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“A safe space to open up, talk about the issues in my field, and also those facing the society with like-minded people” Fathmath Nafha Asim, 21 years old

I have been living in Maldives, ‘the tropical paradise’, for more than twenty-one years and yet there are so many things I haven’t been able to explore. Our country, with its stunning white sand beaches and amazing underwater world, has always lured my interest in the marine field. However, I …

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“My life, my choices” Shaaha, 21 years old

I am a journalist, an artist and a business woman. I can support my family while working towards my financial independence, I can provide for them. Just because I am a woman people think that I need someone – a husband, they say – to provide for me and my …

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Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča visits Maldives to discuss Presidential Elections

Note to Correspondents Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča started his visit in Malé today to discuss the preparations for the presidential elections taking place in Maldives on 23 September. He underlined to all interlocutors the utmost priority of ensuring peaceful, fair and transparent elections. Mr. Jenča met with …

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Youth for Peace Art Contest “Islam – Religion of Peace and Tolerance”

The Youth for Peace Art contest titled “Islam – Religion of Peace and Tolerance”, jointly organized by JCI Maldives, UN Maldives, and Maldives National Center for the Arts, has concluded last week with an award ceremony for the best works in three artistic categories. Reflecting on the messages behind the …

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL VIDEO MESSAGE FOR WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL VIDEO MESSAGE FOR WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 3 May 2018 A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable. It is vital for sustainable development. Journalists and media workers …

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This was how we found Laamu, a majority of the exquisite beaches marred by non-biodegradable debris that wash up with the tides.
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Laamu and Climate Change: Tale of Collective Effort

On World Environment Day (5 June), Ahmed Gaveem shares his experience working in Laamu Atoll, calling for our collective efforts to protect its pristine environment. Laamu Atoll was already familiar to me when I flew down on a warm April morning with my team to Kadhdhoo. I had worked for …

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Title: Chasing storms. -the underlying. Artist: Refty Ahmed, 2014
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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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