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Essential equipment worth VND 483 million (USD 21,200) has been donated to the Vietnamese organization Peace House, for their helplines and shelters for survivors of human trafficking and violence against women. The donation, funded under the UN Women-UNODC joint programme on Enhancing Women’s Role in Law Enforcement and Border Security to Prevent Trafficking in Person and Transnational Crimes was ceremonially handed over by UN Women last week.
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Shyamala Gomez is the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. CEJ supports war affected women from Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim backgrounds to advocate for their rights and for transitional justice and reconciliation in their communities.
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Sharmila* was 25 years old when her husband was abducted by an armed group. Despite several of her neighbors witnessing the abduction, Sharmila was not able to find her husband or receive help from authorities.
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The Government of Australia has announced that it will be providing USD 2 million towards UN Women’s project to help prevent the abuse and exploitation of women migrant workers in South East Asia, placing the country as a top donor of UN Women Asia and Pacific to support gender equality and women’s advancement.
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On 1 November 2013, Roberta Clarke, Regional Director of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand gives her statement to the One World – Women Lawyers’ Summit in Hong Kong 2013: Ending Human Trafficking Conference.
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The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development 2013 took place in Bangkok on 29-31 June 2013. The Asia-Pacific RPM, organized by Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism Thematic Working Group on International Migration including Trafficking, serves as a platform for government agencies, civil society and international organizations to exchange information and identify issues and challenges on migration in Asia and the Pacific region.
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At a discussion on the Global Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons, UN Women Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri said Governments must put justice for victims at the centre of all efforts and focus on: Protection of human rights, Prosecution of offenders, Prevention of Trafficking, and Provision of Services to survivors.
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Prime Minister of Vietnam approved last week a government plan of action on national implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol).