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In the words of Ljiljana Gusic: “Rural women have great potential which need to be channeled well”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ljiljana Gusic is the founder of “Udahni Zivot,” a women’s association that promotes women’s creativity, encourages their economic empowerment and supports women from marginalised groups through education, employment and integration into society. UN Women recently supported these efforts in the framework of the EU-funded "Support to priority actions for gender equality" project. More

International community calls for equal pay for work of equal value at high-level Regional Forum

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

At the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region in Geneva, the international community called for urgent action to ensure equal pay for work of equal value by adopting the right policies and requiring companies to implement transparent pay measures. More

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Kazakhstan: Practices, Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

UN Women in Kazakhstan and Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan organized an event aimed at analyzing and discussing women’s economic empowerment trends in Kazakhstan, with a focus on women’s entrepreneurship. More

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange rang the bell for gender equality

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange JSC (“KASE”) held the opening bell ceremony titled “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality,” commemorating International Women's Day and seeking to highlight the criticality of advancing gender equality. More

From where I stand: “A woman brings added value to business because she focuses on social responsibility”

Friday, March 1, 2019

Victoria Danila, 34, participated at UN Women’s Start-up Academy in Moldova, financed by Sweden, which aimed to encourage women to become innovative entrepreneurs in technology. More

Press Release: Making agriculture and rural development policies respond to women’s needs in FYR Macedonia

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Findings of a UN Women-supported research in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia showed that only 12 per cent of women in rural areas are land owners and less than 10 per cent have decision-making roles related to land. While women in agriculture work on average 11.06 hours per day, 41,7% of the total workload belongs to unpaid work. More

From Where I Stand: “While firefighting is traditionally known as a men’s occupation, women can easily do it”

Friday, January 4, 2019

21-year-old Merve Erbay is the first-ever woman firefighter working in the Turkish Parliament. After graduating from a Medical High School, then the Department of Dialysis of a university, she decided to take a job as a firefighter to fulfil her passion for firefighting. More

UN Women statement on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women calls upon the international community to work with rural women and girls everywhere and to invest in the sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection that can revolutionize their livelihoods, well-being and resilience. More

UN Women calls on companies to sign the Women’s Empowerment Principles at the Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Forum

Monday, June 4, 2018

Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Forum (BBSCF) brought together high-level audience from the public, business and diplomatic world in Athens, Greece to foster cooperation, business relations and sustainable growth across the Central and Eastern Europe, South-east Europe and Black Sea regions and beyond. More

UN Women Highlights the Role of Women in Addressing Global Challenges at The Astana Economic Forum

Friday, May 18, 2018

On May 17 and 18, UN Women spotlighted women’s role and important contribution in addressing global challenges the Astana Economic Forum 2018 (AEF), the most prominent and ambitious business event in Eurasia. More

From Where I Stand: “I am proud to be the voice of refugee women”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fatma Elzehra Elabo fled the war in Syria with her family when she was a teenager and moved from her hometown, Halep, to Gaziantep, near Turkey’s southern border. After learning Turkish and finishing high school, she started working as an Arabic-Turkish translator in SADA Women-only Centre, which provides vocational and language skills to refugee and local women in Gaziantep. SADA Centre was established by UN Women; it is run in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM), and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, with financial support by the European Union (EU) Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’, and the Government of Japan. More

From Where I Stand: “I am determined to help my children take full advantage of their rights as citizens”

Monday, March 19, 2018

Anastasia Muntyan, 28, is a Roma woman who lives in a village near Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. She is renting a small house with her husband and two children, but lives in near poverty and faces many obstacles as a representative of an ethnic minority. She recently participated in a UN Women training on the human rights of Roma Women, which helped her understand her rights as a citizen and act upon them. More

Youth in rural Kyrgyzstan champion gender equality and access to clean water

Friday, March 2, 2018

To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan. The project, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s self-help groups from marginalized communities, to empower local communities and enhance equal access to natural resources. More

One room, her only home

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A 20 square metre room with one window is the only home that Semiha Xhani, and her eight-year old son have known. Since her divorce six years ago, Xhani has lived with constant financial insecurity. Things got worse when two years ago her former father-in-law registered the house under his name without her knowledge, and tried to get her evicted. More

In the words of Zora Celovic: “Being an activist requires full time devotion and a very strong will for all the battles on the way”

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Zora Celovic is a vocal advocate for rural women’s rights and speaks publicly about the issue. She founded the “Priboj Women's Initiative” to help address the discrimination and inequality that rural women in the Priboj area of south-western Serbia faced. In this farming area, where women are often responsible for milk distribution, the initiative also recently benefited from UN Women support to improve their economic opportunities, while also easing their daily workload and expanding their horizons. More

Joint statement for International Migrants Day, 18 December, by the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and UN Women

Friday, December 15, 2017

On International Migrants Day, we call for the development of a gender-responsive global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration that promotes and protects the human rights of all migrants, and especially women and girls. More

Call for Proposals: Implementation of Awareness-raising among refugee and migrant women on how to access justice services (Only for Turkey)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

UN Women is inviting civil society organizations and women organizations to undertake: Awareness raising among refugee and migrant women on how to access justice services under the Turkey component of the Regional Programme “Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. More

In Georgia, businesses step up to support survivors of domestic violence get a fresh start

Monday, November 13, 2017

Every eleventh woman in Georgia has experienced domestic violence. Many of them cannot leave abusive relationships due to financial dependency. The Adjara Group, a signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, is recruiting survivors and raising awareness to prevent domestic violence within communities. More

Press Release: Women’s economic empowerment is a pre-condition for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, say government and business leaders in Turkey

Friday, October 20, 2017

Organized by Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED) in cooperation with UN Women and UNDP, the “Summit on the Role of Women in Sustainable Development Goals,” brought together the Turkish government and senior executives from different countries of the world in Istanbul to discuss the importance of positioning gender equality and women’s empowerment high on the agenda for sustainable development. More

Take Five: I followed my dreams to work for a society for everyone

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Birgitta Notlöf is the founder and manager of a Swedish non-profit Livstycket, which is a contemporary knowledge and design center in Tensta, Stockholm in which refugee and migrant women from all around the world participate. She recently talked to Empower Women, UN Women’s online platform on women’s economic empowerment, about her business model integrates refugee and migrant women into the Swedish community. More

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