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Earthquake survivors in Nepal are finding strength through psychosocial counseling

Cross-posted from UN Women

On 23 April, Kalpana Shrestha dropped her four-year-old daughter off at her mother’s house for a few days. Kalpana returned home to her village in Sano Sirubari, two hours away in the central part of Nepal, but promised to pick her up soon. “My daughter loved spending time with her grandparents, and she got to drink fresh buffalo milk,” she says.

Breaking the cycle of human trafficking in Albania

Cross-posted from UN Women

Linda* was 16 years old when her neighbor lured her away from her tiny impoverished village in southern Albania. For years, she had yearned for the opportunity to escape her violent father’s wrath and to help her younger siblings financially.

Cross-posted from UN Women

Linda* was 16 years old when her neighbor lured her away from her tiny impoverished village in southern Albania. For years, she had yearned for the opportunity to escape her violent father’s wrath ...

Combating human trafficking across the Middle East

Cross-posted on UN Women

It was a simple job posting in her local newspaper that drew Rosita* to Jordan. Work as a chef for USD $400 in addition to free accommodation and food, it promised.

“I received an invitation from a recruiting agency in Jordan so that I could get my visa,” she recalls. “[The man who interviewed me] told me that I will have a separate room with a television and phone so that I can contact my family.”

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It was a simple job posting in her local newspaper that drew Rosita* to Jordan. Work as a chef for USD $400 in addition to free accommodation and food, it promised.

“I received an invitation ...

To walk the streets of Quezon City without fear of violence against women

Crossposted on UN Women

Teresita Longcanaya, 51, accompanies her daughter, 26, to the tricycle (rickshaw) terminal early every morning, on her way to work. She then meets up with her again at the same location in the evening, to accompany her home safely.

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Teresita Longcanaya, 51, accompanies her daughter, 26, to the tricycle (rickshaw) terminal early every morning, on her way to work. She then meets up with her again at the same location in the evening, ...

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

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“It’s important to understand CEDAW because it acts as an umbrella, protecting all women across the globe,” said Maria Abrantes, a high school student and women’s rights advocate from Timor-Leste.

Crossposted on UN Women

“It’s important to understand CEDAW because it acts as an umbrella, protecting all women across the globe,” said Maria Abrantes, a high school student and women’s rights advocate from Timor-Leste.

Through education, youth act to prevent violence against women

Cross-posted from UN Women

Dina Hossam, 21, from Cairo, Egypt, dreams of a world without violence against women. “It’s a world where I don’t have to take my brother with me for my protection when I go out.”

Cross-posted from UN Women

Dina Hossam, 21, from Cairo, Egypt, dreams of a world without violence against women. “It’s a world where I don’t have to take my brother with me for my protection when I go ...

Girls use technology to bridge the gender gap in Central America

Cross-posted from UN Women

Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields.

Cross-posted from UN Women

Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields.

Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto standing next to a large red cutout that reads "NO" with words inside of the letters that read "Unite to end violence against women and girls"

Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages

Cross-posted from UN Women

In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages – of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers – in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. The objective was to encourage these youth to return to school, and continue a healthy childhood.

Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto supports the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign in Malawi. Photo: UN Women

 

Bernadetta Matison, 17, was among them. Married at 15, she became pregnant the same year. “I dropped out of school because I got pregnant,” she said. “I’ve seen the evils of getting married at a young age. When I think about it now, I realize that getting married at such a ...

Cross-posted from UN Women

In June 2015, Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled 330 customary marriages – of which 175 were girl wives and 155 were boy fathers – in Dedza district, in the Central Region of Malawi. ...

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