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From 10 to 15 June, UN Women Europe and Central Asia Deputy Regional Director Elisa Fernandez Saenz conducted her second field visit to Tajikistan to assess the impact of initiatives by the country office. During her visit, she engaged with a broad spectrum of stakeholders including government officials, civil society organizations, local authorities, private sector partners, the UN country team, and beneficiaries. 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.
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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. Tsereteli says he was encouraged by a fellow employee taking paternity leave in his department. Another father has also taken it since him.
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UN Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Local Administration Governance and the Agency for Gender Equality within the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo, under the European Union-funded “Gender Equality Project”, on June 2024, organized an exchange visit and workshop in Albania to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and capacities of local Gender Equality Officers to effectively engage in gender-responsive governance and EU accession.
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Milica Borjanic is a vocal advocate for youth rights in Serbia and programme manager with The National Youth Council of Serbia (KOMS), as the highest independent representative body of the youth in Serbia. Last year, she was one of the participants of the UN Women's training for trainers on women's political participation and leadership.
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Ljupka Mihajlovska is a politician and human rights advocate with special focus on women with disabilities. She served in the Serbian Parliament until 2020 and is now a program director of the non-governmental organisation "For accessible environment". Last year, she was one of the participants of the UN Women's training for trainers on women's political participation and leadership.
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A delegation from the National Commission on Women's Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy under the President, Parliament, and Government of Kazakhstan recently visited Seoul, Republic of Korea, with the support of UN Women. The purpose of the visit was to study the work of the UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality and explore opportunities for cooperation between the two countries. 
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Women’s economic empowerment is essential to promoting women’s rights and gender equality. Central to this effort is employment, which not only fosters financial independence but also drives personal growth and achievement.
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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.
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The second consultation in a series of subregional meetings preparing for the UNECE Regional Review Meeting in Geneva on October 21-22, 2024, took place on June 25. During this event, 130 civil society representatives joined forces to gather insights and recommendations that will inform the regional review process ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA).
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Beba Zhagar, a 27-year-old lawyer, court translator, and researcher from Skopje, North Macedonia has been actively working to advance human rights, gender equality, non-discrimination, freedom of expression and combat hate speech in the country. Beba joined the UN Women “Imagine” campaign to encourage and inspire young people to become advocates for gender equality and human rights.
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UN Women in North Macedonia, for a second consecutive year in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, marked the International Day of Women in Diplomacy with a high-level panel discussion highlighting the pivotal role that women play in international relations and diplomatic efforts.
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UN Women Tajikistan facilitated a roundtable discussion for local project partners, INGOs, Committee on Women and Family Affairs and all shelters operating in Tajikistan, focusing on recent study tours conducted to Georgia and USA as part of the “Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Response in Tajikistan” project funded by United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
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In a bold move to confront the systemic issue of femicide through the power of research and data, Central Asian researchers, journalists and gender advocates are embarking on the first-ever comprehensive femicide research in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
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Khatuna is a one of the 40 guests of the '100 Years Later' play, held in the framework of the 'EU 4 Gender Equality: Together against gender stereotypes and gender-based violence' programme.
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10 June 2024, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The International Forum "Women and Water" convened 180 partners from 25 countries and various sectors, including women diplomats, activists, scientists, water sector professionals as well as representatives from State agencies, grass-roots organizations and development partners in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
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The "Alliance for Gender-Responsive and Inclusive Recovery" was launched at the Ukraine Recovery Conference on 12 June 2024 in Berlin. Spearheaded by UN Women Ukraine in collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Alliance aims to ensure that gender equality and women's empowerment are central to Ukraine's recovery and reconstruction efforts.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN Women, with the support from Sweden, held a series of workshops aimed at improving gender-sensitive credit solutions and integrating a gender perspective in climate-resilient agriculture. The workshops took place in Pale and Zenica as part of the project „Women Driving Resilience in Agriculture and Rural Areas.”
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The International Forum "Women and Water" gathers 180 participants from 25 countries, including representatives from governments, international organizations, public organizations, water resources and gender equality experts, women's rights activists, students, academics, journalists, and media representatives in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The forum is an important side event of the Third High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028," under the Dushanbe Water Process. 
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In a landmark achievement, Madina Jarbussynova, a distinguished Kazakhstani diplomat and Senior Adviser to UN Women Kazakhstan, has been elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) by a majority of votes. This marks the first time a representative from Kazakhstan and Central Asia has been elected to this vital UN body.
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UN Women, in collaboration with School of Data and Data against Feminicide, launched a multi-country initiative to support research on femicide in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan under the regional programme “Making Every Woman and Girl Count”.