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This week’s ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Finance Ministers’ Meeting next week, and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November should pay heed to the findings of a new report, Data Snapshot: Women’s Leadership in the ASEAN Region, co-written by UN Women and the Government of Cambodia as Chair of ASEAN. “In the ASEAN region, there is increasing recognition of the role of women as leaders and agents of change,” the report says. “However, more efforts are still required to promote their roles in accelerating productivity, enhancing ecosystem conservation and creating more sustainable and inclusive development.”
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A forum of business, governments, civil society organisations, unions and international organisations is considering how best to leverage international agreements and national legislation to further sustainable development.
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A cross-agency training on gender in communications brought together UN staff from 13 agencies in Nepal last month. The two-day session provided the 25 participants with a range of tools and skills to develop gender-responsive communication materials in their respective lines of work. “There is a need for devising coherent communications plans and strategies that position the United Nations as the torchbearer of incorporating gender in communications,” said Valerie Julliand, UN Resident Coordinator.
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Numbers often tell a story, but when it comes to gender issues, data is often missing or misunderstood. Where gender data does exist, and it is presented effectively to paint a vivid picture of gaps and progress, it can be an important driver of development projects and initiatives for social change. To encourage and expand the use of data in reporting gender stories and accomplishments, 25 participants from eight countries in Asia-Pacific took part in a Workshop on communicating gender data: promoting better use and delivering impactful messages. Jointly organized by UN Women’s Gender Statistics team and the Statistical Office of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).