Related Posts: International Women’s Day

Notes from the Field

Amb. Verveer Meets Experts from Asia Foundation Panel on Women’s Changing Roles in Asia

March 14, 2012

To mark International Women’s Day and broaden understanding of the importance of increasing women’s rights and creating political and economic opportunities for women, The Asia Foundation yesterday hosted a discussion on “Women’s Changing Roles in Asia,” as part of its Asian Perspectives Series.

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In The News

Women at Work: Good for the Economy, the Family, and the Future

March 7, 2012

March 8 marks the 101st celebration of International Women’s Day. A century of history has seen this global occasion imbued with varying levels of political, economic, social, and cultural significance in diverse cultures around the globe. The United Nations has declared this year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.” According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 578 of the world’s 925 million chronically hungry people live in the Asia-Pacific region.

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In The News

Pakistan’s First Oscar Exposes Women’s Realities, Honors their Strength

March 7, 2012

Last month, the world watched as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy brought home the first ever Oscar win for Pakistan for her short documentary, “Saving Face,” which recounts the brutal story of survivors of revenge acid attacks. Within minutes, social networking sites…

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In The News

Can Timor-Leste’s Gender Quota System Ensure Women’s Participation in Politics?

March 7, 2012

Presidential and parliamentary elections in Timor-Leste are scheduled for March and June of this year, respectively. With only two women among the twelve candidates contending for the largely ceremonial post as president…

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Notes from the Field

As Demand for Migrant Labor Grows, Opportunities for Women Emerge, But Risks Prevail

March 7, 2012

While in Saudi Arabia this week for bilateral talks, Nepal’s finance minister, Barsha Man Pun, made a much-needed request to Saudi Arabia’s government to grant amnesty for at least six months for illegal Nepali migrant workers.

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Notes from the Field

Early Feminism in the Philippines

March 7, 2012

The Philippines has been noted as having one of the smallest gender disparities in the world. The gender gap has been closed in both health and education; the country has had two female presidents…

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Notes from the Field

Without a Say in Indonesia’s Budget Decisions, Women’s Needs are Left Out

March 7, 2012

Over the past few months, Indonesians have been witnessing a procession of scandalous cases involving female lawmakers accused of bribery, embezzlement of state funds, and shady, back-door political bargaining.

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SLIDESHOW

Advancing Women in Asia

March 7, 2012

The phrase “gender equality as smart economics” has become the mantra of such women leaders as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet. While some of Asia’s economies are booming, this does not always lead to greater opportunities for women. In fact, many women across Asia still lack access to […]

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Notes from the Field

Without Representation, Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Risk Being Negotiated Away

March 9, 2011

The Asia Foundation 2010 Survey of the Afghan People found that 83 percent of respondents approve of the government’s efforts at negotiation and reconciliation with armed anti-government elements; 44 per cent of all respondents were women.

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Notes from the Field

In a Rising Vietnam, Safe Migration and Awareness of Risks Critical to Combating Trafficking

March 2, 2011

Mai and Hoa, both 15-year-old residents of Can Tho City with three more years of secondary school left before graduating, have decided to drop out in order to find work to support their families. Can Tho City is a major economic and tourist hub of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta…

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