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Member States and gender advocates call for urgent and effective measures to accelerate gender equality

Thursday, October 31, 2019

From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, key stakeholders from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia called for the urgent realization of women’s and girl’s human rights and for turning the commitments to gender equality into reality.

Regional civil society activists urge for action and accountability at Beijing+25 review

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A diverse group of 450 women’s rights activists from 48 different countries in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region came together at the Beijing+25 regional civil society forum, in Geneva, Switzerland, to call for urgent action on gender equality and speak out about the structural barriers that prevent women and girls from fully enjoying their rights.

In the words of Ema Andrea: “Gender equality means coexistence between women and men, not a competition”

Friday, October 25, 2019

Albanian actress Ema Andrea, 48, is co-founder of Albanian Women in the Audio-visual Association, which promotes gender equality for professional women active in the cinematography and multimedia sectors. A women’s rights advocate, Ms. Andrea is a professor at the Academy of Arts in Tirana. She speaks to UN Women about gender equality in Albania and the portrayal of women in media, which is related to the Beijing+25’s Women and Media area of concern.

Ask a professor: What steps should Turkey take to achieve gender equality by 2030?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Professor Yakın Ertürk, based in Ankara, is a researcher and retired professor of Sociology, with academic interests in human rights, gender equality, violence against women, and conflict and peace. During the Special Session of the General Assembly on Beijing +5 in 2000, she was the Director of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women.

Leaders to take stock of progress on gender equality at Beijing+25 regional review meeting

Monday, October 21, 2019

From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, more than 700 key stakeholders from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia will gather in Geneva on 29-30 October 2019 to review the progress made on the commitments of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for gender equality and women’s rights, adopted almost 25 years ago.

My take, your take: Women’s rights in Kosovo, then and now

Friday, October 18, 2019

In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marigona Shabiu, 26-year-old, a human rights activist from Kosovo is talking with Igballe Rogova, 58 years, whose women’s rights activism spans three decades.

Take five: “While everyone is silent, nothing can happen”

Friday, October 18, 2019

Natalia Nalimova, from Tiraspol in eastern Moldova, works for the NGO, Healthy Future, which assists HIV-positive persons. Ms. Nalimova is also a “Positive Champion” who has publicly told her personal story as part of the “Positive Deviance” project, supported by the Initiativa Positiva NGO, UN Women Moldova and the Government of Denmark. The initiative helps women to overcome violence and advance the rights of women and men in Moldova. She shares her perspectives on Beijing +25.

Take five: “Thanks to the Beijing Declaration, violence against women is discussed openly and is no longer solely a private, family issue”

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Professor Jasna Bakšić Muftić was part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina delegation at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. She was a member of the civil society organization MAK Bosanka and a law expert and activist who spoke out for women’s rights. Ms. Bakšić Muftić shares her views on the importance of the Beijing Declaration and what is still needed to achieve gender equality by 2030.

In the words of Andriana Susak-Arekhta: “Only I get to decide what my life should be. I was born free, I am free, and I will die free”

Monday, October 14, 2019

A military veteran and civil society activist Andriana Susak-Arekhta, 31, from Ukraine, reveals the emergence of the women’s veteran movement in Ukraine. Andriana is an advocate for women’s rights in the military and involved in the women’s veteran movement.

Ask an activist: What is your message to the new generation of women and men activists?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Savka Todorovska from Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, was a participant at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. At the time, she was acting President of the National Council for Gender Equality, a national network of more than 100 independent organizations and women's groups that foster discussions on women’s needs and issues. Currently the president of the same Council and with almost 28 years of non-governmental experience, she shares with UN Women what it takes to be a women`s rights activist and offers ideas for the new generation of activists.

I am Generation Equality: Yuna Korosteleva, journalist amplifying women’s voices

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality.

I am Generation Equality: Anna Lavreniuk, student leader and opinion shaper

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality

Take five: “Gender equality means to empower women and girls with opportunities to reach their potential”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Leila Makhmudova, a young feminist, 26, freelancer and social activist from Almaty, Kazakhstan, works on women empowerment and inclusion projects. She shares her views on promoting gender equality, where we are on women`s rights and why having economically empowered women and girls is important for a country.

Ask an activist: Why was there a need to adopt the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Marina Tabukashvili is Head of Georgia’s Taso Foundation, the National Women`s Fund and the Memory Research Center. She tells us why the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary agenda to empower women and girls, was adopted in 1995, and discusses what prevents women from realizing their rights today.

Take five: “Time has come for women to have more power”

Friday, October 4, 2019

The former Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and past chief negotiator in the Brussels Dialogue, Edita Tahiri is currently Chair of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Justice Peace and Security in South-Eastern Europe (RWLSEE). A participant at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, she witnessed the moment when a visionary agenda for women`s rights was adopted. In this interview, Edita Tahiri discusses women in power and decision-making, an area of concern included in the Beijing Declaration.

North Macedonia hosts third sub-regional consultation on 25 years of commitments to gender equality

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Skopje, 2 October 2019 – Around 60 Representatives from the Western Balkans and Turkey gathered in Skopje, the Republic of North Macedonia, to discuss common achievements and challenges encountered in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This Beijing+25 Sub-Regional Expert Consultation is the third in a series across Europe and Central Asia region that will contribute to the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting at the end of this month in Geneva.

In the words of Milesa Milinkovic: “We need to be supportive in activism for the rights of women with disabilities”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Milesa Milinkovic, 42, is a vocal advocate for the rights of women with disabilities. Director of Seize the Film, an international film festival in Serbia that features movies on persons with disabilities, Milesa is also a mentor in the UN Women-supported project, Autonomy, Voice and Participation of Women with Disabilities.

Take five: “It’s time for the new generation of activists to dare and act!”

Friday, September 27, 2019

Altyngul Zhanlynbekovna Kozhogeldieva, 32, heads the National Federation of Female Communities of Kyrgyzstan (NFFCK). An activist fighting against child marriage since she was 14, she believes that barriers remain in achieving equality between boys and girls. In this interview, Ms. Altyngul Kozhogeldieva discusses what’s changed in gender equality and under-age marriages in Kyrgyzstan since Beijing 1995, warns of the dangers of poor implementation and radicalization, and calls on the next generation to step up.

In the words of Guljahon Bobosadykova: “What did I do today to improve the situation of women and girls?”

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Guljahon Bobosadykova is the chairperson of the Tajik coalition, From Equality de Jure to Equality de Facto. Nearly 25 years ago, she represented her country at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, which was the largest gathering ever held of gender equality advocates. During the Conference, she was the chairwoman of the Association of Women with University Education. She offers her perspective to UN Women on gender equality and the challenges that women still face in Tajikistan and Central Asia.

Alia El-Yassir: “Change-makers of all ages are needed to tackle the unfinished business of empowering women"

Friday, September 20, 2019

Blog post, by the Regional Director of UN Women Europe and Central Asia

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