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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

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. More

From where I stand: “I have seen the impact women’s voices can have”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Syar S. Alia is a young woman advocate for gender equality from Malaysia. Her journey as an advocate began with the first Young Women Making Change workshop for cis and trans women in Malaysia, supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. More

From where I stand: “Peace is not an overnight miracle. Everyone needs to contribute to build peace”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Saba Ismail started working on peacebuilding in Pakistan when she was 15 years old. The perceptions about young people is a major barrier to their engagement in peacebuilding, she says, as their work is not taken seriously. The heightened insecurity makes it even harder for young women. Still, she hopes to see diversities celebrated and everyone contributing to peace. More

Women in rural Cambodia cultivate their way out of vulnerability

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women—including those who are illiterate or single mothers—to help them improve their livelihoods. More

Speech: “Women entrepreneurs can drive economic growth”—Lakshmi Puri

Monday, July 17, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the SHE·ERA: 2017 Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship, in Hangzhou, China. More

Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri highlights women’s entrepreneurship and decent work at the SHE-ERA Conference in China

Monday, July 10, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Ms. Lakshmi Puri starts today a visit to China to participate in the "SHE·ERA: 2017 Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship", organized by the Alibaba Group in Hangzhou. From 10 – 11 July, the conference is convening women leaders in politics, business, fashion, and many other areas to share their experiences. This year’s conference will focus on the themes of “Altruism, Inclusiveness, Dreams,” and will highlight how women entrepreneurs can help achieve sustainable and inclusive growth and development. More

From where I stand: “Being a person with disability is challenging. Being a woman with disability adds extra challenges”

Friday, June 9, 2017

Malvika Iyer, a Disability Rights Activist and motivational speaker, received a standing ovation for her speech at the CSW61 Youth Forum. After losing her hands from a bomb blast, she became a strong advocate for inclusion of disability rights and gender. 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

Speech: “This first ASEM presents us with an enormous opportunity”—Lakshmi Puri

Friday, May 26, 2017

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “ASEM Conference on Women's Economic Empowerment: Creating Equal Opportunities in the World of Work”, in Vilnius, Lithuania on 25 May. More

Gender equality at new heights: Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits Mount Everest for gender equality in sports

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

After an 11-hour-climb from Camp 4 on Everest’s South Col route, Kanchhi Maya Tamang, together with Pemba Dorje Sherpa, and their Sherpa teammates reached the 29,035 feet (8,848 metres) summit of the world’s highest peak on 20 May. It was the first time someone has climbed Mount Everest for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Viet Nam ranks among the 12 countries with the highest levels of exposure to natural disasters this year. Until recently, women’s role in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response was not recognized, which compromised these efforts. With the support of UN Women, local women are now leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. When the Kien Giang river flooded last year in the middle of the night, the damage to lives and livelihoods of the people of My Thuy commune was minimal, because of the preparations and adaptations. More

Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector. With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the Forum will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

UN Women Executive Board visits India

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Bureau of UN Women’s Executive Board concluded a three-day mission to India, where they gained first-hand understanding of UN Women’s work in the country through meetings and interactions with representatives from the government, development partners and media. More

Shiseido becomes the first Japanese company to partner with UN Women to promote gender equality in Japan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shiseido and UN Women have announced a partnership to promote gender equality in Japan. Grounded in UN Women’s universal mandate to advance gender equality and Shiseido's commitment towards women’s advancement, the partnership aims to raise awareness of gender equality and develop capacities of young women and men to act as agents of change. More

From where I stand: “We must be at the table making decisions”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For Pratima Gurung from Nepal, empowering indigenous women with disabilities starts with making them count as active participants and decision-makers, not just observers of decisions. She points to the need to strengthen their voices in disability fora, as well as indigenous peoples’ fora. More

Abolishing chhaupadi, breaking the stigma of menstruation in rural Nepal

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In rural Nepal, menstruating girls are banished to sheds called “chhaupadi”, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of illness and animal attacks. To stop the practice, which has been outlawed since 2005, Restless Development Nepal has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to educate young people and break the myths about menstruation in their communities. More

UN Women and Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Union Council of Ministers (Cabinet), Government of India, led by the Prime Minister has approved an agreement between UN Women and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation of legislation, policies and programmes. More

Expert’s take: Making unpaid work visible creates livelihoods for rural women

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Subhalakshmi Nandi leads the women's economic empowerment portfolio at UN Women’s Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She is a feminist development professional, with 15 years’ experience in the UN and with civil society organizations, and has worked on diverse issues of gender equality and women’s rights. Her work involves research, policy advocacy and programme management, with a focus on empowering the most marginalised rural communities of South Asia. More

Japan’s largest business federation to advance women’s economic empowerment

Friday, March 3, 2017

During their first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 2 March, leading female executives from Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), joined UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri for a roundtable discussion on women’s economic empowerment. More

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