From where I stand...
Regional level budget-planning often doesn’t consider the needs of those who live in small villages. Here’s the story of Aliona Vdovenko, acting head of a village in eastern Ukraine, who advocates for the allocation of necessary resources for rural women in small villages. Learn more
International Women’s Day in Europe and Central Asia
On and around 8 March 2018, UN Women is organizing a series of diverse events in the region to celebrate the activsts working to claim women's rights everywhere and to empower women in all settings, rural and urban. Learn more
Activists transforming women’s lives in Europe and Central Asia
This editorial package contains inspiring stories of activists and actions that are tackling some of the most pressing issues facing women in our region. Learn more
Moldovan woman councillor challenges gender stereotypes in education
Svetlana Mantea made important changes at her school in the small village of Cobâlea, showing other schools how they too can empower girls and boys to choose their own path, regardless of their gender. Learn more
The 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (12 – 23 March) will focus on the theme, “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Learn more about rural women’s lives, their priorities and accomplishments in our editorial package. 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
- Call for Proposals: Action oriented advocacy research to inform key stakeholders efforts to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women
- Press Release: Ukraine joins the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality
- From where I stand: “We helped our community feel alive”
- From Where I Stand: “I am determined to help my children take full advantage of their rights as citizens”
- In the words of Oksana Kononets: “Disability helped me to realize my inner strength”
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.
Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives
In her message for International Women’s Day on 8 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka draws attention to the work of rural and urban activists who have fought for women’s rights and gender equality. More
This International Women’s Day, UN Women celebrates the rural and urban activists who have transformed the lives of women around the world. From grassroots campaigns to global movements, women’s activism over the decades has paved the way for women’s rights and a more equal future.