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The largest network of lesbian activists in the region call for greater equality and inclusion

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The European and Central Asian Lesbian Conference (EL*C) in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, called for more inclusive societies across the region and the protection of their human rights. More

In the words of Ljiljana Gusic: “Rural women have great potential which need to be channeled well”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ljiljana Gusic is the founder of “Udahni Zivot,” a women’s association that promotes women’s creativity, encourages their economic empowerment and supports women from marginalised groups through education, employment and integration into society. UN Women recently supported these efforts in the framework of the EU-funded "Support to priority actions for gender equality" project. More

Press Release: UN Women launches a new initiative to promote gender-responsive policies and budgets in the Republic of North Macedonia

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Government representatives, representatives from central and local self-government units, civil society organizations, academia and gender experts, gathered to discuss and highlight gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) at an event to launch the UN Women project “Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies and Budgets: Towards Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Republic of North Macedonia.” More

Gender equality reaffirmed as a key driver of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

At the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls were recognized as key drivers for the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More

International community calls for equal pay for work of equal value at high-level Regional Forum

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

At the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region in Geneva, the international community called for urgent action to ensure equal pay for work of equal value by adopting the right policies and requiring companies to implement transparent pay measures. More

Kosovo to start using an integrated database for cases of domestic violence

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ms. Ulrika Richardson, United Nations Development Coordinator, congratulating Kosovo on the key step forward in addressing and preventing domestic violence. Photo: UN Women Kosovo On 14 March 2019, a key milestone was achieved for Kosovo [1] when government institutions dealing with violence against women and girls signed a memorandum of understanding on an integrated and unified database for cases of domestic violence. This database will enable the monitoring and prosecution of domestic... More

“Women’s Economic Empowerment in Kazakhstan: Practices, Challenges and Opportunities”

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

UN Women in Kazakhstan and Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan organized an event aimed at analyzing and discussing women’s economic empowerment trends in Kazakhstan, with a focus on women’s entrepreneurship. More

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In her closing remarks to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "With the Agreed Conclusions you have given us the possibility to take the work forward, to make sure that we address the discrimination that may be suffered by women and girls in every part of the world, whether because they are disabled, because of their sexuality, because they are human rights activists, or because of poverty". More

Shining a light on conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo

Monday, March 25, 2019

Organized by the Jahjaga Foundation with the German Embassy, UN Women and the UN Kosovo Team, the conference not only served to shine a light on some of the darkest corners of human experience and share painful truths of conflict-related sexual violence, but also aimed to inspire global collaborations. More

For a lasting peace in Kosovo and the region, political processes need to be gender-inclusive

Monday, March 25, 2019

Over 250 representatives of political and civil society groups from Kosovo and across the Balkans attended the 2019 Global Open Day, jointly organized by the UN and the European Union (EU), which both look to further increase their collaboration to increase involvement of women in decision-making processes. More

Girls innovate for change in Kosovo

Monday, March 18, 2019

The UN Women Office in Kosovo, in partnership with IPKO Foundation, UNICEF, UN Kosovo Team, Agency for Gender Equality and SIDA, organized “Girls Innovate for Change” workshop with the aim of breaking barriers in traditionally male dominated professions. More

Call for Proposals - Social and Economic Stabilization and Strengthening the Resilience of Refugee Women and Adolescent Girls in Turkey

Monday, March 18, 2019

UN Women Turkey Office invites non - governmental organisations legally established and operating in Turkey to submit proposals for providing requirements as defined in the Terms of Reference and Call for Proposal documents. This Call for Proposals, “Social and Economic Stabilization and Strengthening the Resilience of Refugee Women and Adolescent Girls in Turkey” aims to strengthen the existing initiatives that support refugees, implemented by the municipalities/local authorities and civil society organizations in Izmir. Women only spaces and programmes will be created to provide protection, livelihood support and social cohesion activities. More

UN Women spotlights the contribution of women artists to the culture of Ukraine

Friday, March 15, 2019

To commemorate the first anniversary of the HeForShe movement in Ukraine and to recognise Ukrainian female artists of the past and present, UN Women, in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute, a state institution that represents Ukrainian culture internationally, has established the Women in Arts Award. More

Fenerbahçe Sports Club in Turkey features pioneer women athletes on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fenerbahçe Sports Club, which joined forces with the HeForShe movement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in sport in Turkey, hosted an event on International Women’s Day for women athletes who pioneered the establishment of women’s volleyball and basketball teams in 1954, and won consecutive championships between 1954 and 1961. More

The youth discusses women’s rights and gender equality on International Women’s Day in Turkey

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

UN agencies in Turkey and the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara brought together university and high school students ahead of International Women’s Day to discuss the crucial role of youth as agents of change to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women's rights. More

Press release: As economic uncertainties, exclusionary politics, push-back on civil society, and labour informality rise, UN’s largest meeting on gender equality begins

Friday, March 8, 2019

Spotlight on improving social protection, inadequate public services and gender-blind infrastructure; identifying policy actions critical to propel gender equality and transform women’s lives More

Take Five: “Rural women’s access to the Internet is crucial for their economic empowerment”

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The initiative aims to build the capacity of rural women, and to empower them economically through productive employment and entrepreneurship. Yespenova explains the key findings of a UN Women commissions analysis on rural women’s employment and entrepreneurship in three pilot regions of the country. More

In rural Georgia women are asking for kindergartens, here’s why

Thursday, March 7, 2019

In remote villages across Georgia, better roads and kindergartens are high on women’s agenda, and understandably so. How long it takes them to commute due to the lack of road infrastructure or essential public services such as kindergartens, and how far a mother has to go to get affordable childcare, determines how much time she has left in a day to get paid work. More

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange rang the bell for gender equality

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange JSC (“KASE”) held the opening bell ceremony titled “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality,” commemorating International Women's Day and seeking to highlight the criticality of advancing gender equality. More

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women’s lives

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning. More

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