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Statement by UN Women on the passing of Asma Jahangir of Pakistan

Monday, February 12, 2018

UN Women is deeply saddened by the loss of Asma Jahangir, courageous feminist and inspirational human rights leader. We stand in solidarity with women everywhere and with all those working for a better world, for whom Asma will remain an inspiration. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Bangladesh

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, begins today her first official visit to Bangladesh, witnessing the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between UN Women and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Bangladesh. More

“I want to help other women”—Rohingya women strive to reclaim a life of dignity

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Marie Sophie Pettersson is Humanitarian Action and Resilience Building Programme Specialist with UN Women, currently working in Myanmar. She visited Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from October-December 2017 to support UN Women’s engagement in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response. Marie Sophie has worked with UN Women since 2014 in crisis and disaster response, recovery, preparedness and resilience building. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked in Bangladesh on economic empowerment programmes and innovations to address poverty. More

UN Women Executive Director on her first official visit to Bangladesh

Monday, January 29, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, begins today her first official visit to Bangladesh. During her visit, the Executive Director will be meeting with key government and civil society partners as well as international development actors both in Dhaka, and in Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya Refugee response is taking place. More

Women in Bangladesh bolster efforts to turn the tide on rising extremism

Monday, January 29, 2018

The idea is simple, and makes perfect sense—when women are empowered economically and are part of decision-making in their communities, societies are more cohesive and more peaceful. It’s Wednesday morning in Dinajpur, a rural district in the northern part of Bangladesh. A group of women sit in a circle sipping tea, their children playing at their feet, as they prepare for a meeting. They are known in the community as “Polli Shomaj Women” [community-based women’s... More

Levelling the playing field for gender equality in the Pacific region through rugby

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rugby — traditionally a male dominated sport—is starting to make strides in the Pacific towards gender equality, with a record number of women’s teams taking their talents to the field and joining the rugby workforce. More

UN Women carries the Olympic Torch, calls for gender equality in sport

Friday, January 19, 2018

Today, UN Women Country Programme Manager in China, Julie Broussard carried the Olympic Torch in Paju, South Korea, leading up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. She called for gender equality in sport, following in the footsteps of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who had carried the Olympic Torch at the 2016 Rio Games. More

Building peace while empowering women on Indonesia's Java Island

Thursday, January 11, 2018

With a pledge on 1 November, and the signing of a peaceful village inscription by the Regent of Klaten, Nglinggi became the first community in Indonesia to be declared a model Kampung Damai, or "peace village." More

A UN Women booklet helps smooth the journey for Lao migrant workers in Thailand

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

UN Women's Safe Migration Booklet, which features the always-upbeat Thai cartoon character Noohin (Little Hin), tells the migrants everything they need to know to make their journeys smooth and trouble-free. More

After years of working overseas, migrant women return home and build businesses 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Worries that many female migrants like Ellen Elecanal have about the future have been eased by a programme called "Coming Home, Reintegration of Migrant Domestic Workers in the Philippines", supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. More

In the words of Baby Rivona: “Once I fought for my rights, the other women followed”

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Baby Rivona is a legend in Indonesia, loved widely, as well as feared by some. A passionate advocate of women living with HIV and AIDS, she is as often seen on the world stage, as she is the many districts and villages of her home country. Her mission is to guarantee access to treatment, services, and a life free of stigma and discrimination for women living with HIV and AIDS. More

EU, ILO and UN Women join forces to realize women migrant workers' rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region

Monday, November 20, 2017

The European Union (EU), International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women are launching a new joint programme to address women migrant workers' vulnerabilities to violence, trafficking and labour exploitation More

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

Creating a new normal, students across Bangladesh say no more sexual harassment

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Women, everywhere, have had enough. Around the world, they are saying #metoo, no longer willing to suffer sexual harassment in silence. In cities across Bangladesh, sexual harassment against women is a daily reality. A project implemented by the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) and UN Women in four major universities is engaging male and female students, as well as teachers, to challenge gender stereotypes, speak out and learn how to prevent sexual harassment. Koyesh Miah from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and Sumaya Rahman Kanti from the University of Rajshahi, recently spoke to UN Women about their experience. They too, have had enough, and will not be silent bystanders. More

In the words of Nongnee Kondii: “I was told that being a lesbian woman is a sin”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Discriminatory stereotypes, cultural norms and attitudes that normalize and trivialize violence against women and girls are prevalent in every part of the world. Nongnee Kondii*, 25, from Yala, a southern border province of Thailand, never felt safe expressing her sexual orientation at home or in her community. When she experienced a traumatic sexual assault, she kept silent at first. In May 2016, after participating in a gender retreat for young people organized by Rainbow Sky Association(RSAT), an organization that works to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual women, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) in Thailand, supported by the UN Trust Fund to end Violence against Women (managed by UN Women), Kondii decided to speak out and pursue the path of justice. With funding from the UN Trust Fund, RSAT continues to organize workshops with LGBTI individuals in Thailand to support them to combat stigma based on sexual orientation and gender identity. More

In the words of Varanisese Maisamoa: “We want to empower our market vendors to be climate resilient”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, showing the heightened vulnerability of people living in the Pacific Islands, where climate change has led to a series of increasingly severe cyclones in the recent years. With farms, markets, including the Rakiraki Market and its accommodation centre for rural women destroyed, livelihoods of market vendors such as Varanisese Maisamoa were compromised. But today, through UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project, Maisamoa, aged 39 years, has not only got back on her feet, she has also become a strong leader in her community. As leader of Rakiraki’s women’s group, and now, as the President of the Rakiraki Market Vendors Association, her insights were critical in helping UN Women adapt its existing M4C project to provide humanitarian support to market vendors impacted by the cyclone. Rakiraki Market’s reconstruction is currently underway, featuring Category-5 cyclone resilient infrastructure, a rain water harvesting system, flood resistant drainage, and a gender-responsive design. The Markets for Change project is principally funded by the Australian Government and implemented in partnership with UNDP. More

Samoa’s Nofotane women assert their rights and independence

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender equality. More

Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will visit Tokyo, Japan from 1 – 3 November to participate in the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2017, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world to share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. 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

Markets for Change addresses barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Solomon Islands

Friday, October 13, 2017

This week, the Government of Australia announced increased support to the six-year multi-country project, Markets for Change (dubbed M4C)—a UN Women project principally funded by the Australian Government, and implemented in partnership with UNDP.  This innovative project aims to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. ... More

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