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A new Brazilian law on femicide to offer greater protection

Cross-posted from UN Women

Announced on national television on International Women’s Day and hailed as a commitment to UN Women’s new Step It Up campaign, on March 9, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law that criminalizes femicide, the gender-motivated killing of women, and sets tougher penalties for those responsible for such crimes. Noting that on average 15 women are murdered every day in Brazil simply for being women, she described the matter as “a gender issue.”

The new legislation amends Brazil’s Penal Code to redefine “femicide” as any crime that involves domestic violence, discrimination or contempt for women, which results in their death. Imposing harder sentences of between 12 to 30 years’ imprisonment, the bill also includes longer ...

Cross-posted from UN Women

Announced on national television on International Women’s Day and hailed as a commitment to UN Women’s new Step It Up campaign, on March 9, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law ...

In Palestine, specialized prosecutors ensure women survivors’ access to justice

Cross-posted from UN Women

When Zahara* divorced her second husband her family locked her in an abandoned house for more than four years before police, acting on anonymous information, found and freed her. 

Cross-posted from UN Women

When Zahara* divorced her second husband her family locked her in an abandoned house for more than four years before police, acting on anonymous information, found and freed her. 

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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 ...

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 ...

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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.

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