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Call for Proposals: Strengthening first line responders and empowering refugee women and girls in Turkey to combat and overcome SGBV

Monday, February 4, 2019

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. More

Take Five: “Gender-responsive budgeting is a crucial tool for gender equality”

Monday, February 4, 2019

Naim Çoban is the Head of the Strategic Development Department that operates under the Administrative Department in the Turkish Parliament. Administrative Department provides administrative and technical support to the General Assembly, committees, political party groups, and members of parliament. For the past few years, under the supervision of Administrative Department, Strategic Development Department is working on mainstreaming gender equality and gender-responsive budgeting in the parliament. UN Women provides technical expertise in exploring possible measures to enhance a gender- responsive parliamentary budget. More

Take Five: “We must develop a systematic approach to change patriarchal cultural norms”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Altynai Omurbekova is the Vice Prime Minister on social affairs in the Kyrgyz Republic and a former Member of Parliament. Ms. Omurbekova promoted the issues of improving the quality of education in universities through the introduction of new approaches to the student evaluation system and improving access to high-quality medical services through advancing the health insurance system. She is the co-author of the new law on protection from domestic violence, which changes domestic violence from an administrative offense to a criminal offense, and many other policies related to social affairs. Ms. Omurbekova recently spoke at the regional conference “Turning policies into action: Eliminating gender-based violence against women and girls in Central Asia,” organized by UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA, in partnership with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. More

Press release: UN Women urges leaders and advocates to “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The United Nations’ gender equality entity puts spotlight on public services, income security, safe spaces and technology to advance progress for women and girls More

10 myths about violence against women and girls

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Please enter text foOn the global level, one in three girls will be affected by violence during her lifetime. In the Republic of Moldova, according to the study “Violence against women in the family” (NBS, 2011), 6 out of 10 women faced psychological, physical or sexual violence from their husbands or partners.r 10 myths about violence against women and girls More

Women’s groups to monitor the local elections in Turkey from gender equality perspective

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ahead of the local elections in Turkey to be held in March, UN Women and the Women’s Coalition brought together more than 100 women from across the country to discuss the monitoring of the elections. More

Press Release: UN Women spotlighted gender equality as key to refugee response and humanitarian action

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Turkey hosts over 4 million Syrian refugees and 70 per cent of them are women and children. The International Conference hosted by UN Women in Turkey emphasized the importance of placing gender equality at the heart of refugee response and humanitarian action. More

UN Women Launches a Political Training Program for Women with Disabilities!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

UN Women in Moldova has launched an initiative for the civic and political empowerment of women candidates with disabilities ahead of the 2019 local elections, in partnership with the local ‘MOTIVATIE’ Association. More

From Where I Stand: “While firefighting is traditionally known as a men’s occupation, women can easily do it”

Friday, January 4, 2019

21-year-old Merve Erbay is the first-ever woman firefighter working in the Turkish Parliament. After graduating from a Medical High School, then the Department of Dialysis of a university, she decided to take a job as a firefighter to fulfil her passion for firefighting. More

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

Take Five: “Our purpose is to support all women candidates who wish to stand for elections”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Canan Kalsın, the Chairperson of The Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) in the Turkish Parliament, has been active in politics for more than 15 years and has worked in several positions in her political party. As Chairperson of EOC, she collaborates with UN Women in promoting women’s political participation and leadership as part of the “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” project. She is leading the Committee in achieving equal opportunities between women and men, advancing women’s rights, and mainstreaming gender equality in the parliament. More

E-Learning recognized as an effective way to build capacities on gender responsive budgeting in the region

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Representatives of ministries, NGOs and institutes for training of public officials participated in a regional workshop organized through UN Women’s ‘Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies in South-East Europe and the Republic of Moldova’ programme in Albania on 12-14 November 2018. More

“Equality empowers everyone!” call women candidates in Turkey

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

87 women from different political parties and civil society organizations in Adana and Gaziantep, made a joint statement calling for more gender equality in politics at workshops organized by UN Women. More

Yoga and self-defence to help cope with gender-based violence in Montenegro

Monday, December 17, 2018

UNDP strongly supports innovative approaches to working with survivors of gender-based violence, especially those that are based on empowerment and regaining a sense of self-worth and self-esteem. These are important not only in coping with traumatic experiences and moving forward, but also in making sure that we break the cycle of violence, More

TAKE FIVE: “Femicide is fueled by patriarchal social norms and changing minds is of utmost importance”

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kosana Beker spoke to UN Women about her investigation and the importance of effective prevention and protection approaches to end femicides in Serbia. 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

News Albania goes orange with more than a hundred activities organized during 16 Days of Activism

Monday, December 10, 2018

More than a hundred activities were organized across Albania during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign by UN agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and government partners. More

Statement: Speaking out and speaking up for fundamental rights and freedoms

Friday, December 7, 2018

In a statement for Human Rights Day (10 December) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN Women, says: "Let us re-affirm our commitment to a world in which human rights, and women’s rights, underpin justice, solidarity, harmony and prosperity for all". More

Press Release: The Parliament of Albania and UN Women commit to greater collaboration for gender equality

Thursday, December 6, 2018

UN Women and the Parliament in Albania signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country. The memorandum builds on existing cooperation between the two institutions and will focus on implementing national and international commitments on gender equality and ending violence against women. More

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