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Donors and partners visit Syrian refugee women in Turkey, vowing continued support to SADA Women-only Center

Friday, July 19, 2019

Donors and partners met with refugee and local women during their visit on 11 July to the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Center in Gaziantep in the southeast of Turkey to take stock of the progress of UN Women’s refugee response programme.

FemArt7 in Kosovo focuses on Freedom vs. Shame to encourage more women in decision-making and peacebuilding

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Be my Face exhibition, portraying stories of conflict-related sexual violence survivors, kicked off the Festival. Held in the Hotel Grand, Pristina, it was the site 20 years ago of numerous conflict-related sexual violence crimes.

Rural girls in Kyrgyzstan learn coding as a step toward a future in STEM

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Women are underrepresented in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math. UN Women in Kyrgyzstan is helping to do something about it. Hundreds of rural girls across the country participated in the first Technovation Coding Caravan on programming for girls in spring 2019.

Hey guys: Gender equality is not so complicated – and it’s good for you!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On 23 May 2019, gender equality advocates Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel launched the Ukrainian language edition of their book, The Guy's Guide to Feminism , at the International Book Arsenal Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine. Produced in support of HeForShe , a UN-initiated solidarity movement for gender equality, by UN Women.

Call for Proposal (CFP) Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Call for Proposal (CFP) Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo

Documentary film by Emmy award winning director shines a spotlight on challenges of prosecuting conflict-related sexual violence

Friday, June 28, 2019

Around 200 people filled the Kino Armata in Pristina, Kosovo to watch the documentary ‘The Prosecutors’ directed by Emmy-award winner and human rights activist, Leslie Thomas. The film follows three dedicated lawyers on three continents in their journey towards justice to ensure that sexual violence in conflict is not met with impunity.

Meet the women who want to become the voice of people with special needs from the Republic of Moldova

Friday, June 28, 2019

They are determined and know that they can influence the political life in their hometowns or the villages where they live. We’re speaking about four participants in the Civic and Political Capacity Building Program for women with disabilities who decided to run in local elections in 2019.

University students examine how the media portrays gender in Turkey

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nearly 40 students from Ankara University, Hacettepe University, TED University, Gazi University and Hacı Bayram Veli University came together to discuss gender equality, the portrayal and representation of women and the language used in media, with a focus on the coverage of women politicians.

Mobilizing youth against illegal weapons for a safer society for women and girls

Monday, June 24, 2019

Led by 'Women, Peace and Security’ Coalition, the campaign took place in different universities to raise awareness on security issues and the severe consequences of the circulation of illegal firearms

Statement by UN Women Executive Director for International Widows’ Day, 23 June

Sunday, June 23, 2019

On this International Widows' Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to recognize widows in all their diversity, and acknowledge the need to integrate them fully and visibly into work on gender equality so that we break cycles of poverty and disadvantage and ensure that all widows can enjoy their full human rights.

Compelled and empowered, Syrian refugees changing traditional gender norms

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Empowered by UN Women, Syrian refugees are changing traditional gender norms. UN Women's SADA Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep, a southeastern Turkish province near the border with Syria, has been providing refugees and local women with livelihood, psycho-social, referral support and vocational training.

From where I stand: “A whole new life began and now I have a dream”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hatice Muhammet is a survivor of domestic violence and a refugee from Syria. She is one of more than 5,000 refugees and Turkish women registered at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre, which offers livelihood and psycho-social support and vocational training in Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey near the border with Syria.

Statement: Placing victims at the centre of investigations spurs justice for survivors of sexual violence in conflict

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In a joint message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Nina Suomalainen, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response, stress the importance of preventing sexual violence by addressing its root causes, including gender inequality.

Adjara hosts the Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum in Batumi

Sunday, June 16, 2019

“Opening opportunities to women in business and all sectors of society is strategic for the long term, for equity, for growth and for sustainability. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do”.

Sweden and UN Women continue working together towards advancing gender equality and empowerment of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sweden offers additional financial support to UN Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina towards advancing gender equality and empowerment of women.

Father’s day in Kazakhstan: fathers inspiring fathers

Friday, June 14, 2019

Fathers from different walks of life joined the United Nations in Kazakhstan to share stories of parenting on the eve of Father’s Day - an international celebration of fatherhood in more than 80 countries.

Take five: “Impunity is not acceptable”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Drita Hajdari is a prosecutor for the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo, where she investigates and prosecutes war crimes. To date, no one has been successfully charged with conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo. Today, police investigators and special prosecutors, like Ms. Hajdari, are working on an increasing number of cases, with a victim-centred approach. UN Women, through the Gender-Sensitive Transitional Justice project, funded by the European Union, has facilitated mentoring support from international criminal law experts to prosecutors and investigators in Kosovo.

From Where I Stand: “Women in rural areas are speaking up about their rights”

Monday, June 10, 2019

Luljeta Kaculi, 49, has been the Administrator of Labinot-Fushe, an Administrative Unit in Elbasan region, in central Albania, for four years. Together with 11 local administrators of Elbasan, she recently participated in a UN Women-led training on the legal obligations of administrators to manage cases of violence and refer them to the relevant institutions.

Belgrade wall painted in gender equality

Friday, June 7, 2019

Under the slogan, “Be the leader of change in your community,” well-known street artist in Serbia TKV and a group of girls depicted the importance of gender equality on a wall in Belgrade.

In the words of Oksana Potapova: “We need radical transformation”

Monday, June 3, 2019

Oksana Potapova, 35, is a Ukrainian peace activist, community theatre practitioner and a feminist. She is the co-founder of ‘Theatre for Dialogue’, an organization that uses community-based theatre to work with conflict-affected communities. UN Women Ukraine works in partnership with Theatre for Dialogue to raise women’s awareness of their rights. Ms. Potapova spoke to UN Women about her work and her reflections on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

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