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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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Innovative modern fairy tale picture books on gender equality for children were launched in Viet Nam on Tuesday, in a publishing first for the country. The books were launched by UN Women and Crabit Kidbooks. Crabit Kidbooks is to donate 20 percent of proceeds to Peace House, a safe shelter and service provider supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse.
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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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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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Rural women are now able to demand work, manage worksites and ensure wages are paid, largely due to a project that has reached over 30,000 women in 69 villages in northern India.
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Organized as part of a UN Women programme, gram sabhas (village councils) have re-defined the manner in which half a million women are participating in local governance. In Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, issues that were once ignored by men are now being taken up by women.
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The grand prize winner and two runners up were announced for the UN-sponsored photo contest that invited residents of Asia-Pacific to send in their best shots that reflect UN values in their neighborhoods, cities, countries or the region. Ms. Dwi Kristyadi took the grand prize, with her submission of “On the Wet Ground” which shows a volunteer giving lesson to street children in Jakarta. In a makeshift classroom on a bare concrete are gathering impoverished children of the Indonesian capital.
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Humsana from Sriramnagar village in Andhra Pradesh (AP) picks tamarind leaves from the forest for a living. Dalit women like her are largely unaware of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), 2005 that guarantees 100 days of paid employment to rural households per year.
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To celebrate International Women’s Day, 8 March, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in the Pacific took part in a community radio broadcast, hosted by femLINKpacific’s Generation Next young women volunteers, in Nausori, Fiji.
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Auckland, New Zealand – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Chief Technical Adviser in the Pacific, Ms Elizabeth Cox, was the keynote speaker at a breakfast celebration, hosted by the Auckland branch of UN Women New Zealand National Committee, in honor of International Women’s Day (IWD), 8 March.
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Most Pacific Island governments have made commitments to advance gender equality by ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), signing up to the Beijing Platform for Action, Millennium Development Goals and United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
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In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) co-hosted a presentation by Women’s Human Rights Defender, Lilly Be’Soer, of Papua New Guinea to highlight her experience at the 56th Annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and her work with rural communities as a peace mediator.
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In the silk producing district of Rajshahi in Bangladesh, a new voice has arrived. Residents recently heard the opening broadcast of Radio Padma 99.2FM, the first of the fourteen community radio stations planned for the country.
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This articles chronicles challenges related to land rights. An increasing number of women now seek ownership of the agricultural land they work on every day.