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In Georgia, women farmers show solidarity amid COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020

In early May, women from the village of Maradisi, in southeast Georgia, gained wide renown. Naira Paksadze, together with other women, hoed their neighbour’s potato field in order to save the family’s potato harvest. At the time, every member of the family was being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, while weeds were growing wild throughout their potato field – their only source of income.

Over 50 women leaders from Moldova met online for #DemocracyTalks to share their experiences as front liners

Thursday, May 21, 2020

During an online round table session under the title #DemocracyTalks: “Women’s leadership in pandemic context: a perspective of women leaders at local level”, more than 50 women leaders from across the country discussed a gender-focused response to the COVID-19 crisis and shared their experiences in combating immediate and long-term effects of the pandemic at the grassroots level.

Press Release: UN Women donated hygiene kits for the most vulnerable women

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

UN Women in Kyrgyzstan provided humanitarian aid in the form of hygiene kits for the most vulnerable women and girls in 7 regions of Kyrgyzstan.

Women survivors of violence receive vital support from shelters in Kosovo during the pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Around 550 women survivors of domestic violence from Kosovo were admitted to shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic, with support from UN Women within the 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: “People weren’t prepared to stay home for so long and many are panicked, anxious and stressed”

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

43-year old Nargiza Eshtaeva is a psychologist and a UN Women gender expert from Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s southern region. With COVID-19 spreading fast across her region, Eshtaeva is offering women and girls in lockdown much-needed psychological consultations over the phone. She is also leading a group of 40 volunteers who bring vital aid such as food, transport and cash to the families most in need.

In the words of Nada Sataric: "Now is the time to acknowledge women’s unpaid care work"

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Nada Sataric, founder of Amity NGO, is a vocal advocate for the rights of older persons in Serbia, and women in particular, as one of the most vulnerable groups. With the COVID-19 outbreak, existing vulnerabilities have deepened, putting older persons at higher risk. In addition, lockdown measures have banned older Serbian nationals from leaving their homes. Sataric speaks to UN Women about the situation and how her NGO provides solutions under the UK-UN Women programme "Redistribution of unpaid care work".

In the words of Marijana Karajovic: “It is truly rewarding to make women’s struggle during COVID-19 a little easier”

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Marijana Karajovic, 29, is a volunteer who recently joined the Serbian Red Cross to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. She was tasked with distributing humanitarian and hygiene kits to marginalized groups of women under the EU-UN Women programme “Support to priority actions for gender equality”.

Press Release: UN Women supports the distribution of COVID-19 emergency packages in North Macedonia for people with disabilities

Friday, May 15, 2020

UN Women led the distribution of emergency packages, including food, vitamin supplements, hygiene products and protective equipment, in Strumica region as an immediate response to the specific needs of deinstitutionalized women and men with disabilities during the pandemic.

Press Release: UN Women and prominent LPG company take action in Turkey as COVID-19 lockdowns see rise in domestic violence

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Aygaz, Turkey’s 18th largest company, and signatory to the UN Global Compact and Women's Empowerment Principles, is partnering with UN Women in Turkey to amplify the message: Say No to Domestic Violence!, as COVID-19 lockdowns see a rise in domestic violence.

UN Women COVID-19 campaign against domestic violence in Kosovo reaches over 1 million

Friday, May 8, 2020

As reports of domestic violence increase dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, influential leaders in Kosovo join UN Women’s “Report Violence, Save Lives!” campaign against domestic violence.

Temporary shelters set up to quarantine safely domestic violence survivors in Kosovo

Friday, May 8, 2020

UN Women and the UN Population Fund respond to a rise in domestic violence during COVID-19 by supporting temporary quarantine facilities in Kosovo with essential supplies to ease comfort and safety of domestic violence survivors.

Press Release: UN Women takes initiative to ensure that women and families hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis are not left behind in North Macedonia

Friday, May 8, 2020

In response to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable, UN Women led the distribution of food and hygienic supplies across the country.

Safe spaces to protect women and girls from violence arranged as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Spotlight Initiative in the Kyrgyz Republic allocates USD 200 000 to help address the issue of increased violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. It aims to cover urgent needs of women and girls, affected by violence or at risk of violence in the current circumstances.

Take Five: “Resources to protect survivors must remain available, be adopted or expand during the crisis”

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tomka Dlevska is a long-time women’s rights activist and the President of the NGO Organization of Women of the City of Skopje, in North Macedonia. The organization runs an SOS helpline for survivors of gender-based violence, and provides assistance, psychosocial support and shelter. Dlevska reports about a 7 per cent increase in the number of calls to her organization’s helpline during the coronavirus pandemic.

Digital skills help Turkish women maintain an income amid COVID-19

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Despite stay-at-home measures and periodic lockdowns, Syrian and Turkish women are selling handcrafts and other products online, thanks to coding, computer literacy and Internet marketing skills they learned at Multi-Purpose Community Centres.

Amid COVID-19 lockdown in Turkey, UN Women runs campaign to curb violence against women and promote gender equality at home

Monday, May 4, 2020

UN Women Turkey is running an Instagram campaign designed to highlight the unfair care burden on women and encourage men to do their equal share. The campaign also aims to share with women and girls practical information on where and how they can seek help in case of violence.

UN Women Turkey is extending its outreach and impact through meaningful and strong private sector partnerships

Monday, May 4, 2020

UN Women Turkey is partnering with the business community and other UN agencies to conduct employers’ survey. The objective of this survey is to help the businesses understand gender dimensions of COVID-19 and better serve the needs of employees.

Take five: “Women's social entrepreneurship is the right recipe to overcome this and every crisis”

Monday, May 4, 2020

Jelena Hrnjak is a programme manager at Atina NGO, which advocates for the rights of victims of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. As partner of an EU-UN Women programme in Serbia, Atina was focused on women’s social entrepreneurship to economically empower survivors of human trafficking.

Take Five: “It is necessary to implement special measures to protect women and girls at risk of violence”

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Brankica Jankovic, the Serbian Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, has been actively advocating against different forms of discrimination against women. She spoke to UN Women about discrimination against women in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as the new draft law on amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Law. The draft law is being developed with the support of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “...

Women’s shelters in Bosnia and Herzegovina fight to keep doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, May 1, 2020

Safe houses in Bosnia and Herzegovina are struggling to provide adequate protection to women survivors of violence and their children, as domestic violence is likely to be on the rise due to the COVID-19 crisis. As part of the response to the crisis, UN Women conducted a rapid assessment of the status of specialized services provided by eight shelters in the country to find out their immediate needs in order to sustain their activities. Thanks to this assessment, UN Women’s...

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