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First applications in for long-awaited compensation for conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Comprehensive efforts to recognize and compensate victims of sexual violence during the Kosovo conflict almost 20 years ago took a leap forward with the start of an application process for the survivors. More

In the words of HRH Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite: “We need to encourage girls and young women to pursue science and stay in science careers”

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Caption Text “When I said I wanted to be a doctor, I was always told: ‘Science is not for royalty. Nobody will work for you.’ I studied hard. I was determined to become a doctor. I was lucky that I had professors who saw me as someone interested in being a doctor. They did not care about my royal title. My three brothers, all of whom are in science and engineering now, were my mentors and my friends. They taught me about math and how to work through their physics... More

Press Release: Local women need voice for regional and international peace to hold

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Partesh and Klokot, Kosovo [1] - Members of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in South Eastern Europe (RWLSEE) took part in a two-day international conference on how women at the local level can play a greater role in peace-building. Participants from seven countries of the region explored ways to promote women, peace and security, with a focus on multi-ethnic municipalities of Partesh and Klokot in southeastern Kosovo. They analysed common challenges and ways... More

In the words of Valentina Bodrug-Lungu: “Viewing women primarily through a maternity and family life perspective limits their social and political activism”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Valentina Bodrug-Lungu is the vice-president of the Gender Equality Platform in the Republic of Moldova, which is a voluntary association of individuals and organizations that act as a unified voice for the promotion of gender equality in the country. She is also the president and founder of Gender-Centru, a non-governmental organization that carries out projects on gender education, combatting domestic violence and preventing and combating discrimination. She helped develop and promote gender... More

Civil society supports women to live a life free of violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Through the country-level component of the Implementing Norms, Changing Minds regional programme, UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina is partnering with a number of civil society organizations with the aim of ensuring that all women can live a life free of violence. For the next two years, these organizations will address the inequalities that lie at the intersection of gender and other factors such as age, disability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and nationality. More

Announcer: International Women's Day 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. More

Take Five: “Most services for refugees in Turkey are gender-blind”

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Foundation for Women’s Solidarity (FWS) is an independent women’s organization dedicated to fighting violence against women, especially domestic violence and trafficking of women. Recently, FWS started wr UN Women to conduct a project to foster dialogue between women’s organizations and local actors, to help prevent gender-based discrimination and violence against women among the refugee population in Turkey. The project is being implemented under the regional programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’. Yelda Şahin Akıllı is FWS’s Project Coordinator in charge of the project. More

Take Five: “Civil society is crucial to monitor the implementation of international commitments on ending violence against women”

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Center for Legal Civil Initiatives (CLCI) started working with UN Women in Albania to support the establishment of a network of civil society organizations to monitor the implementation of international human rights obligations on ending violence against women – under the regional programme, Implementing Norms, Changing Minds. CLCI’s Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Aurela Anastas, explains their role in the programme and how this network of CSOs can actively support ending violence against women in Albania. More

In the words of Ülker Şener: “Assisting refugee women to enjoy their basic human rights is of utmost importance”

Monday, January 22, 2018

Ülker Şener is the Head of the Steering Committee for the Women’s Studies Association, a feminist group established in Ankara, Turkey in 2011. As part of the UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, the Women's Studies Association will work to raise awareness of violence against women among refugees in two Turkish provinces: Mersin and Hatay. More

Take five: “Equal representation and participation of women in all aspects of life is still a long way off in Turkey”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sema Kendirci Uğurman is the Chair of the Turkish Women’s Union (TWU), the largest women’s association in Turkey. As part of the ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ regional programme, the TWU will partner with UN Women to strengthen the capacity of civil society groups to advocate for the development and implementation of laws in line with CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention More

In the words of Dimitri Tskitishvili: “A traditional society can be more easily persuaded when a man talks about gender equality”

Friday, January 5, 2018

For the past 18 years, Dimitri Tskitishvili has been in politics in Georgia. He saw political participation as a way to bring change, even when he was chair of a youth organization and advocated for gender equality. He is now a Member of Parliament (MP) in Georgia where he is part of the Gender Equality Council, whose strategy has four pillars: research and policy-making; law making; awareness raising; and communication. The Council’s action plan includes fostering economic empowerment, political participation, and social rights legislation. More

Women with disabilities are unable to access public services in eastern Ukraine, finds UN Women’s Gender Audit

Friday, December 29, 2017

While women with disabilities are mostly excluded from the local planning and decision making, when empowered they become active agents of change in their cities and communities. Public authorities and civil society organizations jointly identified the practical measures and steps to be implemented through planning and budgeting to address the specific needs and priorities of women and girls with disabilities in the conflict affected Kramatorsk city and Donetsk oblast. More

UN Women and The Headhunter Group award companies for inclusion and equality in employment

Saturday, December 30, 2017

UN Women and The Headhunter Group awarded companies that respect the LGBTIQ population the most in their employment practices and at the workplace, following a LGBTIQ Employment Equality Index which ranks companies for equality and diversity. More

Women with disabilities are unable to access public services in eastern Ukraine, finds UN Women’s Gender Audit

Friday, December 29, 2017

While women with disabilities are mostly excluded from the local planning and decision making, when empowered they become active agents of change in their cities and communities. Public authorities and civil society organizations jointly identified the practical measures and steps to be implemented through planning and budgeting to address the specific needs and priorities of women and girls with disabilities in the conflict affected Kramatorsk city and Donetsk oblast. More

Women’s groups discuss how to integrate intersectional approaches for ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Twenty-five women representing different marginalized groups from the Western Balkans and Turkey met in Istanbul to discuss how to better integrate an intersectional approach into their work on ending violence against women. More

European Union - UN Women partnership bolsters efforts in response to Syrian crisis

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Pursuing joint efforts against Gender-Based Violence, the EU and UN Women today launched a women´s rights and empowerment programme aiming at strengthening the resilience of Syrian women and girls and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. This is the first agreement with UN Women under the EU Regional Trust Fund – “MADAD”. This integrated programme aims to reach 60,000 people in need, predominantly women living in situations characterised by increasing domestic... More

Call for Proposals (Re-advertisement): Femicide Review Investigation (Only for Serbia)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks to submit proposals aimed advocating for the introduction of the Femicide Review Investigation, an internal state investigation of the institutions and service providers for women victims of violence in Serbia under the Programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Channing Minds” funded by European Union. More

Women leaders at the forefront of peace building in the Western Balkans

Monday, December 18, 2017

Representatives from seven countries of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in South East Europe looked at women’s roles as vital for future of peace and stability. More

Joint statement for International Migrants Day, 18 December, by the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and UN Women

Friday, December 15, 2017

On International Migrants Day, we call for the development of a gender-responsive global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration that promotes and protects the human rights of all migrants, and especially women and girls. More

Take Five: “Preventing early marriage is a key priority for ending violence against Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women in Kosovo”

Friday, December 15, 2017

Shpresa Agushi is a leading activist for the rights of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women in Kosovo . She has worked in various non-governmental organizations and institutions dealing with human rights. In 2001, she registered the first Roma women's NGO, ‘Romane Romnja’, and through her work has been advocating for gender equality, as well as supporting the further education of Roma girls and boys. In 2007, Ms. Agushi was elected Executive Director of the Network of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women's Organizations of Kosovo (NRAEWOK) – a position she still holds today. More

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