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Regional consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean in the lead up to the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) started on 11 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia. The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus of a two-year programme funded by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.
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UN Women convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, on 14–15 December 2017, to strengthen gender mainstreaming efforts in the WASH sector. The report has been released today.
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Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, met with volunteer ‘youth ambassadors’, local NGO partners, and community members involved in two of UN Women’s key programmes in Egypt
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a CSW58 side event on microfinance and empowerment of Pakistani women, organized by the Permanent Mission of Pakistan, New York, 18 March 2014.
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During her recent visit to Egypt, the Director of UN Women’s Programme Division, Gülden Türköz-Cosslett, along with the Regional Director for the Arab States, Sameera Al-Tuwaijri, and Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman, handed out national ID cards to Egyptian women in the municipality of Giza to showcase the “Citizenship Initiative” Joint Programme.
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Three municipalities in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) are implementing a joint UN programme to better respond to domestic violence by coordinating municipal authorities, women’s organizations and front-line service providers such as police, the judiciary, social services and hospitals.
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Women all over the world are often marginalized and unaware of their right to have a passport, driver's license and the crucial right to vote. These rights empower women, and give them a voice in society. Often they are uninformed of the processes, for example how to and register to vote and their political voice remains unheard. In Pakistan now, this is changing.
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Following two years of public debate and consultation, the President of the Republic of Moldova has signed into law a strategy to decentralize services and decision-making to its local public administrations, making them more accessible to Moldovans.
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Makhfirat Dadaboeva, a young mother, cradles the youngest of her three children as she waits in front of the Municipal office in Hissar District in central Tajikistan. Forced to drop out of university when her first child was born a few years back, she is now determined to change her future by finishing her education and getting a job. Bolstering her confidence is the local District Task Force, a legal aid centre supported by UN Women, which provides much needed services to underserved community members, many of them women.
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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.
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Puniben Rajpara from Gujarat has improved water facilities in her village, while Shashi Kiran from Himachal Pradesh has demanded one-year maternity leave for working women in her area. At the Women's Political Empowerment Day Celebrations 2012, they were two of the four outstanding elected women representatives from panchayats (village councils) who were honoured for their efforts to improve health and provide basic social amenities in their villages.
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It is a crisp spring morning in Ghonchi district in northern Tajikistan, and a large crowd of women from across the district have gathered outside of the main government building, the Hukumat. They are here for an historic event - the opening of Tajikistan's first One Stop Shop for public service delivery.
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Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the opening of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 27 February 2012, at UN headquarters in New York.
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United Nations, New York — The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will open on 27 February at United Nations headquarters, focused on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, sustainable development and current challenges. The Commission will agree on urgent actions needed to make a real difference in the lives of millions of rural women. These recommendations will also provide input into other policy forums, such as the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012.
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In Northern Tajikistan, in the village of Qal'achai Mazor in Isfara district, the story of Savrukhon Kholmatova is all too common. A mother of four children, she is also the primary care provider for her three disabled nieces and nephew. For Savrukhon, life is a daily struggle to provide for her children and her orphaned dependents, who lost their mother at a young age to disease, and a father in a rail yard accident. Adding to the problems was the absence of the birth certificates of the nieces and nephews, which made claiming disability benefits impossible.
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Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit Reception, San Francisco, 15 September 2011.