Women’s Rights and Personal Security

 

Women Funded 2017: Tools for Turbulent Times

San Francisco, September 6-8, 2017

Events

The Park Central Hotel 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA The Asia Foundation is proud to be a co-sponsor of the three-day Women’s Funding Network conference. Join 300 women’s fund and foundation leaders, corporate foundations investing in economic security, senior executives of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and issue experts from around the… Read more

International Women's Day Pakistan 

Women and Leadership in Pakistan: A Conversation with Sofia Shakil

August 23, 2017

Blog

Concerns over access to justice and women’s rights are high in Pakistan. The appalling revenge rape in mid-July of a 17-year-old girl, ordered by a tribal council, has again ignited outrage over the country’s justice system and the sustained level of violence against women. In this interview, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Pakistan… Read more

 

India’s New Anti-Human Trafficking Law: What You Need to Know  

June 8, 2016

Blog

Human trafficking in India has reached a crisis level. A prominent headline in The Hindu last week declared ”An unsavory fact: India tops global slavery index.” A U.S. State Department report estimates that up to 65 million people were trafficked into forced labor, both into and within India. More recently, research reveals that India has the highe… Read more

 

Carnegie Corporation’s Vartan Gregorian: Transforming Afghan Women’s Lives through Education

May 4, 2016

Blog

On May 11, The Asia Foundation will host its sixth annual Lotus Leadership Awards Gala in New York City, honoring First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, and Carnegie Corporation of New York and its president, Vartan Gregorian, for their efforts to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Afghanistan. The evening gala is a platform fo… Read more

 

One Man’s Efforts to Educate Afghan Girls

April 27, 2016

Blog

Below is 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. The article comes from a new book from the George W. Bush Institute, with an introduction by former First Lady Laura Bush, “We Are Afghan Women: Voices of H… Read more

Two women look at a cell phone, India. Photo: Conor Ashleigh 

Lotus Circle: A Gender Smart Investment for Women and Girls

April 13, 2016

Blog

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 economics.”… Read more

 

2015 Lotus Leadership Awards

June 4, 2015

Slideshow

On June 3, The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle honored journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn, and Dr. Ranjana Kumari, a leader in the women’s rights movement in India, at the fifth annual Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City, for their contributions to the well-being of women and girls in Asia. Ms. WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win… Read more

 

Lotus Circle Advisor Missie Rennie Hosts Lyn Devon Trunk Show to Benefit The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program

October 11, 2013

Slideshow

On September 24, 2013, Asia Foundation Trustee and Lotus Circle Advisor Missie Rennie hosted a trunk show at fashion designer Lyn Devon’s Manhattan showroom to benefit The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. The all-day event gathered guests including Asia Foundation Trustee and Lotus Circle Advisor Masako H. Shinn and Young Lotus Circle… Read more

 

USAID Afghanistan Features MORE Project Launch

September 10, 2013

Media Coverage

USAID Afghanistan features the launch of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Organizational Restructuring and Empowerment Project (MORE), organized by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), The Asia Foundation and USAID. Read the full article: “MORE for Afghan Women’s Empowerment.”

 

A Report on Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives Led by the Government of Nepal

September 5, 2013

Publication

The second publication A Report on Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives Led by the Government of Nepal, the first-ever report brought out by the Government of Nepal/Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, highlights the important initiatives undertaken by the Government of Nepal in addressing human trafficking in Nepal between April 2012 and… Read more

 

Cambodia Counter-Trafficking in Persons Program

August 30, 2013

Publication

An overview of The Asia Foundation’s Counter-Trafficking in Persons Program in Cambodia.

 

The Asia Foundation and The Lotus Circle Honor Mr. Chong-Moon Lee at Annual Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon

New York, June 6, 2013

News

Award-winning ABC News veteran Lynn Sherr to interview U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Today, The Asia Foundation and The Lotus Circle, a community of individuals working with The Asia Foundation to empower women and girls in Asia, honor Silicon Valley entrepr… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Workshop Outlines Counter-Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Strategies

Kathmandu, September 19, 2012

News

Kathmandu forum seeks more holistic approach to combat trafficking in persons On September 17-19, 2012, expert speakers, donors, and participants joined the Asia Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal for “Capturing Lessons Learned, Charting the Way Forward.” The three-day counter-trafficking in persons (TIP) workshop, hosted by The Asia Foundation’s Women… Read more

 

Counter-Trafficking in Persons Program: Prosecution

August 2, 2012

Slideshow

An alarming number of Cambodians, approximately 35 percent, live on less than $1.00 a day. In cities and small towns, young people are vulnerable to false promises of jobs or marriage—and are still systemtically trafficked into exploitative situations. Unsuspecting individuals, struggling to survive, are forced into prostitution or labor and also s… Read more

 

Counter-Trafficking in Persons Program: Protection

August 2, 2012

Slideshow

An alarming number of Cambodians, approximately 35 percent, live on less than $1.00 a day. In cities and small towns, young people are vulnerable to false promises of jobs or marriage—and are still systemtically trafficked into exploitative situations. Unsuspecting individuals, struggling to survive, are forced into prostitution or labor and also s… Read more

 

Counter-Trafficking in Persons Program: Prevention

July 3, 2012

Slideshow

An alarming number of Cambodians, approximately 35 percent, live on less than $1.00 a day. In cities and small towns, young people are vulnerable to false promises of jobs or marriage—and are still systemtically trafficked into exploitative situations. Unsuspecting individuals, struggling to survive, are forced into prostitution or labor and also s… Read more

 

Anti-Trafficking Program in Mongolia

September 1, 2011

Publication

The Asia Foundation’s anti-trafficking program in Mongolia.

