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From where I stand: “I did not give up... If they had delayed for 30 more minutes, it would not have been possible to save both lives.”

Monday, January 6, 2020

Kulsuma Begum, 32, is Secretary of Dokhin Marapara Mahila Bittohin Samabya Samity (South Murapa Underprivileged Women’s Cooperative Society), a civil society organization that is supported by UN Women and helps women in Teknaf, in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. “At the age of 14, I was forcibly married. After two years of facing domestic violence, I left home when my husband got married again, and I started my life all over again.

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.

From where I stand: “I battle evil and bring good things to the world”

Friday, November 22, 2019

I am from the first batch of female cadets in Indonesia. In my year in the police academy, there were only 31 women among the 251 police officers. Despite this, becoming a police officer was a very natural choice for me. When I was a child, I was inspired by female investigator Dee Dee McCall on the show Hunter. I wanted to become an investigator and fight the bad people just like her. I also loved Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christy. As a police officer, I battle evil and bring good things to the world. Good has to win.

From where I stand: “Young people must speak up and act to protect LGBTIQ people and women in Indonesia”

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Patriarchal values still predominate in the societies of Indonesia. Sexism permeates all levels of daily lives, including in work and public spheres. And it is even worse in political decision-making: LGBTIQ people are treated as tokens and women are sexually objectified by men in almost all decision-making processes. They are not treated as equal partners who can help better Indonesia society. Indonesia is unique with its communities of diverse religions living together in tolerance from west to east. But when sexism, extremism and patriarchy converge, the result always is oppression of LGBTIQ people and women in almost in all aspects of their lives. Patriarchal values still predominate in the societies of Indonesia. Sexism permeates all levels of daily lives, including in work and public spheres. And...

From where I stand: “I have to train harder to be seen at the same level as the male fighters.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“I was born on a farm in Rayong, a province just a couple hours south of Bangkok, Thailand. I started muay thai at the age of five to combat the bullying that I faced in school because I was shorter and smaller than most of the other students. My father was also a muay thai fighter and I joined his gym, which started my journey into martial arts.

From Where I Stand: I can now provide for my children’s food and education

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“I was born to parents belonging to the lower middle class in a small village near Sialkot in north-eastern Pakistan. I lived a simple and peaceful life before marriage, but my ordeal started as soon as I stepped into my husband’s house. My husband was a drug addict who would expect from me to work and provide for his bad habits. I would work at home stitching working gloves, only to see my meagre income taken away by my husband. I lived through constant humiliation, violence and dilemma for years. But I survived.

From where I stand: “Now I have bigger dreams”

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sufia Khatun from Pirganj, Rongpur, found herself without any source of income after her husband passed away. Through a joint UN programme, she was able to learn tailoring and get access to finance to invest in her own business. Today she employs 20 women in her community.

From where I stand: “Empowering women benefits the entire family and our next generation.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tie Lingmei 40, lives with her family in Qiaotou Village of Qinghai Province in China. With her ambition and the help of UN Women, she improved living conditions for herself as well as for many other women in her village. “I used to work as a taxi driver along with my husband in the county. Because I could not leave my child alone in my hometown, I decided to sell the car, came back and set up an agricultural cooperative with the help of our village secretary.

From where I stand: “If Nepali women are allowed the freedom to pursue what they need and what they want, they will be able to flourish in their lives and eventually uplift their communities.”

Monday, September 9, 2019

Ishani Shrestha, 28, is a social activist and entrepreneur in Nepal. After she was crowned Miss World-Nepal 2013, she founded Project Smile to improve women’s health and children’s education and to end gender discrimination. As a feminist and a Nepali woman, I see the uncountable challenges girls and women face in our country. Some of the major challenges that I want to help ease are the lack of awareness of human rights, the lack of education and access to health care, and the social stereotypes that restrict women from becoming who they want to be.

From where I stand: “After living with despair, I decided to make a difference to the lives of women”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hannah Meltzer, 35, is a teacher, drama director, activist, creator of Wonder Women Bangkok community, and a leader of Bangkok Rising, a local advocacy group that is focused on raising awareness about eliminating gender-based violence in Thailand and beyond. She was also the director for the performance of The Vagina Monologues as part of UNiTE campaign, led by UN Women. Her work supports Sustainable Development Goal 5, which aims to promote gender equality and end violence against all women and girls.

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