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In the words of Natasa Medjedovic: “The services of women’s organizations must be treated in the same way as other social and child protection services”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Natasa Medjedovic is the Executive Coordinator at the SOS Hotline Niksic in Montenegro, a civil society organization partner of the UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union. Medjedovic spoke to UN Women about how, despite the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the functioning of women’s organizations and shelters, SOS Hotline Niksic has made every effort to...

A new, first of its kind service provision has proved useful in protecting survivors in Albania

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Woman Forum Elbasan, a local women’s organization, has been trying new ways of collaborating with the police and the courts to provide necessary services to women survivors of violence and their children.

Take Five: “It is imperative that all laws are harmonized with the obligations in the Istanbul Convention”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Prior to serving as the Ombudsperson in Kosovo, Naim Qelaj was the National Coordinator against Domestic Violence. A lawyer by profession, Qelaj has been committed to making gender equality a reality throughout his career.

In the words of Blerta Cani: “Empowering young girls and women with disabilities is one of our key missions”

Monday, April 5, 2021

After participating as a key speaker at the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against women and girls living with disabilities,” organized within the regional UN Women programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union, Cani spoke to UN Women about how the organization’s field work is directly informing policy-making and law-development in Albania and what urgent actions are needed to prevent and respond to violence against women with disabilities, especially during the pandemic.

In the words of Aşkın Asan: “We are committed to making a difference in rural women’s lives every day of the year”

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Professor Aşkın Asan is a member of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO). Previously, Professor Asan was the Deputy Minister of Family and Social Policies in Turkey.

Women with disabilities at higher risk of violence in private and public realms

Monday, December 7, 2020

More than 100 women with disabilities, activists and representatives of ministries and civil society from the Western Balkans and Turkey exchanged information and good practices on addressing violence against women with disabilities at the webinar “Intersectional solutions to eliminate violence against women and girls living with disabilities”.

Hand over the mic to: Teodora Stojilković, Serbia

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Teodora Stojilković, 18, is a student and women’s right activist from Bujanovac, Serbia. She was one of the ambassadors of the “Women Talk” campaign, supported by UN Women, and is currently serving as a WAVE Youth Ambassador as part of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey that targets changing social norms.

What happened after COVID-19: Albania

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jana Kote* and her three children lived with an abusive husband and father for 12 years until they received support from a local organization, Human Rights in Democracy Centre, based in Tirana, the capital of Albania.

What happened after COVID-19: Serbia

Monday, November 16, 2020

A women’s organization in Serbia supported by UN Women maintained crucial support services and alerted the government to take prompt action on domestic violence survivors’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We continue to create the right environment for rural women to live a better and safer life

Monday, November 16, 2020

A local women’s organization supported by UN Women and the EU provided survivors of domestic violence with essential needs and psychological and legal support during the pandemic in Albania.

Hand over the mic to: Aras Kocaoğlan, Turkey

Monday, November 16, 2020

Aras Kocaoğlan is a marketing manager and the founder of the Instagram account, Turkish Dictionary, that reaches around 400,000 Turkish and international followers. Alongside UN Women, Kocaoğlan sparks conversations on social media about commonly used Turkish proverbs and expressions that discriminate against women and girls.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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