From where I stand...
21-year-old Merve Erbay is the first-ever woman firefighter working in the Turkish Parliament. Initially, she faced prejudice because it was an occupation dominated by men. Now, she gets very positive feedback and performs her dream occupation. Learn more
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
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
- Press Release: UN Women spotlighted gender equality as key to refugee response and humanitarian action
- Women’s groups to monitor the local elections in Turkey from gender equality perspective
- From Where I Stand: “While firefighting is traditionally known as a men’s occupation, women can easily do it”
- Take Five: “Our purpose is to support all women candidates who wish to stand for elections”
- Regional forum takes stock of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey
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
For this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, people around the world mobilized, marched, spoke out and stood up to end violence against women and girls.