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A gender analysis of 477 government socio-economic policy responses adopted in 18 countries and territories in Europe and Central Asia over the first year of COVID-19, reveals that only 7 per cent specifically reference women and can be classified as gender-sensitive. This calls for governments to prioritize gender-responsive policy responses in the context of COVID-19 and emergencies. Measures recorded were in relation to social protection, labour market, and economic, fiscal and business stimulus.
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The region's first 'Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo' was a comprehensive virtual event held between 27-29 April 2021. This report presents how interactive ideas generation sessions and networking expanded the potential of women entrepreneurs. It offers entrepreneurial learning and resources on topics related to: business blueprint modelling; branding and marketing; entering demand-supply and value chains; rethinking digital sales and e-commerce; financial goals and resilience building; and developing and pitching winnable business plans.
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This policy brief highlights the need for publicly provided social care services for children, the sick, the elderly and persons with disabilities to reduce the burden of unpaid care work on women and advance women’s economic empowerment. It details the substantial advantages and returns countries stand to gain in the short and long run from such investments.
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This brief offers a glimpse at how UN Women makes a difference in Europe and Central Asia to ensure women's participation in peace and security and humanitarian action by cooperating closely with an array of national and international actors.
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Conducted in October 2014, this study analyses the inclusion of women in Kosovo’s political institutions and parties. It outlines the challenges and obstacles women face to increased participation in decision-making positions in public institutions, and makes several recommendations. Implemented by Kosovo’s Agency for Gender Equality with support of UN Women via the joint UNDP and European Union project, Women, Peace and Security, the study is the first activity in Kosovo’s Action Plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
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This study highlights the main consequences of sexual violence during the Kosovo armed conflict; analyses the current state of reparations for those crimes; and details the most desirable ways to provide survivors redress for these crimes. It examines sexual violence in armed conflicts from international human-rights treaties and related legislation from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) and Kosovo.
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This report captures experiences, good practices and lessons learned from initiatives that supported network-building during the UN Women project on implementing UNSCR 1325 in the Western Balkans. The ‘Women Building Peace and Human Security in the Western Balkans Phase II 2008-2011’ project supported implementing gender-sensitive security sector reform and engaging women and women’s organisations in peace processes at the regional, national and local levels, mainly in Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia.