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Compelled and empowered, Syrian refugees changing traditional gender norms

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Empowered by UN Women, Syrian refugees are changing traditional gender norms. UN Women's SADA Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep, a southeastern Turkish province near the border with Syria, has been providing refugees and local women with livelihood, psycho-social, referral support and vocational training.

From where I stand: “A whole new life began and now I have a dream”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hatice Muhammet is a survivor of domestic violence and a refugee from Syria. She is one of more than 5,000 refugees and Turkish women registered at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre, which offers livelihood and psycho-social support and vocational training in Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey near the border with Syria.

From Where I Stand: “Women in rural areas are speaking up about their rights”

Monday, June 10, 2019

Luljeta Kaculi, 49, has been the Administrator of Labinot-Fushe, an Administrative Unit in Elbasan region, in central Albania, for four years. Together with 11 local administrators of Elbasan, she recently participated in a UN Women-led training on the legal obligations of administrators to manage cases of violence and refer them to the relevant institutions.

In the words of Irena Cvetkovic: “Women are afraid to use public spaces alone and at night”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Irena Cvetkovic is the Executive Director of Coalition Margins, an NGO working to promote and protect the human rights of marginalized communities including marginalized women, drug users, sex workers and LGBTI people in North Macedonia.

From where I stand: “We want to engage young men and boys in the fight to end violence against women and girls”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

In the context of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women: “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, the Center for Modern Skills is working with young men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls.

New law in Albania will provide low-cost housing for domestic violence survivors

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Women in Albania, much like women around the world, face many roadblocks when they try to leave an abusive partner—housing. The Shelter for Abused Women and Girls is part of the Monitoring Network against Gender-Based Violence, a network of 48 civil society organizations across Albania. The creation of the network was facilitated by UN Women under its regional programme on ending violence against women, funded by the European Union.

From Where I Stand: “I would like to see a better gender balance in technology and make it accessible to girls from underprivileged communities”

Friday, March 1, 2019

KizCode seeks to empower girls and young women from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups, using education techniques around making and playing. The project also aims to address their wellbeing and mental health, which are often overlooked.

Young people hack into a world of good in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Friday, March 1, 2019

Young people hack into a world of good in Bosnia and Herzegovina - It’s a simple idea with powerful potential in preventing gender-based violence. Wear a bracelet that can send an SMS alert if a risk arises.

Take Five: “Patriarchal culture is one of the biggest barriers in ending violence against women”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Zita Gurmai is a Member of the Hungarian National Assembly, Vice-President of the Hungarian National Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Throughout her career she has supported numerous organizations aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s political participation.

Surviving Violence, Helping Others to Access Justice

Friday, February 22, 2019

36-year-old Günçe Çetin, a successful lawyer from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has suffered the trauma of intimate partner violence for several months between 2012 and 2014. She experienced physical, psychological, and economic violence at the hands of her boyfriend.

Take Five: “Supporting Roma women to claim their rights”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Slavica Vasić is the chair and one of the founders of Bibija’s Roma Women’s Centre, a civil society organization with over 20 years of work and experience in supporting the empowerment of Roma women in Serbia and beyond.

In the words of Tatjana Stoimenovska: “We prioritize the protection of the rights of the most marginalized groups”

Friday, February 22, 2019

“One of the greatest challenges faced by survivors is that the stereotypes prevailing in the country and overall in the region consider domestic violence as a private affair, or even worse, survivors often get blamed for the violence.

From Where I Stand: “Each woman breaking the cycle of violence and fear is our greatest motivation”

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Aida Mustacevic-Cipurkovic is one of the pioneers in supporting survivors of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina that took place between 1992 and 1995. She joined the civil society in 1994, convinced that she could support those in need through her activism. For more than two decades, Ms. Mustacevic-Cipurkovic has been helping women survivors of various forms of violence as a psychotherapist.

From where I stand: “People with disabilities don’t talk about the violence they experience because often it means reporting the people closest to them”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amira Kushta* was diagnosed with a rare tumor in the spine and was paralyzed after back surgery when she was 19. Her house became her prison for 24 years.

Improving services for women survivors of violence in Albania

Friday, September 21, 2018

Lumnie Shima’s* mother wrote in her diary in 2015, keeping notes of events in her house. The violence became more frequent, filling up the pages over the next few years. Then, at the end of 2017, Ms. Shima decided to report her husband to the police in Kamza, a municipality only 10 kilometers away from the capital of Albania.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

In the words of Sanem Öztürk: “Our aim is to build a strong and enduring solidarity network that brings together women from Turkey and Syria”

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sanem Öztürk is a sociologist and activist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been working for the Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV) since 2011. As part of the ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme, KADAV is partnering with UN Women to build the capacity and maintain a network of Syrian and Turkish women CSOs, to work together to develop tools for combating sexual and gender-based violence within the framework of the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW.

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