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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

  • 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

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    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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    Refugee and Migration Crisis in the Western Balkans

    Women’s specific needs and vulnerabilities are rarely at the forefront of humanitarian response planning and implementation, according to a recent UN Women gender assessment of the refugee and migrant crisis in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. More

Featured publication

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Investing in social care for gender equality and inclusive growth in Europe and Central Asia
This policy brief highlights the need for publicly provided social care services for children, the sick, the elderly and persons with disabilities to reduce the burden of unpaid care work on women and advance women’s economic empowerment. More

From where I stand

Elena Kochoska is a vocal advocate for persons with disabilities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. More

Peace and stability has to be built with youth
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In her statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka states "Peace and stability cannot be built without young women and men, and it cannot be built for them—it has to be built with them". More

Featured video
Wonder what gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) is and how it can transform women’s lives?

Watch this animated video, which explains the concept and the difference it makes in South-east Europe and Moldova – generously funded by the Austrian Development Agency and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.