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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

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

In the words of Oksana Kononets: “Disability helped me to realize my inner strength”

Monday, March 19, 2018

25-year-old Oksana Kononets had an accident three years ago which resulted in a spinal injury and a disability for life. Last year, she was chosen Miss World Ukraine in a wheelchair. She combines her roles as a model and a social worker through her charity “Unbroken” that helps women with disabilities break stereotypes in modeling and promotes equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Kononets collaborates with UN Women to raise awareness about the discrimination that women with disabilities face in Ukraine. More

Women with disabilities are unable to access public services in eastern Ukraine, finds UN Women’s Gender Audit

Friday, December 29, 2017

While women with disabilities are mostly excluded from the local planning and decision making, when empowered they become active agents of change in their cities and communities. Public authorities and civil society organizations jointly identified the practical measures and steps to be implemented through planning and budgeting to address the specific needs and priorities of women and girls with disabilities in the conflict affected Kramatorsk city and Donetsk oblast. More

From where I stand: “Our rights are still not recognized”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vesna Nestorovic, 52, is the founder of the “White Cane” Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, an author and the President of an Aikido Association for persons with disabilities in Serbia. More

From where I stand: “I am different, but that doesn’t mean that I should be condemned”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Olga Berdeu, 50, is a woman with disabilities from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, who attended UN Women’s "We have abilities, we want possibilities!" initiative, which aims to strengthen the leadership skills of women with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova. The initiative ran from June to October 2017 and was part of the UN “Women in Politics” Programme, financed by the Government of Sweden. More

Press Release: For the first time in Moldova, women with disabilities demand their place in political, economic and social decision-making

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For the first time in the Republic of Moldova, 40 women with disabilities across Moldova, including from the left bank of the Nistru river, who want to get actively involved in the economic, social and political development of the country, participated in “We Have Abilities - We Want Possibilities!” National Forum. More

Ending violence against women with disabilities in Serbia’s custodial institutions

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A recent study has uncovered that women, like Edith, with mental disabilities who are being held in Serbia’s institutions often suffer multiple forms of violence. More

Call for Proposals: Provision of services to women with disabilities and women survivors of rape (Only for Serbia)

Friday, August 4, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks to submit proposals aimed at strengthening the capacity for the provision of quality services to women and girls from marginalized groups with a special focus on women with disabilities and survivors of rape and sexual assault. This call for proposal is only for Serbia. More

In the words of Elena Kochoska: "Women bear a double burden because of their gender and disability”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Elena Kochoska is a vocal advocate for persons with disabilities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and works at the local organization, Polio Plus, Movement Against Disability. She participated in training and mentoring sessions on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB)—analyzing a budget to ensure women’s needs are met—organized by UN Women’s regional programme on GRB, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Austrian Development... More

Creating history, building a rights culture

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Experiencing a harrowing train accident that robbed her of an arm and a leg at 19, Şafak Pavey, chose to overcome her challenges by immersing herself in the dual causes of gender equality and the environment. As the first Turkish woman parliamentarian with disabilities, she is a role model for many. She has also worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in conflict zones, produced three books, and now contributes to law-making for her country. Her mission is promoting equal rights for people of all races, creeds and religions. Winner of the International Woman of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State, she is a force to be reckoned with. More

Older Women and Men with Disabilities Improved Access to Local Public Services in Plopi Commune, Moldova

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

132 women and men with disabilities, older women and boys as well as boys and girls from vulnerable families of Plopi community received access to local public services through special transport facility. The community of Plopi is located in South of Moldova, over 140 km away from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. The commune consists of five villages – Plopi de Sus, Plopii de Jos, Taraclia, Hirtop and Alexandrovca. Plopii de Sus is the largest village, where the... More

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