In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”
Read how the life of Nur Omar – a Syrian refugee woman living in Turkey – changed after attending livelihood skills courses in our SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre. Learn more
Press Release: The Parliament of Albania and UN Women commit to greater collaboration for gender equality
UN Women and the Parliament in Albania signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country. Learn more
Orange the World
From iconic monuments being lit in orange to marches, find out how UN Women and partners are taking action during the 16 Days of Activism across Europe and Central Asia. Learn more
What it means to be kidnapped bride?
Bride kidnapping – where men kidnap and forcibly marry unwilling women – is widespread, illegal and socially accepted in Kyrgyzstan. In this video, Kyial Tilekova recounts her kidnapping at age 20. Learn more
Building on the momentum of global and regional movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, #СегаКажувам (#ISpeakUpNow), “#NiUnaMenos”, #MetooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. #HearMeToo brings to the forefront the voices of women and girls who have survived violence, who are defending women’s rights every day, who are taking action—many of them very far away from the limelight or media headlines. More
Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and publications from Europe and Central Asia illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More
The European Union and UN Women launched a three-year regional initiative to end discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. It will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transform discriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence. More
Nearly 1,500 business leaders around the world have signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which help companies adopt policies and practices to realize women’s empowerment. As part of mobilizing follow-up action, UN Women collaborated with partners to develop two WEPs implementation tools, in Georgia and Turkey, to detail the gender dimensions of corporate sustainability. More
- Regional forum takes stock of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey
- In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”
- Statement: Speaking out and speaking up for fundamental rights and freedoms
- Press Release: The Parliament of Albania and UN Women commit to greater collaboration for gender equality
- Orange the World: #HearMeToo
This report highlights the main challenges that ‘by and for’ women’s organizations across the Western Balkans and Turkey face in incorporating an intersectional approach, as well as in monitoring and reporting on Istanbul Convention implementation, monitoring and reporting to the CEDAW, and engaging with the EU accession process.
#HearMeToo: A message from UN Women’s Executive Director
On this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), we honour and amplify the voices of survivors and grassroots activists. Under the UN theme, “Orange the World: #HearMeToo,” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka issues a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put survivors at the centre of our responses. More
The European Union and UN Women are partnering with civil society organizations to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Thanks to this partnership, over 250 organizations are better equipped to monitor and report on human rights legal instruments; over 1,500 law enforcement and service providers involved in prevention, prosecution and protection in cases of violence against women are being trained in case management, data-collection, reporting, and referral and response mechanisms. 3,500 women, including minority women, have gained a better understanding of their rights, and of how to access available services when facing violence.