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Press Release: Balkan women politicians urge for meaningful participation of women in peace and security

Friday, November 16, 2018

Women politicians, members of parliaments, diplomats and civil society representatives from across the Western Balkans together with UN Women, made a strong call for women’s equal participation in peace and security processes. More

From where I stand: “The adoption of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is only the beginning”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bajana Ceveli is the Executive Director of the Association for Women’s Security and Peace (AWSP) in Albania. Over the past three years, the Association, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, helped draft a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in September 2018. Ms. Ceveli spoke to UN Women about her personal motivation and why the National Action Plan is important for women. 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

Rural women in eastern Ukraine build resilience in conflict-affected communities

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In April 2014, anti-government armed groups seized some parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, prompting the Government to launch an anti-terrorist operation. The fighting continues to date, despite various ceasefire agreements. Women and girls were disproportionally affected by the on-going conflict and the enduring social and economic crisis in Ukraine. Women make up a majority of the internally-displaced population. UN Women and partners applied the community mobilization for empowerment methodology in conflict-affected areas, mobilizing women and men from vulnerable groups for their increased participation in decision-making processes regarding local development, services, recovery, and community security. More

Women leaders at the forefront of peace building in the Western Balkans

Monday, December 18, 2017

Representatives from seven countries of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in South East Europe looked at women’s roles as vital for future of peace and stability. More

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine steps up their concrete commitment

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ahead of the International Women’s Day, Ukraine’s highest body of state executive power has endorsed a historic initiative to place gender equality at centre of their highest possible level in the Government. This legislative milestone is bringing Ukraine’s compliance to the UN standards aspired in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. More

Women are changing the face of armed forces in Ukraine

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ukrainian women’s participation in the armed forces sets a precedent and challenges gender stereotypes in the military. More

To build peace in Ukraine, more women decision-makers needed

Friday, September 23, 2016

On International Peace Day, national and local government representatives meet with women’s groups to discuss enhancing women’s participation in local decision-making and the peace process. More

Joint efforts needed to implement Ukraine's Women, Peace and Security agenda

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MPs say institutional barriers to effective implementation of Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan include low engagement with civil society, lack of monitoring and accountability from the side of the government. More

Mothers in Ukraine's armed forces face particular discrimination

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A photo exhibit by the parliament in Ukraine recognizes the significant contributions made by mothers serving in the armed forces along with mothers of combatants and helps spotlight how modern conflicts affect women. More

Civil society refugee advocates forge recommendations ahead of World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Governments should ensure refugee women’s participation in decisions that affect them, say participants at UN Women-Oxfam “Women on the Move” workshop. More

UN Women pushes for women's inclusion in peace talks in Cyprus

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey, went on an official visit to Cyprus on 5 May 2016 to lend UN Women support to local efforts to promote women's rights on the island. During the visit, she particularly emphasized the importance of women's inclusion in the peace talks. More

Reparations soon for conflict related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo*

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kosovo begins implementation of the law that gives legal recognition to civilian survivors of the armed conflict and allows them to claim survivor benefits. More

Ukraine commits to promote women rights in its armed forces

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

After cabinet adopts plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Minister of Defence steps up to support women in country’s armed forces. More

Regional gathering helps foster women’s solidarity in their push for peace in Europe and Central Asia

Monday, February 15, 2016

UN Women convenes government representatives, civil society activists and international institutions in Istanbul to increase regional cooperation for women’s participation in peace and security, and to end gender discrimination More

Peace activists call for more women in peace negotiations and the security sector

Monday, February 15, 2016

Civil society representatives from Europe and Central Asia say more measures are needed for more women to have leadership roles in peace negotiations and in the security sector. More

Women's organizations taking ownership in peacebuilding efforts

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and the last year of implementation of the first National Action Plan for 1325 in Georgia. In this context, UN Women in cooperation with UNDP and DPA organized an Open Day devoted to sharing the experiences and recommendations of IDP and conflict affected women and and their organizations. More

Turn words into action involving women for lasting peace

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

In an op-ed to mark the anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the "full strength of our collective action and political courage of the leaders of the international community." She also comments on the tragic bombing in Turkey’s capital, Ankara. More

Survivors of conflict-related sexual violence speak out in Kosovo – and get Government action

Thursday, October 15, 2015

As the UN Security Council marks the 15th anniversary of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325, we showcase how survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the Western Balkans come out of the shadows and speak out against human rights violations of women in conflict. More

Building businesses, and inclusive peace, in Kosovo

Monday, June 8, 2015

Budding entrepreneurs from minority groups get training and support from a joint EU-UN Women-UNDP project to spur lasting recovery in post-conflict Kosovo. More

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