February 2018

Case Study - UN Women: Empowerment in the Asia Pacific

Orlanda Siow

One of 14 short case study summaries which were written by Orlanda Siow of UCL. They focus on development programs that aim to be both politically informed and gender aware. See From Silos to Synergy for a synthesis of the lessons that emerge.

UN Women Asia Pacific works in 22 countries, administering competitive grants through UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. The fund aims to strengthen women’s organisations 'as catalysers of change and as critical players to achieve gender equality and the sustainable development agenda'. It focuses on women’s economic and political empowerment, and on 'ending violence against women, addressing harmful practices based on gender stereotypes and advancing peace and security'. Activities include the creation and amendment of legislation; supporting female political candidates and representatives; recruiting male champions for gender equality; improving access to public services; and research, analysis and awareness campaigns.

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Case Study - UN Women: Empowerment in the Asia Pacific

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