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Across Europe and Central Asia, women confront economic impacts of the pandemic

Friday, October 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis of epic proportions – with women and girls getting hard-hit. Beforehand, women already earned and saved less than men, were the majority of single-parent households and held more insecure jobs in the informal economy or service sector, with less access to social protection.

Survey shows COVID-19 impacts on gender inequality in Albania

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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.

Women veterans in Ukraine strengthen their movement amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, October 23, 2020

Today, the Women Veteran’s Movement in Ukraine has become a formally recognized non-governmental organization and, as COVID-19 reaches into every aspect of society, the movement is now helping women veterans to stay safe.

In the words of Anisa Ruseti: “We use gender-disaggregated data to design services that target women”

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

On World Statistics Day, Anisa Ruseti, the Deputy Mayor at the Municipality of Tirana, Albania talks about the importance of using gender data.

Women’s rights advocates from the Western Balkans and Turkey shine spotlight on disproportionate violence against rural women

Monday, October 19, 2020

Around 100 participants – representatives of ministries and civil society, researchers and activists – from the Western Balkans and Turkey discussed strategies and interventions to reduce violence against women from rural areas within the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against women and girls in rural areas,” on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, October 15.

20 years on, COVID-19, conflict and backlash test the women, peace and security agenda

Monday, October 19, 2020

The 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 comes at a volatile time in the world. A UN Women and OSCE conference renews commitments and examines progress and challenges in implementing the landmark women, peace and security agenda.

Press Release: Women’s rights advocates from Central Asia discuss challenges and seek new pathways to systemic change for gender equality

Monday, October 19, 2020

On 20 October, women’s rights advocates and feminist activists from Central Asia are coming together in a virtual consultation to assess the progress achieved towards commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for the human rights of women and girls.

HeForShe Congress equips Ukraine’s businesses with the tools to create gender-sensitive workplaces

Friday, October 16, 2020

The aim of HeForShe Congress this year was to provide Ukrainian businesses and private sector partners with the understanding and tools on how to practically promote gender equality in their work and to change the corporate culture.

In the words of Oksana Nikiforova: “Rural women has a strong will for change”

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Oksana Nikiforova was displaced shortly after the armed conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine in May 2014. Trying to provide her five-year-old daughter and newborn son with a safer place to live, she left Luhansk without any prospects for her future. Nikiforova and her family changed several cities in Ukraine, applied for refugee status in Poland and finally settled down in Novoaidar, a small town in Luhansk region. Five years after fleeing her home, Nikiforova decided to start a new life and take matters into her own hands. She mobilized a women’s self-help group and created an NGO to change her community and meet women’s needs.

Three women mayors from rural Moldova speak about how they gained the trust of their citizens

Thursday, October 15, 2020

On International Day of Rural Women, UN Women Moldova talked to three women mayors of rural Moldova, who broke the gender stereotypes pertaining to women’s leadership, mobilized their communities for prevention and protection from COVID-19 and brought significant changes to the lives of their fellow citizens.

Malina Stanojevic: The “Dragon Lady” breathes new life into rural Serbia

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

As president of the Save the Village Association, Malina Stanojevic stimulates the equal development of rural women's entrepreneurship and provides employment for local families.

Uguloy Abdullaeva: Want water in Tajikistan? Let women lead!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Uguloy Abdullaeva became one of the first women in Tajikistan to head a local water users association. Through it, she has pioneered many ways to overcome the widespread lack of access to water in Tajikistan. She’s a woman with an excavator – and she knows how to use it.

Call for applications: Small grants for women-led and human rights civil society organizations

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

UN Women Ukraine plans to award small grants to eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) in the range of USD 2,500 to USD 20,000. Small grants are intended exclusively to finance a limited range of eligible activities to develop or strengthen the institutional capacities of women-led and human rights CSOs.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day of Rural Women

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19.

Call for participation: Youth Engagement Network

Monday, October 12, 2020

UN Women invites youth organizations, youth leaders, youth platforms, schools, and universities representing young people from diverse groups across intersectional complexities to be part of the UN Women Youth Engagement Network.

Letter from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to her 15-year-old self

Sunday, October 11, 2020

For International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells her 15-year-old self: "The best way to prepare for your future in the world is showing up in the fights for good causes and doing your best.".

Tajik children express their vision for an equal future through art

Sunday, October 11, 2020

In cooperation with the Art Doshan creative association, UN Women in Tajikistan held a children's art contest entitled: ‘My voice, our equal future’ to mark International Day of the Girl. The Day aims to promote girls’ empowerment and children expressed their views on this through their art, raising awareness about the rights of girls.

Stereotypes pose obstacles for women who would like to train in martial arts in Moldova

Saturday, October 10, 2020

For International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Moldova spoke to Ana Maria Stratu, a young woman who broke down stereotypes and chose to practice karate. She has great accomplishments and is now training other girls passionate about martial arts.

I’m Generation Equality: Selin Özünaldım, HeForShe advocate, youth activist for gender equality

Friday, October 9, 2020

Selin Özünaldım, 17, is a young HeForShe Advocate in Turkey. She talks about her activism and how everyone can take a step for gender equality.

Adalet Budak Akbaş: Changing the rules so that women and girls in Turkey can thrive with an education

Friday, October 9, 2020

Adalet Budak is a women’s rights activist from Turkey, who is helping thousands of young women from the southeastern Anatolia region to get a proper education.

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