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Kosovo to start using an integrated database for cases of domestic violence

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ms. Ulrika Richardson, United Nations Development Coordinator, congratulating Kosovo on the key step forward in addressing and preventing domestic violence. Photo: UN Women Kosovo On 14 March 2019, a key milestone was achieved for Kosovo [1] when government institutions dealing with violence against women and girls signed a memorandum of understanding on an integrated and unified database for cases of domestic violence. This database will enable the monitoring and prosecution of domestic... More

Shining a light on conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo

Monday, March 25, 2019

Organized by the Jahjaga Foundation with the German Embassy, UN Women and the UN Kosovo Team, the conference not only served to shine a light on some of the darkest corners of human experience and share painful truths of conflict-related sexual violence, but also aimed to inspire global collaborations. More

New law in Albania will provide low-cost housing for domestic violence survivors

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Women in Albania, much like women around the world, face many roadblocks when they try to leave an abusive partner—housing. The Shelter for Abused Women and Girls is part of the Monitoring Network against Gender-Based Violence, a network of 48 civil society organizations across Albania. The creation of the network was facilitated by UN Women under its regional programme on ending violence against women, funded by the European Union. More

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. More

From Where I Stand: “I would like to see a better gender balance in technology and make it accessible to girls from underprivileged communities”

Friday, March 1, 2019

KizCode seeks to empower girls and young women from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups, using education techniques around making and playing. The project also aims to address their wellbeing and mental health, which are often overlooked. More

Young people hack into a world of good in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Friday, March 1, 2019

Young people hack into a world of good in Bosnia and Herzegovina - It’s a simple idea with powerful potential in preventing gender-based violence. Wear a bracelet that can send an SMS alert if a risk arises. More

Take Five: “Patriarchal culture is one of the biggest barriers in ending violence against women”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Zita Gurmai is a Member of the Hungarian National Assembly, Vice-President of the Hungarian National Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Throughout her career she has supported numerous organizations aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s political participation. More

Surviving Violence, Helping Others to Access Justice

Friday, February 22, 2019

36-year-old Günçe Çetin, a successful lawyer from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has suffered the trauma of intimate partner violence for several months between 2012 and 2014. She experienced physical, psychological, and economic violence at the hands of her boyfriend. More

Take Five: “Supporting Roma women to claim their rights”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Slavica Vasić is the chair and one of the founders of Bibija’s Roma Women’s Centre, a civil society organization with over 20 years of work and experience in supporting the empowerment of Roma women in Serbia and beyond. More

In the words of Tatjana Stoimenovska: “We prioritize the protection of the rights of the most marginalized groups”

Friday, February 22, 2019

“One of the greatest challenges faced by survivors is that the stereotypes prevailing in the country and overall in the region consider domestic violence as a private affair, or even worse, survivors often get blamed for the violence. More

Call for Proposals: Strengthening first line responders and empowering refugee women and girls in Turkey to combat and overcome SGBV

Monday, February 4, 2019

UN Women is inviting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions working in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender equality, violence against women, community engagement, conflict resolution, social inclusion, elimination of violence against women, refugee response and resilience to submit proposals to implement activities and deliver results under respective outputs mentioned in the CFP document. More

Take Five: “We must develop a systematic approach to change patriarchal cultural norms”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Altynai Omurbekova is the Vice Prime Minister on social affairs in the Kyrgyz Republic and a former Member of Parliament. Ms. Omurbekova promoted the issues of improving the quality of education in universities through the introduction of new approaches to the student evaluation system and improving access to high-quality medical services through advancing the health insurance system. She is the co-author of the new law on protection from domestic violence, which changes domestic violence from an administrative offense to a criminal offense, and many other policies related to social affairs. Ms. Omurbekova recently spoke at the regional conference “Turning policies into action: Eliminating gender-based violence against women and girls in Central Asia,” organized by UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA, in partnership with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. More

10 myths about violence against women and girls

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Please enter text foOn the global level, one in three girls will be affected by violence during her lifetime. In the Republic of Moldova, according to the study “Violence against women in the family” (NBS, 2011), 6 out of 10 women faced psychological, physical or sexual violence from their husbands or partners.r 10 myths about violence against women and girls More

Regional forum takes stock of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Friday, December 28, 2018

Convened by the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UN Women, the European Union, and the Council of Europe (CoE), in partnership with European Women’s Lobby, the regional forum reviewed progress in fulfillment of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. The forum took place within the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds". More

Yoga and self-defence to help cope with gender-based violence in Montenegro

Monday, December 17, 2018

UNDP strongly supports innovative approaches to working with survivors of gender-based violence, especially those that are based on empowerment and regaining a sense of self-worth and self-esteem. These are important not only in coping with traumatic experiences and moving forward, but also in making sure that we break the cycle of violence, More

TAKE FIVE: “Femicide is fueled by patriarchal social norms and changing minds is of utmost importance”

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kosana Beker spoke to UN Women about her investigation and the importance of effective prevention and protection approaches to end femicides in Serbia. More

News Albania goes orange with more than a hundred activities organized during 16 Days of Activism

Monday, December 10, 2018

More than a hundred activities were organized across Albania during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign by UN agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and government partners. More

Press Release: The Parliament of Albania and UN Women commit to greater collaboration for gender equality

Thursday, December 6, 2018

UN Women and the Parliament in Albania signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country. The memorandum builds on existing cooperation between the two institutions and will focus on implementing national and international commitments on gender equality and ending violence against women. More

Press Release: International Conference on “Prevention of Domestic Violence through Effective Cooperation: New Step in Development of Crisis Centres”

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The International Conference entitled “Prevention of Domestic Violence through Effective Cooperation: New Step in Development of Crisis Centres” (the Conference) has taken place today in Astana as a part of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” global campaign. More

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