From where I stand...
Dmytro Shurov, Ukranian singer and opinion leader, is the first HeForShe advocate in Ukraine. Often appearing at major events with his 14-year-old son Lev Shurov, he speaks about fatherhood, sharing domestic work and child care responsibilities at home. Learn more
UN Women at the European Development Days
UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, took part in the European Development Days, Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels. Learn more
Take Five: “Services need to be made accessible to women with different types of disabilities”
Veronika Mitro, one of the most vocal advocates for women’s rights in Serbia, talks about the importance of ensuring sufficient and specialized services for women with disabilities who experience violence. Learn more
Take Five: “We want to make gender-responsive budgeting a part of every state institution’s budgeting processes”
Mimoza Dhembi, General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania, highlights the importance of gender-responsive budgeting for Albanian Government. Learn more
In Moldova, widespread patriarchal attitudes and gender-based stereotypes perpetuate the idea that women are responsible for child and home care, with fathers expected to be breadwinners. To challenge this widespread notion, the Embassy of Sweden and the UN in Moldova organised the photo exhibition “Dads from Moldova and Sweden”. More
The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. Join us to celebrate the activists working to claim women’s rights everywhere and to empower women in all settings, rural and urban. Get news, live webcasts, stories and interactive experiences here. 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
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December, took place this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global outcry. At the heart of this year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women”, is the imperative to support those who are particularly vulnerable. More
- From where I stand: “Kids should see their father is not afraid to be weak sometimes, and their mother isn't afraid to be strong”
- Press Release: Women and Men in Albania Publication is launched - Over 30% of decisions in Albania are taken by women
- Coverage: UN Women at the European Development Days
- UN Women launches its flagship global report on gender equality in the Sustainable Development agenda in Georgia
- New guide by the UN in Europe and Central Asia spotlights gender dimensions of disasters
UN Women’s new flagship report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.
Empowering girls today makes for a more prosperous tomorrow — Executive Director
To mark the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her message highlights that violence against girls limits their opportunities and choices, threatening their futures and those of generations to come. She strongly calls for the ending of harmful practices such as sexual violence, early and child marriage, and female genital mutilation in order for all girls to reach their full potential. More
Coming on the heels of unprecedented global activism and public outcry to end gender injustice and discrimination worldwide, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women reached a robust agreement to empower and support rural women and girls.