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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).
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The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 22 nd grant cycle (2018). Civil society organizations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of USD 50,000 up to a maximum of USD 1 million for a period of three years. The application deadline is 18 January 2019 . Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas: Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end...
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The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 21st grant cycle (2017) from women-led and women’s rights organizations, humanitarian organizations, organizations of women with disabilities, organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOS), civil society organizations working with women and girls with disabilities and regional/international civil society organizations and networks (women-led, women’s rights and humanitarian...
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is a multilateral grant-making mechanism working to fulfil the right of every woman and girl to live a life free of violence. Administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund supports multi-year innovative and practical approaches that contribute to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms and in all contexts. Thirty-six new grants were awarded in the cycle 20th UN Trust Fund’s grant-making. These will...
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Many of the Philippine women working abroad face exploitation and abuse, but they may face even greater challenges when it’s time to go back home. After long years of separation from family and country, they are estranged from children and spouses and have problems finding new work when they return back home. And despite so many hours of toil abroad, they often don’t have enough savings to get started again. These women have...
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“Dealing with youths, especially students, is very difficult, because when you talk about the issues of violence, domestic violence and sexual abuse, it’s funny to them. They giggle and laugh. But when the drama group actually dramatizes the scene, the mood. Hendrick Barai of Family Support Centre, with UN Women’s toolkit on designing projects...
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Tin Moe Tun farms for a living, but he is also trying to cultivate something else in his little village: an understanding among the men that it’s not OK to demean and attack women and girls. The village is poor, and economic opportunities are hard to come by. Many of the men want to live ‘freely’ and don’t like outsiders telling them what to do, some of them find solace in alcohol and the social...
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To understand why violence against women is so widespread in Yogyakarta, you have to understand the psychology of men in traditional Javanese culture. The culture accords men a privileged status and greater freedom of action relative to women. For example, men feel justified to leave their wives and family duties behind when it is time to hang out with their friends. But men also feel they must meet cultural norms and social expectations about what it is to be a...
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The men at the factory would stare at me and tell me that I was old enough ‘to be eaten. I was the newcomer. Walking the small distance from my sewing machine to the toilet used to be very uncomfortable.’ New women coming to work at the factory often experienced harassment. I felt so angry. I wanted to tell them that their behaviour was...
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The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 20 th grant cycle (2016) from civil society organizations and government authorities. Special attention will be paid to applications from women’s rights, women-led, and small organizations (including youth organizations) in recognition of the contribution these make to reaching women and girls at the grassroots level. This year, the UN Trust Fund is looking...
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She was a perfect target for human traffickers: an orphan, 20 years old, poor and with little chance to make any income, living with her siblings and grandmother in Yangon. So the woman left when a broker promised a job in Meiktila, in the Mandalay Region, about 518 kilometres (322 miles) north of Yangon by road. But when she arrived, she...
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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is a multilateral grant-making mechanism working to fulfil the right of every woman and girl to live a life free of violence. Administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund supports multi-year innovative and practical approaches that contribute to ending violence against women and girls in all its forms and in all contexts. Thirty-three new grants were awarded in the UN Trust Fund’s grant-making in 2015. These will...
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Every two years in October, hundreds of lower secondary schools in Hanoi, Viet Nam prepare for the Best Homeroom Teachers competition. It is one of the major events in the education sector, honoring the role of homeroom teachers, as the advisor to the class, in educating and orienting their students. Students facilitating a group activity in Ms. Thuy’s class thematic discussion at the Best Homeroom Teachers Competition, final round at City level on 16...
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The Youth Team Leader Club (YTL club) in Chu Van An high school recently completed its recruitment for new members for its second season in 2015-2016. “After posting our recruitment advertisement to our club’s Facebook, we only received nearly 20 applications. We were very upset. However, on the day of the interviews, as many as 70 students showed up to hand in their applications. It was much more than...
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Child marriage is a major social problem in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta Province, with almost one-in-two of all child marriages occurring in the province. Over the past three years there has been a significant increase in cases: from 15 in 2010, to 161 in 2013, and a slight decrease to 146 in 2014. The trend is upward in ...
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65 girls and boys members of the ethnic group Karenni residing in Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Maehongson province, Thailand along the Thai-Burmese border participated on a Capacity Building training. The training held from 11 to 20 May, 2015, over the course of 10 days these boys and girls learn life skills in the camp setting including the 3 inclusive days dedicated for gender-based violence prevention and response services for example access to...
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Joint programme on Ending Violence against Women and Girls launches in Honiara Representatives from the Solomon Islands Government, UN agencies and civil society organisations gathered in Honiara on Wednesday March 11 to celebrate the official launch of the first phase of the UN-Solomon Islands Government Joint Programme on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls (Joint Programme)...
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More than one thousand and four hundred students in Viet Nam broke into dance in a student-led event in Hanoi, joining the global call to end violence against women and girls.
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When Doeun Doun became the General Manager of a restaurant on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, morale was low and staff turnover was high. Of a staff of around 70, approximately 10 would leave each month, often women who were not happy with their working conditions.
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CARE works to make entertainment establishments such as beer gardens and karaoke bars safer for women through the Non-Violent Workplace Initiative.