15 Unusual Things to Do in Malaysia

There are very few countries in the whole world that could provide you with the same experience you’d get from visiting Malaysia. As you set to explore this country, you’re bound to find a unique experience you wouldn’t find anywhere else. It’s not a wonder that it’s one of the world’s top tourist destinations, after all, it has an unusual blend of majestic nature and landscapes, state-of-art modernity, antique heritage, and diverse culture of many ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds. This … [Read more...]

Women’s Input in Building the Future of Business in Singapore

Although gender balance has been seen only as a women’s issue, it is also a business issue. According to a recent study by McKinsey Global Institute, it is estimated that if women in Asia-Pacific were accorded equal opportunity at work, they would generate an additional GDP annually that would be the same as an economy the size of both Germany and Austria put together. Besides the economic contribution, women in leadership are practical role models of change and progress among their … [Read more...]

Divorce/Child Custody in Singapore – Things you Need to Know

Divorce is a universal concept that is familiar across the globe, and one that can also have an incredibly destabilizing impact on families (and particularly young children). There’s even evidence to suggest that this may be a growing concern in Singapore, with the total number of marital dissolution having risen by 2.9% between 2014 and 2015. In this post, we’ll focus primarily on the issue of child custody during a divorce while looking at the key considerations for parents as they go … [Read more...]

Women’s Health and the Government Measures in Singapore

There is no doubt that Singapore has taken a very short time to become a developed country. One of the beneficiaries of this transformation are women, who have now taken greater roles in the society. According to Immigration to Singapore Service, more women from outside Singapore are seeking permanent residency to join the ever-growing number of citizens who are women. However, the pressure from traditional family roles seems to be a major hindrance for women in the country. This conflict is … [Read more...]

A Victory for Women as Instant Divorce is Banned in India

“Talaq” is the Arabic word for divorce, which when expressed three times in a row by a Muslim husband to his wife in India is all that’s needed to constitute an instant, unilateral and legal divorce. Well, this has been the case until now. On Tuesday 22 August 2017, thanks to a continued two-year effort on behalf of the Muslim organization, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), and the testimonies of five “divorced” women, India's Supreme Court banned the controversial practice of instant … [Read more...]

World population projected to reach 11.2 billion by 2100

World population projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100 The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations report launched on 21 June. With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline. The World … [Read more...]

Tracking gender statistics in pursuit of SDG 5

To deepen the understanding of the different challenges women and men face in today’s world, statisticians use disaggregated data and gender statistics to allow for a unique insight into gender issues. The 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, organized by UN DESA’s Statistics Division and Statistics Finland, focused on data and statistical methods for the follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was an opportunity to take stock of progress towards the … [Read more...]

Disarmament Week, OCT 24-30

The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament. The annual UN observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of … [Read more...]

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson shines spotlight on need to end child marriages New York/Lilongwe—On the eve of International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson today visited Malawi to shine a global spotlight on the need to end child marriage. She met with traditional chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having marriages annulled. In 2015, Malawi passed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act, raising the minimum age of marriage … [Read more...]

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