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From where I stand: “Fed up with the harassment, I appealed to the media”

21 February 2017

Tatiana Covalciuc returned to Moldova to start a business, but faced corruption. Today she aims to set up support structures for returning migrants. More

In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

20 February 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

Call for media competition on Gender-Sensitive Reporting

15 February 2017

Journalists, bloggers and media representatives working in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, are invited to submit their gender-sensitive reports (articles, blogs, stories etc.) on a variety of topics and make their own contribution to eliminate gender stereotypes and promote gender equality in Ukraine! More

Speech: “To leave no one behind, women and girls must be placed at the centre of efforts”

14 February 2017

"The Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 frames our aspirations. The collaborative, transparent and accelerated process of preparing the plan demonstrates how UN Women will execute its mandate within Agenda 2030." Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session for the year 2017. More

Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

02 February 2017

In 2016, 28 women were successfully trained to participate in and collaborate on various cross-border issues, including disputes over shared natural resources. More

Turkish business leaders say "Equality means business!"

26 January 2017

A UN Women-supported event launches the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Implementation Guide, which seeks a more prosperous future for Turkey by engaging companies to promote gender equality. More

UN Women launches Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Implementation Guide

25 January 2017

Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a collaborative effort between UN Women and Global Compact Turkey, provide a framework of 7 principles for the private sector to guide their work towards gender equality. An Implementation Guide has been prepared to offer guidance to businesses that have signed the WEPs and made a commitment to implement the principles. A meeting held to launch the Guide brought together company CEOs and representatives of civil society organizations as well as United Nations agencies. More

Peace project in Kyrgyzstan teaches respect for rights and diversity

27 December 2016

A UN Women project funded by the UN Peace and Recovery Facility has raised awareness about gender-based violence, respect for rights and diversity, and the importance of local conflict analysis in Kyrgyzstan More

Turkish youth call for an end to gender-based violence

22 December 2016

As part of Turkey’s 16 Days of Activism campaign activities, more than 100 students from Ankara universities attend a youth summit and read out their manifesto, Coloring the World with Equality for a Society without Violence, and share their recommendations to end gender-based discrimination. More

Albanian companies sign Women's Empowerment Principles to advance gender equality in business

19 December 2016

For the first time in Albania, 11 private sector companies have signed on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles to bring gender equality into the workplace. The Principles are part of a UN Women partnership with the UN Global Compact. More

From where I stand: Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova and Aigul Alybaeva

15 December 2016

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova is participating in a school-based education programme to empower girls, initiate inter-generational dialogues to change attitudes and to end bride kidnapping, early and/or forced marriages. Her mother, Aigul Alybaeva, supports her daughter’s participation in the programme and talks with her about various issues, including violence against women and girls. More

Landfill becomes a forest after woman councillor organises town

14 December 2016

Situated in Rapa lui Visan, an important natural tourist spot in Moldova, Taraclia village put up with an unhealthy landfill – until Pelaghia Traci, a local councillor mentored by a UN Women-supported initiative, got her neighbours to act. More

Press Release: Setting the stage for enhanced gender equality in the Western Balkans and Turkey

13 December 2016

Intensifying efforts in attaining pre-accession gender equality standards for aspiring European Union member states was the focus of a two-day regional conference held in Montenegro. Organized by UNDP in collaboration with UN Women and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the conference gathered governments, parliamentarians, and representatives from international organizations, civil society, the EU and the UN to create a new regional platform for collaboration to advance the rights of women in the region. More

“Turn off violence against women” campaign has national impact

12 December 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina ran a “turn off” violence against women campaign as part of its 16 Days of Activism. Through a symbolic “turn off” button, the campaign reached high schools, sports clubs and even bars across the country. More

Journalists learn how gender-sensitive reporting can foster conflict resolution

09 December 2016

As part of Ukraine’s 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign, 30 journalists from the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of eastern Ukraine received training on gender-sensitive, non-discriminatory reporting in conflict situations. More

"I choose to live without violence"

08 December 2016

A powerful rally kicks off Albania’s national campaign against domestic violence, part of nationwide activities to launch the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. More

Forum Theatre gives voice to internally displaced women in Ukraine

07 December 2016

In an interactive theatre performance, women internally displaced by conflict in Ukraine shared the challenges they face integrating into their new communities with an audience of elected officials and representatives of civil society and international groups. More

Turkey's Parliament celebrates women's rights to vote and run for office

06 December 2016

Women in Turkey gained their rights to vote and enter politics on 5 December 1934. The Parliament in Turkey celebrated the 82nd Anniversary of the Recognition of Women’s Rights to Vote and to Stand for Election at a ceremony in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, organized by UN Women. More

Leading Kazakh restaurant chain serves more than food for thought

01 December 2016

There’s no place for prejudice or discrimination at Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain, the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, which place gender equality at the heart of good business practices. More

Serbia's orange SOS phone: A call that must be answered

01 December 2016

UN Women in Serbia joined the global 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign by installing a giant interactive SOS telephone in Belgrade’s main square as a wake-up call for violence against women and girls. More

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