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From Where I Stand: “I wish to go back to Syria when the war ends as a new, transformed person”

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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.

In the words of: “It takes time for a refugee to understand the world outside their home, but it is possible to feel safe and have hope for the future”

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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.

First HeForShe University Tour kicks-off in Ukraine

Monday, September 20, 2021

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.

Secretary-General appoints Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women

Monday, September 13, 2021

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.

Call for Proposals: Improved Safety of Women in Serbia

Friday, September 10, 2021

UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working in the field of   women’s righs,  their empowerment and/or and violence against women and girls to submit project proposals. Proposals should focus on context-specific outreach and capacity-building activities for empowering rural women and girls for life without violence and information sharing of the available and accessible mechanisms for protection from VAWG and...

Bosnia and Herzegovina takes a strong step forward to protect women survivors of violence

Friday, September 10, 2021

Tenzila Sejmenović*, 52 years old, from Zenica, a city located in the center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, suffered from physical and psychological violence for 15 years. Alone with her two children, she decided to report the violence and ask for support from the state institutions. Faced with a slow, time-consuming process, she struggled to get the help she needed.

From Where I Stand: “Roma women are not willing to report discrimination because they fear being more exposed to it”

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Slavica Vasić is the chair and a founder of BIBIJA Roma Women's Centre in Serbia, a civil society organization that is supporting and empowering Roma women. BIBIJA is among the civil society organizations that are participating in the UN Women project ‘Test it, if you tasted it’, focused on revealing the hidden discrimination against marginalized women.

Take five: “One of our core principles of work is to trust women who survived sexual violence”

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Danica Todorov, the coordinator of four Centers for Survivors of Sexual Violence from Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, northern Serbia, is engaged in developing support services for women survivors of sexual violence. Todorov spoke to UN Women about how the centers help women survivors of sexual violence and why it is important to develop and advocate for public policies and measures that prevent gender-based violence and support women survivors of sexual violence.

Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo tackle a centuries-old harmful phenomenon

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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.

Diana Crudu: “If tomorrow women refused to harvest, to tie, to milk, the entire agriculture of the Republic of Moldova would be paralysed”

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

In the Republic of Moldova, women from rural areas are one of the most affected groups in terms of volatile economic conditions. Nevertheless, women are resilient and ambitious in promoting gender equality and fighting for the creation of a prosperous economic environment for all citizens of the country.

From Where I Stand: “People with disabilities, especially women, are seen through the lenses of what they cannot do, instead of what they are able to achieve”

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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.

Statement: Pramila Patten, Executive Director a.i of UN Women, calls on the Taliban leadership to include women in the upcoming governance entity

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

In a statement calling for women's inclusion in the upcoming governance entity of Afghanistan, UN Women acting Executive Director Pramila Patten says: "The immediate inclusion of women in the governance structure of the new leadership in Afghanistan will be the ultimate litmus test for the Taliban".

In the words of Sibel Sultan Garip: “Giving a hand to other women and helping them to feel meaningful fulfils me”

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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.

In the words of Minevver Tuvarlak: “The leadership within my blood came along by being in solidarity with other women”

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Minevver Tuvarlak, 33, is from Gaziantep, a province in southeast Turkey. Before starting out as a community leader, she did various other jobs. Having gone through a painful first marriage and troublesome past, Tuvarlak finally decided to start over. She knocked on the door of the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (KEDV). As Tuvarlak slowly built her self-confidence and became empowered through skills development, she decided to work as a community leader to support vulnerable Syrian and Turkish women.

Call for Proposals: Elimination of gender-based stereotypes and promotion of women’s active role in all aspects of a society

Monday, August 30, 2021

UN Women Office in Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, that have gender equality, women’s rights and/or anti-discrimination set as one of the organization’s goals in Statute and have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working on gender equality and/or empowering women, especially vulnerable groups of women to submit project proposals.

UN Women launches a STEM School in Kazakhstan to support the empowerment of women and girls in science

Friday, August 27, 2021

UN Women in Kazakhstan launched a new project to strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills of young women from East Kazakhstan and Kyzylorda regions with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

In the words of Jelena Mladenović: “The hardest part is to realize what could, in my article, benefit the victim and what could possibly harm her”

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Jelena Mladenović is a journalist with the web portal Espreso, often covering cases of violence against women and girls as well as femicide. She was among the 50 participants who took part in training aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of media workers on gender-based violence. This was organized by UN Women in Serbia through the Norwegian-funded project “Improved safety of women in Serbia”.

UN Women kicks off three-year gender-responsive budgeting project in Turkey

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Together with the Ministry of Family and Social Services, UN Women Turkey launched the three-year project, "Implementing Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting in Turkey" on 17 August in Ankara, Turkey’s capital. The project aims to eradicate gender inequalities and create a society where everyone has access to equal rights, opportunities, and services.

Kyrgyz entrepreneur offers soft skills training to trigger development

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Aigul Dogdurova established Aha.Kg to provide personal development and soft skills learning in Kyrgyz language. Her goal is to provide people with access to personal growth in a language that is relevant to the needs of local communities. She wants to trigger development in Kyrgyzstan by investing in soft skills.

Take Five: “The inclusion of gender equality in energy policy is necessary for the realization of the leave no one behind principle”

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Aleksandar Macura is the co-founder and programme director of the RES Foundation, engaged in policy making in energy and climate change, primarily in Serbia, the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe. He spoke to UN Women about the impact of energy poverty on women in Serbia based on the findings from a survey on the gender perspective in the field of energy poverty. The survey was conducted by the RES Foundation with the support of UN Women and the Coordination Body for Gender Equality of the Government of Serbia.

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