United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Europe and Central Asia

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Highlights
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In Focus: Leave no one behind – End violence against women

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December, is taking 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. The UNiTE Campaign is calling on everyone to join the movement to end violence against women, using the colour orange to make your action visible. Everyone has a role to play! More

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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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    Women, peace and security: Preventing war and sustaining peace

    On 28 October, the UN Security Council will focus on displaced and refugee women and girls in its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, highlighting their struggles and urging action on international commitments. More

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    International Day of Rural Women

    Rural women make up over a quarter the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labour force. They till the lands and plant seeds to feed nations. They ensure food security for their communities and build climate resilience. But when it comes to owning land, accessing agricultural inputs, financing and technologies for climate resilience, they are left far behind men. This year, International Day of Rural Women (15 October), focuses on the theme, “Challenges and opportunities in climate-resilient agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. 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

Infographic: Signs of relationship abuse
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A sudden or gradual change in appearance or behaviour can be an indicator that abuse has occurred or may still be happening. Learn more about the signs of relationship abuse. 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


Leaving no one out from health
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)
 

In a statement for World AIDS Day on 1 December, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for a commitment to prioritize and reach all the women and girls being left behind in the HIV response. 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