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Ethnic minorities contribute to review of historic women’s rights

Friday, July 12, 2019

[Press release] Today, the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) and UN Women held a consultation workshop in support of Viet Nam’s review of the report on the 25-year implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and invited ethnic minorities to share their perspective. The Beijing Platform for Action is one of the world’s most comprehensive documents on women’s rights and empowerment. The workshop was funded by Irish Aid Viet Nam.

From Where I Stand: “Being part of the LGBTI community in Timor-Leste..”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Joker da Silva is an openly trans man. He is one of many LGBTI activists in Timor-Leste who have helped raise the visibility of the community, including through activities supported by UN Women that build connections and support among members. “I hated to look at myself in the mirror because I was a pretty girl but had a male attitude. Then I decided to devote myself to the church to change.

REACHing out for rights and services

Thursday, July 11, 2019

An unexpected visit sparked a glimmer of hope during a dark time in Arihi’s life. She is now an empowered survivor of domestic violence who now knows her rights and how to access financial and legal services.

Thai designer raises funds to help refugee women and girls

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Leading Thai designer and entertainer Vatanika Patamasingh hosted a gala event to raise funds for the life-changing work of UN Women supporting women and girls living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Actors, journalists and CEOs of Thai and Chinese businesses were among the about 60 people who attended the 26 June gala dinner in Bangkok that Vatanika hosted to celebrate the responses to her donation drive and to raise awareness about UN Women’s work in Cox’s Bazar.

Nepal marks first national celebration of its one-third representation of women in Parliament

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Amid a dizzying array of dialects and attire reflecting Nepal’s rich regional and ethnic diversity, over 700 women local government leaders and representatives of District Coordination Committees from across the country gathered at City Hall in Kathmandu on 30 May (Jestha 16 in the Nepali calendar). On this day in 2006, the current President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, then a lawmaker, presented a resolution before the House of Representatives demanding at least 33 per cent representation of women in all the state mechanisms. The proposal was endorsed that same day. To mark this important milestone in Nepali history, the Cabinet decided in May 2019 to celebrate Jestha 16 as National Women’s Rights Day.

Breaking the silence on violence against women in Thailand through the Vagina Monologues

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Many of the more than 100 people in the audience raved about the performance of the stage play The Vagina Monologues, which UN Women organized at the United Nations regional headquarters in Bangkok on 25 June. The 25th is the United Nation’s monthly Orange Day to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. The play by American playwright and activist Eve Ensler has been staged all over the world.

#Code4peace hackathon revolutionizes the way Afghan women voice their priorities for peace

Friday, July 5, 2019

Twelve teams competed in Afghanistan’s largest and first-ever hackathon on women, peace and security, aiming to create a national platform for rural and urban women to voice their priorities for peace. The hackathon, called #code4peace, was organized by UN Women from 17-20 June 2019 in the province of Bamyan, Afghanistan.

Remarks: Launch of GRB GESI Manual

Friday, July 5, 2019

“We will never reach any of our objectives without the equal participation of half the world’s population, and without drawing fully on their expertise, capacities and experience”. Ending gender inequality is therefore both an outcome as well as a necessary condition for securing sustainable development. It is a necessary condition in the sense that women, especially those from the most excluded groups must be empowered to bring their differential experiences and interests to inform the development agenda.

UN Women incoming Deputy Executive Director visits Thailand, meets migrant women workers along the border towns

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

During a visit to Thailand, UN Women incoming Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visited a market town bordering Myanmar this week to see first-hand howmigrant women workers can avoid the hazards of human trafficking by learning about their rights and developing their work skills. The visit to Mae Sot district in Western Thailand-- which shares a border with Myanmar to the west-- was to see aUnited Nations programme which addresses prevention oftrafficking and works to mitigate the harmful impacts of the migrant flow to Thailand. About 120,000 migrants from Myanmar now live in Mae Sot, two decades after the first Thailand-Myanmar Friendship bridge opened. A second bridge just opened in April, amid growing prosperity along the border areas.

In Bangladesh, female students develop business ideas to improve society

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The student-led business incubator aims to engage young women in promoting peace through social entrepreneurship or by combining livelihood and social issues to improve the lives of people from their community. During the first year of its launch, the Women Peace Café will help 250 female students to develop 50 social business concepts. As part of the programme “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities”, UN Women works with the Centre for Peace and Justice of BRAC University to increase the knowledge, skills and abilities of 2,000 female students to engage in leadership at two regional universities: BRUR and Khulna University.

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