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Mergita Hoti is a 24-year-old Roma entrepreneur on a mission to empower young girls from her community to follow their dreams. She specializes in photography and videography and believes that her profession allows her to best express herself, share her perspective on everyday matters and become the voice of other people.
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Raisa Buga has been an educator for 32 years and is currently a geography teacher and the principal of the Dimitrie Cantemir High School in Cornesti town of Ungheni district in Moldova. Being a longstanding local resident, she has always strived to promote gender equality in her community, educating several generations in the spirit of equality and mutual respect.
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Amiran Karatsev is an 18-year-old activist from Tajikistan, currently living and studying Sociology and Psychology in Moscow. For the past four years he has been active in promoting women's and girls' rights and talking about feminism. He fights gender stereotypes in Tajikistan through social media and public speeches.
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Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan will identify potential Responsible Parties that will build capacity of a CSO on requirements for grant-making procedures and provide technical support to develop strategies for resource mobilization and use of alternative funding mechanisms.
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Blerta Basholli is a filmmaker whose feature film “Hive”, a Sundance Festival triple winner, is now Kosovo official entry for the Oscars’ international feature category. Hive follows the true story of a woman from Kosovo who breaks barriers to become a successful entrepreneur. After her husband went missing during the armed conflict of the 1990s, she and other women widows from the village of Krusha established a cooperative to produce and sell the pepper-based condiment ajvar, and other local food products. Despite the hardships they experienced, they continued to support their families and contributed to post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding efforts in their community. Today, this cooperative has a large market base and even exports internationally. UN Women spoke to Basholli about why she brought this inspiring story to screens around the world.
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Gresa Hasa is the co-founder and editor in chief of ‘“Shota’” magazine, the first progressive feminist magazine in Albania. She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and has long been on the frontlines of the feminist and student movements in the country.
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UN Women’s global movement for gender equality, HeForShe, in partnership with StarLightMedia group, launches a dialogue on gender equality with Ukrainian media. MediaForShe Congress is an event where Ukrainian media will talk about changing approaches to women's representation in the media and the creation of non-discriminatory content.
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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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We must always move forward, says MeruertAralbaeva, a 30-year-old mother and cashier living in Podgornoye village in the Akmola region, in central Kazakhstan. During the coronavirus pandemic, her husband lost his income for several months, and her family struggled. She was among many in Kazakhstan andworldwide who experienced this kind of hardship in 2020. UN Women assists the Government of the...
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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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Ana Vizitiv, 18, is a young girl from the Republic of Moldova, who has been passionate about the hard sciences – science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – since childhood. She’s participated in numerous hard science olympiads and won the International Regeneron ISEF 2021 Science and Engineering Competition. She actively promotes and encourages girls in STEM to pursue their passion regardless of gender biases.
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In the innovate new online game “Who should be responsible for household chores?”, created by the UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan issues of the inequality of unpaid care and domestic work are addressed. According to the latest data (Assessing the lights and shadows of COVID-19: A gender analysis of pandemic-related impacts on women and girls in Europe and Central Asia), women in Central Asia spent 2.5 times more time on unpaid care work than men.
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Jovanka Dimitrijevic, 81, is a retired foreign trade clerk from Belgrade, Serbia’s capital. She participates in the activities of the civil society organization (CSO) Amity, which works for the empowerment of older women and improving their position in society. Amity is among the CSOs that are participating in the UN Women project ‘Test it, if you tasted it’, focused on revealing the hidden discrimination against marginalized women.
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UN Women invited women and girl seasonal agricultural workers to share their experiences in child, early, and forced marriage, which remains a common practise in their communities.
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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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Emel Huseyin, 33, fled the war in Syria with her mother and sister in 2014 and moved to Izmir in western Turkey. She overcame severe psychological problems with the help of others and now wants to support those with similar needs. After learning Turkish and getting her life together, she participated in MUDEM Refugee Centre’s (MUDEM-RSC) vocational training. Here she found the strength to help other refugee women through the Home to Home Solidarity Programme, which is funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UN Women in partnership with MUDEM-RSC.
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UN Women's HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality is going on a University Tour, which will feature five universities in Ukraine. The HeForShe University Tour has already taken place in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Thailand. After the Tours, HeForShe clubs were created at universities — places where youth who care about gender equality are concentrated and where discussions on the issue are happening. From September 16–29, Ukrainian students and teachers will talk about stereotypes, sexism, discrimination and violence.
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Aleksandra Tomašević is an activist with the VelikiMali, organization, which works with children and youth with disabilities. She is also a member of the Women's Peace Group from Pančevo, a city close to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and is currently working for a network called From the Circle – Serbia, which is providing support and assistance to women with disabilities. This network is among the civil society organizations participating in the UN Women project, Test it, if you tasted it, focused on showing the hidden discrimination that marginalized women face.
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A UN Women “door-to-door” awareness-raising campaign on the issue of child, early and forced marriages, funded by the European Union, has reached around 2000 people in five municipalities in Kosovo.
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Sibel Sultan Garip is from Syria. In March 2013, she moved to Gaziantep, a south-eastern city of Turkey which is densely populated with Syrians who have escaped the civil war in their country. Up until visiting the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (KEDV) in 2019, Garip had not been working and she was looking after her children. This made her feel that she was not reaching her potential. Having been inspired by the Home to Home Solidarity Programme implemented by UN Women in partnership by KEDV, she decided to give her life a new direction.