Call for applications: Gender Datathon in Albania
UN Women, in partnership with the Institute of Statistics in Albania (INSTAT), invites Interested applicants to participate in a Gender Datathon in Tirana, Albania. Learn more
Speak youth to power: UN Women Europe and Central Asia launches a blog for youth to speak out for gender equality and women’s rights in commemoration of the Beijing Declaration's 30th anniversary
Ahead of this significant milestone, our regional office is providing a platform for young voices to advocate for gender equality and women's rights across Europe and Central Asia. Learn more
In the words of Aliya Chynybaeva: “Digitalization enables women to contribute to the development of the country, their families, and their personalities”
Supported by the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, Aliya Chynybaeva emphasized that empowering women in the digital world is crucial for inclusive societal development. Learn more
Resilience through technology: The professional transformation of a refugee woman
Women’s participation in the IT sector generates new employment opportunities, and it also helps reduce gender disparities and wage inequalities. Learn more
In the words of Delila Veladžić: “I want to motivate people with disabilities, to make them feel normal, optimistic, and accepted”
Delila joins UN Women’s “Imagine” campaign believing that youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina should be empowered to challenge societal norms and advocate for a more inclusive and equitable society. Learn more
The railway station in Lviv has become a hub for those fleeing to EU countries from the war in Ukraine. Photo: UN Women/Serhii Korovainyi
In Focus: Women and girls after two years of war in Ukraine

Two years into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, over 8 million women and girls are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2024. UN Women is committed to working relentlessly to provide gender-responsive humanitarian support to women and girls and tap into their skills and leadership to build back better.

Women and children are amongst the most affected after the earthquakes in Gaziantep, Türkiye. Photo: UN Women/Nilüfer Baş
In Focus: Supporting women and girls in Türkiye in the aftermath of the earthquakes

On 6 February 2023, twin earthquakes struck Türkiye and Syria, killing thousands of people and injuring many others. In close coordination with the government and partners, UN Women Türkiye’s emergency response is addressing the urgent and longer-term needs of women and girls impacted by the earthquakes. 

In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68)
In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68)

The 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), the UN’s largest annual event dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, will take place from 11 to 22 March 2024.

EXPO Banner 2023
Women's Entrepreneurship EXPO 2023

Launched in 2021, the Women’s Entrepreneurship EXPO is a unique partnership platform to promote women’s entrepreneurship ecosystem building in the Europe and Central Asia region. EXPO provides an interactive space for women entrepreneurs, investors and private sector representatives for collaboration, ideas generation, capacity building and business development.

Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining fairy tales for a new generation
Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining fairy tales for a new generation

Awake Not Sleeping fairy tales collection aims to change how societies think about women’s and girls’ roles, rights, and human potential by reimagining 28 classic fairy tales.

Belén Sanz Luque, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia

New Regional Director, Belén Sanz Luque

Belén Sanz Luque is appointed as the new Regional Director for UN Women Europe and Central Asia. Previously, Belén Sanz served as UN Women Country Representative for Mexico (2017-2024) and Colombia (2013 - 2017).

A national of Spain, Belén Sanz has more than 20 years of experience in development policies, with special emphasis on gender equality and women's rights policies and evaluation of public policies in international fields. Full bio ►

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1 in every 10 women in the world lives in extreme poverty

On International Women’s Day, UN Women calls for the world to “Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress” as the best way to accelerate economic growth and build more prosperous, equitable societies. More