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PESHAWAR: Women Parliamentary Caucus Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WPC-KP) and UN Women Pakistan today launched a report on “Gap Analysis of Legislation related to Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW)” to provide an in-depth analysis of the normative, implementation and monitoring gaps in the legislative framework of the province and to identify and document gaps in the existing provincial legal framework and implementation process.
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Half of all political party representatives should be women; child marriage laws need to be implemented; and discriminatory sections of Nepal’s new Civil Code must be amended. These were just a few of the recommendations stemming from civil society consultations held in seven provinces across Nepal, which culminated in a national event in Kathmandu on 20 September.They will feed into a Shadow Report by Nepal’s Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) ...
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In an effort to advocate improvements to women's access to justice, an in-depth panel discussion on "Women's Access to Justice: Ending Violence against Women (VAW)" was organized by UN Women in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institutes (SDPI). The discussion was held as part of the '20th Sustainable Development Conference'. The objective of the...
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Thirty seven years ago, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women came into force as an expression of the global demand for states to take decisive action to transform unequal gender norms. It represents political will to guarantee equality of opportunity as well as equality of results. CEDAW and the General Recommendations that have...
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When women are able to participate as equal partners, decision makers, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, societies and economies are stronger. The consequences of inaction do not fall only on women: where women do not have the opportunities and resources to enjoy their human rights, development, inclusive governance and peace will remain an aspiration for too many in Southeast Asia. ...
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[Thursday, 19 May 2016, 10:30 - 11:15 A.M.] A briefing for the media by Ambassador of Canada, Indonesian and regional experts on women’s rights will discuss how investing in women and girls will accelerate development in Indonesia and ASEAN. [WHERE:] Satoo Garden Meeting Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Indonesia...
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A major challenge for countries seeking to carry out their international treaty obligations on women’s rights is getting their national laws to move in step. UN Women has been helping this effort with legal trainings. In Cambodia and seven other Southeast Asian countries, UN Women has since 2013 collaborated with an NGO, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, to give trainings to lawyers, judges, government officials and civil society activists...
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10 years ago, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was not widely known by the government and civil society. It was just something on the paper. Now, many civil society organizations understand and apply CEDAW in their work” said Ms Ngo Thi Thu Ha, Vice Director of Center for Education Promotion and Empowerment of Women, a local NGO in Viet Nam. Globally, the adoption of the Sustainable...
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CEDAW has already born some fruits in Timor-Leste,” said Laura Pina, Director of the non-governmental organization Pátria, during the National Results Sharing on the Regional Programme on Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia (known as the CEDAW SEAP Phase II Regional Programme of UN Women). “In our view, the lawmakers have begun to understand their duty and obligation to integrate CEDAW in laws and...
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Women’s issues are a particular priority for the Government of Canada, which has sought to actively promote women's rights and gender equality both at home and abroad. Following our elections on October 2015, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, made history by establishing Canada’s first gender balanced cabinet which consists of 15 women and 15 men...
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The data on the Philippines bears out the results of consistent and concerted efforts by the government and the vital women’s movement to promote substantive equality. The Philippines ranks 7th on the Global Gender Gap Index which tracks economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. There is real progress in education and health though much more to...
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I welcome you to this consultation on promoting and protecting the rights of LBTI persons in South East Asia. It is a component of the Canada-funded project on implementing CEDAW obligations in the ASEAN region and a continuation of a collaboration with OUTRIGHT which produced an important piece of research on violence against LBT in Asia in...
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The right of access to justice for women is essential to the realization of all the rights protected under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It is a fundamental element of the...
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“It’s important to understand CEDAW because it acts as an umbrella, protecting all women across the globe,” said Maria Abrantes, a high school student and women’s rights advocate from Timor-Leste. She attended a 2014 workshop organized by the International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia-Pacific with support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE). Participants learned how to recognize gender-based discrimination and fight for change using the...
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UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women organized a two-day Consultation on Increased Women’s Economic Opportunities and Rights in the ASEAN region on 10, 11 November 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia. The consultation brought together a diverse group of national and regional actors from different government agencies, civil society organizations, the regional bodies like the ASEAN, international development partners and UN...
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UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Supreme Court of Indonesia co-organized the Regional Judicial Dialogue on Judging with a Gender Perspective on 5, 6 October 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Officially opened by Prof. Dr. Takdir Rahmadi, SH.LLM, Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia, the dialogue focused on efforts to eliminate...
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UN Women Indonesia, in partnership with the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, and Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women convened a National Workshop with the National Human Rights Mechanisms on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Women’s Human Rights on...
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Viet Nam’s efforts and commitment to strengthen its legislative framework on gender equality and women’s rights were highly recognized during the 61st session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the Committee) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee is a body of independent experts that monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women...
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The National Seminar on Proposed Practical Guidelines on the Protection and Promotion of Access to Justice for Malay Muslim Women in the Southernmost Provinces of Thailand was held in Bangkok on 21st April 2015. The seminar examined problems and barriers that prevent access to justice of Muslim women in the Thai Southern-border provinces - Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Satun. Since 1946, the Thai law has specified that the Islamic laws can be applied...
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A two-day session at UN Women’s Suva office in Fiji helped Tuvalu’s state delegation prepare to face the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women in February. The five-member delegation (pictured below) was heading to Geneva to take part in a constructive dialogue with the Committee following the submission of their latest report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). ...