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We present intriguing insights regarding gender equality within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Face of Climate Change, Poverty and Hunger in the Asia-Pacific Region

The unique challenges posed to the Asia-Pacific region in the face of climate change, poverty and hunger are well known. The region plays a significant role in climate action as both the largest emitter of greenhouse gases on one end and home to the highest number of people most vulnerable to climate shocks on the other.

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Maternity Benefits: A Critical Tool to Ensure Mothers and their Newborns are Free from Poverty

Maternity protection is a human right enshrined in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Investing in Women is More Than Just Good Economics, It’s Crucial to a Sustainable Society

Ponny Lim runs a thriving aquaculture enterprise in Cambodia, growing her business with the support of a United Nations programme that guarantees loans to women entrepreneurs who are beyond microfinance but not yet ready for corporate finance.

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Polycrises Are Pushing More Women into Poverty: How We Can Help Halt the Trend

Let’s call her Anita. Four years ago, her life took an unexpected turn when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted everything she knew. As businesses closed and economic uncertainty loomed, Anita, like countless others, found herself forced out of work.

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Giving Care Work the Value It Deserves

“Everyone is doing it in our daily lives, we just may not realize it,” chuckles Myrah Nerine Butt, a Policy Engagement Advisor at Oxfam International, when asked to define care work. 

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Inclusive and Sustainable Businesses Set New Pathways for Sri Lanka

Selyn, a women-led handloom business, offers flexible employment and valuable income opportunities to about 1,000 women artisans and persons from marginalized groups in rural Sri Lanka. Selyn develops and exports high-value craft products in global markets. The bigger revenue margins of quality products translate into better incomes for women artisans.

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Girls Just Want to Have Funds!

In the bustling financial hub of Singapore, Rhea See, an early-stage fund manager, leads an accelerator platform dedicated to empowering women in technology. She firmly believes that investing in women transcends the conventional paradigm of merely 'doing good.' For Rhea, it represents a strategic move towards smart economics and game-changing innovation. 

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E-Commerce for Inclusive Development: Time for an Open Debate

The potential of e-commerce to drive inclusive development has been debated for decades. As far back as 2002, then-United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan, in the publication titled E-Commerce and Development Report 2002, called for leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) for poverty reduction.

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We Owe It to Aleta

The clarion call of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to leave no one behind, and to reach those furthest behind first.

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‘CARE’-FULLY Designed Policies Can Increase Progress towards Gender Equality

Imagine you are a woman residing in a rural community. Your daily existence is a relentless juggling act, balancing meagre paid work with a multitude of domestic responsibilities. Your day involves arduous tasks like fetching water and firewood, cooking meals for your family, tending to your young children, and managing household chores.