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Press Release: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia commits to improving the social and economic development of rural women

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, the National Federation of Farmers and the Network for Rural Development in the former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, in partnership with the Faculty for Agricultural Sciences and Food, supported by the Swedish Cooperative Centre We Effect and UN Women, organized an event to spotlight the importance of social and economic development of women living in rural areas. 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

Call for Proposals: Empowering women living in rural areas in Serbia

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

UN Women Programme Office in Serbia is announcing Call for Proposals as a part of the UN Women/EU Regional Programme “Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkan and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. This project is to contribute to ending violence against women focusing on availability and quality of service provision for women and girls subject to violence living in rural areas and other women facing multiple and intersecting discrimination. To achieve this, UN... More

Calls for coordinated, gender-sensitive strategy for migrants in Tajikistan

Thursday, May 3, 2018

At a Government of Tajikistan and UN Women event, government and civil society partners called for a coordinated, gender-sensitive response to protect Tajikistan’s growing number of women migrants. More

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers a blueprint to ensure the rights and development of rural women and girls

Friday, March 23, 2018

The UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights concluded today in New York with the strong commitment by UN Member States to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global activism and public outcry to end gender injustice and discrimination worldwide, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) reached a robust agreement highlighting the urgency of empowering and supporting those who need it most and have, for too long, been left behind. 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

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women for International Women’s Day 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

Announcer: International Women's Day 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. More

Across the Western Balkans, rural women are influencing local budgets and shaping progress

Friday, October 13, 2017

Across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova, UN Women works with governments to implement gender equality commitments and enhance women’s participation in decision-making. Funded by the Austrian Development Agency and Swiss Development Cooperation, the programme enables women to influence local budgets to address their diverse needs. More

Empowering women in the farthest corners of Armenia

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Catherine Wolf is a Programme Analyst with UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, overseeing the projects in Africa and Europe and Central Asia. She is based in Turkey, and recently visited a project in Armenia, implemented by Green Lane, a non-governmental organization that works in partnership with UN Women to empower rural women. More

Local women’s networks drive gender equality in rural Serbia

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In rural Serbia, where the political and economic landscape is primarily dominated by men and few women participate in decision-making, local Women Councilors Networks set up with support from UN Women are challenging the status quo. More

From where I stand: “Sustainable Energies are Especially Useful for Women”

Monday, July 3, 2017

I first came across renewable energies some eight years ago. The Rural Communities Development Agency, where I work now, is one of the organizations that has specialized in the utilization of solar energy for households in rural areas of Georgia. More

Rural women in Kyrgyzstan fight for their place in local leadership positions

Monday, July 3, 2017

Women activists meet MPs and government officials on Rural Women’s Day to discuss barriers faced by rural women in fully participating in the national development processes. More

From housewives to local councils, rural women in Kyrgyzstan shift gears

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In villages across Kyrgyzstan, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods after completing leadership and skills training programmes. Most of the participants are now running small-scale businesses and some have joined local councils to shape laws and policies. More

UN Women report: Gender inequality remains a pervasive problem in rural Georgia

Monday, April 25, 2016

Social and cultural barriers, lack of child care services and the burden of unpaid housework prevent women from developing their skills and from generating an income, according to a recent UN Women gender assessment of agriculture and local development systems in rural Georgia. More

Serbia adopts National Strategy for Gender Equality

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Serbia aims to take concrete steps to improve the lives of women and girls in the next five years with support from UN Women. More

From the Alps to the yurt: Swiss cheese meets Tajik milk bowls

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Cheese Exchange, a UN Women initiative, brought entrepreneurial Tajik and Swiss women cheese makers together to share skills and develop new dairy products for Tajikistan. More

Opening doors for internally displaced women in Georgia

Monday, July 6, 2015

A little house is hidden in greenery on the outskirts of the village of Koki in western Georgia. It has only three rooms: The host lives in one; another is decked with two sewing machines, manicure and hair-dressing tools and colourful artwork; while several computers and a photocopy machine fill the third. Iruza Kakava, 43, lives in this house with her husband and son while running a free daycare centre and programmes for people with disabilities, orphans, vulnerable children and youth. ... More

Rural women access early cancer screening in Turkey

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

After receiving UN Women training, a municipality in central Turkey is actively reaching out to thousands of rural women to educate and transport them to a free cancer screening centre. More

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