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Take Five: “Rural women’s access to the Internet is crucial for their economic empowerment”

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The initiative aims to build the capacity of rural women, and to empower them economically through productive employment and entrepreneurship. Yespenova explains the key findings of a UN Women commissions analysis on rural women’s employment and entrepreneurship in three pilot regions of the country. More

In rural Georgia women are asking for kindergartens, here’s why

Thursday, March 7, 2019

In remote villages across Georgia, better roads and kindergartens are high on women’s agenda, and understandably so. How long it takes them to commute due to the lack of road infrastructure or essential public services such as kindergartens, and how far a mother has to go to get affordable childcare, determines how much time she has left in a day to get paid work. More

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women’s lives

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning. More

A teacher in Moldova learns to lead, changing her community for the better and inspiring others

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A local teacher in a remote village in Moldova helped improve the lives of her students and now has her sights set on local leadership, after participating in the UN-Women supported "INSPIR-O!" (Inspire it) Mentorship Programme. More

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. More

Women in rural Kyrgyzstan bring change through water, technology and better infrastructure

Monday, March 4, 2019

Shakhodat Teshebayeva from Khalmion, a village in southern Kyrgyzstan bordering Uzbekistan, is 50 years old and the sole breadwinner of her family. Her income comes from farming, working for 8-10 long hours in the fields every day. She doesn’t shy away from the hard work, but lately, the hard has become impossible, because of the growing water crisis. More

Take Five: "Women can be the engines and souls of the circular economy”

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Maja Lalic is a renowned Serbian architect and expert in gender equality and climate change. Described by The New York Times as Belgrade's "most cutting-edge homegrown architect", Lalic is also the founder and creative director of Belgrade's Mikser Festival. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

Opening new opportunities for tech careers for women in Moldova

Thursday, February 7, 2019

More than 1,000 women are learning new skills through an online platform supported by the Moldovan Association of ICT Companies and UN Women, with the financial support of the Government of Sweden. The programme trains young women for ICT careers as front-end developers and technology creators. More

Take Five: “We must develop a systematic approach to change patriarchal cultural norms”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Altynai Omurbekova is the Vice Prime Minister on social affairs in the Kyrgyz Republic and a former Member of Parliament. Ms. Omurbekova promoted the issues of improving the quality of education in universities through the introduction of new approaches to the student evaluation system and improving access to high-quality medical services through advancing the health insurance system. She is the co-author of the new law on protection from domestic violence, which changes domestic violence from an administrative offense to a criminal offense, and many other policies related to social affairs. Ms. Omurbekova recently spoke at the regional conference “Turning policies into action: Eliminating gender-based violence against women and girls in Central Asia,” organized by UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA, in partnership with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. More

Take Five: “Our purpose is to support all women candidates who wish to stand for elections”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Canan Kalsın, the Chairperson of The Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) in the Turkish Parliament, has been active in politics for more than 15 years and has worked in several positions in her political party. As Chairperson of EOC, she collaborates with UN Women in promoting women’s political participation and leadership as part of the “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” project. She is leading the Committee in achieving equal opportunities between women and men, advancing women’s rights, and mainstreaming gender equality in the parliament. 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

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis

Monday, August 13, 2018

The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis. More

Take Five: “Academia’s potential to promote human rights and peace needs to be utilized”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dr. Remzie Istrefi, a Professor in the Department of Law at the University of Pristina, is the coordinator of the first Transitional Justice Research Centre in Kosovo which is based in the University. The Centre was launched in May this year in Pristina by the University of Pristina, UN Women and UNDP with financial support from the European Union. The Centre aims to enhance the role of education in transitional justice processes, peace-building, human rights, and establish conditions for reconciliation. The Centre also provides a gender perspective on transitional justice processes with an in-depth focus on sexual violence during conflict. 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

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

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