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Notes from the Field

One Man’s Efforts to Educate Afghan Girls

April 27, 2016

An excerpt from a profile of 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow, Nangyalai Attal, which appeared this week in HuffPost Women. Attal’s work focuses on Afghan girls and young women.

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Notes from the Field

Lotus Circle: A Gender Smart Investment for Women and Girls

April 13, 2016

While women and girls are increasingly able to realize their rights and contribute to society, they continue to face enormous challenges and disadvantages across Asia. Today data shows that no country can get ahead if it leaves women and girls behind. In the words of former World Bank President Robert Zoellick: “Gender equality is smart […]

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Featured

Young Lotus Circle Event Supports Women’s Opportunities

April 6, 2016

The Asia Foundation and the Young Lotus Circle, a diverse group of young professionals who support The Asia Foundation Women’s Empowerment Program, are holding an event Thursday in New York City to raise awareness and funds to improve social, economic, and political opportunities for girls and women in developing Asia. On May 11, the Lotus […]

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In The News

A Tale of Two Women: Presidential and VP Races Heat Up in the Philippines

March 23, 2016

March came in with a bang. In this month of International Women’s Day, two Filipino women stand out: Senator Grace Poe and Congresswoman Leni Robredo. Both are running for the two highest elective posts in the May 9 elections in the Philippines – Poe for president, Robredo for vice president. Both were thrust into the political limelight after the death of their loved ones: Senator Grace Poe lost her father, and one of the Philippines’ most famous movie stars turned presidential candidate in the 2004 elections; and Congresswoman Leni Robredo…

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Notes from the Field

Empowering Women by Shaping a Brave – and Safe – New World Online

March 23, 2016

The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked off last week, and the streets of New York City near Turtle Bay have been packed with government officials, NGO and multilateral representatives, activists, and academics.

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In The News

Where Are India’s Working Women?

March 9, 2016

India is one of the youngest countries in the world, with a significant segment of its 1.2 billion population in the age group of 20-35. By 2020, it is estimated that the average age in the country will be 29. For an economy that is growing at an annual rate of 7 percent…

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Notes from the Field

Tweetchat Rallies Around Gender Equality for International Women’s Day

March 9, 2016

March 8 marked International Women’s Day, and to commemorate this year, The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment team hosted a tweetchat relay using the hashtag #IWDchat16, titled Advancing Gender Equality in 2016 and Beyond.

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In The News

Myanmar Elections Usher in Unprecedented Number of Women Parliamentarians

March 2, 2016

Women in Myanmar were granted constitutional rights to equal political participation and the right to vote in 1932, quite early in comparison with other countries in Asia. Japan did not do so until 1945, China in 1949, and India in 1950. Yet the reality of women’s political participation in Myanmar…

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Notes from the Field

For Women Living Alone in Delhi, Security Concerns Heightened

March 2, 2016

On Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss pressing issues concerning law and order in the city. With eight out of 10 women in Delhi fearing for their safety, it is encouraging that the new commissioner views strengthening women’s security as a priority.

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5 Things to Know When Designing an App for Ending Violence Against Women

March 2, 2016

One year ago, the Cambodian government officially launched its second National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW), reinforcing its commitment to eliminating violence against women. In the early 1990s, The Asia Foundation broke ground with a landmark study…

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