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Empowering refugee women and girls

09 January 2017

A UN Trust Fund project informs residents of the services available in refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, including three safe houses that offer psychosocial support. It runs workshops to raise awareness about violence against women and the rights of women and girls. Thousands of adolescents, male and female, have attended the workshops. More

Press release: ITU and UN Women announce winners of the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards

15 November 2016

The third annual GEM-TECH event showcases the key role ICTs play in advancing women’s empowerment worldwide More

GEM-TECH Award Winners to be announced on 15 November in Bangkok

08 November 2016

The third annual GEM-TECH Award will transform the lives of people who empower women in ICT More

Creating “happy homes” for domestic workers in Asia Pacific

12 September 2016

With the support of UN Women and the Government of Australia, IOM X, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, have undertaken advocacy efforts to address the situation of domestic workers. They produced and launched Open Doors video series as part of the IOM X Happy Home Campaign in May 2016. The videos use dramatized stories based on the challenges faced by domestic workers and appeal to employers to form positive and respectful relationships with their domestic workers. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visits Thailand and Indonesia

07 April 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visited to Thailand to promote good governance of labour migration and mobility and visited Indonesia for an ASEAN-UN Secretariat-to-Secretariat meeting. More

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

10 December 2015

On Human Rights Day, a spotlight on regional programmes to end discrimination and ensure women’s human rights in Southeast Asia. More

Executive Director addresses young women and girls at World YWCA Council

19 October 2015

On 16 October 2015, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka attended a remarkable event in Bangkok organized by the YWCA to expand the advocacy on gender equality and women’s rights and symbolically pass the torch to the next generation of feminists. More

Speech by UN Women Executive Director at the 28th World YWCA Council

16 October 2015

Speech delivered by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on 16 October 2015, at the 28th World YCA Council, “Bold and transformative leadership – Toward 2035,” held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11–16 October 2015. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

11 December 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

The Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Ministerial review takes place in Bangkok

19 November 2014

Bangkok, 19 November – The first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review in Bangkok began with stocktaking  on achievements made towards gender equality thus far, as well as emphasizing challenges that the region still faces in light of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , known as the blueprint for women’s rights and signed by 189 governmental representatives in 1995 as... More

Presentation by John Hendra at the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultation on Beijing+20 and CSW58

19 February 2014

Presentation by John Hendra, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, at the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultation for the 20-Year Review of Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 11 February 2014, Bangkok. More

Opening remarks by John Hendra at the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for CSW58

18 February 2014

Opening Remarks by John Hendra, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, at the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 12 February 2014, Bangkok. More

Member States and civil society organizations in Asia-Pacific endorse a stand-alone gender equality goal for post-2015

18 February 2014

The need to focus post-2015 discussions on gender was one of the main recommendations at the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58), held 12-13 February in Bangkok, Thailand. More

Bangkok buses move towards safer commuting

26 November 2013

Through training for transit staff, public service videos and pamphlets, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority aims to crack down on sexual harassment on city buses. More

Thailand launches One-Stop Crisis Centre to respond to violence against women

10 April 2013

The launch of Thailand’s pioneering One-Stop Crisis Centre by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on 9 April reinforces the continuing efforts to respond to and prevent violence against women and girls after Thailand joined UN Women’s newest global initiative, COMMIT. More

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan Cassell at a side event on the COMMIT Initiative

06 March 2013

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan-Cassell at the high-level side event on the COMMIT Initiative, 5 March, 2013, in New York. More

Governments, rights advocates and experts from across Asia and the Pacific gather to unify efforts to end violence against women ahead of CSW57

18 February 2013

Governments from across Asia and the Pacific convened in Bangkok from 5-6 February to bring together voices on ending violence against women and girls. The high-level meeting was organized by the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). More

Indigenous women leaders in Southeast Asia unite against development-based violence

05 December 2012

The sound of helicopters still makes Soi Tonnampet shake, years later. It takes her back to the first time she and others from her indigenous community, the Karen, fled from an operation to clear areas of national parkland in Northern Thailand. She recalls that during their first three-day escape through the forest - one of many - an elderly woman died and another woman miscarried. More

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet visits Indonesia and Thailand

30 November 2012

30 November 2012 — On Monday 3 December, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, will begin an official visit to Indonesia and Thailand. More

UN Women working towards a sustainable future

06 June 2012

Women play a central role in advancing sustainable development. Everyday women take decisions that impact sustainable development—be it the use of land, water, energy, or forests or through their contributions to their families and the economy. If they have equal access to resources and opportunities and are part of the decision-making processes, women can become drivers of sustainable development. In partnership with women, their communities, and grassroots organizations, UN Women supports many initiatives that promote sustainable development solutions. More

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