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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.

1,000 Syrian and Turkish women will benefit from social and economic support in southeastern Turkey

Thursday, September 26, 2019

1,000 Syrian refugee and Turkish women will gain improved protection and livelihood opportunities through a new UN Women initiative launched on 25 September 2019, in Şanlıurfa, southeastern Turkey.

Kosovo Women Parliamentarians promote younger women in decision-making and politics

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Caucus of Women MPs, a long-time UN Women partner in advancing gender equality in Kosovo, develops a new three-year strategic action plan that seeks to increase the number of young women involved in leadership, peacebuilding, and politics.

Women-owned businesses in Serbia get five times less subsidies than men’s

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Share of women-owned firms in business subsidy recipients in terms of number of grantees and the volume of funds received is well below the level of their participation in the economy overall, shows a study supported by UN Women in Serbia.

In the words of Meltem Akkaya: "It is important to get to know each other because our prejudice may turn out to be wrong"

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Akkaya is a Turkish woman attending courses at UN Women’s SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep in the southeast of Turkey. Co-financed by the European Union and the Government of Japan, and run in partnership with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants, and International Labour Organisation, the center offers livelihood, psycho-social, referral and vocational training for both refugee and local women. Akkaya spoke to UN Women about how her experience at the Center helped strengthen social cohesion and solidarity in her community.

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.

Take five: “Impunity is not acceptable”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Drita Hajdari is a prosecutor for the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo, where she investigates and prosecutes war crimes. To date, no one has been successfully charged with conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo. Today, police investigators and special prosecutors, like Ms. Hajdari, are working on an increasing number of cases, with a victim-centred approach. UN Women, through the Gender-Sensitive Transitional Justice project, funded by the European Union, has facilitated mentoring support from international criminal law experts to prosecutors and investigators in Kosovo.

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.

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.

Take five: “Changing everyday habits will have an impact”

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.

In the words of Ljiljana Gusic: “Rural women have great potential which need to be channeled well”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ljiljana Gusic is the founder of “Udahni Zivot,” a women’s association that promotes women’s creativity, encourages their economic empowerment and supports women from marginalised groups through education, employment and integration into society. UN Women recently supported these efforts in the framework of the EU-funded "Support to priority actions for gender equality" project.

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women’s lives

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning.

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.

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.

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.

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