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Cambodia takes multi-pronged approach to confronting gender-based violence

Cross-posted from UN Women

“As a child, I always asked my mother to teach me to cook. But when my father saw me in the kitchen, he got angry with me for doing women´s work. Later in life, I experienced how similar subtle forms of gender bias, such as insensitive media coverage, can affect understandings of women´s role in society and increase their vulnerability to emotional, physical and sexual violence,” says Ratanak Ou, a member of the Network of Male Leaders set up by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign.

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“As a child, I always asked my mother to teach me to cook. But when my father saw me in the kitchen, he got angry with me for doing women´s work. Later in ...

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In Fiji first responders train to address sexual violence in disasters

Cross-posted from UN Women

In March 2012, flooding caused by torrential rain devastated the western and northern parts of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, leaving more than 8,000 people sheltered in 91 evacuation centres. It came hard on the heels of similar flooding less than three months earlier.

Cross-posted from UN Women

In March 2012, flooding caused by torrential rain devastated the western and northern parts of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, leaving more than 8,000 people sheltered in 91 evacuation centres. It came hard ...

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In Liberia, mobile banking to help Ebola-affected women traders

Cross-posted from UN Women

Liberia — In the small city of Bopolu in Gbarpolu County, about 150 kilometers from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, the devastating effects of the Ebola Virus Disease and local efforts to curtail it are pushing once-promising rural women entrepreneurs out of business.

“Goods that we were buying, we cannot get them here anymore,” explains Mary Gayflor, a local trader in Bopolu. “We couldn’t leave from here to go to Monrovia to buy and customers didn’t come to our businesses. As a result, we started eating up (spending) the money that we had for our business.”

Prior to the latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia, local businesswomen in Bopolu watched their profits grow as part of UN Women’s Women in Cross ...

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Liberia — In the small city of Bopolu in Gbarpolu County, about 150 kilometers from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, the devastating effects of the Ebola Virus Disease and local efforts to curtail it are ...

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Balkan women make inroads in peace and politics

Cross-posted from UN Women

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

Through the cracks of a tragic history, decades after the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the subsequent conflicts that engulfed the Balkans in the 1990s, a powerful group of women are uniting to overcome ethnic and political differences and build a better future. 

Cross-posted from UN Women

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

Through ...

Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

Cross-posted from UN Women

Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence.

Women take part in a business management training workshop at the Ifo 2 camp in the Dadaab refugee complex. Photo: UN Women/Tabitha Icuga

In the world’s largest refugee complex — the sprawling Dadaab settlement in Kenya’s North Eastern Province —  women listen attentively during a business management workshop held at a hospital in one of its newest camps, Ifo 2. 

Cross-posted from UN Women

Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence.

Women take part in a business management ...

In India’s garment factories, stitching clothes and a culture of non-violence

Cross-posted from UN Women

Viyakula Mary was born in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She was first drawn to the issue of violence against women at the age of 16, when she heard that a member of her community had faced sexual harassment but had no prospect of justice.

Mary, now 39, works as a trainer for Social Awareness and Voluntary Education, a human rights organization based in Tirupur, a city in Tamil Nadu. She leads training sessions in six garment factories across the state aimed at reducing workplace sexual harassment. Her NGO is part of an innovative project focused on the garment supply chain that is led by Netherlands-based NGO Fair Wear Foundation, in partnership with garment ...

Cross-posted from UN Women

Viyakula Mary was born in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She was first drawn to the issue of violence against women at the age of 16, when she heard that a ...

At the frontlines, Liberian women adopt new strategies in Ebola response

Cross-posted from UN Women

Radio host Justice Clarke and his guests sit in a semi-circular United Nations radio studio for a live discussion of ‘Ebola and Stigma’. This is a special edition of the UN Women-sponsored 12th Man radio talk-show, produced in partnership with UN Radio in Liberia — a show devoted to promoting men’s role in ending sexual and gender-based violence and helping empower women and girls.

However, considering the devastating emotional and psychological effects of the Ebola outbreak, the programme was modified to provide psychosocial support, targeting patients, health workers and the public, with a specific focus on the needs of women. Radio spots with messages on ending violence against women were also aired throughout the discussion.

“We know very ...

Cross-posted from UN Women

Radio host Justice Clarke and his guests sit in a semi-circular United Nations radio studio for a live discussion of ‘Ebola and Stigma’. This is a special edition of the UN Women-sponsored 12th ...

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