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Women hit harder by socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific, says UN Women report

Thursday, April 9, 2020

[Press release]Gender and social inequalities that underpinned societies in Asia and the Pacific before the novel corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are now exacerbated, making bad situations for women and girls even worse, warns a new report by UN Women. The report entitled The First 100 Days of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Asia and the Pacific: A Gender Lens, presents a snapshot of the gender dimensions of the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and captures promising practices for integrating gender in preparedness and response planning while proposing potential and entry points to mitigate the socio-economic impacts for women and girls in the region.

Greater support needed for working families as COVID-19 takes hold – UNICEF, ILO and UN Women

Thursday, April 2, 2020

“In Nepal, a child’s protection and development is strongly correlated with multiple socio-economic deprivations, including access to services and exposure to violence and exploitation. COVID 19 will further exacerbate these vulnerabilities especially among the poorest and most marginalized households,” said UNICEF Nepal’s Representative, Ms Elke Wisch. “Now, more than ever, family and child-friendly employment practices in the private and public sectors, as well as social protection measures adapted to this evolving situation, will be critical to protect children and their families from the most detrimental fall-out of the pandemic.” Family-friendly policies and practices, including employment and income protection, paid leave to care for family members, flexible working arrangements and access to quality, emergency childcare can make a critical difference. They enable workers to protect and care for themselves and their children and enhance workers’ productivity and sense of security.

Twenty-five years after Beijing Declaration, the world “cannot afford” so few women in power

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

[Press Release] Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a dragging pace, with three-quarters of parliamentary seats still held by men, according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data’s publication coincides with the 25-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, which remains the world’s most comprehensive agenda for gender equality.

[Cox’s Bazar] International Women’s Day March 8th, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to take stock of the progress made on women’s rights and empowerment. This year is pivotal for advancing gender equality worldwide as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action and other key moments in the feminist movement.

Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

[Press release] In a Political Declaration adopted today by Member States commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, leaders pledged to ramp up efforts to fully implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, still considered the most visionary blueprint on women’s rights. The Political Declaration is the main outcome of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual gathering on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the UN. This year the Commission decided to scale back the session to a one-day procedural meeting with delegations and civil society representatives based in New York, in light of the COVID-19 situation.

Ahead of International Women' s Day, new UN Women report warns that progress towards gender equality is lagging and hard-fought gains are under threat

Friday, March 6, 2020

[Press release] The report finds that progress towards gender equality is faltering and hard-won advances are being reversed. Rampant inequality, the climate emergency, conflict and the alarming rise of exclusionary politics all threaten future progress towards gender equality. The report flags the lack of effective action to boost women’s representation at the tables of power and warns that the vision of the Beijing Platform for Action will never be realized if the most excluded women and girls are not acknowledged and prioritized.

Netflix and UN Women launch special collection curated by 55 groundbreaking women in entertainment

Thursday, March 5, 2020

[Prress release] Netflix and UN Women today launched “Because She Watched”, a special Netflix collection of series, documentaries, and films to celebrate International Women’s Day. “This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It's about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind-the-camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish,” said Anita Bhatia, UN Women Deputy Executive Director. Created for International Women’s Day.

Across Asia, Stock Exchanges “Ring the Bell” to Advance Gender Equality

Thursday, March 5, 2020

[Joint regional press release ] The bell ringing ceremonies will start in Kuala Lumpur on 6 March, in partnership with Bursa Malaysia, followed by Mumbai and Manila on 11 March with the National Stock Exchange of India and the Philippines Stock Exchange, respectively. The series will conclude on 13 March with bell ringing ceremony in Mumbai with the Bombay Stock Exchange. Both the Indonesia Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Thailand have expressed their commitment to organize similar events later this year.

#Women2020 Summit: Women in the next decade

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

[Press release] In observance of International Women’s Day, #Women2020 Summit: Women in the Next Decade is a convergence of women’s rights advocates, human rights activists, civil society partners, and individuals from both public and private sectors to converse about significant issues that affect women’s active, effective, and productive participation in nation-building and global progress. #Women2020 is organized by SPARK! Philippines and UN Women Asia and the Pacific and co-presented by Terre des Hommes Netherlands - Girls Advocacy Alliance, Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment, Austrian Embassy, British Embassy Manila, Embassy of France in the Philippines and Micronesia, Embassy of Sweden Manila, and the United Nations Population Fund.

Inclusion of women with disabilities imperative for women economic empowerment

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

[Press release] Improving economic situation of women is beneficial to society as it accelerates developments and contributes to reducing poverty, said His Excellency Kjell-Gunnar Eriksen, Ambassador of Norway to Pakistan, at the dialogue on leaving no one behind – opportunities and challenges for promoting women’s economic empowerment (WEE) with focus on women with disabilities organized by UN Women Pakistan here on Tuesday.

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