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On 1–3 June, Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director visited Kazakhstan to participate in the ECOJER international congress at the invitation of the Government of Kazakhstan and held meetings with representatives of the civil and financial sectors in Almaty.
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Adapted from a blog post by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Olesia Bondar, Director of the Ukrainian Women’s Fund (UWF) spoke to the UN Trust Fund on how the current crisis is affecting Ukrainian women and girls, and the key role of civil society and women’s rights organizations play in the context of humanitarian and intersecting crises.
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UN Women will provide needs-based and demand-driven technical and logistical support to existing and aspiring networks and platforms, and individual members or affiliates of women’s civil society organizations (CSOs) and women’s rights advocates in order to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment and the overall women’s rights agenda. UN Women invites eligible organizations and individuals to submit their requests for technical and logistical support, to finance a limited range of eligible activities as elaborated in this announcement.
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Stela Tanellari is the Deputy Director and Reintegration Programme Manager of Different and Equal, an organisation in Albania that provides services for women survivors of violence. It has developed a complex approach for women’s economic reintegration under UN Women’s regional programme on ending violence against women “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.
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Melek El Ahmed, 38, moved to Turkey with her husband and two children in 2013. Having been exposed to some forms of violence in the past, she now advocates for her rights as a woman and prioritizes bringing up her children as equals. In her story, she highlights how discrimination between girls and boys creates a base for violence from a young age, while also sharing what parents can do to leave no space for future violence.
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Based in Şanlıurfa, a city located in southeastern Turkey, Hülya İnan has coordinated the “I am a woman, I have rights” workshops for more than 60 rural women. Within these workshops, organized with the support of the UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union, women learn about their rights and how to assert them.
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Tenzila Sejmenović*, 52 years old, from Zenica, a city located in the center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, suffered from physical and psychological violence for 15 years. Alone with her two children, she decided to report the violence and ask for support from the state institutions. Faced with a slow, time-consuming process, she struggled to get the help she needed.
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Mete Belovacıklı, 59, is Editor in Chief of Turkey's one of the oldest and prominent newspapers Milliyet. As a strong defender of gender equality, he has led Milliyet in becoming a partner of UN Women’s Global Media Compact. Milliyet is the only media organisation that became a commitment maker at the Generation Equality Forum with five-year commitments on economic justice and rights.
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My main goal is to help people understand and accept human rights and gender equality through art. Equal rights will help people nurture their skills and talents to build a better life without fear of being left behind in many ways – to make independent career choices, be promoted for talents, ask for help, be weak, or be strong, without criticism from the community.
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Professor Aşkın Asan is a member of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO). Previously, Professor Asan was the Deputy Minister of Family and Social Policies in Turkey.
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Nahla Haidar is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She has over 30 years of professional experience mainly within the United Nations System, ranging from social development, to relief coordination, to peace-building and human rights. Ms. Haidar is CEDAW’s rapporteur on reprisals and covers cases on women human rights defenders. For Women Human Rights Defenders Day, Ms. Haidar explains how the Committee addresses these cases, the regression in women’s rights and some challenges brought by the pandemic.
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Around 100 participants – representatives of ministries and civil society, researchers and activists – from the Western Balkans and Turkey discussed strategies and interventions to reduce violence against women from rural areas within the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against women and girls in rural areas,” on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, October 15.
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A series of online seminars in Montenegro and Serbia aimed to raise awareness among police, social protection and judiciary representatives about how to prevent the neglect of violence against women cases under emergency and restrictive measures, such as those enacted during COVID-19.
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We are featuring the diverse voices of women in Ukraine, especially those from the most vulnerable groups, to hear and relay their stories and their efforts to help others during COVID-19 pandemic.
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Civil society organizations that are legally registered in Turkey are invited to apply for Call for Proposals to produce a shadow CEDAW report for the 8th periodic review of the CEDAW Committee, under the Programme “Ending Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.
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UN Women Office in Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) that have gender equality, women’s rights and/or antidiscrimination set as one of the organization’s goals in Statute to submit proposals for providing requirements as defined in the Call for Proposals document. This Call for Proposals is launched in support of women’s economic empowerment, under the “Support to Priority Actions for Gender Equality in Serbia” Project.
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UN Women Programme Office in Serbia is announcing Call for Proposals as a part of the UN Women Gender Responsive Governance Programme “Redistribution of unpaid care work”, funded by UK Good Governance Fund.
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Ms. Eglantina Gjermeni, chairwoman of Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Gender Equality in Albania, was a key speaker at the “Smart investments: Financing for gender equality” side event, held during the 25th year anniversary of the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region.
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Tatyana Bobrovska, 36, attended the 25 th regional review meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+25) for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as well as the Civil Society Forum ahead of the meeting. Ms. Bobrobska represented the Association of Women with Disabilities of Northern Donbas, Ukraine, and highlighted why it is important to have a dialogue for achieving gender equality and women’s rights.
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Ilayda Eskitaşçioğlu, 26, is a human rights lawyer and a member of the Beijing+25 Global Youth Task Force from Turkey. She is a Ph.D. student in International Human Rights Law and founder of the NGO “We need to talk”, aimed at fighting stigma around menstruation for rural women in Turkey and to provide access to sanitary materials. She attended the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting, which took place from 29-30 October 2019.