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Violence against women “pervasive” in Asia-Pacific region

Violence against women is “pervasive” in the Asia-Pacific region despite laws to prevent it, according to a senior official from the United Nations gender agency, UN Women.

Many countries in the region have found it difficult to implement laws due to impunity for the perpetrators of crimes.

UN Women is working with the authorities in those countries to enforce legislation.

Julia Dean has been speaking to UN Women’s Deputy Regional Director Anna-Karin Jatfors who is based in Thailand.

Duration: 5'14"

World Bank/Graham Crouch

Asia-Pacific productivity "under threat and needs reform”

The Asia-Pacific region is an economic powerhouse but urgently needs to rethink its economic strategy if it’s to stay that way, UN experts said Thursday.

Latest data from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) shows that although the region is likely to see stable growth in 2017, productivity is down and inequality growing.