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Milana Lazić works at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), managing the “Assistance to European Union (EU) Pre-Accession” project. This project works with EU potential and candidate countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey to make gender equality more visible in the region with a focus on improving how gender equality is monitored across public policies, legislation, and in practice. EIGE provides technical expertise to relevant countries, especially in developing national Gender Equality Indices. Lazić spoke with UN Women about the Gender Equality Index and EIGE’s support to the countries in the region.
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Nino Enukidze, the rector of Business and Technology University, is 35 years old. With her direct participation, the university became a signatory to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles in 2019, and to support the involvement of girls in technology, she launched the initiative “Coding School for Women”. With its support, more than 2,500 girls have been trained in technological professions, with 75 per cent of them employed in the industry.
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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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The UN Women Rapid Gender Assessment survey revealed that the burden of household and care responsibilities were not distributed evenly, as only 46 per cent of women versus 67 per cent of men in Albania reported receiving help from their partner. Daniela Fejzaj, a 40-year-old information technology professional and mother of two, recalls the endless chores during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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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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For Albania’s latest survey on violence against women and girls (VAWG), the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) took a markedly different approach: engaging with local governments, civil society organizations (CSOs) and relevant service-providers at every stage of the process – from survey design, through data collection and dissemination.
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A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.
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The survey measured the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and how it affected the livelihoods of women and men. It shows that COVID-19 has been disproportionately affecting women compared to men, and risks to deepen gender inequalities.
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A virtual meeting brought together highest-level UN Women officials with representatives of National Gender Equality Machineries from the Western Balkans, Turkey, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, to discuss challenges and the way forward for the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On 25 September 2019, the National Statistical Committee, line ministries, civil society activists and academics in Kyrgyzstan joined a new assessment exercise launched by UN Women and Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS 21) to identify challenges of planning, producing and using gender data that can show the differences in the lived experiences of women and men.
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A new survey in Ukraine will examine perceptions of gender equality and the role of men and women in the national security and defense sector. UN Women Ukraine is supporting the research as part of a larger global study.
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Expert’s Take with Papa Seck, the Chief Statistician at UN Women: Gender equality cannot be achieved without gender data
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According to the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) 2019 Regional Report for Eurasia, discrimination against Eurasian women is most pervasive within the family. Despite legal reforms promoting greater gender equality, deep-rooted social norms and practices inspire such discrimination.
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Keeping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) promise to the women and girls of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia will require gender statistics that are better and more readily available, concluded the participants of a workshop held from 13 to 14 May in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.