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Providing justice for war-time sexual violence survivors remains a challenge in Kosovo

Monday, July 9, 2018

To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Women Office in Kosovo organized the conference “Providing justice for conflict- related sexual violence survivors: Challenges and the way forward”. More

The Government of Ukraine and UN Women stepping up partnership for advancement of gender equality in Ukraine

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Government of Ukraine and UN Women signed the Host Country Agreement, which elevates the status of UN Women to a Country Office in Ukraine. This will also allow to broaden and deepen the partnership on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ukraine. More

Committing to becoming agents of change at HeForShe Congress in Ukraine

Friday, July 6, 2018

At a UN Women organised event, men and women talked about what it meant to be a man and how to change attitudes to promote gender equality in the Ukraine. More

DOKUTECH Conference shines light on women’s empowerment through technology

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

DOKUTECH, an annual technology conference in Kosovo , celebrated its 5th anniversary by bringing the conference to Pristina for the first time. The convention organized on 9 and 10 June, brought together tech executives, entrepreneurs, and top tier future talent to discuss the social implications and challenges of new technologies, including the urgent need for more female participation in this male-dominated industry. More

Domestic violence units of Kosovo police train in effective response to violence against women

Monday, July 2, 2018

Investigators of the Domestic Violence Unit of Kosovo Police from different regions of Kosovo studied effective police response to cases of violence against women at a UN Women workshop held at the end of May. More

For the first time in Albania, cities adopt Gender Equality Action Plans

Friday, June 29, 2018

One year after seven municipalities in Albania formally confirmed their commitment to gender equality by signing the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, five of them, supported by UN Women, have prepared Gender Equality Action Plans. The municipal councils of Tirana, Elbasan and Durres have already approved their Action Plans. More

Press Release: Government representatives from Kazakhstan get first-hand look at OECD best practices in gender-responsive budgeting

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A government delegation from Kazakhstan, including Tatyana Savelyeva, Vice-Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan and representatives of the Ministry of National Economy, participated at the second Senior Budget Officials (SBO) Experts Meeting on Gender Budgeting and the OECD Roundtable on Better Governance for Gender Equality in Vienna, Austria, supported by UN Women country office in Kazakhstan. More

Standards of Equal Representation and Participation in Politics in Albania: One Year from Local Elections

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

UN Women organized the National Conference on “Standards of Equal Representation and Participation in Politics: One Year from Local Elections”, in collaboration with the Albanian Parliament. More

Press Release: Women should have a greater role in peacebuilding and European integration

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

In a regional conference on women’s participation in peace and European integration, women politicians, parliamentarians and civil society from countries in region, and UN Women representatives called for a greater role of women in peace processes and European integration in the region of Western Balkans. More

WikiGap initiative in Skopje brings great turnout and success in raising awareness for gender equality

Friday, June 22, 2018

Caption Text (Skopje, 20 June) – Over 55 volunteers – students, recent graduates and gender experts – worked on narrowing the gender gap on Wikipedia in Macedonian language at the WikiGap event, organised by the Swedish Embassy in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UN Women Skopje office and the local branch of Wikipedia – Shared Knowledge in Skopje. Their work resulted in developing 103 new articles on women and gender equality issues that made a... More

In the words of Alice Bouman Dentener “To make sustainable development a reality, we have to move from vision to action”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Alice Bouman Dentener is based in The Hague, in the Netherlands and runs her consultancy company Diploria, which provides sustainable development solutions to a variety of clients from both governmental and non-governmental organizations. She recently moderated UN Women’s “Women Water Forum: Bridging Voices to Actions” and contributed to the outcome document ahead of the High-level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where she is a member of the International Steering Committee. 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

Press Release: The Government of Tajikistan and international community spotlight women as key enablers in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

At today's high-level international meeting "Women Water Forum: Bridging Voices to Actions” preceding the ‘International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”', the Government of Tajikistan, together with the international community, including UN Women, the European Union, HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite as well as representatives of the Brazilian and Australian Government, called for urgent action to ensure women’s and girls’ right to access clean water and sanitation and to participate in processes related to their effective management. More

UN Women statement for World Refugee Day 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

On World Refugee Day, UN Women calls on the global community to ensure that the global compact on refugees provides the services, protection and resources that all refugees need, addressing the rights of all. More

From Where I Stand: “The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dilera Mavlonova thought it was unfair that women and girls shouldered the responsibility of providing water for their homes in her village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, often by travelling longs distances and carrying heavy loads. After receiving awareness-raising and advocacy skills from UN Women’s My Safe and Peaceful School course, she decided to take action in her community and raise awareness about the various issues faced by women and girls in providing water for their homes and the community. More

Press Release: Addressing the water needs of rural communities in Kyrgyzstan

Monday, June 18, 2018

A UN Women project, funded by the Government of Finland, improved access of 20,000 people, including 3,000 from vulnerable groups, to irrigation water in Kyrgyzstan More

Fairy tale collection “Once There was a Girl” - A gift for children from UN Women

Friday, June 15, 2018

For many children, fairy tales are an important introduction to the outside world. They teach children how to distinguish kindness from malice, recognize justice from injustice, generate empathy and encourage bravery. More

UN Women statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we celebrate ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1820 (2008), which classified the use of conflict-related sexual violence as an impediment to the restoration of international peace and security. More

From where I stand: “Kids should see their father is not afraid to be weak sometimes, and their mother isn't afraid to be strong”

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dmytro Shurov, Ukranian singer and opinion leader, is the first HeForShe advocate in Ukraine. Often appearing at major events with his 14-year-old son Lev Shurov, he speaks about fatherhood, sharing domestic work and child care responsibilities at home. More

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