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From where I stand: “We learned how to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner, transforming them into positive solutions”

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many. She is mobilizing women in her community to advocate for equal access to water, and because of her work, several women now serve on local water management councils. More

Message from the United Nations in Tajikistan about zero tolerance against sexual harassment

Monday, September 3, 2018

The United Nations System supporting Tajikistan which includes UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, UNHCR, OHCHR, UNOPS, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, FAO, ILO, UNAIDS, UNDSS, IOM, UNESCO, UNRCCA, firmly believes in “walking the talk” and is fully committed to UN's zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment, which means that even one sexual harassment case is one too many. More

Kosovo’s biggest film festival shines a spotlight on women

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kosovo’s premier International Documentary and Short Film Festival, known as Dokufest, treated audiences to a special focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment this year. Held from 3-11 August, under the theme of ‘Reflections’, a portion of this year’s programme was dedicated to the empowerment of women. More

In the words of Spartak Kosta: “The media should raise awareness about the issue of trafficking of women and girls”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Spartak Kosta is a third-year journalism student at the University of History and Philology in Tirana, Albania. He was among the first group of students to take a new university course on the reporting of trafficking of women and girls. The educational course was developed at the recommendation of a UN Women monitoring report. The study finds that journalists often write shallow trafficking stories that lack deep analysis and use unethical language with regards to victims. More

Conflict-related sexual violence and ending stigma spotlighted at Dokufest in Kosovo

Monday, August 20, 2018

On 9 August, Dokufest, a major international documentary and short film festival held annually in Prizren, in the southwest of Kosovo [1] , shone a light on conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) with two UN Women-supported activities. Nearly 20 years after hostilities ceased in 1999, a culture of shame and silence in Kosovo continues to stigmatize survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, who until recently had no legal recognition or rights and were unable to get reparations for the... More

Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management 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

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis

Monday, August 13, 2018

The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis. More

Take Five: “MPs play a crucial role in making gender-responsive budgeting a priority”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dr. Helmut Berger, Head of Austrian Parliamentary Budget Office, recently briefed Albanian Members of Parliament (MPs) on how his office operates and measures gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) performance. In Albania, GRB principles are part of the medium term and annual budget programming processes. More

In Serbia, mothers and their children with disabilities find hope in ‘granny's jam’

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

By making ‘granny's jam’, a woman-run organization, Evo Ruka, is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement. More

Civil Society Organizations in Albania to serve as watchdogs on gender budgeting

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

For the first time in Albania, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are going to monitor the budget of public institutions through a gender lens, with the aim of helping to ensure they meet the needs of women and men equally. More

Young men help to fight early marriages in Kosovo’s minority communities

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Qerim Emini, a 25-year-old man from the Ashkali community in Lipljan, Kosovo had heard many stories of young girls getting married in his city. More

From where I stand: "Economic empowerment of women is essential for preventing violence"

Monday, July 23, 2018

Mevlida Mehanović is the president of ‘Podrinjka’, a recently established association working to economically and socially empower returnee women in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small municipality located on the eastern border with Serbia. 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

Women’s inclusion in Geneva peace talks still a priority

Friday, July 20, 2018

With the support of UN Women, regular meetings continue between the participants of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) and civil society. These meetings aim at sharing information and mainstreaming women’s priorities and needs in the peace negotiations. More

Take Five: “Academia’s potential to promote human rights and peace needs to be utilized”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dr. Remzie Istrefi, a Professor in the Department of Law at the University of Pristina, is the coordinator of the first Transitional Justice Research Centre in Kosovo which is based in the University. The Centre was launched in May this year in Pristina by the University of Pristina, UN Women and UNDP with financial support from the European Union. The Centre aims to enhance the role of education in transitional justice processes, peace-building, human rights, and establish conditions for reconciliation. The Centre also provides a gender perspective on transitional justice processes with an in-depth focus on sexual violence during conflict. More

Georgian Police launch new checklist to assess risks in domestic violence incidents

Friday, July 13, 2018

A new ministerial decree issued by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia on 13 July 2018 introduces a milestone policy shift in police response against domestic violence. More

From where I stand: “Tales can instill positive values”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Diana Anthimiadou is a popular Georgian writer. She contributed two tales to the collection of fairy tales titled Once There was a Girl. The book, published in June 2018, was developed by UN Women Georgia. More

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