 

Women’s Empowerment in India

September 30, 2010

Publication

An analytical overview and issue briefs on women’s empowerment in India, including rights and security, economic opportunities, and women in politics.

 

Nepal: Preliminary Mapping of Gender-Based Violence

August 25, 2010

Publication

Worldwide, Gender Based Violence (GBV) is the leading cause of death of women between the ages of 19 and 44 – more than war, cancer, or car accidents. Apart from the individual suffering, it carries high a cost for society and is a major obstacle to development. This mapping is expected to inform the Gender Based Violence Complaints Handling… Read more

 

Human Trafficking in India: Dynamics, Current Efforts, and Intervention Opportunities for The Asia Foundation

March 12, 2010

Publication

The Asia Foundation collaborated with a team of Stanford graduate students to conduct a mapping study of current anti-human trafficking efforts in India. This study outlines the social and political context of human trafficking in India, evaluates the current NGO, donor, and government efforts to fight trafficking, and recommends promising interven… Read more

 

Background Information on Human Trafficking in India – A supplement to the “Human Trafficking in India: Dynamics, Current Efforts, and Intervention Opportunities for The Asia Foundation” Report

March 12, 2010

Publication

The Asia Foundation collaborated with a team of Stanford graduate students to conduct a mapping study of current anti-human trafficking efforts in India. This document contains research that was conducted as background for the report, including analysis of the legal framework, profiles of states included in the study, and an overview of differ… Read more

 

Celebrating Women of Asia

March 3, 2010

Slideshow

Millions of women in Asia are on the rise – taking advantage of expanding economic and educational opportunities, political participation, increasing rights and influence within their societies. At the same time, others remain trapped in a cycle of illiteracy, poverty, or ill health, often lacking the means to raise themselves and their families ou… Read more

 

Anti-Trafficking Program in Mongolia

November 17, 2009

Publication

In Mongolia, trafficking in persons for commercial and sexual exploitation is on the rise, though relatively few cases have been tried, and fewer perpetrators convicted. Law enforcement and judicial officials face daunting challenges in their efforts to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate human trafficking cases. Though Mongolian anti-traffickin… Read more

 

Combating Human Trafficking in Vietnam

September 9, 2008

Publication

Lessons learned and practical experiences for future program design and implementation. 2002-2008. The report features an overview culled from The Foundation’s experience in implementing program interventions in collaboration with an expanding network of local and international partners that share our commitment to bettering the lives of traffickin… Read more

 

Wall Street Journal Op-ed: Cambodia Tackles Human Trafficking

Phnom Penh, June 12, 2008

Media Coverage

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by The Asia Foundation’s Marielle Sander-Lindstrom, Chief of Party, Counter Trafficking in Persons Project (C-TIP), about Cambodia’s first-ever national efforts to collect standardized data on human trafficking. Trafficking statistics are notoriously difficult to gather, and consistent, accurate… Read more

 

Government of Mongolia Turns Out in Force to Fight Trafficking – in Mongolian

February 12, 2008

Publication

In Mongolian- Everyday across Asia men, women, and children are deceived, lured across borders and exploited. Mongolia is not immune to this crime. Cases have been recorded, but the scope and number of Mongolian victims is unknown. A partnership between government, civil society organizations and law enforcement officials is forming to prevent and… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation and the Mongolian Students’ Union Launch nationwide Anti-trafficking campaign

June 1, 2007

Publication

An estimated 600,000-800,000 women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year, approximately 80 percent are young women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors. Everyday across Asia men, women, and children are deceived, lured across borders and exploited. Mongolia is not immune to this crime. The Asia Foundation and its… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Launches Innovative Anti-Trafficking Program in Vietnam

Hanoi, May 30, 2007

News

The Asia Foundation is launching a $300,000 project to combat human trafficking in Vietnam over the next two years. The project will be implemented in partnership with the Government of Vietnam and local organizations in five provinces most affected by human trafficking. To support the project activities, The Asia Foundation will open an office on… Read more

 

Government of Mongolia strides towards ratification of the Palermo Protocol in an effort to combat trafficking in persons and international organized crime

March 1, 2007

Publication

On March 26-28, 2007 the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs, the Asia Foundation and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), with support from USAID and the U.S. Department of State, organized a national forum on the “Palermo Convention and Domestic Legislation” for government, law enforcement, NGOs and international organization… Read more

 

New Study Informs Trafficking-in-Persons Prevention Initiatives

February 1, 2007

Publication

The recent TAF/GEC survey confirmed that a growing number of low-income or unemployed girls between 19 – 35 years old are the most vulnerable to human trafficking. Vulnerability is defined as a desire to work or study abroad, combined with a low standard of living and willingness to accept offers of work and study from individuals.

