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Rafif Hamami is a 36-year-old Syrian refugee who has been living in Izmir, on the western coast of Turkey, with her husband and son since 2014. She explains how the MUDEM Refugee Support Centre (MUDEM-RSC), one of UN Women’s partners in empowering Syrian refugee and local women, helped her build self-confidence, take up new skills and develop existing ones to hold onto life.
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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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The Leader Women Association and the Syrian Women Association are two women-led civil society organizations working to empower women and girls in Turkey. Supported by UN Women through a Small Grants programme, they are aiming to increase their institutional capacities to better meet the needs of women and girls in their communities.
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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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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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Meet three women mayors from rural Moldova who have defied deeply entrenched gender stereotypes about women’s leadership and led their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. From building public infrastructure to enabling citizen participation virtually, they have made their communities safer and more resilient.
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UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working on combating violence against women and girls to submit project proposals. Proposals should focus on raising awareness and confidence of rural women about the measures and actors responsible for protection from violence and gender-based discrimination.
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On World Statistics Day, Anisa Ruseti, the Deputy Mayor at the Municipality of Tirana, Albania talks about the importance of using gender data.
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In early May, women from the village of Maradisi, in southeast Georgia, gained wide renown. Naira Paksadze, together with other women, hoed their neighbour’s potato field in order to save the family’s potato harvest. At the time, every member of the family was being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, while weeds were growing wild throughout their potato field – their only source of income.
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Two municipalities exchanged good practices and improved their understanding of gender-responsive budgeting to ensure more transparent, inclusive and accountable governance.
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Empowering women living along contentious parts of the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with new knowledge, skills and business acumen is bringing civilians from both countries together where land disputes and resources feuds have regularly fueled longstanding tensions.
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Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.
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In remote villages across Georgia, better roads and kindergartens are high on women’s agenda, and understandably so. How long it takes them to commute due to the lack of road infrastructure or essential public services such as kindergartens, and how far a mother has to go to get affordable childcare, determines how much time she has left in a day to get paid work.
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Findings of a UN Women-supported research in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia showed that only 12 per cent of women in rural areas are land owners and less than 10 per cent have decision-making roles related to land. While women in agriculture work on average 11.06 hours per day, 41,7% of the total workload belongs to unpaid work.
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To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan since 2015. The project, titled “Securing livelihoods for vulnerable women, men and children”, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s self-help groups from marginalized communities, to empower local communities and enhance equal access to natural resources.
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Situated in Rapa lui Visan, an important natural tourist spot in Moldova, Taraclia village put up with an unhealthy landfill – until Pelaghia Traci, a local councillor mentored by a UN Women-supported initiative, got her neighbours to act.
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As one of the 10 pilot municipalities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to take part int he regional gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) project, Bogovinje’s decision to take up GRB has helped local female entrepreneurs and enhanced their aspiration to go into business.
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Social and cultural barriers, lack of child care services and the burden of unpaid housework prevent women from developing their skills and from generating an income, according to a recent UN Women gender assessment of agriculture and local development systems in rural Georgia.
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Equal access to water for men and Over 900 government representatives of UN Member States, experts, academics, and members of international, civil society and private sector organizations from more than 100 countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 9-10 June to review the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water For Life” (2005-2015), a global initiative for international cooperation in water management launched by the Government of Tajikistan 10 years ago.
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On 8th of April, International Roma Day, in Tibirica commune, Calarasi district, UN Women organized a Round Table to discuss the challenges and issues of Roma women and their involvement in decision making process on the successful example of Roma women from the village of Schinoasa, which is part of the Tibirica commune.