Alliance for Gender-Responsive and Inclusive Recovery in Ukraine launches with strong support of governments, UN agencies, private sector and civil society
As Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine continues to disproportionately affect women and girls, the need for targeted and inclusive recovery efforts to support them has become more urgent. Learn more
UN Women Europe and Central Asia Deputy Regional Director Visits Tajikistan to Advance Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Elisa Fernandez Saenz provided a comprehensive overview of UN Women’s efforts in Tajikistan, emphasizing the importance of supporting initiatives promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. Learn more
EU-funded programme drives women's economic empowerment by challenging gender norms in Eastern Partnership countries
Despite considerable progress, a significant gender gap in labour force participation persists in Europe and Central Asia. Learn more
Time-use data help spur more fathers to take paternity leave in Georgia
When his son was born in December 2023, 34-year-old Avtandil Tsereteli didn’t think twice about taking the paid paternity leave offered by his employer, TBC Bank, in Georgia. Learn more
In the words of Milica Borjanic: Advocating for equal participation of women in politics is our moral obligation
Doing politics means deciding on the socio-political context in which we will be living thus having a direct impact on the quality of our life. Learn more
In Focus: Beijing+30 in Europe and Central Asia
In Focus: Beijing+30 in Europe and Central Asia

In 2025, the global community will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). The Beijing Declaration serves as a global policy framework and blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls worldwide.

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. 

Femicide research in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
In Focus: Femicide research in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan

UN Women, in collaboration with the School of Data and Data against feminicide, launched a multi-country initiative to support research on femicide in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

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.

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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.

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous

UN Women Executive Director visits Türkiye and Uzbekistan

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous will be undertaking a visit to Türkiye and Uzbekistan for a week, where she will engage with government officials, women’s civil society organizations, and the United Nations system to strengthen support and galvanize further action for the advancement of the rights of women and girls in Türkiye and Uzbekistan. Read more ►

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UN Women Executive Board undertakes a pivotal mission to Moldova and Ukraine

From 14 - 22 May, the UN Women Executive Board will be on a mission to Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen partnerships and strategies for advancing gender equality in these countries and beyond, aligning with UN Women's regional and global strategies. Read more ►

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). Full bio ►

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Persistent attacks of the Russian Federation on civilians worsen humanitarian situation in Ukraine

UN Women unequivocally condemns the Russian Armed Forces’ attack on Friday, 28 June 2024, which struck a residential apartment building in Dnipro city, resulting in civilian casualties and injuries in a densely populated area. More