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In lead up to Generation Equality Forum, Action Coalition themes announced

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Today, UN Women, together with feminists across the world, and the Governments of Mexico and France, announced the Action Coalition themes for the Generation Equality Forum to be held in Mexico City and Paris this year.

From where I stand: “We’re promoting women’s participation in community development and peace-building”

Monday, January 13, 2020

Davbekova Ashyrgul, 49, is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Her group promotes participation of women in community development and peace-building processes.

From where I stand: “Expanding economic opportunities of women is key to ensure safety and prosperity”

Monday, January 6, 2020

24-year-old Kursanali kyzy Begimai is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Running a profitable agro-business and conflict-resolution initiatives, her group is now an example to other community members in the village.

Seed grants and training boost prospects for Georgian refugee women

Monday, December 23, 2019

The six-day “How to Start a Business” course taught women in Georgia how to generate start-up ideas and validate them, as well as how to build the right team and create a product. They also developed strategic and innovative thinking, and learned about planning and product distribution, financial documentation, business modeling and investment proposals.

Take Five: “As women environmentalists, we are here to prove that women can do anything”

Monday, December 23, 2019

Anastasiya Martynenko is a 33- year-old eco-activist and founder of the NGO o’Zero, which teaches people how to live in an environmentally friendly way. Over time the idea spread, and the now well-known Zero Waste Alliance was born. The Alliance operates in different cities across Ukraine. Last autumn, Martynenko and partners opened the first physical zero waste store in Ukraine.

Sowing the seeds of women’s empowerment in rural Serbia

Thursday, December 19, 2019

By turning her interest for growing rosehip berries into an enterprise, rural woman and single mother, Nada Lojaničić, is building her own business and self-esteem with the help of a UN Women project funded by the European Union.

Marlène Schiappa: “For generations, we have been nominating men just because they are men”

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination in France, attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region. She highlighted why this meeting is key for advancing the gender equality agenda and the priorities for the Generation Equality Forum in 2020, a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico.

Pascale Baeriswyl: “Only through partnership can we bring real political commitment to gender equality”

Monday, December 16, 2019

Ms Pascale Baeriswyl, State Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland, recently attended and co-chaired the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). She highlighted the meeting’s critical importance for advancing gender equality and promoting women’s rights.

Press Release: High-level event in North Macedonia brings the role of women in the security sector to the fore

Monday, December 16, 2019

UN Women, St. Kliment Ohridski University in Bitola and the Faculty for Security in Skopje joined forces to organize a high-level discussion on best practices for promoting the greater participation of women in North Macedonia's security sector.

I am Generation Equality: Zere, feminist singer

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Twenty-year-old singer, Zere Asylbek, is from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and in 2018 she released her first Kyrgyz-language song `Kyz` (‘Girl’). The song created a huge backlash in the country, as it called on Kyrgyz society to respect women and their choices. She also performed during the Civil Society Forum, which took place ahead of the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region in Geneva.

International Women’s Day 2020 theme— "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

In the words of Sehnaz Kiymaz Bahceci: “Women and LGBTIQ individuals need governments that stand up behind their commitments”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Sehnaz Kiymaz Bahceci is the representative of the Women for Women’s Human Rights `New ways`, which aims to promote women's human rights, equality and non-discrimination in Turkey. In her interview, Ms. Bahceci speaks about the key takeaways from the events and why governments need to stand up behind their commitments towards gender equality.

Ask an activist: How should women’s rights activists follow up with the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Natasha Dokovska Spirovska has been a journalist for more than 30 years in North Macedonia. In the last 10 years she has also worked as a civil society activist for gender equality and women’s rights. She has represented Journalists for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization from North Macedonia during the Civil Society Forum and Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting in Geneva, which took place from 28-30 October 2019.

Kosovo Philharmonic pays tribute to victims of conflict-related sexual violence

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

On 8 December, ahead of Human Rights Day, the Kosovo Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra held a concert to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign and performed “Requiem” by W.A Mozart. The concert served as a homage to women and girls who died as a result conflict-related sexual violence, while at the same time honoring the survivors who continue to suffer in silence because of shame and stigma.

In the words of Pip Gardner: “Young people need to have a seat at the table”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Pip Gardner is a women’s rights activist with a focus on sustainable development. Currently the Project Coordinator and Communications Manager for Woodcraft Folk – a co-operative youth movement in the United Kingdom (UK), Gardner is also a member of the Beijing+25 Youth Task Force and attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region.

Theater performance opens dialogue on various forms of violence against women in Ukraine

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Together with Wild Theater, UN Women developed a powerful theater performance called “Scars” based on real-life stories of Ukrainian women who have experienced gender-based violence and their physical and mental wounds.

Fenerbahce Sports Club in Turkey drives powerful campaign to urge for an end to violence against women

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fenerbahce Sports Club, one of the biggest in Turkey, drove a powerful communications campaign for the 16 Days of Activism campaign to raise awareness about and call for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

Women living with HIV from Europe and Central Asia convene in Tajikistan to spotlight their role in combatting AIDS

Monday, December 9, 2019

More than 120 participants from Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, to discuss the key role of women and young people in finding effective solutions to HIV-related issues and the importance of strengthening the capacities of youth and women’s networks in decision-making and active response to the HIV epidemic.

Take five: “Gender-responsive budgeting is a tool to empower women and to reduce inequality in our society”

Monday, December 9, 2019

Ms. Eglantina Gjermeni, chairwoman of Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Gender Equality in Albania, was a key speaker at the “Smart investments: Financing for gender equality” side event, held during the 25th year anniversary of the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region.

In the words of Tatyana Bobrovska: “The younger generation will bring change to society”

Monday, December 9, 2019

Tatyana Bobrovska, 36, attended the 25 th regional review meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+25) for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as well as the Civil Society Forum ahead of the meeting. Ms. Bobrobska represented the Association of Women with Disabilities of Northern Donbas, Ukraine, and highlighted why it is important to have a dialogue for achieving gender equality and women’s rights.

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