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Anastasiia Yeva Domani: How a transgender woman in Ukraine fought for her rights and discovered the activist within her

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Anastasiia Yeva Domani is a transgender woman from Ukraine who became an activist for transgender rights after fighting for her own right to transition with dignity.

Elena Crasmari: How a Moldovan woman with disabilities fought for her rights and won an election

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna – a rural community of 1,155 people, fifty-three kilometres from the Republic of Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau. Due to her disability, she couldn’t take the stairs, and had to get on her hands and knees to enter the building. “I went to the town hall to ask them to help me do something about the stairs of the medical facility,” Elena...

Take Five: “Stereotypes shape our interactions with others and with the world”

Thursday, February 6, 2020

WFE is implementing an innovative behavioural change campaign in Elbasan, central Albania, aimed at ending violence against women as part of the Gender Lab, a regionwide initiative 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.

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.

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...

In the words of Milesa Milinkovic: “We need to be supportive in activism for the rights of women with disabilities”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Milesa Milinkovic, 42, is a vocal advocate for the rights of women with disabilities. Director of Seize the Film, an international film festival in Serbia that features movies on persons with disabilities, Milesa is also a mentor in the UN Women-supported project, Autonomy, Voice and Participation of Women with Disabilities.

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.

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.

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”.

Compelled and empowered, Syrian refugees changing traditional gender norms

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Empowered by UN Women, Syrian refugees are changing traditional gender norms. UN Women's SADA Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep, a southeastern Turkish province near the border with Syria, has been providing refugees and local women with livelihood, psycho-social, referral support and vocational training.

From where I stand: “A whole new life began and now I have a dream”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hatice Muhammet is a survivor of domestic violence and a refugee from Syria. She is one of more than 5,000 refugees and Turkish women registered at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre, which offers livelihood and psycho-social support and vocational training in Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey near the border with Syria.

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.

From where I stand: “We want to engage young men and boys in the fight to end violence against women and girls”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

In the context of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women: “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, the Center for Modern Skills is working with young men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls.

New law in Albania will provide low-cost housing for domestic violence survivors

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Women in Albania, much like women around the world, face many roadblocks when they try to leave an abusive partner—housing. The Shelter for Abused Women and Girls is part of the Monitoring Network against Gender-Based Violence, a network of 48 civil society organizations across Albania. The creation of the network was facilitated by UN Women under its regional programme on ending violence against women, funded by the European Union.

Young people hack into a world of good in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Friday, March 1, 2019

Young people hack into a world of good in Bosnia and Herzegovina - It’s a simple idea with powerful potential in preventing gender-based violence. Wear a bracelet that can send an SMS alert if a risk arises.

From Where I Stand: “I would like to see a better gender balance in technology and make it accessible to girls from underprivileged communities”

Friday, March 1, 2019

KizCode seeks to empower girls and young women from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups, using education techniques around making and playing. The project also aims to address their wellbeing and mental health, which are often overlooked.

Take Five: “Supporting Roma women to claim their rights”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Slavica Vasić is the chair and one of the founders of Bibija’s Roma Women’s Centre, a civil society organization with over 20 years of work and experience in supporting the empowerment of Roma women in Serbia and beyond.

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.

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.

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