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Take Five: "We have come a long way in fighting gender based violence but the struggle continues"

Friday, August 9, 2019

Mirela Arqimandriti is an Albanian activist for gender equality and the advancement of women’s rights and the Executive Director of the Gender Alliance for Development Centre (GADC). GADC, in collaboration with local civil society organizations (CSOs) and the Albanian Women Empowerment Network (AWEN), is implementing the project “Building capacities of CSOs to monitor the implementation of activities related to the reduction of gender-based violence and domestic violence of the National Strategy and Action Plan on Gender Equality 2016-2020” in six municipalities of Albania. The project is part of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.

An interactive exhibition in Pristina breaks the silence on domestic violence

Friday, August 9, 2019

The interactive exhibition “Break the Silence: Ending Violence behind Walls” was opened on a central square in the city center of Pristina, Kosovo , on 14th and 15th of June 2019, inviting visitors to break down walls surrounding domestic violence and to reach out to institutions that offer support.

From where I stand: “We fight prejudices by raising our voices”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Alexandra Tomasevic, 25, is an aspiring journalist, a literature student in Belgrade, Serbia, and she has cerebral palsy. Tomasevic has advocated for children and youth with disabilities since she was a young girl, and is a participant of UN Women’s mentoring programme.

In the words of Mariam Lomtadze: “By presenting gender data in innovative ways, we can inform society about gender inequality”

Friday, August 2, 2019

Inspired by programming for the past eight years, 17-year-old Mariam Lomtadze is the founder of Looper and tech start-ups Hero and FarmApp. Currently working on developing Android mobile apps while taking a gap year after graduating high school, Mariam participated in a hackathon to find innovative ways to visualise gender data at the UN Women-supported regional conference Gender Statistics: Challenges and Opportunities to Report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), held 24-26 July 2019 in Tbilisi. The hackathon was carried out with the support of the UN Women Global Gender Statistics Initiative and the Governments of Austria and Switzerland.

Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia national statistics offices pledge greater cooperation

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tbilisi (Georgia) 27 JULY – The heads of the national statistics offices of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan said in a joint statement that they fully supported development of a statistics system and were open to greater cooperation between their national statistics agencies.

Young women from Kosovo are empowered to join politics

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Women’s Caucus held an extraordinary parliamentary session with young women, aiming to encourage and inspire them to join politics on July 5, 2019. The event was preceded by an exhibition in the city center of Pristina featuring portraits of Women’s Caucus Members with inspirational messages, as part of the celebration of the Women’s Caucus’ 14th anniversary.

In the words of Milica Gudović: “Economic empowerment is crucial, not only for survivors, but for any woman”

Monday, July 29, 2019

Milica Gudović is an activist of the Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA). Here she speaks about the work of ATINA which is supported by UN Women with funding from the European Union. With vocational training and business skills, the organization helps survivors of trafficking to reintegrate into society, become independent and and earn an income. ATINA also provides psychosocial support, legal aid and safe-houses for the survivors of trafficking.

Forced and early marriages leave both girls and boys behind

Monday, July 29, 2019

UN Women workshops in Turkey introduce participants to upcoming perception research on men’s attitudes and beliefs towards early and forced marriages

Call for Submissions: “Transformative Stories, Transforming Lives”

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is seeking submissions for a collection of narratives about inspirational females from Europe and Central Asia.

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.

From where I stand: “Women in rural areas are speaking up about their rights”

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Luljeta Kaculi, 49, has been the administrator of Labinot-Fushe, a municipality in Elbasan region of central Albania, for four years. She spends part of her day doing field visits and one of her daily tasks is dealing with cases of domestic violence in the six villages of her municipality. Together with 11 local administrators of Elbasan, she recently participated in a UN Women-led training on the legal obligations of administrators to manage cases of violence and refer them to the relevant...

Take Five: “The media in Serbia can make a major contribution to the fight against gender-based violence”

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Radmila Veskovic is a project manager of NGO Fenomena, a non-profit organization working to advance women’s rights in local communities across Serbia. She’s currently leading a project focused on working with journalists to reduce harmful gender stereotypes in the media coverage of news related to violence against women under the EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

Civil society efforts to prevent early marriage start to pay off in Kosovo

Thursday, July 25, 2019

While the Kosovo Family Law forbids marriages for people under the age of 16, early marriage remains a common practice in Kosovo that disproportionately affects the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.

To keep Global Goals promise, statisticians call for better gender data

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Keeping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) promise to the women and girls of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia will require gender statistics that are better and more readily available, concluded the participants of a workshop held from 13 to 14 May in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

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.

Donors and partners visit Syrian refugee women in Turkey, vowing continued support to SADA Women-only Center

Friday, July 19, 2019

Donors and partners met with refugee and local women during their visit on 11 July to the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Center in Gaziantep in the southeast of Turkey to take stock of the progress of UN Women’s refugee response programme.

FemArt7 in Kosovo focuses on Freedom vs. Shame to encourage more women in decision-making and peacebuilding

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Be my Face exhibition, portraying stories of conflict-related sexual violence survivors, kicked off the Festival. Held in the Hotel Grand, Pristina, it was the site 20 years ago of numerous conflict-related sexual violence crimes.

Rural girls in Kyrgyzstan learn coding as a step toward a future in STEM

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Women are underrepresented in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math. UN Women in Kyrgyzstan is helping to do something about it. Hundreds of rural girls across the country participated in the first Technovation Coding Caravan on programming for girls in spring 2019.

Hey guys: Gender equality is not so complicated – and it’s good for you!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On 23 May 2019, gender equality advocates Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel launched the Ukrainian language edition of their book, The Guy's Guide to Feminism , at the International Book Arsenal Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine. Produced in support of HeForShe , a UN-initiated solidarity movement for gender equality, by UN Women.

Call for Proposal (CFP) Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Call for Proposal (CFP) Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo

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