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From where I stand: “I have to train harder to be seen at the same level as the male fighters.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“I was born on a farm in Rayong, a province just a couple hours south of Bangkok, Thailand. I started muay thai at the age of five to combat the bullying that I faced in school because I was shorter and smaller than most of the other students. My father was also a muay thai fighter and I joined his gym, which started my journey into martial arts.

HeForShe takes the message of gender equality to students and staff in university tour

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The HeForShe University Tour sparked debate across Bangkok campuses, driving several institutions to recognize the urgency of addressing gender inequality and violence on campus. In the wake of the tour, supported by UN Women, several leading Thai universities have launched or renewed commitments to strengthening partnerships between faculty and students, and to develop further research on gender-based inequality and violence.

From Where I Stand: I can now provide for my children’s food and education

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“I was born to parents belonging to the lower middle class in a small village near Sialkot in north-eastern Pakistan. I lived a simple and peaceful life before marriage, but my ordeal started as soon as I stepped into my husband’s house. My husband was a drug addict who would expect from me to work and provide for his bad habits. I would work at home stitching working gloves, only to see my meagre income taken away by my husband. I lived through constant humiliation, violence and dilemma for years. But I survived.

“Now I am aware that violence is not the way to educate others, but through respect”

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Faustino S. de Carvalho has been a teacher for 14 years, but noticed a change in his style after a week’s training under the Connect With Respect programme. “Now I am really aware that violence is not the way to educate others, but through respect. When you respect students, they will respect and listen to you,” he said. The change has also been noticed at home, he said. “My wife has been really surprised and the kids who live with me at home have also become closer and communicate more with me.”

A new MOU to propel gender equality across Japan

Friday, October 11, 2019

[Joint press release] Today, UN Women and Junior Chamber International Japan (JCI Japan) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the acceleration of gender equality nationwide in Japan through the advancement of the HeForShe solidarity movement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goal of MOU is to achieve the SDGs in Japan by 2030. The primary focus is on the SDG 5, ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women.

UN Women and UNDP deepen cooperation over women’s rights in Nepal

Friday, October 11, 2019

Two UN agencies have deepened their cooperation to boost gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal. The inter-agency collaboration will see UN Women and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) work together to promote reform and fight discrimination against women at all levels.

Growing women’s entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

Monday, October 7, 2019

Forty-year-old Parveen Akhter is the founder and Managing Director of Glamour Boutique House and Training Centre, the only small factory run by a woman in Jessore, a small town in the southwestern region of Bangladesh. The 4,000 square feet-factory produces textile and clothing and employs 52 women.

SCSW launches Sindh’s first strategic plan for women empowerment

Monday, October 7, 2019

[Press release] The Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW) today launched Commission’s first ever three-year Strategic Plan, with support from UN Women Pakistan, outlining three strategic priorities including review of Sindh’s laws, rules, regulations, policies and programmes from gender perspective, ii) actions to end violence against women and girls, iii) and institutional capacity building of the SCSW.

Vietnamese diplomats learned new skills to boost the rights of women migrant workers

Thursday, October 3, 2019

[Press release] Today, more than 100 Vietnamese diplomats have gathered in Ha Noi to acquire new skills on how they can better support women migrant workers subject to violence and trafficking, prior to their overseas assignments. The training workshop is jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN Women as part of the programme, “Safe and Fair” within the framework of the global EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

From where I stand: “Now I have bigger dreams”

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sufia Khatun from Pirganj, Rongpur, found herself without any source of income after her husband passed away. Through a joint UN programme, she was able to learn tailoring and get access to finance to invest in her own business. Today she employs 20 women in her community.

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