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Under a new measure achieved through gender-responsive budgeting, 250 women farmers received financial support to expand their businesses.
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Son preference is still widespread in Azerbaijan, rooted in social norms that attach lower value to girls than to boys. This has led to a highly skewed sex ratio at birth, with 114 boys born for every 100 girls, according to official statistics--one of the highest imbalances in the world. But there are indications that the underlying norms have started to shift, and more and more parents do not care whether they have boys or girls as children. Others take pride in having a daughter.
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On 6 October, feminists and women’s rights advocates from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus are coming together in a virtual consultation to assess the progress achieved towards commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
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A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.
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With support from the European Union, the two UN sister agencies will work with government bodies and civil society partners in six countries to challenge deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, increase men’s involvement in domestic work and childcare, and engage with potential perpetrators to prevent gender-based violence.
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Ms Pascale Baeriswyl, State Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland, recently attended and co-chaired the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). She highlighted the meeting’s critical importance for advancing gender equality and promoting women’s rights.
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At the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls were recognized as key drivers for the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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At the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region in Geneva, the international community called for urgent action to ensure equal pay for work of equal value by adopting the right policies and requiring companies to implement transparent pay measures.
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On 5 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the European Union hosted the regional conference 'Empowering Women in Afghanistan’ in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.
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An influential gathering in Baku examined the most effective ways to prevent domestic violence and protect and rehabilitate its survivors.
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Around 90 parliamentarians, local elected officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Chișinău to identify how to solve some of the most pressing issues challenging women’s rights and their full participation in all spheres of life.
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“The role of women and youth in conflict prevention in Central Asia,” event was organized by the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in cooperation with UN Women Multi-country Office in Central Asia and the Regional Office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
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At a high-level event, international meeting to end violence against women co-organized by UN Women, UNFPA and hosted by the government of Turkey, 41 stakeholders including governments, civil society and UN agencies committed to ending violence against women and girls.
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Albania: Prime Minister Edi Rama “The Government that I lead has placed gender equality at the centre of its agenda … I’ll outline very briefly three aspects of this challenge facing Albanian society by promising at the same time an effective engagement of all institutions responsible for the implementation. First: economic empowerment of women through increasing and improving access to credits, as well as promotion and expansion of employment programmes for women...
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Statement by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, at the launch of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, on 21 May at the International Labour Organization Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland.