Emerging and innovative private sector responses to the pandemic that support gender equality – a UN Women and IFC Report

Originally published on WEPS.org A new report by UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) highlights how companies are responding to the pandemic with practices that support gender equality. The emerging practices that are shared in the report aim to curb inequalities women are facing as the pandemic radically transforms the world of work. The pandemic threatens to push 47 million women and girls below the poverty line, the new report Titled “Bridging the Gap: Emerging and Innovative Private Sector Responses to Support Gender Equality During COVID-19” highlights how…

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“Censored” Ads Expose Gender-Based Violence in MullenLowe New York’s The UNseen Story Campaign for UN Women

MullenLowe New York and Mediahub have launched an exposé on legal gaps, one of the key prevention measures needed to end violence against women and girls around the world in a public service campaign for UN Women. As violence has increased against women during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence for every three months the lockdown continues, The UNseen Story aims to create visceral reactions to the different forms of violence that women face in the form of censored images…

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UN Women joins Centre for Sport and Human Rights to champion women and girls’ participation in sport

UN Women, the United Nations body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, has joined the Advisory Council of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative, launched in March 2020, aims to mobilize the sport world to implement the visionary…

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UN agencies, together with the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, call for reform of nationality laws that discriminate on the basis of gender

At a high level event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, UN Women, the UN Development Programme, UNHCR, and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights called for reform of nationality laws that discriminate on the basis of gender. Twenty-five countries retain nationality laws that deny women the right to confer citizenship on their children on an equal basis with men. More than fifty countries have nationality laws with gender-discriminatory provisions, with most denying women the same right as men to pass nationality to a non-citizen spouse. Gender…

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UN Women and Asian Development Bank (ADB) join forces to step up COVID-19 gender-sensitive responses

UN Women and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have announced a new collaboration that would aim to protect women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region from the COVID-19 pandemic’s multiple negative consequences on jobs, livelihoods and well-being. The announcement took place at a virtual gathering convened today, co-organised by UN Women and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), advocating for a gender lens in the recovery from COVID-19, with Ministers of Finance and Gender and other senior Government officials from Fiji, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Samoa. Experts and…

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