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Take Five: “A woman with a degree in law not only empowers herself but also society.”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Honourable Sapana Pradhan Malla is a Supreme Court Justice of Nepal and a former member of the Constituent Assembly and the Committee Against Torture. A champion of women’s rights, she has been instrumental in decriminalizing abortion, criminalizing marital rape, and securing women’s rights to inheritance and reproductive rights. She was interviewed in Kathmandu in December 2019.

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.

I am Generation Equality: Celina Jaitly, actor and activist

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality.

Take Five: “It is time for us to redefine the message”

Monday, January 13, 2020

Pranapda (Pam) Phornprapha, founder of the Dragonfly gender equality movement and one of the leading businesswomen of Thailand, talks about why she decided to champion gender equality. In November 2019, UN Women collaborated with Dragonfly on a summit to tackle gender inequality and challenge social norms in South-East Asia.

UN Women supports Viet Nam to develop the new National Strategy on Gender Equality

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ten years ago, it was the first time Viet Nam prepared and developed its first remarkable National Strategy on Gender Equality (NSGE) that defined the direction and priorities to promote gender equality in the period 2011-2020. During the years of implementation of the NSGE, Viet Nam has been one of the countries in the Asia-Pacific that has made a lot of changes and progress on gender equality in many socio-economic fields.

Empowered Pakistani Woman: An exchange of experience event with Women Parliamentary Caucuses and Parliamentarians

Friday, December 6, 2019

[Press release] “We cannot achieve gender equality without ending violence against women and girls. I would strongly recommend Women Parliamentary Caucuses (WPC) of National and Provincial Assemblies to review all existing laws and introduce amendments in bills for further improving legislation to safeguard women rights and end violence,” said Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser as the chief guest of an exchange of experience event.

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.

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”.

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