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COVID-19 and the Peace Villages

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a great challenge and is increasing gender-based inequalities around the world. Beyond exacerbating existing socioeconomic disparities, the COVID-19 crisis potentially fuels local conflict with the spread of misinformation, discrimination, and stigmatization against marginalized groups.

The power of community advocacy and healing for women survivors of violence

Friday, July 3, 2020

Olinda Alves da Silva, 44 is part of a community of women who are pioneering a better way to provide care and support healing for women survivors of the past conflict in Timor-Leste (1975-1999), while working to prevent further violence against women.

Women mediators breaking stereotypes and working to bring peace in Timor-Leste

Thursday, June 11, 2020

In the past, women in Timor–Leste have had limited opportunities to be involved in conflict resolution due to customary practices that limited women’s roles in leading such processes. In advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Timor- Leste, the Ministry of Interior (responsible for internal security) is supporting women to lead as professional conflict mediators in their communities.

Take Five: Women peacekeepers are role models for women and girls in the local community

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lt. Colonel Ratih Pusparini is one of the first Indonesian women to have been dispatched in a peacekeeping mission. From 2008–2013, she served as a military observer and in various positions on UN peacekeeping missions in the Congo, Lebanon and Syria.

Promoting solidarity through comedy during COVID-19

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The video entitled “The Famdemic” – starring Farhana Muna from Bangladesh, Naveen Richard from India, Harith Iskander from Malaysia, Haresh Tilani from Singapore, and Aerin Yuktadatta from Thailand – recounts a videocall from one family struggling to get along during quarantine. Produced with the generous funding of the Government of Japan, the video is available with subtitles in Bengali, English, Malay, Thai languages.

I am Generation Equality: Orapim Pakdeesongkram, Thai military instructor and former United Nations peacekeeper in India and Pakistan

Friday, March 6, 2020

I can do so much more for other people by sharing my experience, by sharing my knowledge. When you share your knowledge and experience, it gives other people choices. It gives them ideas about what they want to do. During the UN mission, when I met local women, it meant so much to them to see a female peacekeeper who wore a uniform and worked side by side with men.

Philippine Police and Customs Officers Challenge Gender Stereotypes

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Officers of the Philippine security sector gathered in Manila to discuss needs of women and girls in cross-border situations. The five-day training in Manila aimed to strengthen a gender-responsive, survivor-centred approach to transnational crime investigations. It was hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Women with support from the Government of Canada.

Bangladesh launches first National Action Plan on women, peace and security as per UN resolutions

Friday, January 10, 2020

Bangladesh has launched a four-year action plan on women, peace and security, to transpose at national level a series of resolutions by the UN Security Council. The National Action Plan (NAP) will expand women’s roles in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, disaster management, and preventing violent extremism. This will build on Bangladesh’s efforts to establish peace and security within and beyond its borders.

From where I stand: “I battle evil and bring good things to the world”

Friday, November 22, 2019

I am from the first batch of female cadets in Indonesia. In my year in the police academy, there were only 31 women among the 251 police officers. Despite this, becoming a police officer was a very natural choice for me. When I was a child, I was inspired by female investigator Dee Dee McCall on the show Hunter. I wanted to become an investigator and fight the bad people just like her. I also loved Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christy. As a police officer, I battle evil and bring good things to the world. Good has to win.

Government of Japan pledges USD 2 million to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Sri Lanka

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Government of Japan has committed USD 2 million to UN Women Sri Lanka to carry out the second phase of the ongoing programme titled “Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka”. This project is to be carried out with the integral support of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and will focus on women’s participation and empowerment in efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts.

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