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Mock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the House Aug 5, 2015 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. Two Multi-Country Programmes Leverage Resources and Partnerships to Reduce Stigma in Health Care Settings in Asia with Support from the Global Fund Aug 5, 2015 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is leveraging its role under two multi-country programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to develop and roll out an innovative training package to reduce stigma and discrimination at health care settings and enhance HIV, STI and other sexual health services for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia. Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people Aug 4, 2015 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). Harnessing UNDP’s strengths for effective Global Fund HIV grant management Aug 4, 2015 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. New steps ease access for more affordable medicines Aug 4, 2015 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. Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment Jul 28, 2015 It’s a Thursday morning in the small bustling rural town of Rakiraki and Varanisese Maisamoa is waiting for a bus with two ice boxes to take her to Naivuvuni, a landing where a boat she owns docks at, to collect fish caught during the week. A sea change in conserving Malaysia's marine parks Jul 27, 2015 How Malaysia's idyllic marine parks are once again thriving through eco-tourism and stronger enforcement and awareness on environmental issues. Afghan youth vote in historic elections Jul 27, 2015 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. Making policing count for women in Afghanistan Jul 27, 2015 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. As Typhoon Ruby makes landfall, a year since Haiyan has made a world of difference Jul 27, 2015 Our objective even before Yolanda and now Ruby has been to support national and local governments in vulnerable regions develop stronger protection systems so that they can, together with communities, take responsibility for protecting peoples’ lives and livelihoods, and to reduce the damage from disasters.