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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dilruba Haider is a Programme Specialist on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Humanitarian Actions, with UN Women Bangladesh Country Office. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Haider worked with UNDP, DFID and local non-profit organizations in Bangladesh. During her 24-year career in this field, Ms. Haider’s work has spanned shaping and influencing policies, as well as working with grassroots women in disaster-prone areas. More

Supporting Rohingya refugee women impacted by Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh

Monday, June 5, 2017

UN Women in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is helping provide emergency shelters and other supports to ensure the safety and protection of thousands of women in the two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district in southeast Bangladesh that was struck by Cyclone Mora in the morning of 30 May 2017. At least 27 refugees were injured by the storm. More

UN Women Statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Statement delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit, “Migration that works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda”, on 10 December, 2016, Bangladesh More

“The movement of women…should be a right and it should be an opportunity”—Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the side event, “Integrating a gender perspective into the development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Bangladesh More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri in Bangladesh

Friday, December 9, 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri is visiting Bangladesh from 9 – 10 December to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. In her meetings with key stakeholders, Ms. Puri highlighted how the formidable cost of violence against women and girls impedes economic growth in Bangladesh and called for stronger commitment and investments to end the pandemic. More

From where I stand: Rubia Aktar

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rubia Aktar migrated to Abu Dhabi, looking for a decent life. After working for six months as a domestic worker for little pay and not enough time to rest, she returned to her village in Bangladesh with no savings. Today she owns a small tailoring cooperative, after receiving economic reintegration training and grant support. More

Women in Bangladesh build resilience against climate change

Friday, September 11, 2015

In 10 of the most climate-vulnerable districts of Bangladesh, more than 19,100 women have built better systems of support and preparation for disasters, while livelihood skills training has enabled more than 1,600 women to expand their businesses. More

Kalpona Akter: The voice of former child workers

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ahead of World Day against Child Labour on 12 June, we share Kalpona Akter’s story, a factory floor worker at age 12, she is now executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity. Her story is featured in UN Women’s flagship report Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, as a Story of Change. More

New Executive Board Bureau elected to lead UN Women in monumental year

Monday, January 12, 2015

For what promises to be one of UN Women's most challenging and transcendent years yet, Member States of the UN Women Executive Board opened the year by electing five representatives to its Bureau in elections on 7 January. The Western European Group has the Presidency of the Executive Board this year and Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, was elected as President for 2015. More

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

Thursday, December 11, 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

In India’s garment factories, stitching clothes and a culture of non-violence

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A UN Trust Fund-supported project to reduce workplace sexual harassment is training thousands of workers in 24 factories in India and Bangladesh, through peer-to-peer education. More

Half of men report using violence and a quarter perpetrate rape according to UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia-Pacific

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On average, 4 per cent of respondents in nine sites across six countries said they had gang raped a woman or girl. This is the first time data from such a large sample has been gathered on gang rape. More

Demanding Justice for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge

Monday, June 24, 2013

As the United Nations Security Council adopts a new resolution on conflict-related sexual violence today, we detail the efforts of a UN Trust Fund-supported programme that works to ensure that sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge during the 1974-1979 genocide in Cambodia is never forgotten. More

Bringing drama into the streets: interactive theatre performances counter violence against women in Bangladesh

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In parks, town halls and street corners across southern Bangladesh, nearly 200 children and youth are producing and performing street plays to actively engage and empower onlookers to take steps against gender violence. More

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). More

Calling out: companies join efforts to end violence and empower women

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Assisting acid attack survivors in Bangladesh and incorporating mass communications to combat violence against women in Turkey, we profile two of the more than 500 companies around the world that have signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles. On 6 March, some will receive leadership awards. More

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

Monday, February 18, 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

Community Radio Expands Dialogue on Women’s Rights in Rural Communities

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Community radio uses the power of the medium, but redefines it to give a voice to the most marginalized communities. It creates a non-commercial platform, where ordinary people in rural communities, often the women of the community, own and produce the content they hear on the radio. More

Economies rebound faster from crisis when responses focus on women's needs

Monday, January 21, 2013

The need for gender-sensitive economic policies is the focus of two UN Women research papers being launched at a two-day workshop being held in New York from 21-22 January. Renowned feminist academics and policy experts will share critical perspectives on financial and economic crisis recovery. More

Setting the scene: using audio-visual tools to train peacekeepers to respond

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A new scenario-based training programme by UN Women and the DPKO is teaching troops and officers to better understand, prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. More

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