Europe and Central Asia

In Focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women intensified. At the same time, legal, health and social support services became limited and less accessible. For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2020), UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign is amplifying the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls. 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

  • Berivan Atilgan lives in Şanlıurfa with her husband and three children. Photo: UN Women Tayfun Dalkılıç

    Across Europe and Central Asia, women confront economic impacts of the pandemic

    Before the pandemic, women already earned and saved less than men, were the majority of single-parent households and held more insecure jobs with less access to social protection. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis of epic proportions – with women and girls getting hard-hit. More

  • Sergeant Xhemile Behluli is the Domestic Violence Section supervisor for the Kosovo Police. Photo: UN Women

    Efforts intensify to confront pandemic-related spikes in violence against women

    Violence against women and girls has been increasing globally as the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies economic and social stresses. Meanwhile, crowded homes, measures to restrict contact and movement, and limited access to services are making it harder for survivors to seek help. More

  • COVID-19 Response

    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

With the will, there’s a way to end violence against women
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "As we face COVID-19’s devastation, there has never been a more important moment to resolve to put our combined resources and commitment behind the biggest issues, and to end violence against women and girls, for good." More

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Keep the promise, accelerate the change

25 years ago, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action laid out a bold vision for gender equality. How far have we come in Europe and Central Asia since then? New regional report launched by UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia provides a snapshot.