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Education programming for refugee women & girls: Findings from a needs assessment study

Monday, June 29, 2020

With 1 billion students and youth across the globe affected by school and university closures, there is increasing debate around ongoing disruption in education.

Tech giants partner with UN Women to provide life-saving information to survivors of domestic violence during COVID-19

Friday, June 26, 2020

UN Women offices around the world have partnered with tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook to provide important information about helpline services for domestic violence survivors.

Against the Odds: Stories from women in Thailand during COVID19

Friday, June 26, 2020

Authors:  Vipunjit Ketunuti and Saranya Chittangwong Photo: Courtesy of Irene The impact of COVID-19 has impacted the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights. The pandemic poses a serious threat to women’s engagement in economic activities which leads to devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls which includes unemployment, increased unpaid care work and limited access to services. Although COVID-19 is...

Let us eat – How food vendor Sawan Panthaisong in Sukhumvit is surviving COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19, street food markets have turned into ghost towns. Many street food vendors need to figure out ways to survive. Sawan Panthaisong, a food vendor, is still serving food to consumers by adapting her small business to the changes.

UN Women and Twitter team up to provide life-saving information to survivors of domestic violence in Asia and the Pacific

Friday, June 19, 2020

One of the most striking impacts of COVID-19 has been the increased reporting of violence against women in many countries.

Women confront the dual impact of a pandemic and a tropical cyclone

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Already dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, some countries in the Pacific have had to manage the dual impact of a tropical cyclone.

Early preparations and data-gathering mark responses to COVID-19 in Fiji and Tonga

Thursday, June 11, 2020

As COVID-19 started making headlines back in January, crisis centres for survivors of violence against women in the Pacific started preparing for the possible implications, should it reach their shores. Having experienced multiple natural disasters and emergencies over the years, they knew that rates and severity of domestic violence escalate during crises, often coupled with disruptions to support services and a deprioritization of women and girls’ safety by state, police and other essential services.

Across the Pacific region, crisis centres respond to increased cases of violence against women amid COVID-19

Thursday, June 11, 2020

As COVID-19 prevention measures in the Pacific region and around the world limited movement and encouraged home isolation, the number of women seeking domestic violence support services have surged. In Samoa, there has been a 150 per cent increase in the number of helpline calls, compared to the same time last year, says Silliniu Lina Chang, President of the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG). “Tensions build as families are hit by unemployment, and from not being able to provide for...

Women mediators breaking stereotypes and working to bring peace in Timor-Leste

Thursday, June 11, 2020

In the past, women in Timor–Leste have had limited opportunities to be involved in conflict resolution due to customary practices that limited women’s roles in leading such processes. In advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Timor- Leste, the Ministry of Interior (responsible for internal security) is supporting women to lead as professional conflict mediators in their communities.

Women’s Unpaid and Underpaid Work in the Times of COVID-19

Monday, June 1, 2020

As Covid-19 grips the world, market economy have shuttered, schools have closed, and nearly half of the global population is confined to their homes. Yet millions of care workers step out every day to keep the lights on and support those in need, for very low wages.

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