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WeEmpowerAsia gives boost to female entrepreneurs in China

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Representatives of 35 leading women-owned startups from various industries gathered in Beijing on 4 December to discuss the challenges of running small- and medium-sized firms as well as ways to collaborate with the programme, WeEmpowerAsia. The programme, which promotes women in private sector businesses around Asia, had launched in China a week earlier. UN women organized the half-day consultation; women-owned companies contributed to the logistics and services.

EU-UN Women programme ‘WeEmpowerAsia’ to ‘unleash bigger opportunities’ for China’s women in business

Friday, January 3, 2020

China has strong policy frameworks in place, but there is room to “unleash bigger opportunities” for women in business and society at large, said Katja Freiwald, WeEmpowerAsia Regional Programme Manager. The ‘WeEmpowerAsia’ launch was held as part of the annual International Conference on Gender Equality and Corporate Social Responsibility on 26 November 2019 in Beijing. UN Women China hosted the conference in partnership with the European Union Delegation and the Embassy of Sweden.

Nepal shows solid progress in legislating for the rights of women and girls, UN Report says, but cultural barriers persist

Friday, January 3, 2020

Nepal is an example of a low-income country that has made significant progress in improving women’s access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, including access to safe and legal abortion. It is one of the few countries in the world that has gone from banning abortion outright to allowing it on request in recent times. Nepal is also one of the only three countries including Bhutan and Uzbekistan in Central and Southern Asia to criminalize marital rape, according to UN Women report titled Progress of the World’s Women 2019 – 2020: Families in a changing world.

UN Women to Support Provincial Initiatives on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Bangka Belitung Islands

Friday, January 3, 2020

[Press release] The Provincial Government of Bangka Belitung Islands and UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment announced on 26 December its partnership to support women's entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment in Bangka Belitung Islands. This collaboration reinforced the shared goal of both organizations to realizing women’s rights for equal economic opportunity.

Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

Friday, November 29, 2019

Ministers and high-level officials from 45 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have committed to intensify priority actions towards realizing women’s rights and fundamental freedoms for an equal future. The Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review was adopted after intense negotiations at a three-day Ministerial Conference, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific this week.

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN Journeys out of the Ordinary

Thursday, November 28, 2019

In the exhibition, women migrant workers from Indonesia, Myanmar and Philippines share the coping mechanisms they developed to adapt to their new cultural environments and how they overcome the barriers and challenges they encountered during the migration experience. They also send clear and powerful messages addressed to the future generation of women, to their employers or to duty bearers to ensure that violence against women migrant workers is addressed and this shows the need to strengthen labour migration governance and changing social norms perpetuating violence against women migrant workers.

Equality beyond reach for many women and girls in Asia-Pacific UN Ministerial Conference opens with urgent call for change to make gender equality a reality

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Over 500 Ministers, senior policymakers, UN officials, civil society, youth and private sector representatives from across Asia and the Pacific region today gathered in Bangkok to chart out priority actions to support accelerated progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The three-day Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Women

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Bunga

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

I first decided to go abroad to work because I was separated from my husband and wanted to support my mother, my siblings and my young son. I found a job announcement on Facebook for work overseas as a waitress in Malaysia, and I contacted the person who placed the announcement. The job looked legitimate. There were administrative requirements and procedures, and I had to provide certificates and even a sponsor letter from the head of my village. I was told that I could go in two months.

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Yati

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Before I migrated, my husband gambled, and we were in debt because of it. People kept saying that I could earn a lot by working abroad, and they encouraged me to go. I thought maybe it could solve all our problems. My daughter was four at the time. I worked as a domestic worker in Malaysia, imagining that I would earn a good sum of money and build a house back home. I thought, “I'll have a good employer who will treat me well”.

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Jejen

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Like many other women migrant workers, family was my motivation to migrate. My husband had no regular income and was not paid well enough to support our two children, my sisters and our sick father. I migrated to Qatar to work as a domestic worker. When I first arrived in Qatar, I felt like I was walking into darkness. I also thought that that was normal, however, and it was okay to feel that way.

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