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Arts, sports, and technology foster empowerment of girls

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The conference on the International Day of the Girl Child co-organized by UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women in Turkey in partnership with Aydın Doğan Foundation centered on girls’ empowerment through science, arts, and sports. The common message given to hundreds of girls at the conference is, “Set a goal, work hard and never give up!” 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

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her. 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

From where I stand: Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova and Aigul Alybaeva

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova is participating in a school-based education programme to empower girls, initiate inter-generational dialogues to change attitudes and to end bride kidnapping, early and/or forced marriages. Her mother, Aigul Alybaeva, supports her daughter’s participation in the programme and talks with her about various issues, including violence against women and girls. More

"My girl is not for sale": Escaping child marriage in Moldova

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Roma family challenges cultural norms by refusing a reparatory marriage. In their community, school drop-out rate is a stagerring record 58 per cent, mainly driven by child/early marriages, unplanned pregnancies and childcare responsibilities. More

Moldova university's gender-responsive budgeting course is a first in South East Europe

Friday, September 30, 2016

Academic and gov’t experts say new mandatory gender-responsive budgeting course will make country more competitive internationally and help it promote gender-sensitive policies. More

Stopping bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A programme from the National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan, supported by a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, has introduced the first-ever curriculum on gender-based violence in Kyrgyz language in schools in rural Kyrgyzstan. More

International Women's Day 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, this year’s observance will reflect on how to build momentum around the new Sustainable Development Goals, and related gender equality commitments as part of UN Women’s Step It Up initiative. More

Fathers in Turkey foster violence-free families and gender equality

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A ground-breaking fatherhood project in Turkey brings fathers together to discuss family issues and dynamics that lead to more equitable and non-violent households. More

Empowering girls today for a safer, healthier, more prosperous Turkey

Friday, October 9, 2015

Educating girls is the most consistent driver of development, and investing in young girls can accelerate Turkey’s fight against poverty, inequity and gender discrimination, UN conference attendees told. More

Gender Summer School kicks off in Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan launched its Academic Gender Summer School in Ashuu, Chui oblast. Running from 12-20 August, the Summer School aims to develop national gender capacity in Kyrgyzstan and support gender equality in Kyrgyz media, education, research and public institutions. More

Giving Romani children access to kindergarten and mothers a chance to find jobs in rural Moldova (Buda commune)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Change came with the community mobilization for empowerment initiative implemented by the JILDP. As a part of the community profiling exercise a lack of access to pre-school education, particularly acute for Romani families, was identified as one of the key human rights and gender concerns in both villages. Acknowledgement of the problem by the local public authorities and the community was the first step of the community mobilization. At the next stage, the Programme helped forming a community initiative group of parents and kindergarten teaches to advocate for addressing the situation, and for including it into the Buda Local Socio-Economic Development Strategy. More

Giving young children access to school and mothers a chance to find jobs in rural Moldova

Monday, October 8, 2012

Many young children in rural Moldova are stuck at home in the long cold winter months with nowhere to go and nowhere to play. Kindergartens and pre-schools are few and even when they are in place, they are in poor shape and often badly heated. There is little opportunity for employment, and without a centre for young children to go, there is even less chance for rural women to find jobs. More

Ensuring Access of Boys and Girls from Vulnerable Families to the Kindergarten and Giving Mothers a Chance to Find a Job in Rural Moldova: Hincauti commune

Friday, September 7, 2012

20 more girls and boys from vulnerable families of Hincauti commune received access to pre-school education, and together with the other 44 girls and boys enjoy improved kindergarten conditions thanks to the community initiative supported by Joint Integrated Local Development Programme of the Government of Moldova, implemented by UNDP and UN Women, funded by the Government of Sweden. More

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