women’s land rights are key to their economic independence and better decision-making power within families. In many parts of the world, research shows that lack of land rights makes women more vulnerable to gender-based violence. Dhana*, 38, is among the 218 gender-based violence survivors who have received life-saving assistance from the ‘Provision of Emergency Legal Assistance to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in the COVID-19 Context’ project.
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“I was born in a traditional Newar household in Patan, Kathmandu Valley, and my childhood was highly influenced by my family’s cultural background. I lived in a big family with my grandparents and they did not speak Nepali. So, I grew up speaking Nepal Bhasa, my mother tongue. However, at school I would get shut out of my native language as I was only exposed to Nepali and English, the only two languages used in most educational institutions in Nepal.
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In Viet Nam, many people think that when a man sexually harasses a woman, she should just take that as an affirmation of her beauty. Because, after all, “women are considered a flower to pick”, says Le Thi Lan Phuong. When she joined UN Women five years ago as a programme officer focusing on preventing violence against women, Phuong knew that changing such attitudes was going to be difficult.
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In December 2018, a one-of-a-kind “Gender Fair” was organized by Independent University Bangladesh faculty and students with the support of UN Women. Students creatively designed stalls with gender-friendly themes, such as “bin a stereotype”. One focused on self-defense for women, while another sold cookies and cupcakes decorated with gender-friendly messages, such as “Sushi rolls, not gender roles”...
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Celebrating ahead of International Women's Day, the HeForShe Run 2018 was held by the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) in partnership with UN Women with participants able to choose between a 5-kilometre and 10km course. The fun run was opened by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Puan Maharani and aimed to support HeForShe campaign which invites men and boys to be equal partners and agents of change in order to accelerate the achievement...
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The key highlights of the campaign launch included proposed actions and hope for the future of women and girls, voiced by the leaders of ASEAN University Student Council Union and a panel discussion with ASEAN senior officials, leader from the private sector and representative from women's organization on their perspective in overcoming challenges to gender equality and how they can bring forward real changes in the region. ASEAN has put in place a multitude of regional initiatives to promote gender equality including, most recently, a Joint Statement of Women, Peace and Security and the ASEAN Declaration.
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Pop singer Hoang Bach joined UN Women’s HeForShe campaign because he wanted to change other men’s attitudes towards women. Along the way, he found his own attitudes changed. Since becoming HeForShe Champion in Viet Nam in March 2015, the well-known performer has been inspiring young people to respect women.
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“It felt wrong that my sister was not given the same opportunities as me.” As part of a new generation paving way for equality in society, Lyhour has seen first hand the importance of education. “I had to convince my father. I had to explain to him how my sister going to school would benefit us all. But it was not easy, coming from a poor family where there isn’t enough money for education,” said Lyhour.
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Chinese popular TV star Zhu Yawen and Olympic speed skating champion Wang Meng attended a special sports advocacy event to show their support for gender equality. The advocacy event, which is organized by UN Women, Proya Cosmetic Company, Beijing Roller Derby, and seven other sponsors, is the International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational. The event will attract a large audience of nearly 500 people to the Ditan Olympic Gymnasium in Beijing, China. The aim of this...
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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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Fifteen Thai Youth Ambassadors from the Saphan Siang (Bridge of Voices) programme pledged their support for gender equality during their graduation event held on 5th June in Bangkok. During the activity, the youth activists shared their experiences working on safe migration in Thailand; reflected on lessons learned and presented their community outreach projects.
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UN Women’s HeForShe campaign today announced 10 bold commitments from its IMPACT Champions, demonstrating strong leadership to advance women’s rights and empowerment.
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Male vendors and Police at Gerehu market posed for the camera in support for HeForShe on National Women’s Day. The HeForShe campaign, led by UN Women, was also supported by NCDC Market Division Staff as part of the Safe Cities programme on ending violence against women and girls in markets...
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[Press Release] Nine male leaders in business, politics, diplomacy, sports, arts, academia, youth advocacy, media, development sectors declare their support to advance gender equality at the launch of UN Women’s global campaign HeForShe. The launch is supported by Ambassador Johan Frisell of Sweden who also gives his personal commitment: "I will support development projects that give equal and increased opportunities for women on the labour market in Bangladesh.
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Emma Watson, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador and spokesperson for HeForShe, will discuss gender equality and the HeForShe movement during a live Q&A on March 8, 2015 at 1 PM EDT / 5 PM GMT.  The event will be livestreamed via Facebook and can be accessed here: www.Facebook.com/EmmaWatson. Check your local time in Asia-Pacific.