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From where I stand: Gauri Bista

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Caption Text bhisjadhaisdh The current crisis has created divisions in the villages. The lack of awareness about the pandemic has had huge consequences - migrants returning from India have been stigmatized and not allowed to return to their homes by the villagers. Such negative perceptions have even impacted their families and the social harmony in our community. Many of the migrant workers are returning home with no money. I am very worried to know that a majority of them are the...

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.

#MyRedLine – A social movement cataloguing where Afghan’s stand on women’s rights and peace

Monday, March 18, 2019

Farahnaz Forotan, in partnership with UN Women Afghanistan launched “ #MyRedLine ” - an online campaign cataloguing where Afghan’s stand on women’s rights and peace, harnessing the voices of Afghan women and men on what matters most to them. Afghanistan has demonstrated significant progress in equal access to women and men to participate in all parts of Afghan society from education to the police, from media to medicine. #MyRedLine , a campaign by Farahnaz Forotan,...

Activists battle multiple kinds of discrimination to secure right to citizenship in Myanmar

Friday, February 15, 2019

To strengthen joint action on nationality rights, UN Women and UNHCR convened key women’s civil society organizations (CSOs), gender equality networks and women’s empowerment advocates from across Myanmar, representing diverse states, ethnicities, religions, transgendered persons, sex workers, networks of women living with HIV and women with disabilities, philanthropists, faith-based leaders and celebrities. Participants came...

Don’t blame the clothes

Monday, June 25, 2018

As countries around the world reassess their views and approaches to sexual violence, in Thailand an exhibition that showcases victims’ clothing challenges the notion that women’s appearance and behaviour are to blame when they are assaulted and asks audiences to question the acceptance of sexual violence. The exhibition will be on display at Siam Paragon, Bangkok, from 25 June to 1 July and at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, from 3 to 15 July. By...

UN Women, OHCHR and ICJ partner to enhance women’s access to justice in Asia and the Pacific

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Women’s limited access to justice is one of the most significant barriers to gender equality in Asia and the Pacific. On 7 June 2018, UN Women, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) jointly launched a new programme to tackle this issue over the next five years, with generous funding from the government of Sweden. The public launch for the programme, “Enhancing Access...

Advancing the partnership for gender equality and women’s rights in Nepal with the Ministry of Women Children and Senior Citizen

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As Nepal prepares to embark on a journey for sustained development after the successful completion of the country’s historic elections, two prominent advocates for gender equality and women’s empowerment meet to discuss the way forward for women and girls in Nepal. The meeting...

Training on Federalism and Women's Rights Given to 40 Future Leaders

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Forty potential future leaders from across Myanmar have received training on the proposed federal system of government and how it can open opportunities to boost the status and participation of women in the country's affairs. The Myanmar Federalism Leadership Programme, held here during 16-26 November, was jointly organized by Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany), UN Women, Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (Myanmar), and Canterbury Christ Church University...

Samoa’s Nofotane women assert their rights and independence

Friday, November 3, 2017

In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender...

OP-ED: Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required

Monday, August 21, 2017

The laws a society passes speak of the values the society wishes to embrace. Nepal, through its laws and policies, shows clear aspiration to be a country governed with respect for human rights, equality and dignity for all. The recent deaths of several young women, banished to cow sheds during their menstruation and exposed to the elements and to snakebites...

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