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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. More

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. More

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. 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

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

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. More

Take Five: Harmonization of national legislation with the Istanbul Convention – a priority for ending violence against women

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Daniela Rangelova is a Member of Parliament in the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. Since 2014, she has been the President of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women, and a member of the Women Parliamentarians’ Club, both of which are working in partnership with UN Women to advance gender equality in the country. More

Women Activists in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Thursday, March 1, 2018

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the EU-UN Women regional programme "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," has created an interactive map showcasing some of the brave women working to end discrimination and violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

Women Activists in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Thursday, March 1, 2018

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the EU-UN Women regional programme "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," has created an interactive map showcasing some of the brave women working to end discrimination and violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

In the words of Ana Vasileva: “We are talking the talk and walking the walk”

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ana Vasileva is a women’s rights activist and a member of the feminist collective, Fight Like a Woman, living and working in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. She has also contributed to UN Women’s “Not only on March 8th” initiative, which makes a point that gender equality issues should not be in the limelight only once a year, on International Women’s Day, but should be publicly debated consistently. More

Take Five: “Civil society is crucial to monitor the implementation of international commitments on ending violence against women”

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Center for Legal Civil Initiatives (CLCI) started working with UN Women in Albania to support the establishment of a network of civil society organizations to monitor the implementation of international human rights obligations on ending violence against women – under the regional programme, Implementing Norms, Changing Minds. CLCI’s Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Aurela Anastas, explains their role in the programme and how this network of CSOs can actively support ending violence against women in Albania. More

In the words of Ülker Şener: “Assisting refugee women to enjoy their basic human rights is of utmost importance”

Monday, January 22, 2018

Ülker Şener is the Head of the Steering Committee for the Women’s Studies Association, a feminist group established in Ankara, Turkey in 2011. As part of the UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, the Women's Studies Association will work to raise awareness of violence against women among refugees in two Turkish provinces: Mersin and Hatay. More

Take Five: “Most services for refugees in Turkey are gender-blind”

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Foundation for Women’s Solidarity (FWS) is an independent women’s organization dedicated to fighting violence against women, especially domestic violence and trafficking of women. Recently, FWS started wr UN Women to conduct a project to foster dialogue between women’s organizations and local actors, to help prevent gender-based discrimination and violence against women among the refugee population in Turkey. The project is being implemented under the regional programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’. Yelda Şahin Akıllı is FWS’s Project Coordinator in charge of the project. More

Take five: “Equal representation and participation of women in all aspects of life is still a long way off in Turkey”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sema Kendirci Uğurman is the Chair of the Turkish Women’s Union (TWU), the largest women’s association in Turkey. As part of the ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ regional programme, the TWU will partner with UN Women to strengthen the capacity of civil society groups to advocate for the development and implementation of laws in line with CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention More

Women’s groups discuss how to integrate intersectional approaches for ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Twenty-five women representing different marginalized groups from the Western Balkans and Turkey met in Istanbul to discuss how to better integrate an intersectional approach into their work on ending violence against women. More

Take Five: “To end violence against women, an overall change in people’s mindsets is required”

Friday, December 15, 2017

The YADA Foundation was established in 2005 by a group of social scientists and project specialists with the goal of reducing the gap between ‘theory’ and ‘everyday reality’. The organization aims to produce knowledge about different aspects of everyday life and to convert this knowledge into sustainable and practical projects. Recently, YADA started working with UN Women to assess advocacy initiatives on ending violence against women and changing gender discriminatory social norms in the Western Balkans and Turkey – under the regional programme, Implementing Norms, Changing Minds. YADA’s Executive Director, Ayşe Pınar Gürer, explains their role in the programme and how advocacy can be instrumental to ending violence against women. More

Take Five: “Preventing early marriage is a key priority for ending violence against Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women in Kosovo”

Friday, December 15, 2017

Shpresa Agushi is a leading activist for the rights of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women in Kosovo . She has worked in various non-governmental organizations and institutions dealing with human rights. In 2001, she registered the first Roma women's NGO, ‘Romane Romnja’, and through her work has been advocating for gender equality, as well as supporting the further education of Roma girls and boys. In 2007, Ms. Agushi was elected Executive Director of the Network of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women's Organizations of Kosovo (NRAEWOK) – a position she still holds today. More

From Where I Stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases. More

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