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Women’s rights advocates from the Western Balkans and Turkey shine spotlight on disproportionate violence against rural women

Monday, October 19, 2020

Around 100 participants – representatives of ministries and civil society, researchers and activists – from the Western Balkans and Turkey discussed strategies and interventions to reduce violence against women from rural areas within the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against women and girls in rural areas,” on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, October 15.

Members of the police, social protection and judiciary institutions in Serbia and Montenegro commit to protect women from violence

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A series of online seminars in Montenegro and Serbia aimed to raise awareness among police, social protection and judiciary representatives about how to prevent the neglect of violence against women cases under emergency and restrictive measures, such as those enacted during COVID-19.

In the words of Biljana Stepanov: “To help women stay safe, we are developing a mobile SOS app to report violence”

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Biljana Stepanov is the director of Center for Support of Women (CSW) in Serbia, Board President of SOS Vojvodina Network, activist and worker in providing support for women who experience violence. Stepanov is talking about the challenges women faced in reporting violence during the state of emer-gency and how this prompted CSW and SOS Vojvodina to innovate to address the needs of women at risk of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, they are developing a safe virtual platform for...

In the words of Esmeralda Hoxha: “Without trust in institutions, survivors get entrapped in a vicious cycle of violence”

Friday, September 4, 2020

Esmeralda Hoxha is project coordinator at the Gender Alliance for Development Center (GADC) in Albania, currently implementing a project under the regional programme on ending violence against women “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union, which aims to monitor the implementation of the National Gender Equality Strategy (2016-2020) in Albania, focusing on ending violence against women and girls. “When I was 6 years old, I heard a story that left a...

Improved data on violence against women catalyses advocacy and legal change in Albania

Thursday, August 27, 2020

For Albania’s latest survey on violence against women and girls (VAWG), the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) took a markedly different approach: engaging with local governments, civil society organizations (CSOs) and relevant service-providers at every stage of the process – from survey design, through data collection and dissemination.

Expert’s take: The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vital role of women’s organizations in our societies

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

When it comes to advancing gender equality and improving the lives of women and girls, we often hope to create positive changes in people’s behaviour. This might include stopping harmful practices, such as domestic violence, or starting positive practices, like encouraging girls to attend and excel in school.

Ask a policewoman: What can police do to better protect women exposed to violence in an emergency context?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Xhemile Behluli has been a sergeant within the Kosovo Police since 2004 and has been domestic violence section supervisor since 2011.

In the words of Jasna Pejic: “I didn’t have a chance, but I want my daughters to get educated and live their lives free from violence”

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Jasna Pejic is one of thousands of women who received hygiene and humanitarian kits as well as essential information distributed to at-risk groups across Bosnia and Herzegovina during the COVID-19 crisis under the EU-UN Women programme: Support to priority actions for gender equality. She spoke to UN Women about what this support meant to her.

Take Five: “The signing of this Memorandum seeks to create the best possible employment opportunities for survivors of domestic violence”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

In a significant step towards reintegrating and economically empowering survivors of domestic and conflict-related sexual violence, Kosovo’s Ministry of Justice, Kosovo Women’s Network Minister of Justice Selim Selimi spoke to us about the agreement and its plans to improve the lives of survivors.

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.

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.

From where I stand: “Involved fatherhood helped us to get through the lockdown”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Osman Doğan is a schoolteacher in Bursa, a north-western province of Turkey. He has a 12-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son.

Revised law empowers women survivors of violence in Albania

Monday, June 8, 2020

Flora Leka* had an arranged marriage at the age of 17. She dropped out of school and lived with her violent husband and father of her four children for more than 15 years.

Recognizing domestic violence as a criminal offence, a big step towards justice for women in Kosovo

Monday, June 8, 2020

More women from Kosovo are reporting cases of violence since the Criminal Code was revised in 2018 to treat domestic violence as a separate criminal offence, which was achieved with the support of regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.

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.

Women survivors of violence receive vital support from shelters in Kosovo during the pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Around 550 women survivors of domestic violence from Kosovo were admitted to shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic, with support from UN Women within the regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.

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 and prominent LPG company take action in Turkey as COVID-19 lockdowns see rise in domestic violence

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Aygaz, Turkey’s 18th largest company, and signatory to the UN Global Compact and Women's Empowerment Principles, is partnering with UN Women in Turkey to amplify the message: Say No to Domestic Violence!, as COVID-19 lockdowns see a rise in domestic violence.

Temporary shelters set up to quarantine safely domestic violence survivors in Kosovo

Friday, May 8, 2020

UN Women and the UN Population Fund respond to a rise in domestic violence during COVID-19 by supporting temporary quarantine facilities in Kosovo with essential supplies to ease comfort and safety of domestic violence survivors.

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