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From where I stand: “Empowering women benefits the entire family and our next generation.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tie Lingmei 40, lives with her family in Qiaotou Village of Qinghai Province in China. With her ambition and the help of UN Women, she improved living conditions for herself as well as for many other women in her village. “I used to work as a taxi driver along with my husband in the county. Because I could not leave my child alone in my hometown, I decided to sell the car, came back and set up an agricultural cooperative with the help of our village secretary.

Stepping in: Women must lead in dealing with natural disasters in Cambodia

Thursday, July 25, 2019

“Livestock and rice fields of villagers were damaged,” recalled Kanha, “but the drowning death of a 7 year-old girl was heart-breaking for me.” The girl’s death brought grief to the community in Kampot, the southern Cambodia city where Kanha is Deputy District Governor. When a disaster hits, boys and girls, and men and women have distinct vulnerabilities, and this shapes the way the experience and recover from a disaster. One such vulnerability is gender inequality.

UN Women supports Vietnamese women entrepreneurs in the Green Economy

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Green Economy, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, aims to improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities; it is low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive. Green economies have become the subject of serious discussion by governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations alike. Green economies encompass economic, social and environmental concerns in accordance with sustainable development principles.

In rural Cambodia, biogas helps offset the effects of climate change

Monday, March 25, 2019

Every morning at 10 a.m., Sok Sopheap sets off to run errands and pick up her two grandchildren from school in Tropang Thom village, southern Cambodia. Sopheap is in her 50’s – a stage in life when many women in her country might slow down – but like many local women, she is bearing an increasingly heavy burden as a result of climate change. Like other villages in Takeo province, Tropang Thom has been in the grip of an oscillating water crisis.

Project to empower women in climate change decisions begins in Cambodia

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A project to strengthen women’s resilience to climate change and natural disasters in Cambodia has begun with government, civil society and women’s groups, and United Nations agencies discussing the best ways forward. The Cambodia project is part of a larger project that UN women is jointly coordinating with UN Environment in Asia-Pacific countries. The Government of Sweden funds the project, which runs from 2018 to 2022 and is called The Empower: Empowering Women to Secure Climate-resilient Societies...

Pig pens power a solution to climate change in Viet Nam

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

When Tranh Thi Gam first started her biogas digester business, she raised many eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Tranh Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change.

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in...

Sweden joins forces with UN Environment and UN Women to build a climate resilient Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Asia-Pacific region is making significant strides towards climate change action and disaster risk reduction. But long-lasting climate resilience in the region cannot be achieved without addressing the root causes of vulnerability and gender inequality, which disproportionality impacts women and girls and other marginalized populations in this region. Women and girls in Asia-Pacific constitute 80 per cent of all those living under USD2 per day and face barriers to...

Ensuring Women’s Participation in Humanitarian Action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“Samoa can be a leading example for other Red Cross Societies in the Pacific region, with humanitarian assistance that recognizes the different needs of women, children and people with disabilities and involves them actively in the process,” Samoa Red Cross Society (SRCS) Secretary General Namulauulu Tautala Mauala said. SRCS is the largest humanitarian organisation in Samoa with more than 2,200 volunteers supporting local communities. SRCS is one of four Pacific organisations that UN Women is supporting through the Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) - formerly the Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) on Women...

Expert’s take: When building climate resilience, women’s needs cannot be an afterthought

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In May 2015, UN Women had organized an event in Dhaka on gender and climate change, during the high-level regional consultations on disaster risk reduction and climate resilience. A national expert was presenting the progress that Bangladesh had made in adapting to climate change. Listening with great attention was Mahera, who lives in the Khulna district of the remote Sundarban area, home to one of the largest mangrove forests in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She was there to...

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