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Across the Western Balkans, rural women are influencing local budgets and shaping progress

Friday, October 13, 2017

Across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova, UN Women works with governments to implement gender equality commitments and enhance women’s participation in decision-making. Funded by the Austrian Development Agency and Swiss Development Cooperation, the programme enables women to influence local budgets to address their diverse needs. More

Investing in girls is key for sustainable development

Thursday, October 12, 2017

UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women in Turkey paired up with Aydin Dogan Foundation to mark International Day of the Girl Child with a special event, which spotlighted the importance of girls’ empowerment, so that they can pioneer social change. More

Empowering women in the farthest corners of Armenia

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Catherine Wolf is a Programme Analyst with UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, overseeing the projects in Africa and Europe and Central Asia. She is based in Turkey, and recently visited a project in Armenia, implemented by Green Lane, a non-governmental organization that works in partnership with UN Women to empower rural women. More

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her. More

Press Release: High-level event in #Skopje spotlights women’s crucial role in political life

Monday, October 9, 2017

UN Women, the Embassy of Sweden to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Faculty of Law in Skopje joined forces to promote women’s participation in leadership positions and political life. More

Take Five: Gender equality is key to ending violence against women

Monday, October 9, 2017

Mila Carovska has been the Minister of Labour and Social Policy for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia since May 2017. She is a long-standing human rights activist with extensive experience in the NGO sector and an independent expert in social protection, sexual reproductive rights and gender equality. The Ministry is a partner of UN Women in advancing the gender equality agenda and combatting violence against women in the country. More

In the words of Ainuru Altybaeva: “Bride kidnapping is not a tradition, it’s a crime”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women’s empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls women’s movement, coordinated and led by UN Women in Kyrgyzstan. More

In the words of Sonja Lokar: “If there are so few women in politics, who will put on the agenda the priorities that affect women’s lives?”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sonja Lokar is the Executive Director of the Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues and has worked with women activists across all social, ethnic, religious and political divides in 21 countries. Lokar recently spoke at the Regional Conference "Parliamentarians for gender equality and women's empowerment," organized by UN Women, UNDP, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) with the support of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and in partnership with the Government of Sweden. More

Ending violence against women with disabilities in Serbia’s custodial institutions

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A recent study has uncovered that women, like Edith, with mental disabilities who are being held in Serbia’s institutions often suffer multiple forms of violence. More

Georgian language has no gender prejudice, get it out of your head!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

UN Women Georgia’s new social campaign focuses on promoting gender equality and empowering women through sport More

Press Release: Parliamentarians from Eastern Europe and Central Asia join forces to reduce barriers against women’s participation in public life

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Around 90 parliamentarians, local elected officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Chișinău to identify how to solve some of the most pressing issues challenging women’s rights and their full participation in all spheres of life. More

Global Goals Week in Albania drives joint action to achieve the 2030 Agenda

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Global Goals Week in Albania brought together students, youth, local governments, civil society and businesses to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to build partnerships to drive concrete action for achieving the new 2030 sustainable development agenda. More

Local women’s networks drive gender equality in rural Serbia

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In rural Serbia, where the political and economic landscape is primarily dominated by men and few women participate in decision-making, local Women Councilors Networks set up with support from UN Women are challenging the status quo. More

Turkish MPs get first-hand look at gender equality in Finland and Sweden

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In a IPU-organised study visit in partnership with UN Women, Turkish deputies discussed best practices in gender equality – including gender mainstreaming in policies and gender responsive budgeting – with Finnish and Swedish parliamentarians. More

More action and stronger commitments needed to prevent violence against women in OSCE region, international organizations and civil society say

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The OSCE Gender Section, UN Women and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, brought together experts, participating States and civil society to discuss and identify successful approaches to the prevention of violence against women at an event held on 21 September 2017 in Warsaw. More

Take Five: Women’s organizations pave the way for CSOs in Turkey

Monday, September 25, 2017

Ayça Bulut Bican is the Resident Adviser for the EU-funded Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations (TACSO) project in Turkey. She is an expert in civil society development and has worked on a number of projects focused on gender equality and women’s representation in politics. She also has extensive experience working with the women’s rights movement in Turkey, supporting networks to increase their impact in policy dialogue and providing assistance to civil society organizations. More

Take five: Domestic legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to be harmonized with the Istanbul Convention

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fatima Bećirović is a project coordinator at the Government-managed Gender Centre of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Previously, she worked as a social worker and the coordinator of a shelter in Tuzla. Throughout her work, Bećirović has participated in a variety of research on domestic and gender-based violence and has experience as an educator in the field of violence against women. UN Women works closely with the government of BiH to combat violence against women through a number of initiatives including the regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. Bećirović discusses some of the priorities to prevent violence against women in the country. More

Expert’s take: Civil society has the potential to play a major role in ending violence against women

Friday, September 22, 2017

Agustela Nini-Pavli is a Project Analyst at the UN Women office in Albania, focusing on efforts to end violence against women and girls as part of the regional ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme. She is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in the integration of human rights, including women’s rights, in development programming. Prior to joining UN Women, Agustela worked as a consultant with various UN agencies and other development organizations. More

Making the change: Promoting gender equality in Moldova’s media

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Swedish journalists share their experience in promoting gender equality in communications and journalism with local media, students and press officers in Moldova. More

New UN Trust Fund initiative in Moldova aims to protect elderly women from domestic violence

Monday, September 18, 2017

HelpAge International, in partnership with Gender Centru, launched a 3-year initiative which aims to inform elderly women in Moldova about their rights and protect them from domestic violence. The project "Ensuring Gender and Age Dimensions of Human Rights are realized in Moldova,” is supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund). More

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