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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

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

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

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

In the words of Maja Balsha: “The ratification of the Istanbul Convention has been crucial for our work on ending violence against women”

Monday, July 23, 2018

Maja Balsha is a social worker specializing in psychosocial work. She is currently working as project coordinator at the NGO, HERA, a partner of the EU–UN Women regional programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, which aims to end violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

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

Call for Proposals: Support of Roma women to identify their needs, claim their rights and increase their access to services for survivors of violence

Friday, May 4, 2018

UN Women is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) that work on promoting Roma women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to support Roma women to identify their needs, claim their rights and increase their access to services for survivors of violence. The proposal will contribute to the implementation of the programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. More

High-level commitment to gender equality in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Monday, April 2, 2018

UN Women held a high-level strategic meeting with the Prime Minister and Ministers of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to discuss urgent steps to be taken for ensuring gender equality in the public finance reform process. More

Take Five: Harmonization of national legislation with the Istanbul Convention – a priority for ending violence against women

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Daniela Rangelova is a Member of Parliament in the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. Since 2014, she has been the President of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women, and a member of the Women Parliamentarians’ Club, both of which are working in partnership with UN Women to advance gender equality in the country. 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

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

In the words of Ana Vasileva: “We are talking the talk and walking the walk”

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ana Vasileva is a women’s rights activist and a member of the feminist collective, Fight Like a Woman, living and working in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. She has also contributed to UN Women’s “Not only on March 8th” initiative, which makes a point that gender equality issues should not be in the limelight only once a year, on International Women’s Day, but should be publicly debated consistently. 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

Skopje’s Right to City for All conference puts women and girls’ safety first

Friday, December 8, 2017

As part of #16Days of Activism Campaign, UN Women joined forces with UN-HABITAT to organize a two-day regional conference on the Right to City for All in Skopje, which focused on the safety of women and girls in public spaces. 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

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