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In Ukraine, media explores gender biases through interactive theatre

25 April 2017

Media representatives, civil society activists and gender equality advocates from conflict-affected communities in eastern Ukraine explored gender roles, behaviours and biases and acquired knowledge and tools for gender-sensitive media reporting. The learning through the inter-active Forum Theatre – an approach, also called “The Theatre of the Oppressed,” was organized by UN Women in partnership with the “Theatre for Dialogue”, a non-profit organization, and... More

Moldova’s innovative approach to end violence against women presented at Oxford University

19 April 2017

UN Women presented its experience in eliminating violence against women in Moldova as a case study at Oxford University. Adopting an innovative approach to change behaviors of violence survivors, UN Women managed to considerably increase the number of women who know their rights and request support services. More

Women-run businesses thrive in Tirana

12 April 2017

UN Women partnered with Swisscontact and GIZ, Swiss and German development agencies with specialized knowledge in business training, coaching and monitoring processes. More

From Where I Stand: Victoria Luca

08 April 2017

Victoria overcame prejudices about being a Roma woman and is now a promoter of women’s rights and equality. More

Putting women in the forefront of disaster response in Europe

29 March 2017

As natural disasters are affecting Europe and Central Asia, it is essential to recognize women as dynamic agents in disaster risk reduction (DRR), concluded a panel organized by UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction which ended on 28 March. More

UN Women and United Nations Kosovo* Team-supported movie Home wins British short film – BAFTA award

28 March 2017

In February, UN Women Kosovo supported “Home” that takes the award for British Short Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Awards (BAFTA) 2017. This makes the movie Kosovo’s first production to win this prestigious award. More

Women power goes green in Serbia

24 March 2017

Women survivors of domestic violence might be breathing new life into their organic garden but the green goods empower back. More

In the words of Aisulu Jenalieva: “Women can have more freedom and men can share domestic work”

20 March 2017

Aisulu Jenalieva, 48, has gone from being an abandoned wife of a migrant worker without the means to support her family, to leading a self-help group and collective that runs Jirgatol district’s first dairy production facility in north-east Tajikistan. Her entire perspective has changed since participating in the project. “Earlier, my only wish for my daughter was that she got a good husband, a good household and a piece of land. Now, I want a good education for her,” says Jenalieva. More

Changing world of work, changing role of women - marking of International Women's Day in fYR Macedonia

15 March 2017

To celebrate the International Women’s Day, 8th March, UN Women Office in Skopje supported the 8th edition of the Women’s Rights Nights (4-9 March 2017). Initiated by UN Women eight years ago, the event has grown into a cultural alternative in the celebration of the International Women’s Day. More

Police officers in Ukraine trained to be responsive to gender-based violence

14 March 2017

UN Women-organized five-day training course, which was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, UNDP and Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health. The training course was designed for patrol, district and juvenile prevention officers. More

Women gain voice and leadership in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine

10 March 2017

Crisis recovery and decentralization create complex challenges for conflict-affected areas. A UN Women initiative brought Ukrainian and Georgian women’s groups together to share experiences in getting most vulnerable populations to participate in local decision-making. More

Coordinated actions are needed to respond to HIV in Ukraine's crisis areas

09 March 2017

The on-going conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine is not only destroying peace but is also tearing apart long-established links of specialised agencies, service providers, the civil society organizations working to support women living with HIV. More

Borsa Istanbul rings bell for gender equality

08 March 2017

UN Women says unpaid care and domestic work and unfair barrier to equal labour force participation and pay are the biggest obstacles to Turkish women’s full economic participation as Istanbul Stock Exchange rings bell for gender equality on International Women’s Day. More

International Women's Day 2017 in Europe and Central Asia

08 March 2017

On 8 March 2017 and during the commemoration week of International Women's Day, countries across the Europe and Central Asia region have joined the global call for Gender Equality: Planet 50-50 by 2030 by ensuring that the world of work works for all women. UN Women is organizing a series of diverse, high-profile events in the region, where ordinary citizens, government officials, activists, students, security personnel, scholars and stock exchange officials are among those who commit to “Stepping It Up for Gender Equality.” More

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine steps up their concrete commitment

08 March 2017

Ahead of the International Women’s Day, Ukraine’s highest body of state executive power has endorsed a historic initiative to place gender equality at centre of their highest possible level in the Government. This legislative milestone is bringing Ukraine’s compliance to the UN standards aspired in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. More

From where I stand: “I had minimized my interactions with men since I was eighteen to avoid rape”

03 March 2017

Gulzada Serzhan shares the damaging impact of sexual harassment at work place and the heightened risk faced by women of alternative sexualities. More

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

28 February 2017

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017 More

Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”

27 February 2017

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, which places gender equality at the heart of good business practices. Mr. Baitassov has also joined UN Women’s HeforShe campaign. More

Gender-budgeting to improve services for men and women in conflict-affected communities

25 February 2017

Further to the adoption of its Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan, the MRA honors its commitment to strengthen the gender mainstreaming capacities of its staff with support from UN Women and the EU. More

From where I stand: “I set up a tourist guest house to support my family”

24 February 2017

Saudita Marku, a city girl, looked for new income opportunities to support her family when after marriage she moved to rural village in Albania. She now runs a guest house for tourists, and also a bee-keeping business. More

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