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Klimentina Ilijevski is the Executive Director of the Association for Research, Communications and Development “Public,” an organisation that has been actively working in the field of social inclusion, social entrepreneurship, and social impact in North Macedonia for ten years.
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UN Women Serbia teamed up with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, to enable access to justice for deaf and hard of hearing women victims of violence. This was part of the ‘Improved safety of women in Serbia’ project, funded by the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade. Support included procurement of tablets for all 63 basic courts in Serbia, which will improve the use of a specialized video communication service. Mihailo Gordić, vice president of The City Organization of the Deaf Persons of Belgrade, spoke to UN Women about why this project was critical, and why more recognition of deaf and hard of hearing persons’ needs, including women victims of violence, was important.
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Dr. Aiymgul Kerimray is an environmentalist and a senior researcher at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women spoke to Kerimray about her research on energy poverty and air quality in urban areas and its gendered impacts.
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Professionals from institutions that deal with violence against women in the Autonomous province of Vojvodina in Serbia are now more sensitized to work with women survivors of violence, especially those from marginalized groups. Their knowledge, education and awareness have also increased as a result of a fruitful partnership between UN Women Serbia and the Provincial Secretariat for Social Policy, Demography and Gender Equality. Predrag Vuletić, Provincial Secretary for Social Policy, Demography and Gender Equality spoke to UN Women about the visible effects of the "Integrated Response to Violence against Women and Girls in Serbia, Phase 2" project for institutions at the local and provincial level. He also introduced the initiatives in Phase 3, which started in October 2021 and will last until September 2022.
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Predrag Fred Matić is a member of the European Parliament and also part of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament (FEMM). In the summer of 2021, his team celebrated a major victory – when the European Parliament, with 378 votes, adopted the report on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Matić shared with UN Women how they achieved this win; what the report means for the Western Balkans; the role of international organizations; and what’s next for his team.
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This research was part of the campaign #SOSagainstViolence conducted by non-governmental association Fenomena under UN Women programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union. Ćopić spoke to UN Women about the main findings of the research, including the biggest challenges in the functioning of institutions and organizations that provide support to women survivors of violence.
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Natia Merebashvili is the Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia. She has accompanied a number of improvements to the way the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia handles violence against women (VAW) cases, with support from UN Women and with generous funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden.
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Ivana Mastilović Jasnić, a journalist from the daily Serbian newspaper “Blic”, was the first to report the sexual harassment of Marija Lukić by her employer, former mayor of the Serbian municipality of Brus, Milutin Jeličić Jutka. She also broke the story of rape and sexual harassment accusations by actress Milena Radulović and others against their acting instructor, Miroslav Aleksić.
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More sports women represented Turkey at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than any other previous Games, and they took home five of the 13 medals won for the country, sparking much excitement and pride back home. Fifty sportswomen along with 58 sportsmen from Turkey competed in the Tokyo Olympics. Even so, the Tokyo Olympics were not Turkey’s most gender-balanced Games. Sixty-six women athletes joined 48 men at the London Olympics in 2012, which was an impressive milestone achieved in Turkey’s Olympics history.
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Gordana Rokvić Knežić is an advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM) of Republika Srpska (RS), and an associate professor of agricultural economics and rural development at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka. She has been a researcher and consultant in the field of gender-responsive budgeting since 2009, cooperating with UN Women, the MAFWM and the Gender Center of RS. Through her role as a strategic planning advisor in the Ministry, she contributed to the introduction of gender-sensitive measures within the agricultural policy of RS.
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Aleksandra Vladisavljevic is a gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) and policy expert who has been actively advocating for gender-responsive planning to be included in all sectors to address gender gaps and structural inequality. She spoke to UN Women about the situation of rural women in Serbia and how GRB is a tool to help improve their quality of life. She is working with UN Women in Serbia on institutionalizing the approach under the regional project “Transformative financing for gender equality towards more transparent, inclusive and accountable governance in the Western Balkans”, which is funded by the Government of Sweden (SIDA).
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Danica Todorov, the coordinator of four Centers for Survivors of Sexual Violence from Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, northern Serbia, is engaged in developing support services for women survivors of sexual violence. Todorov spoke to UN Women about how the centers help women survivors of sexual violence and why it is important to develop and advocate for public policies and measures that prevent gender-based violence and support women survivors of sexual violence.
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Aleksandar Macura is the co-founder and programme director of the RES Foundation, engaged in policy making in energy and climate change, primarily in Serbia, the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe. He spoke to UN Women about the impact of energy poverty on women in Serbia based on the findings from a survey on the gender perspective in the field of energy poverty. The survey was conducted by the RES Foundation with the support of UN Women and the Coordination Body for Gender Equality of the Government of Serbia.
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Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality in Serbia, has been working effectively towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, especially those from vulnerable groups. She spoke to UN Women about the most challenging issues when it comes to the prevention of gender-based violence and discrimination of rural women. The Commissioner is currently implementing a project with UN Women to improve safety of women in Serbia.
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Altyn Kapalova is a feminist activist, artist, and children’s writer from Kyrgyzstan contributing to the Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining fairy tales for a new generation. She converts the results of her anthropological research into works of art that aim to make the voices of vulnerable communities louder so that they influence political decisions and structures.
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Elma Tershana is the Executive Director of Observatory for Children and Youth Rights, a civil society organization from Albania that has created better mechanisms to collect information on the situation of children's rights acrossthe country.
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Kalina Maleska is a writer from North Macedonia contributing to the Awake Not Sleeping: Fairy tales for a new generation initiative. Her works include three collections of short stories, two novels, a play, a children’s book, and a study of contemporary literature. Her stories, as well as articles on literary theory and criticism, have been published in various journals and anthologies in North Macedonia and abroad. Her story ‘A Different Kind of Weapon’ is part of the anthology Best European Fiction 2018. Maleska teaches English and American literature at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje.
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Louise Young is a writer, artist and upholder of children’s rights from Scotland. She is one of the writers contributing to the Awake Not Sleeping: Fairy tales for a new generation initiative. Over the past six years, she has worked with children, young people, and women who have experienced domestic abuse and heard them speak about the controlling tactics used by perpetrators. She hopes that readers of her fairy tales become more alert to ‘hidden in plain sight abuse’. And that they call it out and help shape a world where violence against children, women and men is no longer tolerated.
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Bojana Jovanovska is a project coordinator at the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (HCHR), one of the most active organizations in promoting the human rights of all vulnerable groups in North Macedonia. For the last five years, the organization has been a partner of the EU-UN Women regional programme “Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.
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Tüpraş, the largest industrial company in Turkey and a supporter of the HeForShe-Fenerbahçe Sports Club partnership, continues to be an exemplary role model for ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment together with UN Women Turkey. General Manager of Tüpraş İbrahim Yelmenoğlu, spoke to UN Women about the private sector’s role and Tüpraş’s roadmap for ensuring equality and women’s empowerment.