Every morning, Mrs. Khong rises before dawn to prepare the morning meal and tidy her modest home for her family in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR.
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Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but is a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.
In Cambodia, 70 per cent of women are engaged in vulnerable employment; more than 500,000 work in garment and footwear factories.
Nada Marković is a human rights activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina and works with with the organization “Maja Kravica” that seeks to empower women from rural communities. Since 2015, UN Women and Maja Kravica have partnered to empower women survivors of conflict-related sexual violence economically.
Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they all "have gender equality and women's empowerment at their core."
Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.
BISHKEK - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Embassy of Japan today participated in a ceremony to provide equipment to support food-processing businesses and rural women's entrepreneurship across seven rural communities in the Kyrgyz Republic. The food processing equipment is part of a US$490,000 contribution from Japan to economically empower over 2,000 vulnerable rural households, primarily women.
Globally acclaimed Danish actor and star of HBO's Game of Thrones Nikolaj Coster-Waldau kicked off his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme by refereeing the world's first amateur women's World Cup soccer tournament in New York.
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2016 - UNICEF said the 200 million hours women and girls spend every day collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time. As World Water Week gets underway in Stockholm and experts gather to try to improve the world's access to water, the UN children's agency stressed that the opportunity cost of lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women.