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In the words of Johanna Tantria T. Wardham: “Gender inequality starts from the household”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Passionate and fiery Johanna Tantria T. Wardham, is known universally as Jo. A popular figure in the urban slums of Jakarta, she can often be spotted in Prumpung and other neighborhoods, on the outskirts of Indonesia’s bustling capital city. Her mission in life is to build a culture of gender equality, from the ground up. She leads community discussions, trainings on preventing violence against women and girls, and conducts gender audits, but in the midst of all this, what she has become is a GO-TO person for the community. Jo is a staff member of the NGO Kalyanamitra, UN Women’s partner for the Safe City pilot programme in Indonesia. The Prumpung area was selected along with two other sites for the initiative, due to high prevalence of violence, including gender-based violence in the neighbourhoods. According to the National Women’s Commission, there were over 250,000 cases of violence against women and girls reported in Indonesia in 2016. Today Jo inspires not only the people she works with, but also many young students, to give back to the community. More

In the words of Hikmah Bafagih: “Our vision is to create an inclusive Islam, having people oppose me is very common”

Monday, October 23, 2017

Meet Hikmah Bafagih, from Malang in East Java, Indonesia. University professor, community organizer, peace-builder, Counsellor, mother, wife—Bafagih has many roles. She is also a religious leader, steering the women’s wing of the biggest Muslim organization in Indonesia. Her vision is to create an inclusive Islam, and she is used to opposition. Steadfast in her belief that women are solidarity makers, she works to empower women in her community, supports LGBT people and people living with HIV. More

Press Release: President of Indonesia and Community Leaders Spotlight Role of Women in Sustainable Peace

Sunday, October 8, 2017

President Widodo, who in 2015 announced his support to UN Women’s HeForShe global initiative to advance gender equality, joined with UN Women and the Wahid Foundation, with the support of the Government of Japan, to celebrate the contribution of women entrepreneurs in local development and to emphasize women’s roles in promoting peaceful coexistence and resilient communities. More

Creating “happy homes” for domestic workers in Asia Pacific

Monday, September 12, 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

Bringing women’s needs into policy response on drug use

Thursday, June 23, 2016

While men make up most of those using or trafficking drugs, women are often the invisible participants and victims—one out of three drug users is a woman, and only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, a spotlight on drug use among women and UN Women's related programmes. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visits Thailand and Indonesia

Thursday, April 7, 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

Paving a path towards equality, with greater voice to grass-roots women

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Three new programmes of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality seek to give grass-roots women a more active role in government in Nigeria and Georgia and counter cultural arguments to CEDAW in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. More

Towards safer work and migration for women

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

As the UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration gets underway, a new report by the Secretary-General, prepared by UN Women, details global efforts and persisting gaps in efforts to address violence against women migrant workers. 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

Domestic workers’ rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

Friday, June 14, 2013

As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected. 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

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

Removing barriers to women’s participation fuels economic development

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Remarks by Michelle Bachelet on Women's Economic Empowerment and Equality at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Women's Role in Development of OIC Member States . Jakarta, Indonesia, 4 December 2012 More

Women are integral part of Indonesian success

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Public Lecture by UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet “Women's Leadership. Jakarta, Indonesia, 3 December 2012. More

Press statement by Michelle Bachelet in Jakarta, Indonesia

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Press Statement by Michelle Bachelet in Jakarta, Indonesia. More

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet visits Indonesia and Thailand

Friday, November 30, 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

A positive approach to violence: an interview with Indonesian HIV advocate, Baby Rivona

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Baby Rivona has advocated passionately on behalf of women living with HIV and AIDS in Indonesia since 2005. She contracted the disease herself through drug use, and was shocked by the stigma and the lack of support she encountered, from both her government and wider society. More

Study reveals shocking new evidence of men’s use of violence against women and girls in Asia Pacific

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

One in four men admit to having raped a woman and half to using physical or sexual violence against an intimate partner. These are among the key preliminary results of a joint UN Programme which surveyed more than 10,000 men in six countries. More

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