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Bahar Toksoy Guidetti: From a successful career in Turkish volleyball to empowering girls through sport

Monday, April 6, 2020

Bahar Toksoy Guidetti is a volleyball player who lifted many trophies during her career. She contributes to girls’ empowerment through sport in her summer academy, striving to leave a positive mark on their lives.

Why do we still need to talk about gender equality in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

In a statement, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Alia El-Yassir calls for putting women and girls at the heart of decision making in COVID-19 response and protecting their health and well-being.

Press Release: The social and economic impacts and implications of COVID-19 are different for women and men

Thursday, April 2, 2020

UN Women draws attention to the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on women. COVID-19 emerges not only as a public health threat but also challenges economies and all segments of society. UN Women stresses that women, who are at the center of paid and unpaid carework, are hit harder by the crisis.

Elena Georgievska: A mother determined that her son enjoys every opportunity in his education and life

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Elena Georgievska, from Skopje, North Macedonia, is the mother of a child with autism. She is dedicated to fighting for her son in a society where children with disabilities face many obstacles.

To empower women, municipal work needs a gender perspective

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

At local gender equality workshops organized by UN Women, women city councillors in Samsun and Muğla, Turkey, learned how vital they are for developing solutions to the challenges that women face in their constituencies.

Women and COVID-19: Five things governments can do now

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia takes a look at how impacts of COVID-19 are hitting women hardest, and how governments around the world can address these issues.

HeForShe honours Ukrainian women artists with an historical award

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

UN Women and the Ukrainian Institute have created an annual award to recognize women in the arts because they have largely been an invisible part of cultural history. As the award gains popularity, the aim is for the winners to inspire a new generation of Ukrainian women artists.

CSOs consider gender commissions to improve peace talks

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Civil society representatives from the Balkans, South Caucasus and Central Asia called for a permanent coalition or network of women civil society organizations (CSOs) in the region to convene on a regular basis to consult on building sustainable peace in the region.

COVID-19: Women front and centre

Friday, March 20, 2020

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Checklist for COVID-19 response by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér

Friday, March 20, 2020

As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls

Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.

On International Women’s Day, Fenerbahçe Sports Club urges women’s empowerment in sports

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

To mark International Women’s Day, Fenerbahçe, one of the largest and most popular sports club in Turkey and a supporter of the HeForShe campaign, and UN Women spotlighted the importance of women’s equal participation and empowerment in sports.

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Monday, March 16, 2020

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

Veronica Fonova: Becoming a feminist and leading Kazakhstan’s first feminist rally

Monday, March 16, 2020

Veronica Fonova, a 27-year-old web designer, became a women’s rights activist after realizing that even in feminist groups the main speakers are still men. She and her friends created the women-only group KazFem, a platform for feminist activism in Kazakhstan. It popularizes feminist ideas and protects women who have experienced discrimination or violence.

High-level commitment to build a just and equal society took center stage at “Women’s Rights Nights” in North Macedonia

Friday, March 13, 2020

For International Women’s Day, high-level government officials, including the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, gender equality experts and advocates called for immediate actions to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, and end discrimination against women and girls.

Call for Proposals: To promote women survivors’ access to justice and specialist services

Friday, March 13, 2020

Civil society organizations that are legally registered in Turkey are invited to apply for this Call for Proposals to promote women survivors’ access to justice and specialist services, under Phase II of the programme “Ending Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

Call for Proposals: To produce a shadow CEDAW report for the 8th periodic review of the CEDAW Committee

Friday, March 13, 2020

Civil society organizations that are legally registered in Turkey are invited to apply for Call for Proposals to produce a shadow CEDAW report for the 8th periodic review of the CEDAW Committee, under the Programme “Ending Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

On International Women’s Day, a film in Albania open doors to dialogue on disrupting patriarchy

Friday, March 13, 2020

To mark International Women’s Day, UN Women in Albania organized local screenings of the Albanian movie “Open Door,” which showcases the impact of patriarchal social norms and traditions on the lives of women and girls.

Call for Proposals: Empowering women and girls who have experienced discrimination or violence in Kosovo

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Call for Proposal under the Kosovo component of the Regional Programme “Ending Violence Against Women in Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing norms, Changing minds”, and invites the civil society organizations legally registered and operating in Kosovo to submit the proposals.

In Turkey, inspiring women manifest their stories of empowerment

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

10 women and 1 man who have experienced significant gender equality challenges and achievements manifested their stories in 20 seconds at a PechaKucha event organized by UN Women in Istanbul.

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