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Call for applications: Small grants for women-led civil society organizations in Turkey

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

UN Women Turkey plans to award small grants to eligible women-led Civil Society Organizations under the ‘Strengthening social stabilization and economic empowerment of refugee and host community women and girls in Turkey" project.

Aida Loshaj: A medical researcher from Kosovo hoping to discover cure for an evasive autoimmune disease

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Aida Loshaj is a teaching assistant and lecturer at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Pharmacy, and makes a big step forward with her exploratory study on the treatment for Guillain Barré syndrome, which still has no cure.

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.

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.

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.

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

Tuesday, March 24, 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.

Ana Šaćipović: Building a bridge between two worlds

Monday, March 23, 2020

Ana Šaćipović is a social worker from Serbia who advocates for the rights of Roma women, fighting prejudice and discrimination. In 2005, she founded the Osvit (Dawn) Roma Association, an NGO which supports and promotes women's interests throughout the community and beyond.

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.

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”.

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”.

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.

Mrika Nikҫi: The world’s youngest woman to climb the seven highest peaks in seven continents

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

In January 2018, 16-year-old Mrika Nikҫi and her father Arianit Nikҫi had just summited Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, when they came up with a plan to climb the seven highest mountains in all seven continents before Mrika’s eighteenth birthday.

I am Generation Equality: Betul Kacar, astrobiologist in search of life in the Universe

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dr. Betül Kaçar is an astrobiologist and molecular biologist with research interests in the origins of life, ancient biological innovations, and finding life on other planets. She has been recently admitted to NASA’s team exploring traces of life in the Universe.

Gupse Özay: A woman comedian fights stereotypes in Turkish films

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Gupse Özay, 35, is a comedian, actress, screen writer and film director in Istanbul, Turkey. While comedy and film have long been male-dominated, she followed her passion and wrote, played and directed her own movies. They have become a huge success.

Anastasiia Yeva Domani: How a transgender woman in Ukraine fought for her rights and discovered the activist within her

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Anastasiia Yeva Domani is a transgender woman from Ukraine who became an activist for transgender rights after fighting for her own right to transition with dignity.

Elena Crasmari: How a Moldovan woman with disabilities fought for her rights and won an election

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna – a rural community of 1,155 people, fifty-three kilometres from the Republic of Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau. Due to her disability, she couldn’t take the stairs, and had to get on her hands and knees to enter the building. “I went to the town hall to ask them to help me do something about the stairs of the medical facility,” Elena...

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