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BOYS WILL BE BOYS?

UNDP-Maldives staff, Umar Mavee, shares his personal experience of changing gender roles and encourages men and boys to become agents of change to achieve gender equality. We were all boys. We’d play Halo and fight about which Naruto character was more powerful. Even then, in school we would tease the …

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Mariyam (L) Fathimath Moosa (c ) and Nadheema – entrepreneurial women of N. Holhudhoo, Maldives
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Photo Story: Growing a Home Business- Women in Holhudhoo

IOM Maldives shares a beautiful photo story of creative female entrepreneurs in Holhudhoo with a thriving home business of container gardening. In communities where ground water salinization provides a challenge to agriculture, some women have initiated container gardening in order to sustain their livelihoods. According to the farmers in the …

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Putting our heads above the parapet: let`s vote for women

Peace and Development Advisor, Jomart Ormonbekov, shares an interesting comparison on women’s political participation in Maldives and his home country, Kyrgyzstan, and encourages us to vote for women leaders. Ever since I became eligible to vote I would always cast my ballot for any female candidate during presidential elections in …

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Maldivian Women’s Rights

On occasion of International Women’s Day, UNFPA Assistant Representative Shadiya Ibrahim describes the current status of Maldivian women and stresses the need to increase gender parity in all spheres of life. The Maldives has made substantive social, economic and political progress, achieving five out of the eight Millennium Development Goals …

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"I think among other things, I had upset the teacher by climbing trees with the boys during PE class", writes Shoko Noda (third from left).
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Reaching Beyond the Glass Ceiling

On International Women’s Day, Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Maldives, shares a personal story of growing up and working as a woman in Japan and the pressing need to empower women to break the glass ceiling. Halfway through fourth grade, I opened my report card …

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My mother (first from left), who is holding her youngest sister in her arms here, took on the responsibility of taking care of her family at a young age.
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Recognize, Reduce, Redistribute

On occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), Khady Hamid writes a personal story of her mother and women in unpaid care work in Maldives. During my college years, I used to work at the Admissions Office of my alma mater, St. Lawrence University, assisting Admissions Counsellors with the arduous …

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Invisible Chains: Story of Trafficking

On International Migrants Day (18 December), Ihma Shareef writes a fictional story of human trafficking, calling for protection of migrants’ rights in the Maldives. My name is M.D. Kumar[1]. I have one beautiful daughter and a wife who is pregnant with our second child. For most of my life, I …

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Q&A: Rights advocate calls for affirmative action for Maldives women

As published by Maldives Independent In August, the Maldives parliament approved the Gender Equality Act, a law hailed as ground-breaking as it sets out the role of government, political parties and businesses in bridging gender gaps in political, economic and family life. The law adds to a host of legislation …

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Maldives joins the global discussion on women’s participation and leadership in peace and security

MALE`, 1 November 2016: – The United Nations in Maldives and the UN Women Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka organized a workshop to discuss women’s participation and leadership in peace and security based on the principles of the historic UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Under the …

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Life under for the life above

“It`s a country which is more sea than land. There, all men are rovers of the sea; all women, daughters of the waves” – The Maldives Islands, 1949   By Shoko Noda Squeezed in a subway in Tokyo one morning in 1992, I wondered how many fellow commuters had ever …

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