Stories

1889
results found
Date:
Two years ago, Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine led to mass displacement within and outside the country as millions of Ukrainians left in search of safety and support. Anastasiia Pyrohova is a psychologist and the coordinator of the Women’s New Horizons project, run by the local group Women’s Perspectives in the Western city of Sambir, where she has lived since fleeing her native Zaporizhzhia with her family. Here, Anastasiia supports women and girls by providing psychological counselling and creating resources to help internally displaced people access essential services.
Date:
Prior to Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Evghenia enjoyed a comfortable and secure life in the southern city of Mykolaiv. She shared her days with friends and her mother, while finding fulfilment in her work as an art teacher. After her city faced relentless bombings, it became too dangerous for Evgheniato stay in her home. Together with her mother, Evghenia fled west, joining 113,000 other Ukrainian refugees in Moldova, the majority of whom are women and girls.
Date:
Prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Yuliia Zavalniuk operated a successful flower business in the village of Kolonshchyna, in Kyiv Oblast. During the early days of the war, Kolonshchyna was occupied by Russian forces and a rocket blast destroyed much of the farm. Having rebuilt her farm, Yuliia Zavalniuk is now leading efforts to transform the business by implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a set of guiding values established by UN Women and the UN Global Compact. One key initiative has been providing employment opportunities to older women; in 2022 and 2023, she hired two older women farm workers per year. 
Date:
Two years of Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine has taken thousands of lives, caused untold destruction, displaced millions, traumatized a generation, torn families and communities, and devastated the economy. The total cost of reconstruction and recovery in Ukraine is estimated by the World Bank, European Commission, United Nations and the Government of Ukraine at USD 486 billion over the next decade. This war, like all wars, takes a bigger toll on women and girls, who disproportionally carry its burden.
Date:
On February 12, the Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan and UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia co-hosted a subregional multistakeholder consultation for Azerbaijan and Central Asia. Over 200 representatives from ministries, national mechanisms for the advancement of women, civil society, academia, and the private sector gathered to collectively examine and identify actionable regional priorities and put forth recommendations aligned with the CSW68 priority theme, “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.”
Date:
The Map of Rights and Services for Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly in the Sarajevo Canton, officially presented in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on December 14, aims to foster easier access to information and documents for the realization of social rights. This interactive map includes all legislative acts and instructions for their easier realization and will soon be available to all citizens of Sarajevo Canton.
Date:
More than 150 representatives from ministries, national mechanisms for the advancement of women, civil society, academia, and the private sector gathered in a secure space to map the challenges and opportunities in addressing gender and poverty in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo , North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Türkiye in line with the CSW68 priority theme, “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.”
Date:
UN Women Türkiye and the leading brand in the fuel distribution sector OPET, have initiated the "Equality Matters" Project. The project aims to accelerate the effective implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs). OPET will develop a Gender Equality Action Plan as part of the project and provide gender equality trainings to approximately 16,000 employees and stakeholders at fuel stations.
Date:
More than 150 women entrepreneurs, representatives from various private companies, public institutions and investors came together at the “Gender Responsive Economic Recovery: Growing the Economy with Women’s Businesses!” conference, organized on November 21, 2023, by UN Women Türkiye, KAGIDER - Women Entrepreneurs Association of Türkiye, and Hepsiburada – a Turkish e-commerce company in Hatay, Türkiye, as part of the Regional Women’s Entrepreneurship EXPO 2023.
Date:
Following the UN Women research on violence against women and girls in public spaces that showed that 45 percent of women in Serbia are afraid of rape in public spaces, UN Women Serbia in cooperation with the Institute of Architecture and Urban and Spatial Planning of Serbia organized five thematic workshops aimed at improving safety of public spaces. Nataša Danilović Hristić, PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning, Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Architecture, Urban and Spatial Planning of Serbia, who was the project coordinator, explains the importance of these workshops and the results that were achieved.
Date:
GRB implementation leads to greater trust in local self-governments and bigger involvement of citizens in planning and budgeting Municipality of Topola is one of local self-government units (LSGUs) in Serbia that included gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) in its policies in line with the Budget System Law, as a tool to meet the needs of women and men and improve their social and economic well-being.
Date:
To strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of women police officers, eight policewomen networks in the Western Balkans, as well as European and regional networks, signed the "Declaration on cooperation and improvement of the position of women and networks of women in the police from the region" with the support of UN Women in Serbia. 
Date:
Ema Meçaj is a 19-year-old activist from Albania, currently pursuing a degree in medicine at the University of Medicine in Tirana. A dedicated advocate for human rights, gender equality, and climate action, she recently co-moderated the regional youth consultation from December 13 to 14, 2023, in preparation for the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68). In this Interview, Ema Meçaj reflects on the youth consultations, outlines the key issues for this year’s CSW, and emphasizes the vital role of youth in advancing the gender equality agenda.
Date:
On February 6th, 2023, Türkiye was struck by two earthquakes – the largest to hit the country in the last century. The most affected were 11 provinces in the South-East - home to 14 million people, half of whom are women and girls. More than 50,000 lives were lost and many others were injured. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, UN Women swiftly responded to meet the lifesaving needs of women and girls.
Date:
Seda Karakuş is a 27-year-old woman working as an early childhood education specialist in Gaziantep, a southeastern city of Türkiye affected by the earthquakes. Karakuş found herself helping people after the disaster and decided the pursue a career in civil society. After having received mentoring from Human Development Foundation (INGEV), a partner organization of UN Women, she started to work in a civil society organization.
Date:
The “Hand in hand” (Eleleyiz in Turkish) project, implemented by the Human Development Foundation (INGEV) is working towards economically empowering women in Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, and Mardin by offering support to increase their labor force participation capacity. Targeting young women “Not in education, employment, or training” (NEET), the initiative has provided vocational training to 110 women in three cities and offered career counseling to 100 women. Among those women are the earthquake survivors who would like to build a new and better life after a traumatic experience.
Date:
It is estimated that one in every five women globally lives with a disability. The likelihood of disabled women experiencing violence is at least two to three times higher than that of non-disabled women. In addition to gender-based violence, disabled women and girls also face challenges such as stigmatization, sexual abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and exploitation. We discussed the necessary actions for ending violence against women with disabilities and the importance of implementing laws and preventive measures for people with disabilities before the natural disasters with lawyer Özlem Kara from the Association of Women with Disabilities.
Date:
UN Women organized an Information Sharing Meeting on Strengthening Women's Political Participation and Decision Making in cooperation with the Committee on Equality Opportunities for Women and Men (EOC) of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA).
Date:
Representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) across Europe and Central Asia (ECA) convened to contribute to the gender equality agenda, actively participating in the development of a robust civil society position statement leading up to the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), scheduled from March 11-22, 2024.
Date:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA), through Department of European Neighborhood (EUN), in partnership with UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (EACRO), announces the launch of the “Women Increased Leadership for Resilient and Peaceful Societies” programme.