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After more than two months of war in Ukraine, which has forced millions of refugees and displaced people to flee their homes, a new Rapid Gender Analysis by UN Women and CARE reveals that women and minorities are facing immense hardship when it comes to health, safety, and access to food as a result of the crisis. In Ukraine, women are increasingly becoming heads of households and leaders in their communities as men are conscripted, yet they remain largely excluded from formal decision-making processes related to humanitarian efforts, peace-making, and other areas that directly impact their lives.
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Kadem Doğan is a board member of the Freedom and Equality for Women Association based in Adana, a city in southern Turkey. Born in a village in south-eastern Turkey, Kadem started to question the inequalities in society at a young age when she realized the heavy care and domestic work burden carried by the women in her village. Doğan secured a small grant for her Association through the “Strong Civic Space for Gender Equality” project, which is implemented by UN Women with financial support from the European Union. This support helps her strengthen the capacity of her Association in the fight against gender inequalities.
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UN Women in Turkey plans to award several Small Grants to eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) in the range of USD 2,500 to USD 30,000. Small Grants are intended exclusively to finance a limited range of eligible activities to support the development or strengthening of women’s CSOs and women-led CSOs’ institutional capacities. UN Women invites eligible applicants to submit Small Grants applications for the eligible activities, as elaborated in this advertisement.
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To achieve greater involvement of women with disabilities in all spheres of social life, the first “Leadership Academy for Women with Disabilities” was established by UN Women Serbia and a network of civil society organizations working on the gender dimensions of disability “...Out of the Circle-Serbia”. The Academy sought to increase the knowledge and skills of young women with disabilities and activists from different cities to influence public policies related to women’s rights in Serbia.
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On 8 December, 22 civil society organizations (CSOs) from 17 provinces across Turkey came together for an awards ceremony with the participation of Asya Varbanova, UN Women Turkey Country Director, and Eleftheria Pertzinidou, Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey.
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In a statement calling for women's inclusion in the upcoming governance entity of Afghanistan, UN Women acting Executive Director Pramila Patten says: "The immediate inclusion of women in the governance structure of the new leadership in Afghanistan will be the ultimate litmus test for the Taliban".
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UN Women in Turkey invites civil society organizations (CSOs) legally registered and operating in Turkey to submit project proposals to contribute to increasing women’s participation in local politics and decision making within the framework of the “Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership in Political and Business Life” project.
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At a high-level event on the second day of the landmark Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women, in partnership with the Council of Women World Leaders, convened world leaders to discuss ambitious and urgent actions to ensure that women and young people, in all their diversity, are promoted as leaders and supported as a force for positive change and progress
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On 3 June, in Osh, southern Kyrgyzstan, UN Women held a dialogue called, “Consolidation of society for the sake of peace, unity and development of the country: A breakthrough into a new era through women's leadership.” The event brought together women leaders from territories affected during the Kyrgyz–Tajik conflict, which took place at the end of April.
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Sultan Ünal (48) was born in Cağlayacerit, a small village in Kahramanmaraş, a city located in southeastern Turkey in a family of ten children. Her father didn’t let her study after primary school, and she got married when she was 18. She had three children by the time she turned to 27. During her entire marriage, she was not allowed to go out of the house or...
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UN Women is launching a three-year project to advance women’s leadership and participation in political decision-making as well as the private sector in Turkey. The project is possible with financial support from the Government of Sweden.
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Women want to be actively engaged in local decision-making processes and they have proved that they can drive positive results when in top political positions, believes Sofia Maksymenko. She is the self-help group leader and newly elected head of Zvanivka, a community in the conflict-affected Donetsk oblast located near the contact line in Ukraine. Sofia is one of the 72 women members of self-help groups from conflict-affected regions in the country who ran in the 2020 local elections.
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Jelena Brankov-Čerevicki is the Head of Human Resources and Coordinator for Gender Equality of the Municipality of Bečej, a multi-ethnic community in northern Serbia. Under UN Women’s EU-funded project, the Municipality received a small grant to help enhance the position of rural women and generated both State and donor investments worth five times the initial amount. Brankov-Čerevicki is the woman behind this successful endeavour.
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After spending four years in the Ukrainian military, 26-year-old Alina Mykhailova joined the Women Veterans’ Movement. As a youth leader, she mentors youth activists and last year, she was elected to the Kyiv City Council. Now, she is taking the lead on youth engagement and veterans’ affairs policies.
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UN Women in Kyrgyzstan held the Women's Leadership – Breakthrough into a New Era Forum at the Ala-Archa State Residence. The event was aimed at showcasing the diversity of women's leadership and the significant contribution that women make to development in Kyrgyzstan, especially in the face of new challenges such as COVID-19.
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Ahead of the sixty fifth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), civil society representatives called for promotion of women’s political participation and elimination of violence, discrimination and hate speech against women in politics.
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Women from different parts of rural Kyrgyzstan are using their new-found confidence and skills to improve not only their own lives, but also those of the people in their communities. Meet Nuria Temirbek kyzy and Tursunai Akmatova, who are making gains for local economic development in their communities.
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Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU–UN Women “Map of women in politics”. The data shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, as well as for the global share of women ministers.
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Women’s leadership is at the forefront of unfolding discussions at the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, from 15 to 26 March. UN Women brings inspiring voices of women leaders from around the world
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Building back better from COVID-19 needs investment in feminist, grass-roots leadership. Yet, direct funding to women’s organizations accounts for less than one per cent of the global official development assistance provided for gender equality. In six stories, learn about the critical support that grass-roots women leaders and their organizations bring to their communities.