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Women candidates in Turkey’s elections get ready to take up their new roles in local government

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

On March 31, Turkish citizens cast their vote to select local administrators for the next five years. , In the election lead-up, UN Women held skills-building workshops to empower women candidates.

Women’s groups to monitor the local elections in Turkey from gender equality perspective

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ahead of the local elections in Turkey to be held in March, UN Women and the Women’s Coalition brought together more than 100 women from across the country to discuss the monitoring of the elections.

Take Five: “Our purpose is to support all women candidates who wish to stand for elections”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Canan Kalsın, the Chairperson of The Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) in the Turkish Parliament, has been active in politics for more than 15 years and has worked in several positions in her political party. As Chairperson of EOC, she collaborates with UN Women in promoting women’s political participation and leadership as part of the “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” project. She is leading the Committee in achieving equal opportunities between women and men, advancing women’s rights, and mainstreaming gender equality in the parliament.

“Equality empowers everyone!” call women candidates in Turkey

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

87 women from different political parties and civil society organizations in Adana and Gaziantep, made a joint statement calling for more gender equality in politics at workshops organized by UN Women.

Standards of Equal Representation and Participation in Politics in Albania: One Year from Local Elections

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

UN Women organized the National Conference on “Standards of Equal Representation and Participation in Politics: One Year from Local Elections”, in collaboration with the Albanian Parliament.

Global Open Day in Kosovo focuses on changing laws and patriarchal attitudes to boost women’s political participation

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The 2018 Global Open Day on Women, Peace and Security in Kosovo focused on women’s political participation, and the key factors that inhibit their full engagement in the public sphere.

In Turkey, talks focus on eliminating barriers to women's leadership

Monday, November 6, 2017

At a symposium organized by the Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men of the Turkish Parliament, in partnership with UN Women, high-level Turkish government officials, alongside women leaders in politics, business and the public sector from around the world discussed ways to increase women’s participation in political decision-making.

Press Release: Parliamentarians from Eastern Europe and Central Asia join forces to reduce barriers against women’s participation in public life

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Around 90 parliamentarians, local elected officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Chișinău to identify how to solve some of the most pressing issues challenging women’s rights and their full participation in all spheres of life.

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.

Turkish MPs get first-hand look at gender equality in Finland and Sweden

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In a IPU-organised study visit in partnership with UN Women, Turkish deputies discussed best practices in gender equality – including gender mainstreaming in policies and gender responsive budgeting – with Finnish and Swedish parliamentarians.

In Albania, elections herald historic increase in number of women MPs

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Albania has reached a new milestone with women’s representation in politics. Following the national elections held on 25 June, the Albanian Parliament will soon welcome a record number of women parliamentarians. The initial results indicate that women’s representation has reached 28 per cent—a marked improvement compared to 2013 elections, when around 18 per cent women were elected.

Turkey's Parliament celebrates women's rights to vote and run for office

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Women in Turkey gained their rights to vote and enter politics on 5 December 1934. The Parliament in Turkey celebrated the 82nd Anniversary of the Recognition of Women’s Rights to Vote and to Stand for Election at a ceremony in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, organized by UN Women.

Women’s political participation gains momentum in Moldova

Monday, September 26, 2016

As of 2015, Moldova ranked 64 in terms of women’s representation in the Parliament, with women holding only 22 per cent of seats in the lower house. UN Women-UNDP collaboration with the government and the Parliament contributed towards the adoption of a new law on 14 April, 2016, which for the first time, introduced gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees. Law No. 71 says that women and men must each make up a minimum of 40 per cent of every political party’s candidates and of cabinet nominees, and amends 15 other national laws.

Moldova takes historic step to promote gender equality in politics

Monday, June 20, 2016

New law mandates minimum 40 per cent women in cabinet and party lists, gives men 14 days paid paternity leave, and prohibits sexist ads and language in media.

From where I stand: Laura Bosnea

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Laura Bosnea, 28, was elected to the local council in Râșcani City in 2015, as one of the first Roma women local councillors in Moldova.

UN Women, IPU and Turkish Parliament to enhance women’s political participation

Monday, February 29, 2016

UN Women kicks off new project to increase women’s leadership and participation in Turkish politics and decision making, in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Turkish Parliament.

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.

Blazing trails, first Roma women elected to local council in Moldova

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Overcoming barriers on account of both gender and ethnicity, two ethnic Roma women ran for local office for the first time - and won - after receiving campaign training supported by UN Women.

Elections herald an increase in women MPs in Turkey, but more progress is needed

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Turkish Parliament will soon welcome the highest number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) in its history after parliamentary elections held on 7 June 2015. According to initial estimates, the number of women MPs elected to the Turkish Parliament increased from 79 to 98.

Georgia declares 2015 as Year of the Woman

Monday, January 19, 2015

Georgian President George Margvelashvili declared 2015 as the Year of Women at a press conference on 15 January.

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