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“Women are game-changers in building more resilient, peaceful, inclusive and prosperous countries” — Lakshmi Puri

06 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action roundtable on human and social development and good governance at all levels, in Antalya Turkey on 29 May. More

Civil society advocates forge recommendations ahead of World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

18 May 2016

Governments should ensure refugee women’s participation in decisions that affect them, say participants at UN Women-Oxfam “Women on the Move” workshop. More

UN Women calls for effective protection of refugee women and girls in context of European Council Summit

17 March 2016

In the context of the European Council meeting held today and tomorrow, UN Women calls for the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls to be addressed in the response to the refugee and migration crisis. More

From where I stand: Pelin Aslantaş

08 March 2016

Pelin Aslantaş, 43, is the only female bus driver in the city of Edirne, in north-western Turkey. More

16 Days of Activism closes in Istanbul

11 December 2015

Istanbul concludes 16 Days of Activism with a water, light and laser show over the Bosphorus Strait and a strong message to the world: Stop violence against women now! More

Global pledges ramp up campaign to end violence against women

11 December 2015

International meeting co-organised by UN Women closes with 35 stakeholder commitments for bold steps to end violence against women. More

UN Women Executive Director closes 16 days of activism in Turkey

11 December 2015

On her first official visit to Turkey, UN Women Executive Director met with government, civil society, private sector and media representatives, called on all stakeholders to act now to end violence against women and girls, and emphasised prevention, ending impunity for crimes, survivor services, and engaging men to stop violence against women. More

"Every victim of violence must have prompt access to the full range of essential services" — Executive Director

11 December 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-Level launch of the Essential Services Package at the Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change meeting in Istanbul on 10 December. More

Zero tolerance a must to end violence against women and girls leaders say at global UN conference

09 December 2015

20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a UN Women co-organised global meeting in Istanbul seeks concrete political commitments for active measures to end violence against women and girls. More

"We must focus on changing attitudes and realizing women’s human rights" — Executive Director on ending violence against women

09 December 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 9 December. More

Fathers in Turkey foster violence-free families and gender equality

09 December 2015

A ground-breaking fatherhood project in Turkey brings fathers together to discuss family issues and dynamics that lead to more equitable and non-violent households. More

Press release: High-level global UN meeting to focus on ending violence against women

07 December 2015

On 9-10 December, over 150 high-level representatives from over 40 UN Member States and the Council of Europe (CoE), UN agencies, academia and NGOs plan to attend Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change, a high-level global UN meeting in Istanbul to assess progress, identify challenges and renew global political commitments to end the pandemic of violence against women and girls. More

Study finds investing in early child care would generate hundreds of thousands of jobs in Turkey

18 September 2015

Study finds investments in early child care and pre-school education could create more than 700,000 jobs in Turkey, improve gender equality in the labour market and alleviate poverty through dual-earner households. More

G20 leaders launch group to promote women’s economic empowerment

08 September 2015

Marking a historic step for women’s rights and gender equality, representatives of G20 countries, that constitute two-thirds of the world’s population and 85 per cent of GDP, launched a new engagement group to advance the economic empowerment of women. More

"We must be diligent and vocal advocates" – Lakshmi Puri

08 September 2015

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the W20 Official Launch Event in Ankara, Turkey More

Elections herald an increase in women MPs in Turkey, but more progress is needed

12 June 2015

The Turkish Parliament will soon welcome the highest number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) in its history after parliamentary elections held on 7 June 2015. According to initial estimates, the number of women MPs elected to the Turkish Parliament increased from 79 to 98. More

Rural women access early cancer screening in Turkey

07 April 2015

“I would not have found the opportunity to even go [get screened at all had it not been for this service],” says 65-year-old Ümmügül, from a farming family in the village of Hamamkarahisar, located an hour away from Eskişehir – a central Anatolian city in Turkey. She is one of the 659 rural women living on the outskirts of the city that have already been screened at the Cancer Early Diagnosis, Screening and Information Centre in Eskişehir since rural outreach efforts began in October 2014. More

Stock exchanges ring their opening bells for gender equality

09 March 2015

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and International Women’s Day, stock exchanges from around the world joined UN Women, the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative in supporting gender equality and highlighting the pivotal role of the private sector in empowering women. More

Press statement: UN Women and UNFPA condemn the brutal murder of Özgecan Aslan and stand with the women and men of Turkey who combat gender-based violence

17 February 2015

We, as UN Women’s and UNFPA’s Representatives to Turkey, condemn the horrendous murder of Özgecan Aslan and join in solidarity with the thousands of women and men who have taken to the streets across Turkey to say “No” to violence against women and girls. We recognize the considerable progress Turkey has made with regard to the legislation to combat violence against women and commend the Turkish Government for its leadership in promoting the Istanbul Convention,... More

UN Women signs agreement to foster economic and social empowerment in Turkey

19 December 2014

In order to improve women’s economic and social empowerment in Turkey, UN Women’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia has signed a partnership agreement with one of the country’s largest industrial conglomorates, Koç Holding, which manages companies involved finance, energy, tourism, food, and information technology. More

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