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The transgender teenager fled a military offensive in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and endured a days-long journey by boat and foot to reach a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in 2017. But at the camp, instead of peace, she experienced continued abuse and isolation, driven by that same familiar discrimination. “I was tortured a lot in Myanmar because of my femininity,” the woman, who still lives in the camp, recalled. “I was beaten and so I went to the village representative, who blamed me, saying that it was my behaviour that caused me to get beaten.
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In every region of the world, LGBTIQ+ people are routinely denied their rights to freedom, safety, and equality. They may face pervasive discrimination, experience intolerable acts of violence that go unpunished, and lack access to justice. These experiences cannot be separated from struggles they may also face on account of other intersecting identities. Throughout this year’s moments of collective crisis, celebration, and all that is in between, LGBTIQ+ activists have continued to fight against inequalities, anchored in and strengthened by the work of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour, to push for a safer, more equal world.
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Advances in LGBTIQ rights in Nepal began with a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to legally recognize a third gender category; audit all laws to identify those that discriminated against LGBT people; and open the door to consider same-sex marriage. In 2003, another Supreme Court decision said a person cannot be prohibited from cohabitating with someone of the same gender. But an analysis Prevention Collaborative did in July 2020 with support from UN Women Nepal said that, “Translating the Supreme Court rulings into a legal framework that guarantees inclusion and protections is slow-paced and hindered mainly by bureaucracy and dominant patriarchal institutional and social culture.”
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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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UN Women is supporting dialogue between the Government and LGBTIQ groups to ensure that Nepal’s LGBTIQ people are properly counted in the 2021 population census. The last census, in 2011, tallied only 1,500 people identifying as LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and queer/questioning). That was because the census lacked specific questions or a method to collect this data, and the nature of the census made many people afraid to come out.
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The sun may not have been shining on the Metro Manila Pride March in Marikina City, but the horizon was nonetheless illuminated with bright rainbow flags and costumes celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Roughly 56,000 people took to the streets in the 29 June march to celebrate diversity of sexual expression and gender identity, and to rally for the rights of the LGBTQI community. This year’s theme was Resist Together, a call for advocates and supporters to fight discrimination against LGBTQI people.
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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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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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With the support from UN Women, Cambodian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) people and activists have launched an online media platform to promote the rights of their community. The platform, dubbed LOVEISDIVERSITY, aims to engage youths, especially students, in increasing society’s acceptance of LGBTIQ people and the profile of LGBTIQ issues. It was launched on 8 June in a ceremony at Pannasastra University of Cambodia...
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Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people are continuing to urge the Government to make laws and policies to give them equal rights. The effort continued with a public policy dialogue between policymakers and more than 70 LGBTIQ activists, civil society groups and United Nations agencies. The dialogue took place at a hotel in Phnom Penh on 31 May, during Pride Week...
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A long-neglected component of resilience-building, response and recovery in humanitarian settings is the need to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. Next week over one hundred LGBTIQ activists from twenty countries from Afghanistan to the Cook Islands will meet with international humanitarian organisations to call for action on the exclusion of LGBTIQ+ people from many aspects of...
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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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This week people all over the world are marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). This is the day when the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) persons are highlighted and diversity is celebrated. Here in Cambodia, IDAHOT is at the centre of a week of celebration and awareness-raising for LGBTIQ Pride 2017 under the theme I Am What I Am. Globally, “Families” are the focus for IDAHOT 2017. The family is...
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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...