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Senior Indonesian Government officials today discussed how they could follow up on a joint report by National Counter Terrorism Agency and UN Women that showed that violent extremist groups in South-East Asia have been strengthening their campaigns by exploiting social hostilities towards women.
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The agreement was signed today in Lahore by Sharmeela Rassool, country representative of UN Women Pakistan, and Wajeeha Khalid, business head, Nishat Mills Ltd (Apparel Division). Nishat Mills is also a signatory of the global Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a set of guidelines for businesses to safeguard and promote women’s rights and empowerment in the workplace.
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Palu, Indonesia – Supported by UN Women and its project partner, the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) Indonesia, activists and government authorities who believe that women can play important roles in the effort are devising gender-responsive ways to tackle the risks of violent extremism in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province.
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Andhika Chrisnayudhanto is Deputy for International Cooperation of the National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT) of Indonesia. He is the chair of the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC), Working Group on Counter Terrorism, of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Working Group on Counter Terrorism led in developing the ASEAN Bali Work Plan 2019-2025 on countering extremism. BNPT partnered with UN Women on the report, Gender Analysis of Violent Extremism and the Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Security in ASEAN.
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Dewi Rana is director of  Lingkar Belajar Untuk (Libu Perempuan), or Learning Circle Association for Women, a non-governmental organization that promotes women’s rights in Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia. The organization gathered members of civil society and government officials to draft the province’s action plan on preventing and countering violent extremism. That work has been supported by UN Women and its partner the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) Indonesia. Rana was interviewed by Xinyue Gu of UN Women.
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The Philippines Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed an agreement in 2014 to end the protracted conflict in the Bangsamoro region of the southern Philippines. But while the agreement included provisions on empowering women, women and other groups including indigenous peoples, people living in conflict-affected areas and former combatants are at risk of being pushed to the margins.
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Alexandra Phelan is the deputy director of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She recently led the research report, Gender Analysis on Violent Extremism and the Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Security in ASEAN: Evidence-based Research for Policy. The report was done for the UN Women project, Empowering Women for Sustainable Peace: Preventing Violence and Promoting Social Cohesion in ASEAN.
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UN Women joins the United Nations Secretary-General and the UN family in Afghanistan in strongly condemning the horrific attack near a school in Dasht-i-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed and injured scores of civilians, including many girls. Attacks such as this constitute a grave violation of the rights of children and human rights more broadly.
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As a demonstration of commitment to place gender at the core of collaborative security action in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in the Philippines, representatives from the Government and from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, security actors and representatives from women’s organizations came together for a three-day workshop (3–5 February 2021) to discuss how to strengthen cooperation on a range of issues related to gender and security in BARMM.
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Launching of the Safe Baucau Market’s taskforce. Photo: TOMAK / Isaac The Baucau Municipal Authority (BMA) launched a Safe Baucau and Safe Markets Technical Working Group (TWG) in commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) in Baucau. The TWG is composed of voluntary members from local government, veterans, the Baucau Women’s Association, private sector, organizations of persons with disabilities, church and youth groups, with participation of the State Secretary...
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Sexual harassment in public spaces is highly global, including in Timor-Leste. A UN Women study on the safe city conducted between 2017-2018 in the capital Dili, highlighted that no women (including university students) feel safe in public spaces, including campus environments.
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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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Kalpana Viswanath is Co-Founder and CEO of SafetiPin, a social enterprise based in India that uses data and technology to support cities in their endeavour to become safer, more inclusive and smarter. Since 2013, Safetipin has worked with more than 30 cities in India and other developing countries, collecting public space data and working with governments to use that data for better planning and maintenance of cities....
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No more shouting at the top of his lungs for Paul Tabi, the main staff announcer at Port Vila market in Vanuatu. Today, he’s receiving a microphone to ease communications through Port Vila market’s new Public Announcement (PA) system.
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UN Women has organized discussions among local governments of Metro Manila on how to design and plan public spaces so that women and girls can feel safe when using them. Government officials of 13 cities of Metro Manila attended a forum, “Enhancing Good Local Governance: Gender Equality and Women’s Safety in Urban Planning”, which UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme organized on 11-12 July in Pasig. The forum was...
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Celebrating the country’s freedom from colonial rule, 65 high school students painted pictures on roads by Quezon City Hall to call for another kind of freedom - for women and girls to go about public spaces without fear of sexual harassment. The Quezon City Local Government held the Street Art Painting Project on 17 June, Independence Day, in partnership with UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme. In bright, bold colors, the student artists painted the roads from the entrance to the main building of Quezon City Hall...
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In Philippines’ machismo culture, sexual harassment often makes a routine bus ride across town a fearful and distressing experience for women and girls. UN Women’s Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme is trying ease that journey by stepping up efforts to encourage youths to speak up and take action to reclaim public spaces. The Safe Cities team has been meeting with university and school administrators and with student councils and organizations about...
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The Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015. The objective of the mission is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and a decent quality of life to their citizens; a clean and sustainable environment; and the application of “smart” solutions. Women constitute a little less than half of the urban population in India. It is crucial that the design of upcoming smart cities is gender...
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In her work for a non-governmental organization, Rika Rosvianti, 30, regularly uses commuter trains, motorcycle taxis and other public transport to meet with people and participate in social activities. Her experience has not always been nice. “One day I took a motorcycle taxi to the office and the driver asked for directions by patting my thigh, and practically questioned me at every turn,” she said. “Though I had given him the directions, he kept...
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Metro Manila mayors demonstrated leadership in urban safety today at the SAFE CITIES METRO MANILA MAYORS CONFERENCE: “Leading in Urban Safety and Protection of Women and Girls from Sexual Harassment and Violence in Public Spaces”, held at Novotel Manila in Quezon City, which was co- convened by the Quezon City Local Government and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) Safe Cities Programme. Fifteen out...