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Once is more than enough

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

In no other time since I was born, has peace ever been so close. And in no other time have I felt the urge to take part in shaping the future of a country that knew only war for as long as I know myself, the country I call home - Afghanistan. As an Afghan and as a journalist I got to know my country inside out, I listened, learned and told the world stories of Afghans of all...

From "City of Peace" to Safe Cities for Women and Girls

Friday, March 8, 2019

Twenty years ago, Hanoi was awarded the UNESCO City for Peace prize. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, now is a good time to look at what a peaceful city means today, in particular for women and girls, and at the many initiatives under way to ensure safety, inclusion and access for all. Last week, as Hanoi hosted a much-heralded summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)...

Think equal innovate for change

Friday, March 8, 2019

Arin is a shop attendant at one of the biggest malls in Semarang. She has just moved to the city after graduating from high school and is proud to be a working woman, earning a salary to support herself and her family back in her village. However, she is nervous about navigating a new city at night after she finishes work at 10pm. She feels lucky that the online ojek service (motorbike ride sharing app) - is affordable in Semarang and offers...

Women’s voices essential to success of global migration compact

Monday, January 7, 2019

Almost half of the world’s migrants are women, yet some countries place bans and restrictions on migration based on gender, marital or maternity status, or require the permission of a male relative. Women may also lack access to the information on migration and recruitment that they need to make empowered decisions and manage the risks. Myanmar migrant workers sew clothes in a factory in Thailand's western province of Mae Sot. Their working day...

UN Women helps Metro Manila authorities as they design women-friendly public spaces

Friday, August 24, 2018

UN Women has organized discussions among local governments of Metro Manila on how to design and plan public spaces so that women and girls can feel safe when using them. Government officials of 13 cities of Metro Manila attended a forum, “Enhancing Good Local Governance: Gender Equality and Women’s Safety in Urban Planning”, which UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme organized on 11-12 July in Pasig. The forum was...

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and a violation of human rights. We must all ensure zero tolerance to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. This is particularly true for the United Nations which has a duty to ensure full accountability for sexual harassment. Violence against women and girls in Pacific Island countries is among the highest in the world. Evidence shows that two in every three Pacific women are impacted by gender based violence - that’s twice...

OP-ED International Women's Day

Monday, March 12, 2018

International Women's Day, every 8 March, is a time for people across the Pacific region to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality. It's a day to commit ourselves to redouble our efforts to achieve equal access for Pacific women to education, employment, health, leadership, prosperity and other opportunities - and to realise the rights and benefits...

OP-ED: A gender responsive budget

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Economic Survey of 2017-2018 assumes special significance for two reasons-one, it marks the last full Budget of the Government before the 2019 General Elections. Second, for the first time, the survey entails a dedicated chapter on gender, relaying a renewed focus on the most urgent challenge of our time. The chapter rightfully notes the gains made by the government in improving gender indicators and more importantly, offers an analytical method to capture the...

OP-ED: The mixed bag of gaps and progress since December 16, 2012

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Violence against women and girls has become frontpage news across the world. The breaking of silence and the global outrage that the #MeToo movement in the US has triggered globally shows the pervasiveness of the problem, and we hope it will become a tipping point for awareness and accountability. When estimates show that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives..

Op-Ed: Empowered Women - A Concern for All

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"Women are the key to sustainable peace, from family, to country, to the world". With these words President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo advocated to honor the role of women in Indonesian society at the International Day of Peace celebration on Oct. 8, 2017 in Sumenep, Madura to a room full of 8000 people in the remote village. This celebration was organized by UN Women together with the Wahid Foundation, in order to showcase the instrumental contributions women make at the...

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