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Press release: The Government of Japan funds UN Women programmes to address the challenges of women and girls during COVID-19

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Government of Japan has contributed US$4,545,454 to UN Women programmes to protect the lives and dignity of women and girls, as well as address the challenges they face by COVID -19.

From Where I Stand: My commitment to serve humanity is renewed after recovering from COVID-19

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Farheen Sarwat, 49, has worked as Senior Emergency Staff Nurse since 1989 at the Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi, a city adjacent to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

UN Women and Rohingya women at the frontline of COVID-19 response

Monday, June 1, 2020

The world in lockdown has created a ‘profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway[1]. Primarily as caregivers, women are not just sustaining families, but also serving as front-line responders, mainly in the health and service sector.

From where I stand: During the COVID-19 pandemic, “I may not be physically present, but I want to still be there to give mental and emotional support.”

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ni Ketut Rediten, widely known as Desi, is a counsellor and advocate for people living with HIV. She works for the Provincial Health Office and is stationed at Voluntary Counselling and Testing Services on HIV/AIDS, in Sanglah public hospital in Bali, Indonesia. She was interviewed on April 16.

Women entrepreneurs improve their digital skills to recover from the COVID-19 crisis in China

Monday, May 11, 2020

138 women entrepreneurs and senior managers learned about the digitization of human resources and business digital transformation as potential strategies to counter the post-COVID-19 crisis, from a webinar series led by UN Women China.

New pioneering effort to protect women and children in quarantine centres during COVID-19

Monday, May 11, 2020

Thousands of women and children in quarantine centres across Viet Nam have been protected through accelerated safeguarding measures during the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent pioneering effort by the Government of Viet Nam, UNICEF and UN Women.

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.

Anya’s Blog: Let’s make sure COVID-19 doesn’t reverse gains for women in India

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The gradual progress that Indian women have achieved at work and at home could be undermined as we stare at the COVID-19 pandemic. First, the women who face domestic violence are worse off during the stay-at-home measures. A news report cited the National Commission for Women as saying domestic violence complaints more than doubled during the last week of March compared to the first week

Take five: In the war against COVID-19, “soldiers do not fight for themselves, but they fight for someone behind.”

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lipikar Nilsamai, 40, is a nurse at BNH Hospital, a major private hospital in Bangkok with a special unit for COVID-19 cases.

From Where I stand: “Hunger may kill the poor and vulnerable before COVID-19 does”

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Rita Mahato, a feminist activist from the Madhesi Community of Siraha, Province 2 of Nepal, has worked for over 17 years fighting for women’s rights in her community. In particular, Mahato advocates for ending child marriage, dowry, domestic violence, polygamy, violence against women, and gender discrimination.

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