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The European Commission and UN Women boost their partnership to address the rise in violence against women amid the pandemic in the Western Balkans

Friday, February 26, 2021

On the eve of International Women’s Day, the European Commission and UN Women take a strong step forward in their commitment to end the shadow pandemic of violence against women.

The EBRD and UN Women join forces to address pandemic’s economic impact on women

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Focusing on women’s economic empowerment, digital transformation and climate resilience, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and UN Women will seek to jointly contribute to women's and girls' socio-economic resilience in the long-term recovery from the pandemic.

Efforts intensify to confront pandemic-related spikes in violence against women across Europe and Central Asia

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Violence against women and girls has been increasing globally as the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies economic and social stresses, with spikes of 20 to 40 per cent in some countries. Meanwhile, crowded homes, measures to restrict contact and movement, and limited access to services are making it harder for survivors to seek help.

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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.

As cases of the violence against women continue to rise, UN Women provides psychological support for survivors

Thursday, January 14, 2021

According to a recent UN assessment, police reports from across Kosovo show a 22 percent increase in domestic violence in the first months of the pandemic. ‘The Rapid Socio-economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19’ was carried out by UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA. As domestic violence increased, so did the survivors' need for a safe space, a shelter, and a safe environment.

Seven per cent of employed women in Serbia lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, new study reveals

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

While everyone is facing unprecedented challenges with lockdown and social distancing measures, women are paying a heavier price as the pandemic worsens existing gender inequalities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased women’s unpaid care work in North Macedonia confirms UN Women’s gender assessment

Monday, December 21, 2020

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more women (35 percent) than men (23 percent) have been working from home. This has significantly increased their time spent on unpaid domestic activities and care for children, a recent UN Women assessment reveals.

Expert’s Take: “The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the fragility of the achievements of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action”

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Zeliha Ünaldı, the Programmes Manager of UN Women Turkey, talks about her experience of participating in the Fourth World Conference on Women.

The Business Fights Poverty Virtual Gender Summit and UN Women’s Virtual Women’s Entrepreneurship Showcase

Thursday, December 3, 2020

During the 16 Days of Activism, Business Fights Poverty are holding a Virtual Gender Summit on Thursday 3rd December 2020 in partnership with UN Women, CDC Group, The 2X Challenge and CARE International.

Press Release: Access to justice for women survivors must continue during pandemic, affirm protection and justice sector representatives

Monday, November 30, 2020

Around 100 representatives from the protection and justice sectors of the Western Balkans and Turkey, including the police, judges, prosecutors, social workers and lawyers, discussed how to improve the protection and justice sector’s response to violence against women, especially during crises.

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: Albania

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.

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.

Call for COVID-19 change champions

Monday, November 9, 2020

Through the podcast COVID-19 Change Champions, we are looking to raise the voices of these extraordinary heroes and heroines who have demonstrated superpowers while at work, through volunteering and within their homes. These could be individuals working in an organization, company, or even contributing through unpaid work in their homes and communities.

Small grants help women in Turkey survive violence and heal its wounds

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Survivors of violence in Turkey share their experiences and how they have found peace through psychological counselling offered during the COVID-19 pandemic by women-led organizations supported under UN Women’s Small Grants programme.

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.

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