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Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

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

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    In focus: World Humanitarian Day

    On this year's World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we advocate for the protection of civilians, humanitarian workers, and all those affected by conflict. Women and girls are among those most vulnerable to the consequences — and most vital to recovery efforts. More

  • Young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina exchange ideas on outreach focused on breaking gender stereotypes. Photo: UN Women Europe and Central Asia/Rena Effendi

    In focus: International Youth Day

    The global youth population—1.8 billion strong—represents boundless possibilities and talent to build a peaceful and sustainable world. The theme for International Youth Day, 12 August, 2017, focuses specifically on "Youth Building Peace". More

  • Women’s Empowerment Principles

    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

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    Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

    With the new global 2030 roadmap approved, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals, as well as how women and girls can - and will - be key to achieving them. More

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Report on the legal rights of women and girl asylum seekers in the European Union
This report assesses EU member states' practice in terms of reviewing asylum applications of women survivors of gender-based violence. More

In the words of
Ainuru Altybaeva, Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan. Photo: UN Moldova/Eduard Bizgu

Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women’s empowerment for over 10 years. More


The new Strategic Plan—time for bold changes

In her opening remarks at the Executive Board Second Regular Session of 2017, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka outlines the new Strategic Plan 2018-2021. More

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Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds

The European Union (EU) and UN Women launched a three-year regional initiative to end discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. UN Women and the EU will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transform discriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality