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Press Release: Women and Men in Albania Publication is launched - Over 30% of decisions in Albania are taken by women

Thursday, June 7, 2018

“Women and Men in Albania”, the most recent collection of gender statistics in the country was launched by the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) and UN Women with financial support of the Austrian Development Agency. The publication provides data regarding population, health, education and decision making, bringing into focus gender equality. More

Coverage: UN Women at the European Development Days

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, are taking part in the  European Development Days , Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels. The event gathers every year more than 6,000 participants from over 140 countries. The overarching theme of the 12 edition of the forum will be "Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest". More

UN Women calls on companies to sign the Women’s Empowerment Principles at the Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Forum

Monday, June 4, 2018

Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Forum (BBSCF) brought together high-level audience from the public, business and diplomatic world in Athens, Greece to foster cooperation, business relations and sustainable growth across the Central and Eastern Europe, South-east Europe and Black Sea regions and beyond. More

UN statement on bride kidnapping and child marriage

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The United Nations System in Kyrgyzstan is concerned about the crime reported in the media when a victim of bride-kidnapping was murdered by her abductor. UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan are calling on Kyrgyzstani authorities to take all appropriate measures to stop such practices and fulfil its domestic legislation and international treaties that the country has joined. More

UN Women launches its flagship global report on gender equality in the Sustainable Development agenda in Georgia

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On 30 May, UN Women launched the global UN Women flagship report Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Georgia. The report spotlights inequalities and challenges faced by women; identifies gaps and opportunities for gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

New guide by the UN in Europe and Central Asia spotlights gender dimensions of disasters

Thursday, May 31, 2018

UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office and UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS launch new training guide on how gender can be incorporated in disaster risk reduction in Europe and Central Asia. The training was developed to ensure that the disaster risk response in the region integrates women’s participation and needs. More

#WikiGap Edit-A-Thon in Kosovo boosts content on Wikipedia about women’s role in peace and security

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

On the occasion of "International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers", a “Wiki-Edit-A-Thon” event is organized in Pristina by UN Women, in partnership with the Swedish Embassy and Kosovalive news agency, to boost the voices of women and girls online and increase content on Wikipedia about women’s inclusion and contribution to peace and security. More

From Where I stand: "The concept of gender equality scares people in Moldova"

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Valentina Rotari, 23, is pursuing a master’s degree in the Education and Culture department at “Alecu Russo” State University in Balti, a town north of Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. At the end of May, for the first time, Rotari participated in public discussions on gender equality and women's rights, organized by UN Women in Moldova with financial support from the government of Sweden. We talked to her after the event about how her views about gender equality have changed. More

Take Five: “Services need to be made accessible to women with different types of disabilities”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Veronika Mitro is one of the most vocal advocates for women’s rights in Serbia, with a particular focus on the sexuality of women with disabilities. She is one of the founders of the Women's Studies and Research Centre in Novi Sad, Serbia. Currently, she is working at the NGO ‘...iz kruga - Vojvodina’, which is partnering with UN Women to provide services to survivors of gender-based violence – specifically women from marginalized groups, including women with disabilities, and survivors of rape and sexual assault. 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

Government and civil society representatives from Moldova and Ukraine visit Georgia to discuss women, peace and security agenda

Friday, May 25, 2018

Government and civil society partners in Georgia hosted their counterparts from Moldova and Ukraine to exchange good practices and lessons learned from the implementation of National Action Plans on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (NAP 1325) and its subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. UN Women in Georgia facilitated the study tour. More

In Moldova, students discuss gender bias, and dare to dream

Thursday, May 24, 2018

UN Women organized events for youth in Moldova to encourage them to challenge gender bias in their daily lives and career choices. 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

Take Five: “We want to make gender-responsive budgeting a part of every state institution’s budgeting processes”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mimoza Dhembi is the General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania since 2000 and is one of the pioneers of the Public Financial Management reform in Albania. She has been crucial in establishing a successful collaboration with UN Women in mainstreaming gender through the introduction of gender-responsive budgeting in the Medium-Term Budget Program. UN Women offers technical assistance in gender-responsive budgeting to the government of Albania with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency. More

UN Women Highlights the Role of Women in Addressing Global Challenges at The Astana Economic Forum

Friday, May 18, 2018

On May 17 and 18, UN Women spotlighted women’s role and important contribution in addressing global challenges the Astana Economic Forum 2018 (AEF), the most prominent and ambitious business event in Eurasia. More

Expert’s take: Countries should examine their family legislation to ensure that it protects every type of family

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Iris Bjorg Kristjansdottir is a Gender and Humanitarian Specialist at the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia based in Turkey. She has over 15 years of experience in migration policy and refugee response, working with the United Nations, the Government of Iceland, the local government in Reykjavik and with non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining UN Women, she served as a Senior Advisor on Migration for the Ministry of Justice in Iceland. Dilbar Turakhanova. Photo: Int he courtesy of Dilbar Turakhanova Dilbar Turakhanova , is a regular consultant for UN Women from Tajikistan with over 10 years of active experience on promotion of gender equality in Tajikistan and Central Asia. A lawyer by training, Ms. Turakhanova conducted several studies on gender issues for UN Women in Tajikistan, including a review of the family law from the perspective of protection of rights of women and children, and... More

Tajikistan commemorates International Day of Families

Monday, May 14, 2018

To commemorate International Day of Families, which is celebrated every year on 15 May, UN Women office in Tajikistan conducted a roundtable discussion to raise awareness about the impact of social, economic and demographic processes on families, together with the Committee on Women and Family Affairs (CWFA) under the Government of Tajikistan. More

Press Release: The first Transitional Justice Resource Centre of Kosovo launches today at the University of Pristina

Friday, May 11, 2018

The first Transitional Justice Resource Centre in Kosovo is launched in Pristina today by the University of Pristina, UN Women and UNDP with financial support from the European Union. The Centre will aim to enhance the role of education in transitional justice processes, peace-building, human rights and establish conditions for reconciliation. More

Speech by UN Women Chief of Peace and Security Unit, Paivi Kannisto at High-Level International Conference on "Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism"

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Remarks delivered by UN Women Chief of Peace and Security Unit, Paivi Kannisto at High-Level International Conference on "Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism", seeking to raise awareness on the added value of applying a gender responsive approach to the prevention of violent extremism. The high-level international conference took place on 5 May in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 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

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