To achieve gender parity, UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has emphasised the need to overcome challenges and stereotypes faced by women when running for office, noting, “we do not have that option” of giving up.
Hundreds of vendors at two of Port Moresby’s biggest fresh produce markets have set up bank savings accounts for the first time, thanks to UN Women flagship Safe Cities Programme, which promotes the safe use and enjoyment of public spaces by women through empowering them economically and other means. Continue reading
Timor-Leste has approved a National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020, becoming the third country in Southeast Asia to adopt such a plan based on a UN Security Council Resolution. Continue reading
This paper examines the gender dimensions and implications of social protection in relation to rapid transformations in the globalizing economies in the Pacific region. The paper analyzes the dynamics of gender and social protection in three countries of the region – Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu – and explores how best to approach social protection so as to promote gender equality rather than risk reinscribing prevailing gender inequalities. Continue reading
In 2014, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) supported 67 active programmes in 60 countries and reached over 310,000 direct beneficiaries. The Fund’s programmes, led by civil society organizations, work to advance women’s political and economic empowerment at local, national and regional levels across the globe. The 2014 Annual report highlights key aggregated results of the active programmes, lessons learned from grantees and emerging promising practices in the strategies used by FGE partners. Continue reading
Journalists, students and potential political candidates will take part in a number of trainings in Apia this week to help them play their part in increasing the number of women in parliament at the 2016 election. A two-day workshop on gender-sensitive election reporting for National University of Samoa (NUS) journalism students starts on Tuesday 4 August, followed by a one-day workshop on the same theme with professional journalists on Friday 7 August. Continue reading
The 10-episode series follows Meri through her own and her family’s reservations about standing through to her first campaign speech and the need to balance her personal concerns with the rigours of campaigning. Continue reading
Suva, Fiji – Are’tiki is like many other Pacific towns and villages. Women face a number of challenges including fewer educational and economic opportunities, limited access to reproductive health services, poor representation in decision-making and high rates of violence. But when Are’tiki Women’s Association Programme Officer, Moana, found out that the rape of a young woman by her boyfriend was not an isolated incident, she decided to Continue reading