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My name is Nafasgul Usmani, I was born in Herat, and I am an advocate for change

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

In a world where women have to be twice or even three times better than men to have leadership positions and in a country where people living with disabilities are invisible, what Nafasgul Usmati has achieved is remarkable. At the age of 26, she leads a civil society organization in Herat, Afghanistan.

Ten defining moments for women in 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

From new laws addressing domestic violence and equality to women’s critical leadership during the global pandemic, join us to celebrate some key moments for gender equality this year.

“Lives on the frontline: Reaching women migrant workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic”

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

In both countries of origin and destination, the social and economic development potential of labour migration – including contributions to gender equality –is tremendous. Yet, even before COVID-19, violence against women migrant workers was one of the most pervasive human rights violations that negatively influenced the migration experience of many women, preventing them from reaching their full potential.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Nepal

Friday, November 20, 2020

Women’s land rights are key to their economic independence and better decision-making power within families. In many parts of the world, research shows that lack of land rights makes women more vulnerable to gender-based violence. Dhana*, 38, is among the 218 gender-based violence survivors who have received life-saving assistance from the ‘Provision of Emergency Legal Assistance to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in the COVID-19 Context’ project.

Former Thai band ‘idol’ now speaks out against the industry’s dark side

Friday, November 20, 2020

Naruthai Tansukasem, 20, became a singer in the girls-led band, ‘Siamese Kittenz’, at age 12, with a passion for stage performance and dancing. After being in the group for six years, she quit because of the online harassment that’s all too common and often unaddressed in the entertainment industry.

We are Generation Equality: Champions for ending violence against women

Friday, November 20, 2020

For the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, we are featuring some of the leaders and groundbreakers who added their voices to UN Women’s Generation Equality movement, and take action to fight violence against women and girls.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Thailand

Friday, November 20, 2020

Naiyapak Chaipan works for the 1300 Hotline, managed by the Thai government’s Social Assistance Centre that assists women seeking to leave abusive and violent situations. Ms. Chaipan’s work has doubled as the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions have left many women confined with their abusers at home.

16 ways, 16 Days: Your guide to ending violence against women

Friday, November 20, 2020

This year, we’re coming together under the theme, Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!, to support civil society organizations and women’s rights organizations who are on the frontline of the response to ending violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Stories of Peace Builders from Nepal’s Armed Conflict

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

This year marks the 20th anniversary of implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. To honor the occasion, we present stories from the leaders of Nepal's National Women Conflict Victim Network. Nepal's decade long conflict from 1996 to 2006 ended with the then Maoists cadre and the Government of Nepal signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Young designers and experts imagine innovative solutions to prevent violence against women in Asia and the Pacific

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

What happens when you bring together more than a hundred bright young professionals from twenty-nine countries across disciplines ranging from design, psychology, international development, to tackle the issue of violence against women over two weeks?

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