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  • Afghan youth vote in historic elections

    Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically elected government to another.

  • Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people

    DHAKA – “I was so happy and excited that day. We worked so hard and for so long for this and it was finally becoming a reality,” recalled Shale Ahmed, a prominent Bangladeshi social activist and Executive Director of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS).

  • Expanding Women's Leadership in Mongolian Politics and Business

    In the recent parliamentary elections, the number of women in Mongolia’s parliament jumped to 17.1 per cent from 14.5 per cent previously, with 13 out of 76 female parliamentarians.

  • Bangkok - The Asia-Pacific region is both contributing to and taking advantage of the global ‘knowledge bank’ of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its response to the HIV epidemic.

  • Jobs and social inclusion for youth remain drivers for peacebuilding in Asia Pacific

    UNDP is working closely with young people and youth-led organisations across the region to ensure the active and meaningful participation of youth in preventing conflict and building resilient communities in post-conflict contexts.

  • Long ride to the taxi rank – progress on transgender rights in Kerala, India

    “I still remember the day in 2014 when I met with senior Kerala government officials,” recalls Dr Arumugam Vijayaraman, Deputy Director, Voluntary Health Services (VHS) in Chennai, India. “Transgender visibility did not exist at that time in Kerala.” It seemed like it would be a long road ahead for transgender rights and visibility. However, the accelerator has been pushed over the past year, and there have been a series of firsts for the transgender community in Kerala. The latest is the Gender-Taxis (G-Taxis) initiative, a new taxi service operated by transgender people.

  • Making policing count for women in Afghanistan

    Meet Colonel Jamila Bayaz. She runs one of Kabul’s most important police districts which includes the presidential palace and central bank. And she's shining a light on a new generation of reforms that will make law enforcement agencies more accessible and friendly to Afghanistan's women.

  • Mock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the House

    Pacific island countries have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world. The Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu have no women in Parliament, and as at July 2013 Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Marshall Islands had each only one female parliamentarian. This situation is despite the considerable work that has been done to raise awareness with policymakers about the need for temporary special measures to promote women’s representation.

  • New steps ease access for more affordable medicines

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines.

  • Raising the bar for progress – Improving the safety and well-being of transgender people in Kerala, India

    As a transgender person, Jaisy* is used to harassment but the time she spent in prison in Kerala, India stands out due to the physical and verbal abuse she was forced to endure.

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