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Call for proposals: Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Turkey

Friday, August 17, 2018

UN Women is inviting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions working in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender equality, violence against women, community engagement, conflict resolution, social inclusion, elimination of violence against women, refugee response and resilience to submit proposals to implement activities and deliver results under respective outputs mentioned in the CFP document targeting Syrian women and host community nationals primarily in... More

Expert’s take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights

Friday, August 17, 2018

The wings of a bird are often used as a metaphor for gender equality. If both of its wings don’t have the same strength, a bird can lose direction and may not fly. Imagine that same bird flying across oceans, through continents, with no awareness or respect for countries or borders. The metaphor of the bird puts things into a new perspective. The world has expanded and shrunk at the same time. We are more dependent on each other than ever before. The society relies on these exchanges... More

From Where I Stand: “I transformed into a new person”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Caption Text Zuke El Hasan* is a Syrian refugee who has been living in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2016. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre, which provides Turkish language, vocational skills as well as referral and psycho-social support to women in Gaziantep, helped her build self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself. The SADA Women-only Centre has been established by UN Women in partnership with the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality... More

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis

Monday, August 13, 2018

The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis. More

Civil Society Organizations in Albania to serve as watchdogs on gender budgeting

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

For the first time in Albania, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are going to monitor the budget of public institutions through a gender lens, with the aim of helping to ensure they meet the needs of women and men equally. More

Take Five: “MPs play a crucial role in making gender-responsive budgeting a priority”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dr. Helmut Berger, Head of Austrian Parliamentary Budget Office, recently briefed Albanian Members of Parliament (MPs) on how his office operates and measures gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) performance. In Albania, GRB principles are part of the medium term and annual budget programming processes. More

In Serbia, mothers and their children with disabilities find hope in ‘granny's jam’

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

By making ‘granny's jam’, a woman-run organization, Evo Ruka, is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement. More

Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women, Girls and Host Communities

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

UN Women’s new integrated refugee response programme in Turkey, Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women, Girls and Host Communities, aims to help up to 60,000 people, mainly displaced Syrian women and girls and host-country nationals in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey, overcome social and structural barriers and integrate into their host communities. More

Young men help to fight early marriages in Kosovo’s minority communities

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Qerim Emini, a 25-year-old man from the Ashkali community in Lipljan, Kosovo had heard many stories of young girls getting married in his city. More

In the words of Maja Balsha: “The ratification of the Istanbul Convention has been crucial for our work on ending violence against women”

Monday, July 23, 2018

Maja Balsha is a social worker specializing in psychosocial work. She is currently working as project coordinator at the NGO, HERA, a partner of the EU–UN Women regional programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, which aims to end violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

From where I stand: "Economic empowerment of women is essential for preventing violence"

Monday, July 23, 2018

Mevlida Mehanović is the president of ‘Podrinjka’, a recently established association working to economically and socially empower returnee women in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small municipality located on the eastern border with Serbia. More

Take Five: “Academia’s potential to promote human rights and peace needs to be utilized”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dr. Remzie Istrefi, a Professor in the Department of Law at the University of Pristina, is the coordinator of the first Transitional Justice Research Centre in Kosovo which is based in the University. The Centre was launched in May this year in Pristina by the University of Pristina, UN Women and UNDP with financial support from the European Union. The Centre aims to enhance the role of education in transitional justice processes, peace-building, human rights, and establish conditions for reconciliation. The Centre also provides a gender perspective on transitional justice processes with an in-depth focus on sexual violence during conflict. More

Women’s inclusion in Geneva peace talks still a priority

Friday, July 20, 2018

With the support of UN Women, regular meetings continue between the participants of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) and civil society. These meetings aim at sharing information and mainstreaming women’s priorities and needs in the peace negotiations. More

Georgian Police launch new checklist to assess risks in domestic violence incidents

Friday, July 13, 2018

A new ministerial decree issued by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia on 13 July 2018 introduces a milestone policy shift in police response against domestic violence. More

From where I stand: “Tales can instill positive values”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Diana Anthimiadou is a popular Georgian writer. She contributed two tales to the collection of fairy tales titled Once There was a Girl. The book, published in June 2018, was developed by UN Women Georgia. More

The Government of Ukraine and UN Women stepping up partnership for advancement of gender equality in Ukraine

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Government of Ukraine and UN Women signed the Host Country Agreement, which elevates the status of UN Women to a Country Office in Ukraine. This will also allow to broaden and deepen the partnership on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ukraine. More

Providing justice for war-time sexual violence survivors remains a challenge in Kosovo

Monday, July 9, 2018

To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Women Office in Kosovo organized the conference “Providing justice for conflict- related sexual violence survivors: Challenges and the way forward”. More

Committing to becoming agents of change at HeForShe Congress in Ukraine

Friday, July 6, 2018

At a UN Women organised event, men and women talked about what it meant to be a man and how to change attitudes to promote gender equality in the Ukraine. More

DOKUTECH Conference Shines Light on Women’s Empowerment through Technology

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

DOKUTECH, an annual technology conference in Kosovo , celebrated its 5th anniversary by bringing the conference to Pristina for the first time. The convention organized on 9 and 10 June, brought together tech executives, entrepreneurs, and top tier future talent to discuss the social implications and challenges of new technologies, including the urgent need for more female participation in this male-dominated industry. More

Domestic violence units of Kosovo police train in effective response to violence against women

Monday, July 2, 2018

Investigators of the Domestic Violence Unit of Kosovo Police from different regions of Kosovo studied effective police response to cases of violence against women at a UN Women workshop held at the end of May. More

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