Sister Catharina is popularly known as "Sister Gender" or "Sister of Gender Equality" for her continuous promotion of gender equality in Lampung Province, Indonesia. Sister Catharina, who is a part of Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, has been a women's rights activist since 1997, supporting in particular women who are victims and survivors of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.
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This International Women's Day, UN Women celebrates the rural and urban activists who have transformed the lives of women around the world. From grassroots campaigns to global movements, women's activism over the decades has paved the way for women's rights and a more equal future.
Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their full potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts.
From the rise of the #Metoo movement to numerous new laws on violence against women and the conviction of the 'butcher of Bosnia' for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, including sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the noteworthy moments for women's rights and gender equality from around the world this year.
"That's what's left of my teeth after my husband beat me," Ameera* said at a women's shelter in south-western Yemen. She held out three white shards, which she keeps as evidence for her divorce proceedings. "He hit me so hard he broke my teeth and nose," she told UNFPA.
The planet is under threat. From human-caused greenhouse gas emissions to the overexploitation of the earth's natural resources, unsustainable production and consumption patterns pose a risk to all of humanity.
During times of instability, women and girls are disproportionately impacted by sexual and gender-based violence. This interactive infostory explores the various paths to justice, gives voice to survivors' stories and looks at the critical role investigators play in ending impunity for sexual and
Women are central to the development of rural areas and to national economies. They account for a significant proportion of agricultural labour, play a key role in food production, especially in subsistence farming, and perform most of the unpaid care work in rural areas.
Whether through earning or learning, over 2000 Afghan women are helping themselves. Pickled vegetables, mushroom production and complementary feed preparations are the FAO initiatives that - in collaboration with the national Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and donations from the governments of Germany and Luxemburg - are reaching the most vulnerable.
For #WomensDay, we asked women around the world why work is important. Here's what they said. Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xepn2Ekia3c Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much more information, please contact us at drozditb [at] unhcr.org or tibaw [at] unhcr.org.
The eAtlas shows the gender gaps from primary to tertiary education using the latest available data from the UIS. With about 100 interactive maps and charts, the eAtlas shows the educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories.
Cameroon's Northwest region has some of the worst health and poverty outcomes in the country. Since 2011, with financing from the Government, IDA - the World Bank's Fund for the poorest countries, and others, Cameroon has been improving those outcomes with a program called Performance Based Financing (PBF).
On International Women's Day, UNICEF honors everyday heroes like Consuelo, an inspiring woman raising her 4-year-old great granddaughter Allizon in Cayo, Belize. In this heartwarming story Consuelo tells us that all she can give her great granddaughter is love.
Video message of José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) for International Women's Day. Women play an important role in agriculture and food systems. Achieving gender equality and empowering women are crucial ingredients in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, said José Graziano da Silva.
8 women. 8 locations. 8 different jobs and life stories. This year UNDP decided to mark International Women's Day with a celebration of creativity, entrepreneurship and women's empowerment at the workplace. From Albania to Tajikistan, join us on this exhilarating journey.
Poverty, hunger, malnutrition: the solution to these global challenges rests upon unlocking the full potential of women in the world of work. Did you know that 52 per cent of Zimbabweans are women, and yet there are fewer women being represented in parliament (32%), local authority (16.7%) and in managerial positions in the private sector (21%)? Watch this animation to learn more.
In her message for International Women's Day on 8 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of starting change in the home in order to "construct a different world of work for women".
Come on a virtual tour of Brazil, West Africa and Mongolia to gain insight into the world of women and work with World Bank Senior Director for Gender Caren Grown and vlogger Pabsy Pabalan-Mariano.
Join UN Women on International Women's Day as we put a spotlight on women in the changing world of work.
Every day, lesbian, gay, bi, trans (LGBT) and intersex kids - and other children seen as defying gender stereotypes - are bullied at school, at home and in their community. Bullying can take many forms - from taunting and name-calling to brutal violence.
In the face of family and cultural pressure, Mother Aysha has been working for more than 35 years, buying and selling clothes in the markets of Gaza and making dresses with traditional Palestinian embroidery. This video is the winner of the Best Short Award at the UN Documentary Film Festival in New York.
Globalization, digital innovation and climate change, among other factors, continue to change the world in which we work - posing both challenges as well as opportunities in realizing women's economic potential for a better tomorrow. Explore just some facts on where women stand today in the changing world of work.