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UN Women South Asia is the UN agency working towards achieving gender equality and empowerment of women, in this region.
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We will chronicle, through three different videos, the remarkable stories of rural and urban women, across South Asia, who show tremendous perseverance and grit in their daily lives.

A Day in the Life of a Panchayat Leader :
Location: Dhenkanal, Orissa
We will document the life of a woman Panchayat leader, who is part of our Governance programme. What are the challenges she faces, how does she make her decisions, what support does she get from the panchayat?

Bhutan’s only female elected Gup
Location: Dagana, Bhutan
UN Women, UNDP and other partners are capturing the story of the one and only female elected Gup in Bhutan, which is unprecedented and could possibly encourage more women to take part in decision-making processes. We will go to her village to document her life as a female leader, her challenges, her aspirations and dreams for her constituents.

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Education with a purpose; Empowering lives

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 6:30am 0 Comments

The determined look on her face and the confidence in her voice cannot be ignored. Neither can you miss the warmth of the close bond that binds her with the people of her village. Diptirani Rout , a 41-year-old mother of two, truly exemplifies woman power.

An economic honours graduate from Dhenkenal Women’s college in Odisha, Diptirani is serving her second consecutive term as Sarpanch( head of the village council ) of Balrampur Gram Panchayat ( village council ) in Dhenkenal district…


I was threatened, even beaten up. But I did not give up: Manjulata Sahoo

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Brutal physical assault, blackmail, threatening calls from the local villagers. These are but some of the hardships that have come in the way of Manjulata Sahu, the first woman Sarpanch ( head of village council) of Nadra Gram Panchayat (village council) in Odisha state of India.

Before becoming a Sarpanch, Manjulata was an active social worker, besides being the President of the Federation of Self-Help groups in her village. She stood for elections after the village community…


Namgay Peldon: At the cusp of Bhutan’s revolution

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 6:00am 0 Comments

History was created in 2008 when the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan ended more than a century of royal rule and moved towards a democratic system of governance. Three years later, another milestone was achieved when 28-year-old Namgay Peldon got elected as the Gup of Tashiding Gewog located in Dagana Dzongkhag. Namgay is the only woman to be elected as a Gup in Bhutan, ever since the nation went to polls in 2008.


Namgay attributes this win to the overwhelming support she received…


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