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In the wake of crisis, economic response and recovery plans often forget the needs of women and girls, hindering sustained peace and development. In Bangladesh, UN Women supports the Generation Equality Compact on Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA) and is working with local partners to put recovery back on track by increasing economic security for crisis-affected women through grants and job training.
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Reti Khatun is a mother who lives in Kulpala village in Chuadanga, a district in southwest Bangladesh that is extremely vulnerable to climate change and long, devastating droughts in the summer. Her husband cannot work because of a disability, so she is the breadwinner of the family as well as caregiver. She used to clean houses for a living, but people stopped calling her during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Laxmi Badi, a Dalit woman leader from Nepal is at the forefront of the struggle for equal rights, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In South Asia, persons from Dalit community are at the bottom of the archaic “caste system” – a social stratification, whereby individuals face multiple generations of discrimination and segregation based on their descent.
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In January 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic began spreading across China. Of the 42,600 medical workers dispatched to the hardest-hit Hubei Province, as of early March, two-thirds (28,000) were women, who have been dubbed “roses in the battlefield”. Women without any medical background also joined the fight, volunteering for vital roles across other provinces.
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Good news for market vendors and market goers in Gizo, Western Province, Solomon Islands: Today, the Australian Government is celebrating the grand official opening of the Gizo Market with the Western Provincial Government and the Gizo Market Vendors Association (GMVA).
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Indra Maya Tamang says that for as long as she can remember, her family has farmed the land here in the hills of Nepal. “We have carried on with the practical knowledge that has been passed on to us from generations ago,” she says. But Tamang now also knows this: “Times are changing, the air we breathe is changing, and if we don’t learn new techniques now, we’ll be stuck in the past. One cannot afford to be constant — change is inevitable. That is why we too must keep moving forward.”
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The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 22 nd grant cycle (2018). Civil society organizations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of USD 50,000 up to a maximum of USD 1 million for a period of three years. The application deadline is 18 January 2019 . Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas: Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end...
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Local administrations in Cambodia are planning to incorporate into their climate change risk reduction plans the ideas contributed by female leaders who received training under a United Nations project. Local authorities discussed the plans with women’s and civil society groups on 17 and 19 October in two provinces, Prey Veng and Kompot...
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The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 21st grant cycle (2017) from women-led and women’s rights organizations, humanitarian organizations, organizations of women with disabilities, organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOS), civil society organizations working with women and girls with disabilities and regional/international civil society organizations and networks (women-led, women’s rights and humanitarian...
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Seualuga Tauasa Malietoa, the 70-year-old Talking Chief at Manase Savaii village in rural Samoa, has pledged to support women’s rights. His commitment is the result of trainings that the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), an FGE grantee, is conducting to engage local leaders as advocates for “nofotane” women. The term refers to women married to men from a different village and living with their in-laws. They are often exploited as domestic...
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is a multilateral grant-making mechanism working to fulfil the right of every woman and girl to live a life free of violence. Administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund supports multi-year innovative and practical approaches that contribute to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms and in all contexts. Thirty-six new grants were awarded in the cycle 20th UN Trust Fund’s grant-making. These will...
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Many of the Philippine women working abroad face exploitation and abuse, but they may face even greater challenges when it’s time to go back home. After long years of separation from family and country, they are estranged from children and spouses and have problems finding new work when they return back home. And despite so many hours of toil abroad, they often don’t have enough savings to get started again. These women have...
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The Youth Team Leader Club (YTL club) in Chu Van An high school recently completed its recruitment for new members for its second season in 2015-2016. “After posting our recruitment advertisement to our club’s Facebook, we only received nearly 20 applications. We were very upset. However, on the day of the interviews, as many as 70 students showed up to hand in their applications. It was much more than...
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Innovative civil society initiatives seeking to spur women’s economic and/or political empowerment are invited to apply for funding. Fund for Gender Equality call for proposals, now OPEN!
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When Doeun Doun became the General Manager of a restaurant on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, morale was low and staff turnover was high. Of a staff of around 70, approximately 10 would leave each month, often women who were not happy with their working conditions.
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Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific.
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UN Women and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) commemorated International Day of Rural Women with an event that showcased stories from rural women themselves and culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
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Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October 2014
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A UN Trust Fund-supported project to reduce workplace sexual harassment is training thousands of workers in 24 factories in India and Bangladesh, through peer-to-peer education.
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Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women