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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

Orange the World: #HearMeToo

Monday, November 26, 2018

This year, UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the theme of “Orange the World: #HearMeToo". Coming on the heels of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MeTooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the 16 Days of Activism will be a rallying moment to bring together... More

Exhibition portraying life as they would love it to be - created by survivors of conflict-related sexual violence

Thursday, November 22, 2018

To illustrate the hopes and needs of conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo, UN Women organises a powerful exhibition of artworks by survivors. More

Kosovo Football Federation takes stand against gender-based violence in decisive football match ahead of the 16 Days of Activism

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

On Tuesday, 20 November, not only did Kosovo’s Football Team get one step closer to qualify for the 2020 European Football Championship, it also took a stand to end gender-based violence targeting women and girls. In the decisive match contending for the top of the group and promotion in the UEFA Nations League, Kosovo played Azerbaijan and won the home game –4:0. More

New Ideas and Networks are Sparked by Social Entrepreneurship and Green Economy Conference in Albania

Thursday, November 1, 2018

UN Women, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, organized the national conference on ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Green Economy in Albania’. The one-day conference was aimed at opening the door for civil society, youth, disadvantaged groups, as well as Albanian women and girls’ to become more involved with social entrepreneurship initiatives and programs. More

Roundtable Rouses Support for Greater Regional Cooperation on Gender Equality in the Western Balkans

Friday, October 26, 2018

Representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia gathered to share their experiences and challenges with implementing their National Gender Mechanism. This is a key tool to help countries meet their international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). More

UN Women calls for the realization of the human rights of Roma women in Ukraine

Thursday, October 18, 2018

On 17-18 October, UN Women organized the international conference “Realizing the rights of Roma women in Ukraine,” in close partnership with the Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Roma Women Fund Chiricli, in Ukrainian capital Kyiv. More

Arts, sports, and technology foster empowerment of girls

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The conference on the International Day of the Girl Child co-organized by UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women in Turkey in partnership with Aydın Doğan Foundation centered on girls’ empowerment through science, arts, and sports. The common message given to hundreds of girls at the conference is, “Set a goal, work hard and never give up!” More

Kyrgyz and Tajik youth work together for peace and gender equality

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

After training at a summer camp, youth activists get busy promoting sustainable development, gender equality, natural resources management and peace on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border More

Testing new approaches to leave no woman and girl behind

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Women’s rights organizations from eight countries gather to identify and prototype new solutions to gender equality challenges. More

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine joins the HeForShe global movement

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On 12 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, made a public HeForShe commitment on behalf of the Ministry in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become the first state institution to join the HeForShe solidarity movement in Ukraine. More

Amendments to domestic violence law in Albania strengthens protection of women survivors of violence

Monday, September 17, 2018

On 23 July, the Albanian Parliament approved the amendments to the domestic violence law, which entered into force on 1 September. The amendments strengthen protective and procedural measures for a more effective response to domestic violence and protection of survivors. More

Gender Equality in the spotlight at Ukraine Fashion Week

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ukraine’s top fashion designers team up with HeForShe and draw attention to human rights, gender equality and freedom to choose. More

Boosting regional cooperation for the empowerment of Afghan women

Monday, September 10, 2018

On 5 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the European Union hosted the regional conference 'Empowering Women in Afghanistan’ in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. More

Kosovo’s biggest film festival shines a spotlight on women

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kosovo’s premier International Documentary and Short Film Festival, known as Dokufest, treated audiences to a special focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment this year. Held from 3-11 August, under the theme of ‘Reflections’, a portion of this year’s programme was dedicated to the empowerment of women. More

Conflict-related sexual violence and ending stigma spotlighted at Dokufest in Kosovo

Monday, August 20, 2018

On 9 August, Dokufest, a major international documentary and short film festival held annually in Prizren, in the southwest of Kosovo [1] , shone a light on conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) with two UN Women-supported activities. Nearly 20 years after hostilities ceased in 1999, a culture of shame and silence in Kosovo continues to stigmatize survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, who until recently had no legal recognition or rights and were unable to get reparations for the... More

Take Five: “MPs play a crucial role in making gender-responsive budgeting a priority”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dr. Helmut Berger, Head of Austrian Parliamentary Budget Office, recently briefed Albanian Members of Parliament (MPs) on how his office operates and measures gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) performance. In Albania, GRB principles are part of the medium term and annual budget programming processes. More

In Serbia, mothers and their children with disabilities find hope in ‘granny's jam’

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

By making ‘granny's jam’, a woman-run organization, Evo Ruka, is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement. More

Civil Society Organizations in Albania to serve as watchdogs on gender budgeting

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

For the first time in Albania, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are going to monitor the budget of public institutions through a gender lens, with the aim of helping to ensure they meet the needs of women and men equally. More

Young men help to fight early marriages in Kosovo’s minority communities

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Qerim Emini, a 25-year-old man from the Ashkali community in Lipljan, Kosovo had heard many stories of young girls getting married in his city. More

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