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From Where I Stand: “I am proud to be the voice of refugee women”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fatma Elzehra Elabo fled the war in Syria with her family when she was a teenager and moved from her hometown, Halep, to Gaziantep, near Turkey’s southern border. After learning Turkish and finishing high school, she started working as an Arabic-Turkish translator in SADA Women-only Centre, which provides vocational and language skills to refugee and local women in Gaziantep. SADA Centre was established by UN Women; it is run in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM), and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, with financial support by the European Union (EU) Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’, and the Government of Japan. More

Press Release: Changing Behavior to End Violence against Women and Girls in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A new three-year project funded by the European Union to end violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan started out on 10 April 2018 in Bishkek. More

Call for Proposals: Support to establishment and or strengthening of Roma and pro-Roma women’s rights civil society networks and platforms

Friday, April 6, 2018

UN Women is inviting Roma women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSO networks and platforms, representing and promoting Roma women’s rights and working in the area of ending violence against women to submit proposals to strengthen existing networks and platforms, or to establish new ones to strengthen Roma women´s voice and agency to monitor, report on and advocate for the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as Istanbul Convention) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

Moldova honours 10 exceptional trail blazing women

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

UN Women in Moldova pays tribute to 10 women who made history for being “first” in predominantly male arenas like politics, sports, military, business, science, and engineering. More

High-level commitment to gender equality in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Monday, April 2, 2018

UN Women held a high-level strategic meeting with the Prime Minister and Ministers of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to discuss urgent steps to be taken for ensuring gender equality in the public finance reform process. More

The Istanbul Convention as an instrument for tackling violence against women and girls in Montenegro

Thursday, March 29, 2018

It has been seven years since the Montenegrin Government signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – known as the Istanbul Convention – and four years since its entry into force. Under the Montenegro legal system, international laws and treaties, once ratified, are legally binding and take precedence over national laws. But, has the Convention brought any real improvement for women survivors of violence? More

Take Five: Harmonization of national legislation with the Istanbul Convention – a priority for ending violence against women

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Daniela Rangelova is a Member of Parliament in the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. Since 2014, she has been the President of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women, and a member of the Women Parliamentarians’ Club, both of which are working in partnership with UN Women to advance gender equality in the country. More

In the words of Sanem Öztürk: “Our aim is to build a strong and enduring solidarity network that brings together women from Turkey and Syria”

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sanem Öztürk is a sociologist and activist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been working for the Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV) since 2011. As part of the ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme, KADAV is partnering with UN Women to build the capacity and maintain a network of Syrian and Turkish women CSOs, to work together to develop tools for combating sexual and gender-based violence within the framework of the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW. More

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers a blueprint to ensure the rights and development of rural women and girls

Friday, March 23, 2018

The UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights concluded today in New York with the strong commitment by UN Member States to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global activism and public outcry to end gender injustice and discrimination worldwide, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) reached a robust agreement highlighting the urgency of empowering and supporting those who need it most and have, for too long, been left behind. More

Call for Proposals: Action oriented advocacy research to inform key stakeholders efforts to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women

Thursday, March 22, 2018

UN Women is inviting women’s rights organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) with expertise on research on ending violence against women and/or gender equality, research institutions and/or study centers to conduct an actionoriented advocacy research to inform key stakeholders efforts to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

Press Release: Ukraine joins the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ahead of the International Women’s Day, UN Women launched the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality in Ukraine and joined the global HeForShe Arts Week, which takes place from 8 to 15 March in different cities around the world. The HeForShe campaign kicked off a call for supporters of gender equality and women’s rights among men and boys in Ukraine. More

From where I stand: “We helped our community feel alive”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Aliona Vdovenko is acting head of the village and leader of a women’s community self-help group “Fiesta” in Novomykolaivka, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Only 450 people reside in Novomykolayivka village and regional level budget-planning often doesn’t take into account the needs of those who live in small villages. Vdovenko advocates for the allocation of necessary resources for small villages, including hers, especially in line with the decentralization reform – one of the key reforms in Ukraine which aims to transfer power, resources, and responsibility from the executive branch to the local self-government. More

From Where I Stand: “I am determined to help my children take full advantage of their rights as citizens”

Monday, March 19, 2018

Anastasia Muntyan, 28, is a Roma woman who lives in a village near Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. She is renting a small house with her husband and two children, but lives in near poverty and faces many obstacles as a representative of an ethnic minority. She recently participated in a UN Women training on the human rights of Roma Women, which helped her understand her rights as a citizen and act upon them. More

In the words of Oksana Kononets: “Disability helped me to realize my inner strength”

Monday, March 19, 2018

25-year-old Oksana Kononets had an accident three years ago which resulted in a spinal injury and a disability for life. Last year, she was chosen Miss World Ukraine in a wheelchair. She combines her roles as a model and a social worker through her charity “Unbroken” that helps women with disabilities break stereotypes in modeling and promotes equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Kononets collaborates with UN Women to raise awareness about the discrimination that women with disabilities face in Ukraine. More

From Where I Stand: “It is our responsibility as a community to consider the needs of everyone”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lilia Kulish is a school principal and a deputy at the local council in Mykolayivka, a small town of about 14,900 people (60% women) in conflict-affected Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. The school became a shelter for people trying to escape the conflict in the summer of 2014 when anti-government armed groups seized some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, prompting the Government to launch an anti-terrorist operation. As a deputy in the council, Kulish advocates for the inclusion of women in decision-making. More

Criminal justice collaboration a must for effective sexual violence investigations

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A UN Women and European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) supported working group meeting of experts in Kosovo looks at ways to enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence cases. More

Global Open Day in Kosovo focuses on changing laws and patriarchal attitudes to boost women’s political participation

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The 2018 Global Open Day on Women, Peace and Security in Kosovo focused on women’s political participation, and the key factors that inhibit their full engagement in the public sphere. More

One in seven women in Georgia experiences domestic violence new national study finds

Friday, March 9, 2018

According to the new National Study on Violence against Women in Georgia released jointly by UN Women and GEOSTAT with EU financial support, one in seven women reported having experienced domestic violence and one in five women reported having experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime. More

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Thursday, March 8, 2018

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women’s achievements, activism and potential in Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. From important social and digital campaigns, panels, seminars and press conferences to engaging the international community and members states with discussions around gender equality at key international meetings, here are some highlights from the occasion in our region. More

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women for International Women’s Day More

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