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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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In the spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS) of Juntendo University co-organised the Open Symposium on Gender Equality in Sports with the Japan Sports Agency (JSA) and ASEAN Secretariat, and support from the UN Women. The Symposium is part of the four-day ASEAN-Japan Workshop on Gender Equality in Sports held from 10 to 13 August.
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With more than 10 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is the country’s largest city. But it has only around 200 public toilets, and many of them are risky places for women and children. “I always have a fear of using public toilets due to the bad hygiene condition, lack of clean water, toilet paper and soap,” said Ngoc Nguyen, 35. “The restrooms for women are often small and lack bidet sprayers. I face many difficulties when I go with my sons.”
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“I was born on a farm in Rayong, a province just a couple hours south of Bangkok, Thailand. I started muay thai at the age of five to combat the bullying that I faced in school because I was shorter and smaller than most of the other students. My father was also a muay thai fighter and I joined his gym, which started my journey into martial arts.
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The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo‑Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention today, a few hours before the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™.
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“I have been playing cricket since 2007, after receiving a one-week training at my school. I was in eighth grade then and the training was open to everyone in my class. We started playing amongst friends, sometimes even skipping classes to play cricket. Back then, our families weren’t supportive. No one believed that we would make it very far. Our society did not have confidence in blind players like us. We faced many challenges to continue our passion for cricket.
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Rural women play a key role not only in ensuring income and food security for their households, but also in improving livelihoods and overall well-being in their communities. But their work is under-valued and they face big barriers in improving their own lives. On 19 July, UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with National Commission on the Status of Women and supported by Canadian High Commission, released Rural Women in Pakistan: Status...
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Solomon Islands’ Western Provincial Government has launched its first ever women’s policy to strengthen its support to women development. Called “Western Province Women’s Empowerment and Transformation Policy for Development”, the policy will represent a blueprint for the province’s strategies and programmes tackling obstacles that prevent women from realizing their potential and participating in provincial development...
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UN Women Country Programme Manager in China, Julie Broussard carried the Olympic Torch in Paju, South Korea, leading up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. She called for gender equality in sport, following in the footsteps of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who had carried the Olympic Torch at the 2016 Rio Games...
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UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific recently launched the UNiTE 2016 Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End violence against women Campaign by inviting people’s own music video for the UNiTE Campaign Song 2016. As a starting point, Ms Abigail Pamei, an independent singer from India and Director Social Responsibility of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur...
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Most Ambassadors and Diplomats had not entered a football pitch in years, and certainly never played football against a national team before. But those who dared to join, got to celebrate the UN International Day of Sports for Development and Peace in a memorable and meaningful way. On 10 April, UN Women teamed up with Serena Hotels and hosted a match day to show how football is a powerful tool for social...