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Press Release: High-level event in Skopje spotlights best practices in the region and the latest global trends for gender budgeting

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

UN Women, in partnership with the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, joined forces in organizing a regional conference on gender responsive budgeting More

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Thursday, March 8, 2018

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women’s achievements, activism and potential in Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. From important social and digital campaigns, panels, seminars and press conferences to engaging the international community and members states with discussions around gender equality at key international meetings, here are some highlights from the occasion in our region. 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

Civil society supports women to live a life free of violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Through the country-level component of the Implementing Norms, Changing Minds regional programme, UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina is partnering with a number of civil society organizations with the aim of ensuring that all women can live a life free of violence. For the next two years, these organizations will address the inequalities that lie at the intersection of gender and other factors such as age, disability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and nationality. More

UN Women and The Headhunter Group award companies for inclusion and equality in employment

Saturday, December 30, 2017

UN Women and The Headhunter Group awarded companies that respect the LGBTIQ population the most in their employment practices and at the workplace, following a LGBTIQ Employment Equality Index which ranks companies for equality and diversity. 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

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, youth harness the power of tech to combat violence against women and girls

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 48-hour Hackathon in Sarajevo brought gender and tech experts together with youth from all around the country to generate new tech solutions to combat violence against women and girls. 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

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: “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

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

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

Across the Western Balkans, rural women are influencing local budgets and shaping progress

Friday, October 13, 2017

Across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova, UN Women works with governments to implement gender equality commitments and enhance women’s participation in decision-making. Funded by the Austrian Development Agency and Swiss Development Cooperation, the programme enables women to influence local budgets to address their diverse needs. More

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her. More

Press Release: Parliamentarians from Eastern Europe and Central Asia join forces to reduce barriers against women’s participation in public life

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Around 90 parliamentarians, local elected officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Chișinău to identify how to solve some of the most pressing issues challenging women’s rights and their full participation in all spheres of life. More

Take five: Domestic legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to be harmonized with the Istanbul Convention

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fatima Bećirović is a project coordinator at the Government-managed Gender Centre of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Previously, she worked as a social worker and the coordinator of a shelter in Tuzla. Throughout her work, Bećirović has participated in a variety of research on domestic and gender-based violence and has experience as an educator in the field of violence against women. UN Women works closely with the government of BiH to combat violence against women through a number of initiatives including the regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. Bećirović discusses some of the priorities to prevent violence against women in the country. More

Call for Proposals: Baseline and end-line study on attitudes and perceptions (Only for Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs) and women's CSO networks and platforms to submit proposals to collect data on gender stereotypes and public perceptions of gender roles and attitudes towards violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds". The Programme aims at ending gender based discrimination and violence against women, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women, in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

Call for Proposals: CEDAW and Istanbul Convention monitoring and legal policy review (Only for Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs)/ women's CSO networks and platforms, organizations representing minority women, women with disability and/or other disadvantaged groups of women to submit proposals to collect data on gender stereotypes and public perceptions of gender roles and attitudes towards violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to contribute to ending violence against women focusing on areas such as monitoring of and reporting on the implementation of international instruments (CEDAW, Istanbul Convention), improvement of the legislative and policy environment in line with international standards and advocacy towards revision of laws and policies for protection of survivors, with a focus on women belonging to marginalized groups. More

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