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Thai student photo exhibition shows that female entertainers are ‘NOT OBJECTS’

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Many people may adore the young female singers who enjoy the bright lights and legions of fans. But there’s another side that few people ever think about: These “idols” often are treated by society as mere sexual objects and not human beings with dignity and rights. Undergraduates from two leading universities in Bangkok created a photo exhibition called GIRLS, NOT OBJECTS to try to raise awareness about this harmful “objectification culture” in Thailand’s entertainment industry.

The European Union and UN Women Call for Accelerating Progress towards Ending Violence against Women and Girls

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

To mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, the European Union in Indonesia together with UN Women organized a public discussion on 25 November 2019 on women’s rights to live free from violence. In line with this year’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, Orange the world: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape, it was also highlighted how everyone can contribute to making a world that is equal and violence free, from supporting and believing survivors, to speaking out to end the rape culture that allows sexual violence to be normalized.

Supporting Women Survivors of GBV to Obtain Services and Access Justice

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Various studies have demonstrated that women are at risk of physical, emotional and financial abuse both within their households and in public spaces, which prevents them from unlocking their full potential in the social, economic and political spheres. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 5660 crimes were reported against women in 2017 and these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg, as VAWG is severely under-reported due to various factors such as illiteracy, fear, perception of dishonour and lack of resources to seek justice.

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.

Outreach Services REACH Ha'apai and Vavaʻu Remote Communities

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

[Press release] The roll out of the REACH pilot in Vava’u and Ha’apai, from 23 September to 4 October, was led by the Government of Tonga’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, with support from UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through contributions from the Government of Denmark. The REACH mobile service delivery model began in Fiji in 2015, and this year is expanding to Tonga and Samoa.

Family Support Centre and UN Women Strengthen Relationship to Increase Support Services to Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

[Press release] The Solomon Islands’ Family Support Centre (FSC) and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) today launched a new project that increases support services to victims of sexual and gender-based violence. The new ‘Increasing Counseling Outreach for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence’ project ensures women and girl survivors of violence have better access to counseling and case management services in the provinces of Guadalcanal, Isabel and Temotu.

KPITB relaunches ‘Safe Women’ App with enhanced features

Thursday, January 16, 2020

[Press release] Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) on Wednesday arranged a demonstration of an upgraded ‘Safe Women’ mobile phone application developed for female commuters of Pink Sakura Buses. Following procurement of Pink Sakura buses in Mardan and Abbottabad, the app has been upgraded to allow commuters to connect with their family and friends while travelling through live location sharing feature.

High-level visit showcases Thai town working to end human trafficking

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

At first glance, Chiang Khong is like any other town in northern Thailand. Lined with hotels and restaurants, the river offers passersby a glimpse of Lao PDR on the other side. A bridge connecting the two countries means a steady flow of trade and travelers. But 20 years ago, Nunnaree Luangmoi confronted a major problem in the town: pervasive human trafficking and violence against women and girls.

From where I stand: “I did not give up... If they had delayed for 30 more minutes, it would not have been possible to save both lives.”

Monday, January 6, 2020

Kulsuma Begum, 32, is Secretary of Dokhin Marapara Mahila Bittohin Samabya Samity (South Murapa Underprivileged Women’s Cooperative Society), a civil society organization that is supported by UN Women and helps women in Teknaf, in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. “At the age of 14, I was forcibly married. After two years of facing domestic violence, I left home when my husband got married again, and I started my life all over again.

UN Women, Ombudsperson Balochistan ink accord to fight harassment at workplaces

Monday, December 23, 2019

[Press release] UN Women Pakistan has entered into an agreement with the Office of Ombudsperson Balochistan to work together in order to fight harassment of women at the workplace. Aisha Mukhtar, Deputy Country Representative UN Women Pakistan, and Sabira Islam, Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment Balochistan, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here at the Country Office of UN Women on Friday.

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