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In the words of Büşra Sünetci: “During lockdown, the world experienced what women have experienced for years due to the patriarchal system”

Thursday, July 30, 2020

During the COVID-19 lockdown, women in Turkey and around the world have faced serious safety risks as the quarantine exacerbated violence, according to representatives of the Foundation for Women’s Solidarity in Turkey. Büşra Sünetci, representative of the Foundation and a social worker, told UN Women about the support they provided to women during lockdown.

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.

Ena Humačkić Jukić: "It is necessary to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all women in health care"

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

This article is part of UN Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina campaign “Thank you, heroines”, aimed at raising awareness on numerous contributions of women during COVID-19 response. Medical doctor Ena Humačkić Jukić, who works at the Health centre "Stari Grad" in Mostar, and pharmacist Zdravka Gvožđar, director of pharmacy "Delfin" in Sarajevo, are just two of many women in BiH who were on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Press release: UN Women delivers 1,500 kits of essential items to women and girls in flood affected region in Kazakhstan

Friday, July 24, 2020

UN Women in Kazakhstan organized the delivery of 1,500 kits of essential items in the form of hygiene kits, masks, gloves and disinfectants to women and girls affected by the flood in Maktaaral district of Turkestan region in southern Kazakhstan to help alleviate the effects of the flood caused by a dam break in Uzbekistan in May.

Op-ed: How COVID-19 can bring gender justice

Thursday, July 23, 2020

In the midst of another pandemic, we are still fighting hard for gender equality, with the coronavirus crisis amplifying existing inequalities and power imbalances and disproportionately affecting women – including in the devastatingly sharp increases in domestic violence. Yet the pandemic is also an opportunity to ‘build back better’ and transform structural gender inequalities.

Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia reveal pandemic’s devastating impact on women

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

Indira Bajramović: “We were the first to enter Roma communities and deliver packages that we personally prepared”

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Indira Bajramović, Roma woman, activist and economist, has been working to improve the position of Roma women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for the past 20 years. During the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the director of the Association of Roma Women "Better Future" from Tuzla, she visited Roma communities and distributed food and hygiene packages provided by the association's donors, together with her associates. This article is part of UN Women in BiH campaign “Thank you, heroines”, aimed at raising awareness on numerous contributions of women during COVID-19 response.

Press release: COVID-19 is taking a higher toll on women – shows UN Women Albania rapid assessment

Friday, July 10, 2020

The survey measured the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and how it affected the livelihoods of women and men. It shows that COVID-19 has been disproportionately affecting women compared to men, and risks to deepen gender inequalities.

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.

Danijela Grbic: “Helping people in emergency situations is my weapon for overcoming fear”

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Danijela Grbić is a fourth-year student of the Pharmacy study program at the Medical Faculty of the University of Banja Luka. As a long-time member of the Red Cross, she decided to volunteer to help those who needed it most during the pandemic. This article is part of UN Women in BiH campaign “Thank you, heroines”, aimed at raising awareness on numerous contributions of women during COVID-19 response.

HeForShe Turkey invited all men to share responsibilities at home by saying: “Time to stand up for equality!”

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people across the world confined themselves to their homes. Gender inequalities, particularly for women in the home, are becoming increasingly apparent when it comes to housework and caring for children.

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.

Inter-Agency statement on violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In a inter-agency statement, the UN System highlights its dedication to ending violence against women and girls and emphasizes six critical areas for action.

Press Release: Gender assessment in Kyrgyzstan reveals concerning results about the impact of COVID-19 on women

Friday, June 19, 2020

According to a recent rapid gender assessment conducted by UN Women with the support of the Swiss Government, European Union and the United Nations joint Spotlight Initiative and UNFPA, women, specifically those from the most vulnerable situations, are impacted disproportionately by the pandemic.

Press Release: UN Women Turkey marks World Refugee Day on the 10th Year of the War in Syria

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Since its outburst in 2011 the war in Syria has displaced millions of people. On the tenth year of the war Turkey is hosting over 3,5 million Syrians under temporary protection. Women and girls make up almost half of the Syrian population in Turkey while 60% of the population is under 25 years old. Like in all other crises and conflicts, women and girls are affected differently from the Syrian crisis than men and boys. Meanwhile, COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates already existing inequalities. As an increase in domestic violence is reported all around the globe under the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence emerges as a “shadow pandemic” and profoundly affects Syrian women and girls.

Including widows in the work to “build back better” from COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In a statement for International Widows Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "Widows must not be left out of our work to “build back better” from COVID-19. Let us ensure that our recovery prioritizes their unique needs and supports societies to be more inclusive, resilient and equal for all".

In the words of Iryna Korliakova: “I want people to feel safe in their communities – even in the toughest times”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Iryna Korliakova, 48, fled her hometown in eastern Ukraine in 2014 to escape from the violent conflict and settled in the small town of Svatove. She hasn’t let her displacement despair her and she got actively involved in the life of her community.

In the words of Olena Nebeska: “I want everyone to know the importance of their human rights”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Olena Nebeska left home in Luhansk just days after the conflict in the eastern Ukraine started in May 2014. She left behind everything, including the six enterprises she managed, and moved to the small village of Bobrovo, with a population of 350. A UN Women training helped her learn more about her rights as a citizen and act upon them.

Turkish and Syrian women manifest solidarity to respond to COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To circumvent lockdown and social distancing measures, a group of women call to check in on vulnerable Turkish and Syrian women and offer support.

From Where I Stand: “Rural women are now facing an extra burden of child-rearing, housework, and other unpaid care”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Snezana Zivadinovic heads the Association for the Development of Creativity in Aleksinac, Central Serbia, and is a vocal advocate for an equal distribution of care and domestic work, especially in rural areas. The coronavirus has increased the demand for care work in many families in rural areas of Serbia where the workload falls heavily on women and girls. Zivadinovic speaks to UN Women about the situation and how her NGO provides solutions under the UK-UN Women programme ‘Redistribution of unpaid care work’.

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