From where I stand...
Zuke El Hasan is a Syrian refugee who has been living in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2016. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre helped her build self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself. Learn more
Expert's Take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights
Iris Bjorg Kristjansdottir, UN Women Gender and Humanitarian Specialist, speaks about forced migration of women and children and how UN Women responds to their needs in Turkey. Learn more
In Serbia, mothers and their children with disabilities find hope in ‘granny's jam’
By making ‘granny's jam’, a woman-run organization, Evo Ruka, is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement. Learn more
Civil Society Organizations in Albania to serve as watchdogs on gender budgeting
For the first time in Albania, CSOs are going to monitor the budget of public institutions through a gender lens, with the aim of helping to ensure they meet the needs of women and men equally. Learn more
The time is now! At a historic time when women’s activism is galvanized around #Metoo, #TimesUp and other movements, around the world UN Women supports women politicians, lawmakers, farmers, small business owners, civil society activists and many others to claim their rights and to be heard. This year’s annual report highlights some of the key results achieved in 2017–2018. More
World Refugee Day is on 20 June. There are 22.5 million refugees around the world today, and half of them—some 11 million—are women and girls. With the average length of displacement being 17 years or more, entire generations are born and raised in refugee camps. Humanitarian action needs to offer long-term solutions that protect and advance women’s rights. Join us as we stand #WithRefugees. More
Today, 50 per cent of refugees uprooted from their homes from conflict, persecution or natural disasters are women and girls. Take a look at some of the objects that give women and girls agency and secure their health, dignity and rights. 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
- Call for proposals: Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Turkey
- Expert’s take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights
- From Where I Stand: “I transformed into a new person”
- Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis
- Civil Society Organizations in Albania to serve as watchdogs on gender budgeting
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.
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
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.