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I am Generation Equality: Teodora Mileska, champion of sexual and reproductive health and rights

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Teodora Mileska is a student of International and intercultural studies in North Macedonia and an aspiring diplomat for peaceful conflict resolution. She is a senior peer educator for Comprehensive Sexual Education and a concept writer for radio show Seksi Maalo that advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights.

Ask an activist: What is your message to the new generation of women and men activists?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Savka Todorovska from Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, was a participant at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. At the time, she was acting President of the National Council for Gender Equality, a national network of more than 100 independent organizations and women's groups that foster discussions on women’s needs and issues. Currently the president of the same Council and with almost 28 years of non-governmental experience, she shares with UN Women what it takes to be a women`s rights activist and offers ideas for the new generation of activists.

Regional forum puts forth solutions to end violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Key governmental, regional, and civil society leaders came together in a regional forum in Tirana to commit their efforts and discuss progress toward the elimination of violence against women in the region.

North Macedonia hosts third sub-regional consultation on 25 years of commitments to gender equality

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Skopje, 2 October 2019 – Around 60 Representatives from the Western Balkans and Turkey gathered in Skopje, the Republic of North Macedonia, to discuss common achievements and challenges encountered in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This Beijing+25 Sub-Regional Expert Consultation is the third in a series across Europe and Central Asia region that will contribute to the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting at the end of this month in Geneva.

Women’s organizations review accomplishments of the regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Thursday, July 25, 2019

At least 3,500 women, including minority women, are gaining a better understanding of their rights and of how to access available services when facing violence. Over 250 organizations are better equipped to monitor and report on human rights legal instruments and push for the development and implementation of comprehensive and coordinated policies on violence against women.

Women MPs discuss changes in Criminal Code for successful implementation of the Istanbul Convention in North Macedonia

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Women Members of Parliament and representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of North Macedonia discussed over a training workshop the necessary harmonization of the Criminal Code with the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention.

Press Release: In Morocco, high-level delegation from North Macedonia learns first hand how to establish a Center of Excellence on gender-responsive budgeting

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A delegation of public officials from the Republic of North Macedonia, headed by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mila Carovska, attended a 3-day study programme in Rabat, Morocco to explore the country’s internationally recognized Centre of Excellence on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB).

In the words of Irena Cvetkovic: “Women are afraid to use public spaces alone and at night”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Irena Cvetkovic is the Executive Director of Coalition Margins, an NGO working to promote and protect the human rights of marginalized communities including marginalized women, drug users, sex workers and LGBTI people in North Macedonia.

Press Release: UN Women launches a new initiative to promote gender-responsive policies and budgets in the Republic of North Macedonia

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Government representatives, representatives from central and local self-government units, civil society organizations, academia and gender experts, gathered to discuss and highlight gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) at an event to launch the UN Women project “Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies and Budgets: Towards Transparent, Inclusive and Accountable Governance in the Republic of North Macedonia.”

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women’s lives

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning.

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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.

Take Five: “Patriarchal culture is one of the biggest barriers in ending violence against women”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Zita Gurmai is a Member of the Hungarian National Assembly, Vice-President of the Hungarian National Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Throughout her career she has supported numerous organizations aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s political participation.

In the words of Tatjana Stoimenovska: “We prioritize the protection of the rights of the most marginalized groups”

Friday, February 22, 2019

“One of the greatest challenges faced by survivors is that the stereotypes prevailing in the country and overall in the region consider domestic violence as a private affair, or even worse, survivors often get blamed for the violence.

Press Release: Making agriculture and rural development policies respond to women’s needs in FYR Macedonia

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Findings of a UN Women-supported research in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia showed that only 12 per cent of women in rural areas are land owners and less than 10 per cent have decision-making roles related to land. While women in agriculture work on average 11.06 hours per day, 41,7% of the total workload belongs to unpaid work.

Regional forum takes stock of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Friday, December 28, 2018

Convened by the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UN Women, the European Union, and the Council of Europe (CoE), in partnership with European Women’s Lobby, the regional forum reviewed progress in fulfillment of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. The forum took place within the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds".

E-Learning recognized as an effective way to build capacities on gender responsive budgeting in the region

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Representatives of ministries, NGOs and institutes for training of public officials participated in a regional workshop organized through UN Women’s ‘Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies in South-East Europe and the Republic of Moldova’ programme in Albania on 12-14 November 2018.

TAKE FIVE: “Femicide is fueled by patriarchal social norms and changing minds is of utmost importance”

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kosana Beker spoke to UN Women about her investigation and the importance of effective prevention and protection approaches to end femicides in Serbia.

Media advisory: Promoting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Friday, November 23, 2018

Regional Forum: Promoting Implementation of Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Integrated policies, inclusive partnerships”

Roundtable Rouses Support for Greater Regional Cooperation on Gender Equality in the Western Balkans

Friday, October 26, 2018

Representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia gathered to share their experiences and challenges with implementing their National Gender Mechanism. This is a key tool to help countries meet their international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Call for Proposals: Development and Implementation of a Strategic Communication Programme for Achieving Specific Behavioural Results with regard to reducing Violence against Women in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Thursday, October 18, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) to submit proposals to develop and implement a Strategic Communication Programme for Achieving Specific Behavioural Results with regard to reducing Violence against Women in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

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