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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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Around 60 university students from the Elbasan region, one of the largest regions in central Albania, boost their knowledge about fighting against different forms of violence against women and become confident to serve as role models to their high school peers, thanks to an initiative aimed at changing social norms and raising awareness on harmful gender stereotypes, implemented by Woman Forum Elbasan in the framework of the UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.
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To mark the opening of 16 Days of Activism, UN agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and government partners in Tajikistan came together to show their commitment to defending the rights of women and girls.
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The Government of North Macedonia, the Delegation of the EU, the OSCE Mission to Skopje, UN agencies and civil society organizations have joined forces to mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign with an influential launch event on 25 November, which took place at the park of the Woman Fighter in Skopje, the capital.
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Every day we have the opportunity to examine our behaviours and beliefs for biases that permit rape culture to continue. From the attitudes we have about gender identities to the policies we support in our communities, we can all take action to stand against rape culture.
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The United Nations System supporting Tajikistan which includes UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, UNHCR, OHCHR, UNOPS, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, FAO, ILO, UNAIDS, UNDSS, IOM, UNESCO, UNRCCA, firmly believes in “walking the talk” and is fully committed to UN's zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment, which means that even one sexual harassment case is one too many.
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According to the new National Study on Violence against Women in Georgia released jointly by UN Women and GEOSTAT with EU financial support, one in seven women reported having experienced domestic violence and one in five women reported having experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime.
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As part of #16Days of Activism Campaign, UN Women joined forces with UN-HABITAT to organize a two-day regional conference on the Right to City for All in Skopje, which focused on the safety of women and girls in public spaces.
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‘Awareness and Confidence Raising Workshop’, organized by Aydın Doğan Foundation, Hürriyet Daily and UN Women in collaboration with Fitside and Boğaziçi University brought together young women, the civil society and the media to emphasize that violence against women and girls could be prevented with a “zero tolerance” approach.
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UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks and platforms promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to support the establishment and strengthening of regional platforms of civil society organizations to advocate for the development and implementation of laws and policies in line with CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention, under the Programme ¨Ending violence against women and girls: Implementing norms, changing minds¨ funded by European Union.
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UN Women, T invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSOs networks and platforms promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to hold a Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in Western Balkans and Turkey - to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending violence against women and girls: UN Women, The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSOs networks and platforms promoting women's rights and gender equality to submit proposals to hold a Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey - to contribute to the implementation of the Programme 'Ending violence against women and girls: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds'funded by the European Union.
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Innovative e-learning initiative shows way to prevent workplace sexual harassment.
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Gulzada Serzhan shares the damaging impact of sexual harassment at work place and the heightened risk faced by women of alternative sexualities.
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Government officials hope to launch online course to prevent sexual harassment in civil service workplaces by end of 2016.
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20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women co-organises a global meeting in Istanbul to get political commitment for active measures to end violence against women and girls.
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Spotlight is on prevention as landmarks across Istanbul turn orange in response to the worldwide call to action of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.
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This year, to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world, the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign aims to “Orange the world.” During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December, “Orange Events” will take place around the world including in Europe and Central Asia.
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In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”.
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Five women survivors of violence detail their successful struggles for policy and legislative reforms in their countries at a panel for survivors at the Stakeholders’ Forum on Preventing and Eliminating Violence against Women, organized by UN Women in New York.