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Local governments across South East Europe are trained to integrate gender into policies and budgets

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

With UN Women’s support, the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) has developed an online course designed to boost the knowledge about gender equality amongst municipal government officials across South East Europe (SEE). Offered on the Network’s E-Academy, the course helps officials to integrate gender issues into policy and budget-making processes and, ultimately, to deliver on the local governments’ gender equality commitments.

Press Release: UN Women and Sweden launch new initiative in the Western Balkans focusing on financing and budgeting for gender equality

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

UN Women and Sweden will aim to reform policies and financing actions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia to accelerate the implementation of national and international gender equality commitments.

COVID-19 increases the already heavy burden on North Macedonia’s invisible pillars – rural women

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, rural women in North Macedonia already worked more hours every day than men, much of this time unpaid. Now, the health crisis has increased their workload and they are also struggling to access health services and other support.

Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia reveal pandemic’s devastating impact on women

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

Municipalities in North Macedonia lead gender budgeting and planning efforts during the pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, municipalities in North Macedonia are applying gender-responsive budgeting to better understand the specific emergency needs of women and other vulnerable groups and make their budgets more effective for them.

In the words of Stefan Petrovski: “We need to raise awareness and prevent violence against trans men and women”

Friday, June 5, 2020

Stefan Petrovski, 23, is a LGBTI activist and project coordinator at Subversive Front, an association for sexual and gender minorities in North Macedonia. He is also a peer-to-peer educator for comprehensive sexuality education. His field of study and research is focused on gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in literature and linguistics. Currently, Stefan Petrovski is acting as a youth ambassador within the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” and he spoke to UN Women about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on queer people.

Women confront pandemic-related violence against women across Europe and Central Asia

Monday, June 1, 2020

Both globally and across Europe and Central Asia, home confinement and stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated violence against women and girls. In most countries, women’s organizations, hotlines and front-liners have noted sharp increases in calls and reports from locked-down survivors afraid that they have nowhere to turn.

Press Release: UN Women supports the distribution of COVID-19 emergency packages in North Macedonia for people with disabilities

Friday, May 15, 2020

UN Women led the distribution of emergency packages, including food, vitamin supplements, hygiene products and protective equipment, in Strumica region as an immediate response to the specific needs of deinstitutionalized women and men with disabilities during the pandemic.

Press Release: UN Women takes initiative to ensure that women and families hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis are not left behind in North Macedonia

Friday, May 8, 2020

In response to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable, UN Women led the distribution of food and hygienic supplies across the country.

Take Five: “Resources to protect survivors must remain available, be adopted or expand during the crisis”

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tomka Dlevska is a long-time women’s rights activist and the President of the NGO Organization of Women of the City of Skopje, in North Macedonia. The organization runs an SOS helpline for survivors of gender-based violence, and provides assistance, psychosocial support and shelter. Dlevska reports about a 7 per cent increase in the number of calls to her organization’s helpline during the coronavirus pandemic.

From where I stand: “The COVID-19 crisis has completely changed my life”

Friday, April 17, 2020

Red Cross employee Marijana Tosheva works tirelessly to assist the most vulnerable in North Macedonia. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, she’s been supporting the people with disabilities.

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.

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.

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 for civil society organizations in North Macedonia

Friday, February 28, 2020

UN Women in North Macedonia is inviting civil society organizations legally registered and operating in North Macedonia, experienced in gender equality, women’s rights and/or prevention of violence against women to submit project proposals in line with the two announced Calls for Proposals.

Fostering collaboration on gender budgeting among municipalities in North Macedonia

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Two municipalities exchanged good practices and improved their understanding of gender-responsive budgeting to ensure more transparent, inclusive and accountable governance.

Press Release: High-level event in North Macedonia brings the role of women in the security sector to the fore

Monday, December 16, 2019

UN Women, St. Kliment Ohridski University in Bitola and the Faculty for Security in Skopje joined forces to organize a high-level discussion on best practices for promoting the greater participation of women in North Macedonia's security sector.

Ask an activist: How should women’s rights activists follow up with the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Natasha Dokovska Spirovska has been a journalist for more than 30 years in North Macedonia. In the last 10 years she has also worked as a civil society activist for gender equality and women’s rights. She has represented Journalists for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization from North Macedonia during the Civil Society Forum and Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting in Geneva, which took place from 28-30 October 2019.

International Conference in Skopje calls for greater recognition of women’s powerful peace-building role in the Western Balkans

Friday, November 29, 2019

(Skopje, 28 November 2019) – Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25), the Regional Women’s Lobby in Southeast Europe (RWLSEE) and UN Women held an International Conference in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, as part of a Swedish Government supported initiative aimed at supporting peace-building efforts in Kosovo and the entire Western Balkans region.

North Macedonia kicks off 16 Days of Activism

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Government of North Macedonia, the Delegation of the EU, the OSCE Mission to Skopje, UN agencies and civil society organizations have joined forces to mark the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign with an influential launch event on 25 November, which took place at the park of the Woman Fighter in Skopje, the capital.

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