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New Jersey’s first COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Site opened on March 20, 2020, at Bergen Community College in Paramus. Photo: Edwin J. Torres for the New Jersey Governor’s Office
In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response. More

  • Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future

    Generation Equality

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women is launching a new campaign, “Generation Equality—Realizing women’s rights and an equal future”. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life. More

  • Progress of the worlds women

    Progress of the world's women 2019–2020

    UN Women’s flagship report, “Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world”, assesses the reality of families today in the context of sweeping economic, demographic, political, and social transformation. The report features global, regional, and national data. It also analyses key issues such as family laws, employment, unpaid care work, violence against women, and families and migration. At a critical juncture for women’s rights, this landmark report proposes a comprehensive family-friendly policy agenda to advance gender equality in diverse families. More

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    In Focus: Women and the SDGs

    Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and publications from Europe and Central Asia illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More

COVID-19: How we respond in Europe and Central Asia by Regional Director Alia El-Yassir

UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Alia El-Yassir calls for putting women and girls at the heart of decision making in COVID-19 response and protecting their health and well-being. Read more►

Announcement: Generation Equality Forum postponed

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the number of people around the world affected by this disease continues to increase. In light of this crisis, the Generation Equality Forum will be postponed until the first half of 2021. The new dates will be announced in the coming months. Read more ►

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Implementing norms, changing mindsInteractive report: "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds"

This interactive report provides a dive into some of the key results achieved under the regional EU/UN Women programme on ending violence and discrimination against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds".

 

COVID-19: Women front and centre
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. More

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Zero tolerance for violence against women

On International Women’s Day, the European Union, UN Women and hundreds of women’s rights organizations in the Western Balkans and Turkey are celebrating their partnership to end discrimination and violence against women.

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