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Ramat Khan, 21, comes from a small village near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, where poverty rates are high and the practice of child marriage lives on. Once married, most girls drop out of school and are expected to take care of the household and bear children. As a Community Educator with UN Women’s Second Chance Education programme, she encourages women and girls in her village to complete their education. During the Covid-19 pandemic,
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During her first official visit to the state of Odisha, India, UN Women India Country Representative Susan Ferguson meets with government officials and women on the ground, stresses on the importance of education and skilling of women and girls for building back better.
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We have seen the evidence time and again that when women are given equal opportunities, they don't just change their own lives, they improve the lives of their families and the next generation.
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Kuhu Srivastava, 22, of Lucknow, India, is the founder of The Feminist Times, an online platform where people of all genders and ages discuss and advocate against patriarchal norms in society by sharing their personal articles, poetry, photo essays, art and videos. Contributors have ranged from 16 to 75 years of age.
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I'm standing up and speaking out for our right to decide about our body, life and future. Being vocal about these rights means fighting for myself, for my loved ones, friends and family, for strangers across the globe in a world that was not built for us. Speaking up is my way of channeling my rage at our current world, and the process of rebuilding a new one.
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At the age of two, my leg became disabled due to polio. I didn’t realize how sheltered and protected I was from society’s gossip when my parents were alive. My parents encouraged me to pursue education – not to let polio limit life’s opportunities. Unfortunately, by 2005 both my parents had passed away. Being one of the eldest siblings, I took upon myself to look after my six sisters and two brothers. To make ends meet, I took on numerous odd jobs and used to crawl my way to clean people’s homes or wash clothes. In 2007, I pursued a fashion design course to strengthen the hand embroidery lessons I had received from my Dadi (grandmother).
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Gemma joined UN Women Timor-Leste’s Communications and Advocacy Internship program for 6 months. This program is designed for enrolled university or higher education students and recent graduates that aims to increase their knowledge on the work of UN Women in the areas of gender equality and women empowerment. Successful candidates can also learn about the UN system as well as experience a bigger picture of being in the development sector.
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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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[Press release] More than 300 participants from the Ministry of Education and Training, other central ministries and sectors, as well as lecturers and students from more than 20 universities, institutes, colleges, and technical/vocational schools in Ha Noi and neighboring localities are gathering to make commitments to build safe and violence-free university campuses for female students, faculty, and staff.
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Sat in the cozy classroom of a cyber-celebrity incubator in Aba, Sichuan, Li Ying gestures towards her smartphone with an enthusiastic smile. “I want to study as much as I can,” says the 54-year old, the colours of her clothing bright against the mountain view behind her. “It's much better to make money on my own than to reach out for my husband.
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With 1 billion students and youth across the globe affected by school and university closures, there is increasing debate around ongoing disruption in education.
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When young people talk to other young people about women’s rights, the experience can be eye-opening for both sides. “I have learned what it means to truly respect each other,” said Zhang Hang, a student at Beijing Royal School who attended a training given by students at Beijing Normal University. “This is the first time I talk openly about gender, sex and life,” said Li Hexin, a student...
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In honouring of the role of music as a powerful vehicle for communicating messages, UN Women and the Embassy of Canada to Thailand hosted the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Song Contest. This international competition ran from 25 November 2016, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ended on 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day. Musicians from around world participated in the UNiTE Song Contest, including India,...
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UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific launched the UNiTE Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign by inviting people to submit their own music video about ending violence against women. UN Women spoke with Sisters in...
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UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific launched the UNiTE Song Contest to capture the spirit of the Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign by inviting people to submit their own music video about ending violence against women. UN Women spoke with Ms Zolboo Dashmyagmar from the Forever Crew in Mongolia about the inspiration for their song for the UNiTE Song Contest...
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In public and private spaces, women and girls experience and fear various types of violence, ranging from harassment, to rape and femicide. Yet, evidence of the impacts of such interventions remain scattered and limited. It happens on streets, public transport, community spaces such as parks, public sanitation facilities, water and food distribution sites, and in and around schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods....
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Pakistani youth act to make public places safe, secure and welcoming for women by pitching street savvy ideas to remove restrictions that hinder women's public mobility and tackle street harassment. Immobility and street harassment, a big problem for women and girls across Pakistan, calls for bold measures, both individually and socially for its eradication. According to a local study of more than...
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I sold my gold earrings to pay for the first year of university in Phnom Penh. I come from a farmer’s family in rural Cambodia. Most of my friends stopped going to school at age 11. Only a handful of us made it to high school. One of my teachers said: ‘You shouldn’t study. You will always be busy with house chores.’ School...
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Heads of UNESCO, UN Women and UNFPA in Nepal jointly launched an education programme uncovering a programme brochure in Kathmandu today. The launch programme Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Education was graced by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova who spearheaded this joint initiative at the global UN level last year. “This partnership brings together our respective strengths to break the cycle of exclusion and...
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This joint programme could not be more timely and its design more apt. It comes as Nepal seeks to build on the impressive development gains it achieved under its Millennium Development Goals and it comes shortly after the world adopted Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, committing to leave no one behind. The design recognizes the integrated and cross-sectoral approach we must take to help bring about lasting positive changes...