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Believe Survivors. Act Now. Milena’s Story, Moldova

Only 1 out of 10 women survivors of violence seek help from the police. But even those that do often withdraw from the justice process due to poor responses from judicial actors. Women's access to justice starts with believing survivors & taking action, every day. 

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Courtesy: UN Women/Asya Fatma Bagci, Natasa Konjevic
Press release: UN Women launches its Awake Not Sleeping initiative

UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia launched Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining fairy tales for a new generation initiative, which aims to change the way societies think about women’s and girls’ roles.

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Take five: “It was my job to scream for the victims!”

With her reporting on high-profile sexual harassment cases in Serbia, Ivana Mastilović Jasnić, sparked a regional #MeToo movement across the Western Balkans which impacted public perceptions sexual harassment.

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Empowering students in Albanian schools through self-defense training

A UN Women initiative is training teachers across the country in self-defense and communications skills to prevent and mitigate the risk of violence in schools.

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Take Five: “What we read to children today shapes their actions tomorrow
Take Five: “What we read to children today shapes their actions tomorrow"

Altyn Kapalova is a feminist activist, artist, and children’s writer from Kyrgyzstan contributing to the Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining fairy tales for a new generation.

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

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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.

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Frosina Georgievska. Photo: UN Women/Mirjana Nedeva
In focus: International Day of Rural Women

The theme for the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All”, highlights the essential role that rural women and girls play in the food systems of the world. From production of crops to processing, preparing and distributing foods, women’s labour – paid and unpaid – feeds their families, communities and the world.

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Mural Artivism Mural artivism: Breaking the walls of gender inequality

As part of the Generation Equality campaign, seven distinguished local artists – from Albania, Georgia, Kosovo[1], Moldova, North Macedonia, Turkey, and the curator of the initiative from the United States of America – are starting a conversation on gender equality through mural art in Europe and Central Asia.

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Generation Equality Forum
Generation Equality

Join UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign to accelerate gender equality actions and mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of violence against women and girls, women’s leadership and access to health.

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Generations Talk Gender is UN Women's new podcast.
Generations Talk Gender: An intergenerational podcast on gender

My generation, your generation, let’s talk gender! A unique new podcast from UN Women’s Europe and Central Asia office connects gender equality activists from across generations and all walks of life.

International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow"
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The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2022 (IWD 2022) is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. More ►

Executive Director’s Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
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Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Here at the UN, and across the world, we are celebrating those who are working to protect women and girls and defend their human rights. And we welcome new partners — governments, organizations, institutions, community groups, people everywhere — to join us, raise your voices and work together to transform lives, not only during the 16 Days of Activism, but every day. More ►