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The first cohort of young thought leaders have been recruited through UN Women’s flagship 30 for 2030 Network. The talented group of 32 gender-equality leaders aged 14-35 were recruited from 15 countries across Asia and the Pacific, and will engage with the regional and country offices to provide expertise on youth and gender issues and will be supported by UN Women to co-design new campaigns and initiatives.
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“Women’s political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality and genuine democracy. Women’s participation in all walks of life is essential for an inclusive, strong, and prosperous society in Afghanistan, both to meet the many challenges the country faces today and to succeed tomorrow. It is therefore critical that political decision-making processes are participatory, responsive, equitable, and inclusive,” stated Pramila Patten.
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Close to 30 women gathered in Honiara, Solomon Islands last week to research, develop and validate gender-inclusive recommendations to the Traditional Governance, Customs and Facilitation Bill (TGCFB), tailored to reflect the unique challenges women face, and work with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affair to ensure women’s and girls’ voices are heard and included when adopting the Bill.
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Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU–UN Women “Map of women in politics”. The data shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, as well as for the global share of women ministers.
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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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Ishani Shrestha, 28, is a social activist and entrepreneur in Nepal. After she was crowned Miss World-Nepal 2013, she founded Project Smile to improve women’s health and children’s education and to end gender discrimination. As a feminist and a Nepali woman, I see the uncountable challenges girls and women face in our country. Some of the major challenges that I want to help ease are the lack of awareness of human rights, the lack of education and access to health care, and the social stereotypes that restrict women from becoming who they want to be.
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The European Union and UN Women paid tribute to inspiring Indian Women at the jointly organised ‘Inspiring Change: Equality for All’ conference in Delhi today, with the launch of a new EU film and a new UN Women report.
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Millions of girls around the world are still threatened by genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite a century of efforts to put an end to it.
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Nayna Patra, a 45-year-old from Dhenkenal district in the eastern state of Odisha is a star campaigner for a UN Women project for elected women representatives. She established a school for girls, protected 250 acres of Sal forests and helped women’s groups to get loans.
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The State Government of Rajasthan is organizing mahila sabhas (women’s meeting) in 30 districts of the State to involve women in local decision-making. This was based on a successful pilot of a UN Women programme in three districts – Alwar, Dungarpur and Tonk.
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At the India premiere of the Oscar award winning documentary, Saving Face in New Delhi on 23 July, the audience walked away touched by the courage of Zakia and Rakshana, who had acid thrown on their faces by their husbands.
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In celebration of the International Women’s Day 2012, UN Women, UN Information Centre and Institute of Social Studies Trust organized a panel discussion to understand the voting behaviour of women in the 2012 Assemble Elections.
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At a meeting of around 40 elected women representatives in Rajasthan, there is a dynamic leader who stands out amongst the large assembly of women.
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Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Regional Development visited India to follow up the partnership agreement between Norway and India on local administration and democracy. Strengthening the role of women in local politics formed an important point of the discussion.
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The 18th Women Political Empowerment Day recognized the contribution of elected women leaders across India. Supported by UN Women and the Institute of Social Studies, two elected women leaders from Rajasthan and Arunachal Pradesh got awards for being outstanding leaders.