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Violence increased during the coronavirus pandemic, women and girls need psychological support

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mubera Hodžić-Lemeš is a social worker and manager of a safe house operating within the Foundation of Local Democracy in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). During the pandemic, she was at the forefront of response to the crisis, to which safe houses also had to adapt. This article is part of UN Women campaign “Thank you, heroines” in BiH, aimed at raising awareness on women’s contribution to COVID-19 response.

UN military servicewomen from Moldova foster peace and security in Africa

Monday, July 6, 2020

Four military servicewomen told about their experiences as military peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

Communities in Kyrgyzstan support each other in transforming traditional gender roles within families

Monday, July 6, 2020

Maksat Kurmanaliev and his wife Eliza Koilubaeva have been married for ten years and have three children together. They are residents of a small village called Kytai in the eastern Issyk-Kul region. Here, and across Kyrgyzstan, a strong patriarchal culture translates into social norms where men rarely participate in domestic housework, and often their duties are limited to making money and decisions in the family. A UN Women training with a community-led empowerment methodology is changing that.

UN Women turns 10, placing women’s rights, priorities and voices centre-stage

Thursday, July 2, 2020

In a statement on the anniversary of UN Women's creation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says , the human rights of women and girls have more prominence, universality and more urgency than ever before.

Localizing the women peace and security agenda in the OSCE region

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Around 140 participants from across Europe and Central Asia attended the webinar on ‘Implementing Women, Peace and Security: Localization in the OSCE Region’ on 1 July to discuss how to further develop and strengthen the local implementation of the women, peace and security agenda and the National Action Plans (NAPs). Organized by LSE, OSCE and UN Women, the webinar also marked the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Danijela Grbic: “Helping people in emergency situations is my weapon for overcoming fear”

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Danijela Grbić is a fourth-year student of the Pharmacy study program at the Medical Faculty of the University of Banja Luka. As a long-time member of the Red Cross, she decided to volunteer to help those who needed it most during the pandemic. This article is part of UN Women in BiH campaign “Thank you, heroines”, aimed at raising awareness on numerous contributions of women during COVID-19 response.

Announcement of the Global Leaders of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions to accelerate gender equality

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Leaders from Member States, civil society, women’s rights organizations, international organizations, UN agencies, philanthropic entities, youth-led organizations, and the private sector come together to deliver game-changing results for women and girls.

Nona Noniashvili: A young entrepreneur in Georgia who is planting seeds to help a conflict-affected community grow

Friday, June 26, 2020

Nona Noniashvili is a Georgian entrepreneur who decided to build her company’s factory in a conflict-affected village adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Line with Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, committed to helping a community in need and empowering local women.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter  

Friday, June 26, 2020

In a statement released today on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter, UN Women Executive Director stressed, "The words of the Charter resonate now more strongly than ever before. They reiterate our shared work across all parts of the UN ‘to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom’. Today we in UN Women recall and recommit to those aspirations, as we build back better from the consequences of conflict and coronavirus, and engage in concerted efforts for equality and racial justice in all segments of society and in all sectors."  

In the words of Olena Hryhoriak: “The issues of violence and discrimination should not be silenced”

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Olena Hryhoriak is a feminist and LGBTI activist who fights discrimination and hate crime. As a regional coordinator of the LGBTI organization Insight in Chernivtsi, western Ukraine, Olena promotes safe, positive, and inclusive environments for all.

Women from marginalized groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina are facing heightened challenges during the pandemic

Thursday, June 25, 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, not all women had equal access to violence protection systems. Women from marginalized social groups were not only at risk of experiencing violence during the pandemic, but also were under the risk of being left behind when many state services, such as police, health, social protection, were being suspended or restricted because of the crisis.

Inter-Agency statement on violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In a inter-agency statement, the UN System highlights its dedication to ending violence against women and girls and emphasizes six critical areas for action.

Take Five: “The violence against LGBTI activists and women have the same root causes”

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Maryna Usmanova is a director of the charitable foundation Insha (Other), a Ukrainian LGBTI and women’s rights organization. Over the past five years, the organization implemented advocacy projects to promote fundamental rights, gender equality, tolerance, and social inclusion. Insha was also part of the coalition ‘Kherson without violence’, which initiated a crisis centre for victims of domestic violence in Kherson city in southern Ukraine.

Gulbahor Majidova: Overcoming loss with a determination to help others in Tajikistan

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Gulbahor Majidova’s life has been full of losses. But she has not let that deter her from becoming an activist in her community and a leader in advancing the reform of the civil registration system in Tajikistan.

Press Release: Gender assessment in Kyrgyzstan reveals concerning results about the impact of COVID-19 on women

Friday, June 19, 2020

According to a recent rapid gender assessment conducted by UN Women with the support of the Swiss Government, European Union and the United Nations joint Spotlight Initiative and UNFPA, women, specifically those from the most vulnerable situations, are impacted disproportionately by the pandemic.

Selma Faki and Safiye Mustafa: “Solidarity makes us shine together”

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Selma Faki and Safiye Mustafa are members of the SADA Women’s Cooperative set up by Turkish, Syrian and Afghan women in Gaziantep, a province in Turkey near the Syrian border. The city hosts more than 450,000 Syrians who fled the war. Selma Faki, 55, is a Syrian refugee and Safiye Mustafa, 34, is a local of Gaziantep. The Cooperative became their gateway to social and economic freedom, enabling them to heal, learn, form bonds and friendships, produce and co-create.

Press Release: UN Women Turkey marks World Refugee Day on the 10th Year of the War in Syria

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Since its outburst in 2011 the war in Syria has displaced millions of people. On the tenth year of the war Turkey is hosting over 3,5 million Syrians under temporary protection. Women and girls make up almost half of the Syrian population in Turkey while 60% of the population is under 25 years old. Like in all other crises and conflicts, women and girls are affected differently from the Syrian crisis than men and boys. Meanwhile, COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates already existing inequalities. As an increase in domestic violence is reported all around the globe under the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence emerges as a “shadow pandemic” and profoundly affects Syrian women and girls.

Including widows in the work to “build back better” from COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In a statement for International Widows Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "Widows must not be left out of our work to “build back better” from COVID-19. Let us ensure that our recovery prioritizes their unique needs and supports societies to be more inclusive, resilient and equal for all".

In the words of Olena Nebeska: “I want everyone to know the importance of their human rights”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Olena Nebeska left home in Luhansk just days after the conflict in the eastern Ukraine started in May 2014. She left behind everything, including the six enterprises she managed, and moved to the small village of Bobrovo, with a population of 350. A UN Women training helped her learn more about her rights as a citizen and act upon them.

Turkish and Syrian women manifest solidarity to respond to COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To circumvent lockdown and social distancing measures, a group of women call to check in on vulnerable Turkish and Syrian women and offer support.

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