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In the words of Retibe Bilal: “Life is beautiful. Resist, set a goal and never stop!”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Retibe Bilal is a Syrian refugee who has lived in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2013. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre, which provides livelihood skills and psycho-social services to refugee and local women in Gaziantep, helped her build her self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself. More

Criminal justice collaboration a must for effective sexual violence investigations

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A UN Women and European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) supported working group meeting of experts in Kosovo looks at ways to enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence cases. 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

In the words of Kadire Tahiraj: “Sexual violence during the war remains an unpunished crime in Kosovo"

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kadire Tahiraj is the founder and director of Center for Promotion of Women’s Rights in Drenas, central Kosovo , which has been advocating for the rights of survivors of sexual violence during the war in 1998-1999. Tahiraj’s organization was a partner of UN Women in implementing a grants scheme which provided financial and psychosocial support to survivors. The project, Gender Sensitive Transitional Justice, was implemented in partnership with Kosovo Women’s Network, and funded by the EU. More

Press Release: Local women need voice for regional and international peace to hold

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Partesh and Klokot, Kosovo [1] - Members of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in South Eastern Europe (RWLSEE) took part in a two-day international conference on how women at the local level can play a greater role in peace-building. Participants from seven countries of the region explored ways to promote women, peace and security, with a focus on multi-ethnic municipalities of Partesh and Klokot in southeastern Kosovo. They analysed common challenges and ways... More

A home far away from home in Serbia

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Women refugees and migrants in Serbia now have a place of their own, and a support team to help them build a post-conflict life free from violence and poverty. More

Women gain voice and leadership in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine

Friday, March 10, 2017

Crisis recovery and decentralization create complex challenges for conflict-affected areas. A UN Women initiative brought Ukrainian and Georgian women’s groups together to share experiences in getting most vulnerable populations to participate in local decision-making. More

Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In 2016, 28 women were successfully trained to participate in and collaborate on various cross-border issues, including disputes over shared natural resources. More

Peace project in Kyrgyzstan teaches respect for rights and diversity

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A UN Women project funded by the UN Peace and Recovery Facility has raised awareness about gender-based violence, respect for rights and diversity, and the importance of local conflict analysis in Kyrgyzstan More

Path to justice for survivors of Kosovo’s sexual violence: Q&A with Siobhan Hobbs

Monday, August 15, 2016

During the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 in Kosovo, an untold number of women experienced systematically organized sexual violence. Siobhan Hobbs, Gender Adviser with UN Women’s Project Office in Kosovo, is working on a programme with the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the government of Kosovo and survivors of conflict-related violence, to facilitate reparations for the survivors. More

EU grant to help communities rebuild in eastern Ukraine

Monday, May 30, 2016

The European Union grants Euro 10 million to a joint UNDP and UN Women programme on “Restoration of Governance and Reconciliation in Crisis-Affected Communities of Ukraine.” The programme will focus on local government reform, gender-responsive recovery and improved service delivery. 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

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 must play active role in Ukraine’s peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery efforts, say women’s groups

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Low numbers of women in senior security positions in peace negotiations a major concern, according to experts at a UN Women-OSCE meeting. 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

Roza Otunbayeva has acknowledged the work of UN Women in the post-conflict Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In the course of a bilateral meeting with the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for Peace building Support Judy Cheng-Hopkins H.E. President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva has expressed her gratitude to UN Women and other UN agencies for timely assistance in reconstruction of the Southern region of the country, which became flash point of interethnic conflicts June last year. More

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