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Nataliia Novitska 36, is Project Manager at the NGO “Positive Women”, which provides assistance and information to women living with HIV across Ukraine, even amid the Russian invasion. It is among the organizations supported by UN Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF).
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On November 25, Kazakhstan hosted the Multistakeholder Dialogue in Central Asia on "Combatting the violence: Women and Girls at risk. Addressing root causes of violence and supporting the survivors. Enhancing access to Justice". The event kicked-off the annual United Nations campaign "16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence" in Kazakhstan.
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In the first days following Ukraine’s full-scale invasion by Russia in February 2022, everyone was impressed by the unity of Ukrainian men and women. Many businesses and ordinary citizens donated their cars for humanitarian needs, prepared food, organized volunteer initiatives and helped financially. Now, many companies have resumed commercial activities and continue to volunteer support. Anna Zavertaylo is co-owner of the Zavertaylo bakery and the Honey Pastry Café in Kyiv. She is one of the entrepreneurs who, since the first days of the war, redirected her business to support local people and the resistance.
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On the occasion of International Day of Rural Women (15 October), the United Nations Issue-based Coalition on Sustainable Food Systems (IBC-SFS) and the Issue-based Coalition on Gender Equality (IBC-GE) organized the third edition of the Food Systems Talks series, with a special angle on the role of women and girls in reaching sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems.
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Kyrgyzstan issued its first-ever gender bonds on November 18. The initiative was the result of a partnership between UN Women Kyrgyzstan, Bank of Asia, Institute for Economic Policy Research of the Kyrgyz Republic, Astana International Financial Centre’s Green Finance Centre (AIFC GFC), Kyrgyz Stock Exchange, and financial company ‘Senti’.
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An interactive map listing femicides committed since 2019 in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia was launched within the framework of the Fourth Regional Forum: Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Türkiye on 29-30 November 2022.
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The Fourth Regional Forum will welcome around 300 state representatives, civil society and regional organizations, ombudsperson offices, and well-known figures from cinema, literature, and sports from across the Western Balkans and beyond.
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The orange campaign in Kazakhstan opens on 25 November with the “Multistakeholder Dialogue in Central Asia «Combatting the violence: Women and Girls at risk. Addressing root causes of violence and supporting the survivors. Enhancing access to Justice” roundtable discussion.
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Hrystyna Kit is a Ukrainian women right’s advocate, jurist and attorney. She is also the co-founder of the Ukrainian Women Lawyers Association JurFem, which focuses on increasing gender sensitivity within the legal community and Ukrainian legislation as well as improving survivors’ access to justice. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues into its ninth month, she’s pushing forward against a rising tide of gender-based violence.  
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On the occasion of the Women’s Entrepreneurship EXPO 2022 and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (19 November), we talked to Ms. Afridi about the role of the private sector in advancing women’s economic empowerment and the main challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Europe and Central Asia.
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At a networking event in Almaty on November 4, organized by UN Women Kazakhstan in partnership with the AlmaU University, representatives of the private sector shared national and global best practices on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in business and adhering to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
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Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation in the world, affecting more than 1 in 3 women—a figure that has remained largely unchanged over the last decade.
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Odile Renaud-Basso is the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the first ever woman head of a multilateral development bank. . Under her leadership, EBRD signed a partnership with UN Women to address the COVID-19’s economic impact on women, and more recently to support the Women’s Entrepreneurship EXPO taking place on 16-17 November.
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The report “Moving towards the Gender Equality Index, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2022” was launched today in Sarajevo. For the first time, the country will have access to a statistically legitimate, objective, and up-to-date tool to compare the state of gender equality with other countries in the region and the European Union.
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Karima, 21, is a young university student who is passionate about helping others through teaching. Despite her young age, she has multiple years of teaching experience in Afghanistan. Now she wants to find ways to continue educating Afghan women given their exclusion from education within the country. Karima participated in a design thinking workshop for young Afghan leaders organized by UN Women to identify existing capacities, needs and solutions to support women’s empowerment and gender equality, and influence peace discussions in their home country Afghanistan.
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Adelah*, 27, is a former Afghan school teacher now pursuing her dream career in information technology. She is developing an app that connects Afghan women with gynecologists abroad. Adelah participated in a design thinking workshop for young Afghan leaders organized by UN Women to identify existing capacities, needs and solutions to support women’s empowerment and gender equality, and influence peace discussions in their home country Afghanistan.
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Zuleika*, 22, is a young Afghan activist who has initiated several social projects supporting Afghan women refugees. She advocates for women’s freedom of choice and strongly believes in the power of women supporting women. Zuleika participated in a design thinking workshop for young Afghan leaders organized by UN Women to identify existing capacities, needs and solutions to support women’s empowerment and gender equality, and influence peace discussions in their home country Afghanistan.
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Over the course of 2022, UN Women organized a series of technical and in-depth trainings on gender-responsive budgeting for public officials in various parts of Türkiye. With the goal of increasing knowledge on gender mainstreaming and budgeting, the expert-level technical trainings targeted public officials working in central-level institutions.
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On 16-17 November, UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia will host the second edition of the Women’s Entrepreneurship EXPO 2022.
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Olha Svitlychna, 29, from Mariupol, Ukraine. At the age of 24, she applied and was appointed as a Human Rights Commissioner by the Head of the National Police, where she set up a police hub and an Expert Council on Innovative Ideas. Later, she took a position as Head of the Department of International Cooperation at the Donetsk State University of Internal Affairs.