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Until we end violence, we must support women and girl survivors and protect them: Acting Australian High Commissioner, Brek Batley

Friday, December 20, 2019

[Press release] UN Women collaborated with the Ministry of Human Rights today to hold a national level consultation on the Essential Services Package (ESP) in order to ensure that quality services are provided to women and girls subject to violence in Pakistan. The aim of this programme is to provide greater access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectoral services for all women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence.

UN Women: Rewriting the narrative is key to addressing sexual violence

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Sexual violence remains prevalent and devastating, despite recent efforts around the world. More is needed to fundamentally change the narrative and make this violation of the rights of women and girls unacceptable, including commitments at work, in schools and in homes. That was the key message underscored through deeply personal and powerful stories, a fireside chat with experts, and thrilling performances at the regional commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the margins of the Beijing +25 Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference.

From where I stand: “I didn’t let myself become a victim; I used my pain to rise.”

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Kaushilla Nepali advocates for the legal rights of Dalit women in Nepal, in particular enabling their access to justice, and regarding critical issues such as citizenship, domestic violence, and sexual violence. Committed to ending the entrenched discrimination against Dalit community on the basis of caste, Nepali started her journey with her own empowerment.

UN Women supports Viet Nam to develop the new National Strategy on Gender Equality

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ten years ago, it was the first time Viet Nam prepared and developed its first remarkable National Strategy on Gender Equality (NSGE) that defined the direction and priorities to promote gender equality in the period 2011-2020. During the years of implementation of the NSGE, Viet Nam has been one of the countries in the Asia-Pacific that has made a lot of changes and progress on gender equality in many socio-economic fields.

Turning the page on stereotypes at the Human Library event

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Survivors and activists of discrimination and violence became living books to share their personal experiences of discrimination, inequality and violence, at the Human Library event in Bangkok earlier this month. The event was hosted by UN Women in collaboration with Bangkok Rising, the Embassy of France, and the Embassy of the Netherlands was held at the Thai branch of the Alliance Française and was part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Strengthen women’s livelihoods and participation for greater resilience to disasters and climate change in Viet Nam

Monday, December 16, 2019

When Tran Thi My Linh, a 51-year-old rural woman first said that she would replace her rice fields with lotus fields, she raised many eyebrows. In the little commune of Hoa Dong in Phu Yen province, just south of Viet Nam’s capital, Ha Noi, villagers had planted rice for generations. However, with the changing weather patterns in recent years, millions of people have been affected in Phu Yen and in rural Viet Nam in general and people have started looking for new livelihoods.

25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action in Nepal: A time for celebrations and reflections for women’s progress

Monday, December 16, 2019

Nearly 25 years have passed since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), a lot of progress has been made for Nepali women but there is still a lot to be done. This was the key message during the Beijing+25 review national consultation held in Kathmandu on 18 and 22 October 2019. BPfA was adopted during the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995 to develop global policy actions for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN Women calls business leaders to join the movement to end all forms of violence against women

Friday, December 13, 2019

[Press release] Business leaders have a key role to play to address intimate partner violence as a workplace issue. When workplaces understand, recognize and respond to violence against women, women can continue to work and access the support they need, a UN Women report says. With the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UN Women is launching today, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, case studies showing how 14 diverse organizations across the Asia-Pacific region are addressing intimate partner violence as a workplace issue.

National dialogue on Actions Against Sexual Violence

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The UN in Bangladesh, in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs (MoWCA) and civil society organizations, held a national dialogue to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Dialogue provided a platform to mobilize coordinated efforts to address sexual violence and ensure accountability, with panelists ranging from legal experts, government officials, UN Agencies, the judiciary, parliament, law enforcement agencies, academia, civil society organizations, and the arts.

Empowered Pakistani Woman: An exchange of experience event with Women Parliamentary Caucuses and Parliamentarians

Friday, December 6, 2019

[Press release] “We cannot achieve gender equality without ending violence against women and girls. I would strongly recommend Women Parliamentary Caucuses (WPC) of National and Provincial Assemblies to review all existing laws and introduce amendments in bills for further improving legislation to safeguard women rights and end violence,” said Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser as the chief guest of an exchange of experience event.

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