Europe and Central Asia

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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

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    In Focus: 75th session of the UN General Assembly

    The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on 15 September and mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations through a High-level meeting on 21 September. With COVID-19 continuing to disrupt lives and economies around the world and putting at risk the hard-won gains of women’s rights, gender equality is on top of the agenda for decision-makers this year as they convene, mostly virtually, at UNGA 75. More

  • The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. 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

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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

"It’s time for a re-set"
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

On the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for new alliances across generations and sectors to ensure deep, systemic change for women and for the world. More

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In the COVID-19 response UN Women Moldova and Sweden support local businesses run by women

With the financial support of Sweden, UN Women Moldova provided 28,000 pieces of protective equipment to social assistance staff from 36 territorial units throughout the Republic of Moldova. The coveralls and masks were purchased from three local companies run by women. This donation enabled social workers from various regions of the country to access protective equipment, and supported businesses run by women helping the national economy.