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In the words of Sanem Öztürk: “Our aim is to build a strong and enduring solidarity network that brings together women from Turkey and Syria”

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sanem Öztürk is a sociologist and activist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been working for the Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV) since 2011. As part of the ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme, KADAV is partnering with UN Women to build the capacity and maintain a network of Syrian and Turkish women CSOs, to work together to develop tools for combating sexual and gender-based violence within the framework of the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW. 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

Civil society supports women to live a life free of violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Through the country-level component of the Implementing Norms, Changing Minds regional programme, UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina is partnering with a number of civil society organizations with the aim of ensuring that all women can live a life free of violence. For the next two years, these organizations will address the inequalities that lie at the intersection of gender and other factors such as age, disability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and nationality. More

Take Five: “Civil society is crucial to monitor the implementation of international commitments on ending violence against women”

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Center for Legal Civil Initiatives (CLCI) started working with UN Women in Albania to support the establishment of a network of civil society organizations to monitor the implementation of international human rights obligations on ending violence against women – under the regional programme, Implementing Norms, Changing Minds. CLCI’s Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Aurela Anastas, explains their role in the programme and how this network of CSOs can actively support ending violence against women in Albania. More

Take Five: “To end violence against women, an overall change in people’s mindsets is required”

Friday, December 15, 2017

The YADA Foundation was established in 2005 by a group of social scientists and project specialists with the goal of reducing the gap between ‘theory’ and ‘everyday reality’. The organization aims to produce knowledge about different aspects of everyday life and to convert this knowledge into sustainable and practical projects. Recently, YADA started working with UN Women to assess advocacy initiatives on ending violence against women and changing gender discriminatory social norms in the Western Balkans and Turkey – under the regional programme, Implementing Norms, Changing Minds. YADA’s Executive Director, Ayşe Pınar Gürer, explains their role in the programme and how advocacy can be instrumental to ending violence against women. More

From Where I Stand: “Women's voices are crucial in our civil society and can lead to change”

Monday, November 20, 2017

Radmila Žigić is the Director of Foundation Lara from Bijeljina in northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which has been at the forefront of combating violence against women and girls, ensuring safe space for survivors, advocating for women’s rights and empowering women since its establishment in 1998. Lara was the first women’s organization in BiH that established a shelter for survivors of human trafficking in 2000, which provided support to close to 200 women in Bijeljina. While advocating for more effective legislation, educating law enforcement officers and preventing sexual exploitation of women and girls, especially among school-age youth, Lara has significantly contributed to the reduction of this form of violence against women in BiH. More

Take Five: Supporting women's organizations is vital for ending violence against women

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network, is comprised of women's organizations from 46 European countries working to combat violence against women and children across the region. WAVE is currently partnering with UN Women to support the work of civil society organizations (CSOs) on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey – under the EU-funded programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’. Rosa Logar, one of the founding members of WAVE, discusses their involvement in the regional programme and the vital role that CSOs play in the fight to end violence against women. More

Moldova’s innovative approach to end violence against women presented at Oxford University

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UN Women presented its experience in eliminating violence against women in Moldova as a case study at Oxford University. Adopting an innovative approach to change behaviors of violence survivors, UN Women managed to considerably increase the number of women who know their rights and request support services. More

Coverage: UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and UN Women Programme Division Director in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Monday, October 24, 2016

UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey Ingibjorg Gisladottir and UN Women Programme Division Director Maria Noel Vaeza visited Bosnia and Herzegovina from 11-13 October to join a UN Trust Fund on Ending Violence against Women Knowledge Exchange event in Sarajevo They met with representatives from the BiH government, civil society organizations and partners to discuss issues such as aligning BiH’s gender agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals, and visited and received feedback from UN Women beneficiaries. More

In Albania football and a mobile app get men to commit to gender equality

Friday, October 21, 2016

The HeForShe in Stadiums and HeForShe Fan mobile app use football in a three-month campaign to reach men and boys across Albania, encouraging them to empower women, stop discrimination and speak out against gender-based violence. 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

Inspiring and advocating for women living with HIV in Kazakhstan

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the face of quickly rising rates of HIV infection in Central Asia, UN Women is supporting a network of women living with HIV in Kazakhstan and increasing their role in decision-making. More

Civil society organizations from Europe and Central Asia call for action and accountability at Beijing+20 review

Friday, November 7, 2014

Geneva - A diverse group of 700 participants from 56 countries of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region gathered from 3-5 November to review progress made in the region on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action nearly 20 years after its adoption. The Beijing Declaration, signed by 189 countries, is widely known as the blueprint for women’s empowerment, and focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, from women and the environment to ending violence against women. More

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