Women leaders in the Western Balkans and Turkey confront violence against women amid the pandemic


The 2021 theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” On this occasion, the EU-funded UN Women programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” Phase II, is launching an interactive map to bring visibility to the leadership of women’s organizations in preventing and responding to violence against women even in the most challenging circumstances. The map features women leaders among civil society partners from the Western Balkans and Turkey, shining a light on their leadership role in responding to violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click on each country to meet our women leaders in a COVID-19 world!



Welcome to International Women’s Day 2021 map!
Please click on each country to see a list of activists and then on each individual name to read more. Once you finish, click the link “To Top” to return to the map.



The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.

This interactive map was produced with the financial support of the European Union. The views expressed here are of these participants and may not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, UN Women, or the United Nations Member States.

* For the European Union, this designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence. For UN Women, references to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).