Three years ago, Indonesian housewife Ibu Odah had little knowledge of legal affairs. Now, the mother of two is at the forefront of a legal fight against domestic violence in the remote island of Ternate, in the North Moluccas province of Indonesia.
“Shatila: The Meeting Point” festival was organized with the support of the UNDP Peace Building in Lebanon project, which aims to reinforce stability and social cohesion by addressing the root causes of conflict.
The political empowerment of women is critical to human development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Worldwide, women continue to be under-represented in national parliaments, occupying less than 20% of seats and accounting for just 18% of government ministers.
A brief paper emanating from meetings on the Millennium Development Goals with select groups of HIV positive women in the three countries of Asia and the Pacific reveals some alarming emerging issues that warrant attention by policy-makers.