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Across Europe and Central Asia, women confront economic impacts of the pandemic

Friday, October 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis of epic proportions – with women and girls getting hard-hit. Beforehand, women already earned and saved less than men, were the majority of single-parent households and held more insecure jobs in the informal economy or service sector, with less access to social protection.

Survey shows COVID-19 impacts on gender inequality in Albania

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The UN Women Rapid Gender Assessment survey revealed that the burden of household and care responsibilities were not distributed evenly, as only 46 per cent of women versus 67 per cent of men in Albania reported receiving help from their partner. Daniela Fejzaj, a 40-year-old information technology professional and mother of two, recalls the endless chores during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Women veterans in Ukraine strengthen their movement amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, October 23, 2020

Today, the Women Veteran’s Movement in Ukraine has become a formally recognized non-governmental organization and, as COVID-19 reaches into every aspect of society, the movement is now helping women veterans to stay safe.

20 years on, COVID-19, conflict and backlash test the women, peace and security agenda

Monday, October 19, 2020

The 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 comes at a volatile time in the world. A UN Women and OSCE conference renews commitments and examines progress and challenges in implementing the landmark women, peace and security agenda.

Call for applications: Small grants for women-led and human rights civil society organizations

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

UN Women Ukraine plans to award small grants to eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) in the range of USD 2,500 to USD 20,000. Small grants are intended exclusively to finance a limited range of eligible activities to develop or strengthen the institutional capacities of women-led and human rights CSOs.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day of Rural Women

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19.

Digital campaign challenges Ukrainians to rethink gender based violence during a pandemic

Monday, September 21, 2020

A clever new digital campaign in Ukraine challenges perceptions of gender-based violence. The campaign was devised in response to a recent perception survey, which revealed that prevailing social attitudes provides fertile ground for gender-based violence to persist in the country.

Women across Europe and Central Asia are stepping up to innovate for change amid a pandemic

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The global crisis caused by COVID-19 is compelling us to work together and think differently to leverage expertise, resolve and skills for recovery. Using the knowledge, ideas and practices of women and underserved communities is important for effectively implementing inclusive solutions. UN Women focuses on a fair and just recovery from the pandemic, by providing the space and opportunities for women to use their abilities and realise solutions.

Expert's take: The gendered impact of COVID-19 requires transformative changes in economic policies

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Blerta Cela, UN Women Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, talks about the gender inequalities that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated.

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...

Press release: COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new UN Women and UNDP data shows

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The pandemic will push 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty.

In the words of Zibija Sarenkapic: “To quickly respond to the needs of women survivors of violence, we decided to digitize our services.”

Monday, August 31, 2020

Zibija Sarenkapic is one of the most vocal advocates for women’s rights in the town of Novi Pazar, in southwestern Serbia. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the related measures, her organization, DamaD, has found an innovative way to approach women survivors of violence with the support of a UN Women project with the Ministry of Interior, funded by the Norwegian embassy in Serbia.

Women from vulnerable settings in Kyrgyzstan gain confidence and skills and help their communities reel from the pandemic

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Muslima Sobirova has gone from an abusive relationship to master her own destiny with a little help from the “Communities resilient to violent ideologies” project, implemented by UN Women and funded by the Peacebuilding Fund. She is among the 240 women and girls from vulnerable settings the project supported in changing their perspectives, gaining confidence and developing new skills. Some of these women are now using their skills to keep their communities safe from COVID-19.

Expert’s take: The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vital role of women’s organizations in our societies

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

When it comes to advancing gender equality and improving the lives of women and girls, we often hope to create positive changes in people’s behaviour. This might include stopping harmful practices, such as domestic violence, or starting positive practices, like encouraging girls to attend and excel in school.

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 Zeynep Denli: “Women support women. We understand and empower each other”

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Zeynep Denli, 30, works as a social worker at the SADA Women's Empowerment and Solidarity Center run by UN Women in Gaziantep, a city in southern Turkey along the border with Syria. Financed by the European Union and the Government of Japan, the Center responds to the diverse needs of Turkish and Syrian women to economically and socially empower them and increase their resilience. As a social worker, Denli plays an essential role in responding to women’s needs under the new circumstances brought by COVID-19.

Women's care burden increased during the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Women community leaders in Gaziantep supported vulnerable Turkish and Syrian women under temporary protection during the ‘stay at home’ measures that lasted between March and June, and referred women in need to service providers. Minevver Tuvarlak, who reached out to 80 women as a community leader, says that women experienced an increase in their household and care work, without sufficient support from their husbands.

Educators from Bosnia and Herzegovina ensure continuous learning despite the pandemic

Friday, August 14, 2020

Professor Edina Rizvic-Eminovic, PhD, an Associate Professor of English and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zenica and M.Sc. Branka Ljubojevic, a professor of Serbian language and literature at the Banja Luka High School, provided support for maintaining the continuity of the teaching process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Kyrgyzstan, pandemic-related domestic violence increases vulnerabilities

Thursday, August 13, 2020

According to UN Women’s new Gender Rapid Assessment of COVID-19’s impact in Kyrgyzstan, 32% of respondents have heard of an increase in domestic violence or experienced it themselves. Service-providers, such as civil society organizations and crisis centres, are also experiencing hard times as helpline workloads are growing.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, agribusinesses run by women help villages survive

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Women in rural areas contribute significantly to the development of agriculture. This is confirmed by the story of Drena Đukić, Senior Expert Associate for Cooperatives and Consulting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska. Through professional as well as private engagement, Drena Đukić actively contributes to strengthening the position of women in rural areas, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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