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Kosovo Philharmonic pays tribute to victims of conflict-related sexual violence

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

On 8 December, ahead of Human Rights Day, the Kosovo Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra held a concert to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign and performed “Requiem” by W.A Mozart. The concert served as a homage to women and girls who died as a result conflict-related sexual violence, while at the same time honoring the survivors who continue to suffer in silence because of shame and stigma.

Fenerbahce Sports Club in Turkey drives powerful campaign to urge for an end to violence against women

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fenerbahce Sports Club, one of the biggest in Turkey, drove a powerful communications campaign for the 16 Days of Activism campaign to raise awareness about and call for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

UN Women urges to ‘Light the Dark’ to end violence against women

Thursday, November 28, 2019

UN Women in Turkey draws attention to violence against women and girls in public spaces with the “Light the Dark” campaign during 16 Days of Activism.

First open-air lighting installation exhibition opened in Ankara to say no to violence against women

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Turkey’s first public open-air lighting installation exhibition opened to visitors in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, to call for a world free from violence against women and girls. Organized by UN Women, in collaboration with the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Çankaya Municipality and the Embassy of Sweden in Turkey, ‘Light the Dark’ lighting installation exhibition uses lighting designs to draw attention to different forms of violence against women.

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.

From where I stand: “I don’t want to marry off my daughter at an early age – I want her to attend school”

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Firyal Cizawi, a Syrian refugee residing in Turkey, shares how her perspective changed on gender equality and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) after attending an EU-UN Women awareness-raising workshop on women’s rights under Turkish law and the negative consequences of CEFM.

State institutions and civil society join forces to implement CEDAW recommendations in Serbia

Thursday, November 21, 2019

State institutions and civil society join forces to implement CEDAW recommendations in Serbia

Take five: “If fathers are more aware of gender inequality, they are less prone to discriminate between boys and girls”

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hasan Deniz is Fatherhood Programs Director for Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), a civil society organization in Turkey that designs and conducts educational programmes for children, parents, and young women in need across the country. AÇEV is currently implementing a project on innovative strategies that promote favourable attitudes and behaviours towards gender equality and ending violence against women under the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme...

Roma mediators build a bridge between the Roma community and public institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thursday, November 21, 2019

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a family of Roma activists help Roma community members in Prnjavor and surrounding municipalities in the north to become aware of their rights and access services from public institutions, including in cases of domestic violence.

Report on discrimination and violence against Roma women in the Balkans reveals devastating statistics, calls for urgent action

Thursday, November 21, 2019

On 19 September, the Roma Women Center BIBIJA officially presented the Regional report on discrimination of Roma women in the area of healthcare, child marriages and support and protection in cases of domestic violence in Belgrade.

Domestic violence shelter in Montenegro uses art to heal survivor trauma

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Residents of Women’s Safe House, a domestic violence shelter in Montenegro, reduce stress and practice creativity through art-based occupational workshops organized by the shelter.

I am Generation Equality: Fatmira Dajlani, child marriage survivor and activist

Monday, November 18, 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. Fatmira Dajlani has been working as an activist for 14 years in Albania and is leading “Roma Gateway for Integration” organization in Fushe Kruje.

I am Generation Equality: “I am a child born out of wartime rape”

Monday, November 18, 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. Ajna Jusić, 26 years old, is the President of the Forgotten Children of War Association, a psychologist and a feminist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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.

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Monday, November 4, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 3-6 November to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support the country in its efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Ask a professor: What steps should Turkey take to achieve gender equality by 2030?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Professor Yakın Ertürk, based in Ankara, is a researcher and retired professor of Sociology, with academic interests in human rights, gender equality, violence against women, and conflict and peace. During the Special Session of the General Assembly on Beijing +5 in 2000, she was the Director of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women.

High-level panel discusses ways of preventing violence against women in politics

Thursday, October 17, 2019

UN Women organized a high-level panel discussion in Ankara, capital of Turkey, in October to explore how to prevent violence against women in politics. The discussion brought together Members of Parliament from different political parties, representatives from the Embassy of Sweden, the Ankara Municipality Council, civil society as well as international experts.

Take five: “Thanks to the Beijing Declaration, violence against women is discussed openly and is no longer solely a private, family issue”

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Professor Jasna Bakšić Muftić was part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina delegation at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. She was a member of the civil society organization MAK Bosanka and a law expert and activist who spoke out for women’s rights. Ms. Bakšić Muftić shares her views on the importance of the Beijing Declaration and what is still needed to achieve gender equality by 2030.

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.

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