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Assemgul Temirkhanova, 37, is a national golden grappling champion in Kazakhstan challenging gender stereotypes in sports and beyond. Temirkhanova studied Librarian and Information Sciences in the USA, and for many years has been working as a leading librarian at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
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Kyrgyzstan is one of the most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with a recent UN report revealing that 800,000 to 1 million of the country’s 6.6 million citizens work abroad on a regular basis. Around half are women (with estimates ranging from 40–53 per cent). To address outflow migration challenges at the community level, from 2019–2021, UN Women, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) jointly implemented a project funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. It sought to change harmful gender stereotypes, especially among women migrants and their families, and support the participation of women and girls in inclusive community development. By helping women explore their strengths and realize their business ideas, the project created livelihood options in areas with high migration outflows. Three beneficiaries shared their stories with UN Women on how the project changed their lives for the better.
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Dr. Aiymgul Kerimray is an environmentalist and a senior researcher at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women spoke to Kerimray about her research on energy poverty and air quality in urban areas and its gendered impacts.
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Katarina Ponjavić is a final-year student of Dental Medicine at the Faculty of Dentistry in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This young aspiring surgeon invented a device for medical and infectious waste disposal that received international patent protection from the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.
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UN Women’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia launches its new creative writing initiative, "Awake Not Sleeping: Reimagining fairy tales for a new generation", which aims to change the way societies think about women's and girls’ roles, human potential and rights by rewriting and reimagining fairy tales.
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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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A video campaign to fight gender stereotypes went viral in Ukraine, reaching almost 6 million young people on the popular video-sharing service TikTok, among other platforms. The No More Gringe campaign, which combined the word “cringe” with the G from “gender” to describe the embarrassment felt when people buy into gender stereotypes, launched in April 2021.
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At least 3,000 high school students across Kyrgyzstan have strengthened their knowledge of gender equality, non-discrimination and other civic issues thanks to a series of TV and video lessons piloted by UN Women and partners.
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Supporting fathers and encouraging men to become more involved in daily childcare is one of the goals of the EU 4 Gender Equality: Together Against Gender Stereotypes and Gender-Based Violence, an EU-funded project jointly implemented by UN Women and UNFPA in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
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Karyna Starodubtseva is a Bachelor of Law student at the Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University, Severodonetsk. Karyna as a young feminist leader was nominated to be a voice of students’ community to advocate for a more inclusive and accessible learning environment at her university. She is a passionate and committed activist bridging the gap for youth with diverse background amidst conflict.
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Violetta Rec is the Chairperson of the Student Cadet Council at Dnipro State University of Internal Affairs in Ukraine. She talks about gender equality and breaking stereotypes , as a part of the HeForShe University Tour created by UN Women in Ukraine in support of the HeForShe solidarity movement.
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A new campaign called ‘Look Beyond’ seeks to make sure that this burden is equally shared by both men and women, and ultimately to encourage all of society to look beyond traditional masculine and feminine roles to a world where household chores and childcare have no gender.
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Fight Like a Girl is a new online space free from stereotypes that equips young women and girls with useful tips on legal and sexual security and physical self-defense against gender-based violence amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign was launched on 10 December 2020 and is rolling out fifteen videos in a social media campaign between December 2020 – January 2021.
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Eight pilot clubs dedicated to supporting men and the equal sharing of household and family responsibilities are to be established in the districts of Straseni and Falesti in the next two years under the ‘Together Against Gender Stereotypes and Gender-Based Violence’ Program, funded by the European Union and implemented by UN Women and UNFPA.
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Developed on the initiative of the UNFPA Georgia Country Office, with the support of the EU in the framework of the MenCare Campaign, Luna & the Planet of Fire-flies, written by Dato Gorgiladze and illustrated by Tatia Nadareishili, is a story created for children and their parents who equally share the responsibilities related to child care and domestic work.
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With support from the European Union, the two UN sister agencies will work with government bodies and civil society partners in six countries to challenge deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, increase men’s involvement in domestic work and childcare, and engage with potential perpetrators to prevent gender-based violence.
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The launch of a business and advertising coalition in Turkey is running campaigns to overcome gender bias in ads and the media. The partnership with UN Women in Turkey and Reklamverenler Derneği, a national advertisers association, is challenging traditional roles with the Unstereotype Alliance. A coalition of advertisers in Turkey is countering advertising that perpetuates gender stereotypes. The alliance is proving to be a force for positive change by raising awareness of stereotypes among the public and creating ads that show progressive portrayals of men and women. The Unstereotype Alliance Turkey...
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At Ukraine’s HeForShe Congress, equal numbers of women and men discuss Ukraine’s gender equality realities – and how to speed up change in business and throughout society.
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Eye opening, inspiring and confronting is how some university students describe their chance to explore gender portrayal in the media during a recent UN Women organized training in Turkey. The training, which involved nearly 100 students, is the first of several planned for 2020 across the country.
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UN Women workshops in Turkey introduce participants to upcoming perception research on men’s attitudes and beliefs towards early and forced marriages