Supporters of Bangladesh’s Awami League march in the street as part of a general election campaign procession in Dhaka in December 2018. Photo: AFP
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Opinion

Opinion

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Women’s freedom from violence, participation in politics and economic empowerment are the Asia-Pacific’s next challenges

  • The Asia-Pacific can claim some triumphs in women’s rights, like greater educational parity and lower maternal mortality.
  • Still, more needs to be done to empower women, including through a regional scaling up of initiatives in individual countries

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Supporters of Bangladesh’s Awami League march in the street as part of a general election campaign procession in Dhaka in December 2018. Photo: AFP
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Domestic abuse victim Carol Chan (not her real name) in Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong. Violence against women takes many forms, an activist for women’s rights says. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Domestic abuse: why many suffer in silence, and the support groups in Hong Kong helping women deal with abusive men

  • Violence against women takes many forms: physical, sexual and psychological, and often occurs at home. One woman tells her story and how she escaped her abuser
  • United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women aims to bring global attention to the problem
Topic |   Sexual harassment and assault

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Domestic abuse victim Carol Chan (not her real name) in Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong. Violence against women takes many forms, an activist for women’s rights says. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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