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Regional forum takes stock of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Friday, December 28, 2018

Convened by the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UN Women, the European Union, and the Council of Europe (CoE), in partnership with European Women’s Lobby, the regional forum reviewed progress in fulfillment of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. The forum took place within the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds". More

Media advisory: Promoting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Friday, November 23, 2018

Regional Forum: Promoting Implementation of Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Integrated policies, inclusive partnerships” More

The Istanbul Convention as an instrument for tackling violence against women and girls in Montenegro

Thursday, March 29, 2018

It has been seven years since the Montenegrin Government signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – known as the Istanbul Convention – and four years since its entry into force. Under the Montenegro legal system, international laws and treaties, once ratified, are legally binding and take precedence over national laws. But, has the Convention brought any real improvement for women survivors of violence? More

Women Activists in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Thursday, March 1, 2018

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the EU-UN Women regional programme "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," has created an interactive map showcasing some of the brave women working to end discrimination and violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

Women Activists in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Thursday, March 1, 2018

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the EU-UN Women regional programme "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," has created an interactive map showcasing some of the brave women working to end discrimination and violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

Press Release: Local women need voice for regional and international peace to hold

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Partesh and Klokot, Kosovo [1] - Members of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in South Eastern Europe (RWLSEE) took part in a two-day international conference on how women at the local level can play a greater role in peace-building. Participants from seven countries of the region explored ways to promote women, peace and security, with a focus on multi-ethnic municipalities of Partesh and Klokot in southeastern Kosovo. They analysed common challenges and ways... More

Women’s groups discuss how to integrate intersectional approaches for ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Twenty-five women representing different marginalized groups from the Western Balkans and Turkey met in Istanbul to discuss how to better integrate an intersectional approach into their work on ending violence against women. More

Women leaders at the forefront of peace building in the Western Balkans

Monday, December 18, 2017

Representatives from seven countries of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in South East Europe looked at women’s roles as vital for future of peace and stability. More

Take Five: Supporting women's organizations is vital for ending violence against women

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network, is comprised of women's organizations from 46 European countries working to combat violence against women and children across the region. WAVE is currently partnering with UN Women to support the work of civil society organizations (CSOs) on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey – under the EU-funded programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’. Rosa Logar, one of the founding members of WAVE, discusses their involvement in the regional programme and the vital role that CSOs play in the fight to end violence against women. More

In the words of Sanja Pejović: “Applying a gender perspective contributes to the success of military operations”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Captain Sanja Pejović is the highest-ranking woman officer in the Armed Forces of Montenegro (AF MNE). She is deputy chief of the Sub-centre for Peacekeeping Operations, and a gender equality coordinator for AF MNE. Captain Pejović was the first woman officer to serve in AF MNE. She serves as a regional gender trainer, training military personnel from all over the world, and has actively participated in regional and international projects on the inclusion of gender perspectives in security sector reform. Captain Pejović recently spoke at the Regional Conference "Parliamentarians for gender equality and women's empowerment," organized by UN Women, UNDP, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in partnership with the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and with support from the Government of Sweden. More

Press Release: UN Women and the European Union launch a new initiative to focus on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Monday, July 10, 2017

UN Women and the EU will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transfrom dicriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence. More

New regional initiative to end discrimination and violence against women kicks off in Montenegro

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A new three-year programme “Implementing norms, changing minds” aiming to end discrimination and violence against women and girls kicked off today in Montenegro and brought together representatives of the EU Delegation, UNDP and UN agencies, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and civil society. More

Call for Proposals: Assessment of Advocacy Initiatives and Tools for Changing Gender Discriminatory Social Norms and Attitudes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women’s studies and research centres promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to conduct an Assessment of Advocacy and Social Norms Change Initiatives as well as Tools for Changing Gender Discriminatory Social Norms and Attitudes to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” funded by European Union. More

Call for Proposals: Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in Western Balkans and Turkey

Monday, May 22, 2017

UN Women, T invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSOs networks and platforms promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to hold a Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in Western Balkans and Turkey - to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending violence against women and girls: UN Women, The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSOs networks and platforms promoting women's rights and gender equality to submit proposals to hold a Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey - to contribute to the implementation of the Programme 'Ending violence against women and girls: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds'funded by the European Union. More

Call for Proposals: Support the establishment and strengthening of regional platforms of civil society organizations

Monday, May 22, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks and platforms promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to support the establishment and strengthening of regional platforms of civil society organizations to advocate for the development and implementation of laws and policies in line with CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention, under the Programme ¨Ending violence against women and girls: Implementing norms, changing minds¨ funded by European Union. More

30 Member States in Europe and Central Asia commit to Gender Equality

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Albania: Prime Minister Edi Rama “The Government that I lead has placed gender equality at the centre of its agenda … I’ll outline very briefly three aspects of this challenge facing Albanian society by promising at the same time an effective engagement of all institutions responsible for the implementation. First: economic empowerment of women through increasing and improving access to credits, as well as promotion and expansion of employment programmes for women... More

Balkan women make inroads in peace and politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region. More

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