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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

In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aiman Umarova is an acclaimed Kazakhstani lawyer and human rights activist who specializes in sexual offences against women and children, and crimes related to violent extremism and torture. She has dedicated her life to fight violence against women, despite facing threats of violence herself. 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

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

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

Expert’s take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights

Friday, August 17, 2018

The wings of a bird are often used as a metaphor for gender equality. If both of its wings don’t have the same strength, a bird can lose direction and may not fly. Imagine that same bird flying across oceans, through continents, with no awareness or respect for countries or borders. The metaphor of the bird puts things into a new perspective. The world has expanded and shrunk at the same time. We are more dependent on each other than ever before. The society relies on these exchanges... More

Call for proposals: Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Turkey

Friday, August 17, 2018

UN Women is inviting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions working in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender equality, violence against women, community engagement, conflict resolution, social inclusion, elimination of violence against women, refugee response and resilience to submit proposals to implement activities and deliver results under respective outputs mentioned in the CFP document targeting Syrian women and host community nationals primarily in... More

From Where I Stand: “I transformed into a new person”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Zuke El Hasan* is a Syrian refugee who has been living in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2016. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre, which provides Turkish language, vocational skills as well as referral and psycho-social support to women in Gaziantep, helped her build self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself. The SADA Women-only Centre has been established by UN Women in partnership with the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, with financial support from the European Union (EU) Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis and the Government of Japan. The SADA Women-Only Center is serving refugee and host community women in Gaziantep since autumn 2017. More

Access to housing, inability to speak in Turkish and employment are the biggest challenges for Syrian women in Turkey, finds new report

Thursday, June 21, 2018

UN Women announces the results of a comprehensive needs assessment of Syrian women and girls under temporary protection status in Turkey. The assessment uncovers significant gaps in Syrian women’s empowerment and puts forth recommendations to shift gears. More

In the words of Retibe Bilal: “Life is beautiful. Resist, set a goal and never stop!”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Retibe Bilal is a Syrian refugee who has lived in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2013. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre, which provides livelihood skills and psycho-social services to refugee and local women in Gaziantep, helped her build her self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself. More

Take five: “Many women don’t have adequate information on their legal rights”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sibel Güneş Ergün is a feminist activist, who has been working on gender equality and human rights in Ankara, Turkey since 2010. Currently, she is coordinating a project to strengthen the representation of women survivors of violence in the justice system at the Capacity Development Association (KAGED), as part of the regional programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’. More

Media Advisory: UN High-level visit to Gaziantep

Friday, April 27, 2018

“UN Women acting Deputy Regional Director of Europe and Central Asia Mr. Michele Ribotta, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Mr. Heinz Koller, ILO Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Mr. Maurizio Bussi, ILO Director for Turkey Mr. Numan Özcan, The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) Deputy General Coordinator Mr. Kadir Beyaztaş visiting Gaziantep to strengthen on going partnership between UN Women, International Labour Organization (ILO) and ASAM for empowering women and girls from refugee and host communities. More

From Where I Stand: “I am proud to be the voice of refugee women”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fatma Elzehra Elabo fled the war in Syria with her family when she was a teenager and moved from her hometown, Halep, to Gaziantep, near Turkey’s southern border. After learning Turkish and finishing high school, she started working as an Arabic-Turkish translator in SADA Women-only Centre, which provides vocational and language skills to refugee and local women in Gaziantep. SADA Centre was established by UN Women; it is run in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM), and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, with financial support by the European Union (EU) Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’, and the Government of Japan. More

In the words of Sanem Öztürk: “Our aim is to build a strong and enduring solidarity network that brings together women from Turkey and Syria”

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sanem Öztürk is a sociologist and activist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been working for the Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV) since 2011. As part of the ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme, KADAV is partnering with UN Women to build the capacity and maintain a network of Syrian and Turkish women CSOs, to work together to develop tools for combating sexual and gender-based violence within the framework of the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW. 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 and girls of SADA Women Centre gather to mark a new beginning with International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UN Women and its partners, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Association of Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Immigrants (SGDD-ASAM), organized a certificate distribution ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the first graduates of SADA Women-only Centre in Gaziantep, Southern Turkey. This marks a new beginning for these first graduates – which coincides with the launch of the new Programme “Strengthening the resilience of Syrian women and girls and local communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey". A day after the ceremony, more than 300 refugee women and women from the local community participated in a women-only festival to celebrate International Women’s Day. 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

From where I stand: “Gender equality should be an integral part of refugee response programmes”

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

30-year-old Turkish activist Seda Dolaner works in refugee response programmes for the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM). Since 2017, Ms. Dolaner has been the Coordinator of the SADA Women-only Centre, which serves refugee and local women in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria. SADA Centre was established by UN Women, and is run in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM), and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, with financial support by the European Union (EU) Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’, and the Government of Japan. Ms. Dolaner speaks to UN Women about her experience with refugee women and girls and the importance of integrating a gender perspective in refugee programmes. More

Balkan countries share gender-responsive budgeting lessons with Turkey

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

At a UN Women workshop, Turkish officials gained practical insights into the mechanics of integrating a gender equality perspective into budget processes. More

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