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A year of challenges and innovations: UN Women’s COVID-19 response in Asia and the Pacific

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

[Press release] UN Women has been working since the first week of the pandemic to help recognize and address the specific challenges faced by women and girls across Asia and the Pacific. It has handed out cash to women in need, analysed social media for trends of domestic violence, and drawn up checklists that make sure shelters protect women from both COVID-19 and further abuse.

UN Women, Donors Provided Assistance to 450 Families in Waterways Communities

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

UN Women Philippines continued its efforts in helping communities affected by Typhoon Ulysses (Typhoon Vamco), as part of its ongoing efforts in humanitarian aid initiated in November.

UN Women, business partners send relief to 3,250 families affected by typhoon in Philippines

Thursday, December 17, 2020

UN Women and businesses mobilized by broadcast journalist Karen Davila have brought hygiene kits and other relief goods to hundreds of women and girls whose lives were upended by a typhoon in Rizal province on Luzon Island, Philippines.

UN Women Leads Humanitarian Response to Typhoon Ulysses in Luzon, Philippines

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Supported by private-sector partners, UN Women has begun leading efforts to help thousands of people affected by a typhoon in Rizal province on Luzon Island, northern Philippines.

COVID-19 pandemic increases risks for female Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Monday, October 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender discrimination and inequality among the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and among the surrounding communities. Women and girls face increases in unpaid care work at home, safety risks inside and outside their homes, mental health problems, and simultaneously, less access to life-saving services and support.

A rural farmer’s inspirational journey to becoming a respected leader

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Roshani Kumari Chaudhary is an inspiration to many in her village. For someone who made ends meet by working as a farmer and cooking meals for passersby sitting on a mud coated floor of a bamboo hut, she has certainly come a long way. She is now a community leader who commands respect and influence in her Municipality. She proudly shares, “I am now the Chairperson of a Jaldevi Women Farmer Group, a social activist and a member of the health community."

From Where I Stand: Begum

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Begum (45) is a sex worker at Baniashanta brothel, in Dacoope, Khulna, a southern district of Bangladesh. Since Cyclone Amphan hit in May 20 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she has lost everything, but not hope.

Support us in responding to humanitarian crises, female activists in Bangladesh say

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Female leaders have called for greater efforts to promote women on the front lines in responding to humanitarian crises in Bangladesh. A diverse group of women front line-humanitarian workers and leaders from Rohingya and host communities spoke at an online forum on Feminism

From Where I Stand: Mahmuda Sultana Shorna

Friday, September 18, 2020

“The pandemic has completely transformed the ways we used to do things. Our Women Peace Café (WPC) work has been affected, everything has shifted to digital platforms, and the situations have changed at home. As soon as the university closed, I had to move back home. Because of the health crises, the number of chores increased at home and we had to do more cleaning and sanitizing to remain safe.

In Myanmar, quarantine facilities become first responders for returning migrant women

Thursday, September 17, 2020

At first, it was difficult for the women migrant returnees to settle into the quarantine centres and hold to physical distancing rules. Fear of stigmatisation of those who have stayed in quarantine facilities has also been a huge concern, so much so that some women hid or bribed taxi drivers to drive them directly to their home villages.

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