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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.

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.

Gupse Özay: A woman comedian fights stereotypes in Turkish films

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Gupse Özay, 35, is a comedian, actress, screen writer and film director in Istanbul, Turkey. While comedy and film have long been male-dominated, she followed her passion and wrote, played and directed her own movies. They have become a huge success.

Anastasiia Yeva Domani: How a transgender woman in Ukraine fought for her rights and discovered the activist within her

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Anastasiia Yeva Domani is a transgender woman from Ukraine who became an activist for transgender rights after fighting for her own right to transition with dignity.

Elena Crasmari: How a Moldovan woman with disabilities fought for her rights and won an election

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna – a rural community of 1,155 people, fifty-three kilometres from the Republic of Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau. Due to her disability, she couldn’t take the stairs, and had to get on her hands and knees to enter the building. “I went to the town hall to ask them to help me do something about the stairs of the medical facility,” Elena...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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