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Meetings focus on impediments to gender equality in Turkey

Friday, December 8, 2017

Discussions between parliamentarians, local authorities and civil society groups reveal broad challenges to women’s empowerment and gender equality in Turkey’s south-eastern Anatolia region. More

Skopje’s Right to City for All conference puts women and girls’ safety first

Friday, December 8, 2017

As part of #16Days of Activism Campaign, UN Women joined forces with UN-HABITAT to organize a two-day regional conference on the Right to City for All in Skopje, which focused on the safety of women and girls in public spaces. More

Call for Proposals: Implementation of Awareness-raising among refugee and migrant women on how to access justice services (Only for Turkey)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UN Women is inviting civil society organizations and women organizations to undertake: Awareness raising among refugee and migrant women on how to access justice services under the Turkey component of the Regional Programme “Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. More

Shelters and prevention key to addressing domestic violence in Azerbaijan

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

An influential gathering in Baku examined the most effective ways to prevent domestic violence and protect and rehabilitate its survivors. More

In the words of Mirsada Terzic: “One day something clicked and I felt like I needed to talk”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A survivor of wartime sexual violence, Mirsada Terzic was displaced from her home town Brcko, close to the Croatian border, after the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More

From Where I Stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases. More

Women Survivors of Violence Demand Immediate Actions to End Violence Against Women and Girls in Moldova

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Women survivors of violence and 22 organizations that form the "Life without Domestic Violence” National Coalition made an appeal to public authorities and the society to take immediate actions to combat violence against women. More

Expert’s take: “Neither men, nor women should be objectified by advertising”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I remember the morning that I received an aggressive message on social media. It was a comment on an article I shared about several Moldovan companies being sanctioned for the first time for using sexist images and text in their advertising. More

From where I stand: “Our rights are still not recognized”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vesna Nestorovic, 52, is the founder of the “White Cane” Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, an author and the President of an Aikido Association for persons with disabilities in Serbia. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director: Leaving no one out from health

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV (UNAIDS Right to Health report, 2017). They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread. Those whose health and future are currently least prioritized must become our focus, if we are to achieve the changes we seek. More

Press Release: There should be “zero tolerance” in combatting sexual harassment

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

‘Awareness and Confidence Raising Workshop’, organized by Aydın Doğan Foundation, Hürriyet Daily and UN Women in collaboration with Fitside and Boğaziçi University brought together young women, the civil society and the media to emphasize that violence against women and girls could be prevented with a “zero tolerance” approach. More

Expert’s Take: Harnessing South-South and Triangular Cooperation to accelerate inclusive development

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Chief of Asia-Pacific & Least Developed Countries Section with UN Women HQ in New York, is currently leading UN Women’s global engagements and portfolio on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. During his 18-year career in this field, Mr. Kabir’s work has spanned shaping and influencing public policies, promoting institutional development, as well as working with and for vulnerable groups and marginalized communities in making development work for the poor. More

Press release: OK Live will feature anonymous streaming in support of global campaign against gender-based violence

Thursday, November 23, 2017

OK and UN Women will bring anonymous live-streaming to the OK Live app for one day on Saturday, 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The participants will be able to record anonymously their personal stories and share how they have taken action and what needs to be done to end violence against women and girls. More

Orange the World, Leave No One Behind

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This year, UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the theme of “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” . A host of public events—from marches, exhibits and concerts to sporting events—are being organized under the banner of the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030, using the signature colour orange. More

A home far away from home in Serbia

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Women refugees and migrants in Serbia now have a place of their own, and a support team to help them build a post-conflict life free from violence and poverty. More

From Where I Stand: “Women's voices are crucial in our civil society and can lead to change”

Monday, November 20, 2017

Radmila Žigić is the Director of Foundation Lara from Bijeljina in northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which has been at the forefront of combating violence against women and girls, ensuring safe space for survivors, advocating for women’s rights and empowering women since its establishment in 1998. Lara was the first women’s organization in BiH that established a shelter for survivors of human trafficking in 2000, which provided support to close to 200 women in Bijeljina. While advocating for more effective legislation, educating law enforcement officers and preventing sexual exploitation of women and girls, especially among school-age youth, Lara has significantly contributed to the reduction of this form of violence against women in BiH. More

Statement: A life without the threat of violence for everyone: leave no one behind

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Message by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November 2017 More

From where I stand: “Ending violence against women and girls is hard work, but it’s not impossible“

Thursday, November 16, 2017

At 16 years of age, David Kovačić is a gender equality activist. As an active member of the Be a Man club, a youth initiative that's spreading across the country, he believes that real men are not violent, and encouraging his peers to take a stand against gender-based violence. More

Putting laws into action, police officers respond to violence against women in Moldova

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

With generous funding from the Swedish Government, UN Women has been working with police officers across Moldova for the past two years, to build their knowledge and improve their capacity to respond to domestic violence cases effectively. The programme, titled “Promoting and multiplying good innovative practices in preventing and combating violence against women”, also encourages police officers like Zglavoci to share good practices with their peers and other service providers through trainings and interactive platforms. More

Living with HIV and violence: Women of Ukraine speak out and build solidarity

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In Ukraine, 35 per cent of women living with HIV have experienced violence since the age of 15. Many women cannot definitively say that they have experienced violence, because they have suffered and witnessed gender-based violence through generations and it has been normalized. For women living with HIV, lack of awareness, shelters and support services pose additional challenges. Peer-support groups and the National Women’s Forum on HIV, supported by UN Women is bringing awareness, action and new beginnings for HIV positive women survivors of violence. More

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