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From where I stand: “We must fight this perception that what happens in the family remains in the family”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

For Ina Grădinaru, a psychologist with a women’s centre in Moldova, her work with survivors of violence is much more than a job, it’s a social responsibility and her life mission. For the #HearMeToo campaign, she talks about her work, the persisting challenges and myths that must be broken to end the violence. More

From where I stand: “People with disabilities don’t talk about the violence they experience because often it means reporting the people closest to them”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amira Kushta* was diagnosed with a rare tumor in the spine and was paralyzed after back surgery when she was 19. Her house became her prison for 24 years. More

Press Release: Fenerbahçe Sports Club levels the playing field for gender equality

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fenerbahçe Sports Club, one of the oldest and most popular sports clubs in Turkey, joined forces with the HeForShe movement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in sport. As a result of this unique collaboration, Fenerbahçe aims to set an example globally by pioneering a number of initiatives in the sports community through the “Equal Together” movement until the end of 2019. As part of the collaboration, Fenerbahçe Football Club Soccer Team will be wearing the HeForShe logo on their right arm throughout the 2018-2019 season. More

Press Release: Central Asian governments call for the elimination of violence against women and girls

Monday, November 5, 2018

More than 60 government and parliamentary representatives from Central Asia gathered at a United Nations regional conference in Bishkek on 5 November to discuss holistic strategies to combat all forms of violence against women and girls in Central Asia. More

Roundtable Rouses Support for Greater Regional Cooperation on Gender Equality in the Western Balkans

Friday, October 26, 2018

Representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia gathered to share their experiences and challenges with implementing their National Gender Mechanism. This is a key tool to help countries meet their international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). More

From where I stand: “The adoption of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is only the beginning”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bajana Ceveli is the Executive Director of the Association for Women’s Security and Peace (AWSP) in Albania. Over the past three years, the Association, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, helped draft a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in September 2018. Ms. Ceveli spoke to UN Women about her personal motivation and why the National Action Plan is important for women. More

Call for Proposals: Development and Implementation of a Strategic Communication Programme for Achieving Specific Behavioural Results with regard to reducing Violence against Women in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Thursday, October 18, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) to submit proposals to develop and implement a Strategic Communication Programme for Achieving Specific Behavioural Results with regard to reducing Violence against Women in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. More

UN Women calls for the realization of the human rights of Roma women in Ukraine

Thursday, October 18, 2018

On 17-18 October, UN Women organized the international conference “Realizing the rights of Roma women in Ukraine,” in close partnership with the Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Roma Women Fund Chiricli, in Ukrainian capital Kyiv. More

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. More

Press Release: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia commits to improving the social and economic development of rural women

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, the National Federation of Farmers and the Network for Rural Development in the former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, in partnership with the Faculty for Agricultural Sciences and Food, supported by the Swedish Cooperative Centre We Effect and UN Women, organized an event to spotlight the importance of social and economic development of women living in rural areas. More

UN Women statement on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women calls upon the international community to work with rural women and girls everywhere and to invest in the sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection that can revolutionize their livelihoods, well-being and resilience. More

A letter to girls from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of the Girl Child

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "This is a critical time for the girls of our world". More

Arts, sports, and technology foster empowerment of girls

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The conference on the International Day of the Girl Child co-organized by UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women in Turkey in partnership with Aydın Doğan Foundation centered on girls’ empowerment through science, arts, and sports. The common message given to hundreds of girls at the conference is, “Set a goal, work hard and never give up!” More

Kyrgyz and Tajik youth work together for peace and gender equality

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

After training at a summer camp, youth activists get busy promoting sustainable development, gender equality, natural resources management and peace on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border More

Press Release: OSCE and UN Women sign first-ever Memorandum of Understanding

Friday, September 28, 2018

The first-ever memorandum of understanding between the OSCE and UN Women was signed on 27 September by OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec. More

Call for proposals: Strategic Communication Programme for Achieving Specific Behavioural Results with regards to reducing Violence against Women in Serbia (GenderLab)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

UN Women Programme Office in Serbia is announcing Call for Proposals as a part of the UN Women/EU Regional Programme “Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkan and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. This project is to contribute to elimination of gender-based discrimination and violence against women through strategic communication campaign for changing gender discriminatory social norms and attitudes at community level in Serbia and achieving concrete specific behavioural results in reducing VAW. More

Improving services for women survivors of violence in Albania

Friday, September 21, 2018

Lumnie Shima’s* mother wrote in her diary in 2015, keeping notes of events in her house. The violence became more frequent, filling up the pages over the next few years. Then, at the end of 2017, Ms. Shima decided to report her husband to the police in Kamza, a municipality only 10 kilometers away from the capital of Albania. More

Testing new approaches to leave no woman and girl behind

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Women’s rights organizations from eight countries gather to identify and prototype new solutions to gender equality challenges. More

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine joins the HeForShe global movement

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On 12 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, made a public HeForShe commitment on behalf of the Ministry in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become the first state institution to join the HeForShe solidarity movement in Ukraine. More

Amendments to domestic violence law in Albania strengthens protection of women survivors of violence

Monday, September 17, 2018

On 23 July, the Albanian Parliament approved the amendments to the domestic violence law, which entered into force on 1 September. The amendments strengthen protective and procedural measures for a more effective response to domestic violence and protection of survivors. More

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