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Nepal marks first national celebration of its one-third representation of women in Parliament

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Amid a dizzying array of dialects and attire reflecting Nepal’s rich regional and ethnic diversity, over 700 women local government leaders and representatives of District Coordination Committees from across the country gathered at City Hall in Kathmandu on 30 May (Jestha 16 in the Nepali calendar). On this day in 2006, the current President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, then a lawmaker, presented a resolution before the House of Representatives demanding at least 33 per cent representation of women in all the state mechanisms. The proposal was endorsed that same day. To mark this important milestone in Nepali history, the Cabinet decided in May 2019 to celebrate Jestha 16 as National Women’s Rights Day.

To accelerate gender equality, UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians

Friday, June 28, 2019

[Press release] In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, today called upon global parliamentarians to build on the experiences and best practices from Member States on how to achieve a gender equal world via legislation and parliamentary work.

In the words of Palwasha Hassan: “The time is now to transform that suffering into our strength”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Palwasha Hassan is a mobilizer who fought for the rights of women to be enshrined in Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution. She is an advisor at the country’s High Peace Council (which is tasked with negotiating with elements of the Taliban), and also the Executive Director of the Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC). She has been a political and women’s rights activist since her early youth, volunteering with a women’s movement in 1995...

In the words of Halima Askari: “Our victory is our unity”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Halima Askari became the first woman head of the Provincial Council in Afghanistan’s conservative Wardak province in 2017. She is part of a new generation of women leaders who, little by little, are pushing for the transformation of governance. She ran for national Parliament this year and is awaiting the results. Regardless of the election results, Askari is determined to continue serving her community and advocating for girls...

Ensuring an enabling environment for Thai women to enter politics: Sharing European and International ideas and best practices

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

As of January 2017, women accounted for only 4.9 per cent of Parliament in Thailand, ranking 184th out of 190 nations globally . Neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Malaysia have at least double the number of women in parliament with rates of 20.3 per cent and 10.4 per cent respectively . Thailand also ranks low on UNDP’s Gender Inequality Index (2017) coming in 93rd place compared to Belgium, which is 5th, and Finland, which is 8th...

Press release: Seminar for Members of Parliament: The Role of Parliament in promoting the Strategy for Development of Samoa & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 22 – 23 August 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A two-day seminar aimed at recognising and promoting the significant role that Members of Parliament (MPs) play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held in Samoa on the 22 – 23 August, at Taumeasina Island Resort.

Press release: Market Vendor Associations to undergo Leadership and Good Governance Training

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

More than 40 Market Vendor Association (MVA) representatives will undergo leadership and good governance training in Honiara, Auki and Gizo markets in Solomon Islands from August to November.

Women rise to political leadership in Nepal with help from a UN Women project

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Eighteen years ago, her husband was killed in the cross-fire between Government forces and insurgents. Suddenly, Ek Maya was left alone to take care of their two daughters, in the agricultural community of Khajura in Banke district in mid-west Nepal. Not only did she have to struggle to make ends meet, but she also had to endure gender- and caste-based discrimination as a single woman...

“I needed to learn to lead myself before I could lead others” — an Afghan women’s rights leader talks about UN Women’s leadership training

Monday, April 23, 2018

Shukuria Hashimi has been with the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) for 17 years, where she was appointed planning and policy manager in 2013, and recently started mentoring women graduate recruits. She is also the founder of the country’s Association of Women in Public Service. Hashimi shared her thoughts about a training course by UN Women she attended, on Transformational Leadership and Management for Women in the Afghan Civil Service...

Leadership project to build on women’s representation in Samoa

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project seeks to improve gender equality and women’s leadership in Samoa. WILS represents the second phase of the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) Project, which was in place from 2014 to 2016. Samoa has made significant advances in development and in promoting gender equality. Women now hold five...

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