 

Researching the Scope and Incidence of Human Trafficking Within, Through and from Mongolia

July 1, 2006

Publication

People are bought and sold as commodities and held in bondage all around the world today. Human trafficking is the forced movement of persons across international borders for the purpose of forced prostitution and labor, and this crime is increasing worldwide and in Mongolia. The numbers of trafficked victims is growing rapidly in Mongolia: Two vic… Read more

 

Researching the Scope and Incidence of Human Trafficking Within, Through and from Mongolia – in Mongolian

July 1, 2006

Publication

Mongolian version People are bought and sold as commodities and held in bondage all around the world today. Human trafficking is the forced movement of persons across international borders for the purpose of forced prostitution and labor, and this crime is increasing worldwide and in Mongolia. The numbers of trafficked victims is growing rapidly in… Read more

 

Engaging Government & Civil Society in Counter Trafficking

June 1, 2006

Publication

On March 21, 2006 The Asia Foundation and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor organized a consultative meeting for government, NGO’s and donors over launching a new nationwide effort to fight trafficking in persons (TIPS). The meeting rallies government commitment to strengthen efforts to prevent TIPS by improving coordination between do… Read more

 

Engaging Government & Civil Society in Counter Trafficking- in Mongolian

June 1, 2006

Publication

In Mongolian – On March 21, 2006 The Asia Foundation and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor organized a consultative meeting for government, NGO’s and donors over launching a new nationwide effort to fight trafficking in persons (TIPS). The meeting rallies government commitment to strengthen efforts to prevent TIPS by improving coordina… Read more

 

Government of Mongolia Turns Out in Force to Fight Trafficking

June 1, 2006

Publication

Everyday across Asia men, women, and children are deceived, lured across borders and exploited. Mongolia is not immune to this crime. Cases have been recorded, but the scope and number of Mongolian victims is unknown. A partnership between government, civil society organizations and law enforcement officials is forming to prevent and prosecute traf… Read more

 

Educating Society Against Domestic Violence

April 1, 2006

Publication

Enkhjargal began working at the National Center Against Violence (NCAV) 10 years ago as a volunteer while finishing her law degree. Motivated by a traumatic childhood event and her mother’s strength, she became an outspoken advocate for peoples’ rights. And now, she is the driving force behind the NCAV, a human rights organization dedic… Read more

 

Educating Society Against Domestic Violence – in Mongolian

April 1, 2006

Publication

In Mongolian Enkhjargal began working at the National Center Against Violence (NCAV) 10 years ago as a volunteer while finishing her law degree. Motivated by a traumatic childhood event and her mother’s strength, she became an outspoken advocate for peoples’ rights. And now, she is the driving force behind the NCAV, a human rights organ… Read more

 

A Partnership to Combat Trafficking

April 1, 2006

Publication

In 2005, The Asia Foundation, in partnership with Center for Human Rights and Development, began to define the origins of trafficking by documenting a series of trafficking case studies through interviews with victims of trafficking and human rights lawyers and law enforcement officials. The Foundation is now developing an anti-trafficking benchmar… Read more

 

A Partnership to Combat Trafficking – in Mongolian

April 1, 2006

Publication

In 2005, The Asia Foundation, in partnership with Center for Human Rights and Development, began to define the origins of trafficking by documenting a series of trafficking case studies through interviews with victims of trafficking and human rights lawyers and law enforcement officials. The Foundation is now developing an anti-trafficking benchmar… Read more

 

Combating Trafficking of Women and Children in Vietnam

April 1, 2006

Publication

The Asia Foundation is a leader in the fight against trafficking in persons in Asia, one of the most egregious human rights abuses in the region. In Vietnam, women and children are trafficked to China, Cambodia, Taiwan, and South Korea for sexual exploitation, forced marriages, labor in sweatshops, and/or domestic servitude; and the number of traff… Read more

 

Case Study: Twenty-Four Year Prison Sentence for a Human Trafficker

February 1, 2006

Publication

On December 15, 2005, a court trial was held in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, to prosecute a human trafficking case. A 20-year-old girl named Thuy, herself a former victim of trafficking, was accused of trafficking 27 women and children. Four victims from Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province escaped and were rescued, and subsequently served as witness… Read more

 

First Women’s Shelter in Laos

January 1, 2006

Publication

The Asia Foundation supported the establishment and construction of the first women’s shelter in the Lao PDR—opening in January 2006—to serve the needs of victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. The establishment of the shelter, a direct result of growing awareness of these problems in Laos and the passage of the 2004… Read more