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Press Release: Women’s rights advocates from Central Asia discuss challenges and seek new pathways to systemic change for gender equality

Monday, October 19, 2020

On 20 October, women’s rights advocates and feminist activists from Central Asia are coming together in a virtual consultation to assess the progress achieved towards commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for the human rights of women and girls.

Adalet Budak Akbaş: Changing the rules so that women and girls in Turkey can thrive with an education

Friday, October 9, 2020

Adalet Budak is a women’s rights activist from Turkey, who is helping thousands of young women from the southeastern Anatolia region to get a proper education.

Press release: Hundreds of women’s rights advocates from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus demand systemic change to realize women’s rights for an equal future

Monday, October 5, 2020

On 6 October, feminists and women’s rights advocates from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus are coming together in a virtual consultation to assess the progress achieved towards commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Press release: 25 years after a landmark global agreement, the numbers still don’t add up for women

Friday, October 2, 2020

New regional report launched by UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia tracks incremental progress in gender equality and women’s rights, shows rampant inequalities.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, 1 October 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

In her remarks at the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: " The future needs a meaningful intergenerational engagement with all races, genders, and people of different abilities, so that everywhere in the world, a 10 year-old girl in 2020 will be a thriving young woman in 2030."

Edita Velic: A young politician urges women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to make their voices heard

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Edita Velic is one of the youngest politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She knows firsthand how difficult it is for a woman to make it in the male-dominated political world, but she always encourages women to stand up and never give up.

A look back: Twenty-five years ago, they were at the Fourth World Conference on Women

Monday, September 14, 2020

We are looking back and going forward this month, celebrating the power of the women’s movement, and calling for nothing less than bold, decisive actions to secure women’s rights as human rights, once and for all. These are some voices of activists who were at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995, and those who were shaped by it for a lifetime.

Press Release: Women’s rights advocates from the Western Balkans and Turkey gather to discuss new pathways to gender equality and call for urgent action

Monday, September 7, 2020

On 9 September 2020, feminists and women’s rights advocates from the Western Balkans and Turkey region will gather virtually to discuss an urgent pathway to deliver on the commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

On the 25th anniversary of landmark Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, UN Women calls for accelerating its unfinished business

Friday, September 4, 2020

Urges for delivery on the commitments made in the Beijing Platform for Action

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women

Thursday, September 3, 2020

On the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for new alliances across generations and sectors to ensure we seize this opportunity for deep, systemic change for women and for the world.

Gulbahor Majidova: Overcoming loss with a determination to help others in Tajikistan

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Gulbahor Majidova’s life has been full of losses. But she has not let that deter her from becoming an activist in her community and a leader in advancing the reform of the civil registration system in Tajikistan.

Aida Loshaj: A medical researcher from Kosovo hoping to discover cure for an evasive autoimmune disease

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Aida Loshaj is a teaching assistant and lecturer at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Pharmacy, and makes a big step forward with her exploratory study on the treatment for Guillain Barré syndrome, which still has no cure.

Bahar Toksoy Guidetti: From a successful career in Turkish volleyball to empowering girls through sport

Monday, April 6, 2020

Bahar Toksoy Guidetti is a volleyball player who lifted many trophies during her career. She contributes to girls’ empowerment through sport in her summer academy, striving to leave a positive mark on their lives.

Elena Georgievska: A mother determined that her son enjoys every opportunity in his education and life

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Elena Georgievska, from Skopje, North Macedonia, is the mother of a child with autism. She is dedicated to fighting for her son in a society where children with disabilities face many obstacles.

Five big wins ushered in by the landmark Beijing Platform for Action

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Since 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action has served as a blueprint for advancing global gender equality. But if you’re wondering what really changed and why it still matters to women and girls today, here are just five big wins it brought about for women and girls everywhere.

Veronica Fonova: Becoming a feminist and leading Kazakhstan’s first feminist rally

Monday, March 16, 2020

Veronica Fonova, a 27-year-old web designer, became a women’s rights activist after realizing that even in feminist groups the main speakers are still men. She and her friends created the women-only group KazFem, a platform for feminist activism in Kazakhstan. It popularizes feminist ideas and protects women who have experienced discrimination or violence.

Alina Andronache: Vlogging for gender equality in the Republic of Moldova

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Alina Andronache, an activist and vlogger for gender equality, remembers what started her on the path to a life of activism. Although she was raised in a family where her parents believed in gender equality and gave her the same education as her brother, as Alina grew up she began to understand that society had a different point of view on the matter.

Press release: Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women’s rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Mrika Nikҫi: The world’s youngest woman to climb the seven highest peaks in seven continents

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

In January 2018, 16-year-old Mrika Nikҫi and her father Arianit Nikҫi had just summited Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, when they came up with a plan to climb the seven highest mountains in all seven continents before Mrika’s eighteenth birthday.

I am Generation Equality: Betul Kacar, astrobiologist in search of life in the Universe

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dr. Betül Kaçar is an astrobiologist and molecular biologist with research interests in the origins of life, ancient biological innovations, and finding life on other planets. She has been recently admitted to NASA’s team exploring traces of life in the Universe.

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