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From where I stand: “The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dilera Mavlonova is only 16 years old, but she knows the importance of women’s leadership in water management. After learning advocacy skills through a UN Women programme, she and her peers raised awareness about women’s unequal burden to provide water for their homes in the village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, where there is an unfolding water crisis. As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles. More

One woman’s journey to find hope in Turkey, after escaping Syria

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Menal Suleyman, at the age of thirty, is a mother of three, a widow, and a refugee from Syria. Fleeing the violence in Syria, Suleyman has found a new life, and hope, in Turkey, assisted by the “SADA Women-only Centre”, a UN Women-led project in Gaziantep. More

From where I stand: “Kids should see their father is not afraid to be weak sometimes, and their mother isn't afraid to be strong”

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dmytro Shurov, Ukranian singer and opinion leader, is the first HeForShe advocate in Ukraine. Often appearing at major events with his 14-year-old son Lev Shurov, he speaks about fatherhood, sharing domestic work and child care responsibilities at home. More

Dads from Moldova: A photo exhibit that challenges stereotypes, showing men alone with their kids

Thursday, May 31, 2018

In Moldova, widespread patriarchal attitudes and gender-based stereotypes perpetuate the idea that women are responsible for child and home care, with fathers expected to be breadwinners. To challenge this widespread notion, the Embassy of Sweden organised in partnership with the UN in Moldova the photo exhibition Dads from Moldova and Sweden. More

Take five: “We want to make gender-responsive budgeting a part of every state institution’s budgeting processes”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mimoza Dhembi has been the General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania since 2000 and is one of the pioneers of the Public Financial Management reform in Albania. She has been crucial in establishing a successful collaboration with UN Women in mainstreaming gender through the introduction of gender-responsive budgeting in the Medium-Term Budget Program. UN Women offers technical assistance in gender-responsive budgeting to the government of Albania with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency. More

In the words of Marija Andjelkovic: “The girls are getting younger…poverty is driving trafficking in persons”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

In the 1990s, Marija Andjelkovic worked at a call centre for girls experiencing violence, when she received a training on human trafficking. In those days, trafficking was not a known, researched and understood phenomenon in Serbia which left an institutional vacuum in addressing the needs of survivors. She was one of the first civil society activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in the Balkan region, and went on to become the founder and Director of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action. More

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative urges inclusive global action on violence against women and girls

Thursday, March 22, 2018

On 12 March, opening day of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, brought together leaders from Government and civil society to discuss strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls. More

One room, her only home

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In Albania, although the civil and family law recognize women’s equal right to land and property, only a small percentage of women own land, because the laws are not implemented. The Centre for Legal and Civic Initiatives, supported by UN Women, is working in 10 municipalities across Albania to increase access to information about women’s property rights. More

In the words of Kadire Tahiraj: “Sexual violence during the war remains an unpunished crime in Kosovo"

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kadire Tahiraj is the founder and director of Centre for Promotion of Women’s Rights in Drenas, central Kosovo, which has been advocating for the rights of survivors of sexual violence during the war in 1998-1999. The centre provides support and services to survivors who still face many challenges in the face of post-conflict transformation. More

Sweden strengthens partnership to accelerate economic empowerment for rural women

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Swedish Government, through its development agency Sida, announced today a US$5 million commitment towards the Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP RWEE). More

Youth in rural Kyrgyzstan champion gender equality and access to clean water

Friday, March 2, 2018

To advance gender equality and promote safe and peaceful communities, UN Women has been mobilizing youth in seven municipalities across Kyrgyzstan. The project, connects youth with water associations, local governments and a variety of women’s self-help groups from marginalized communities, to empower local communities and enhance equal access to natural resources. More

In the words of Ana Vasileva: “We are talking the talk and walking the walk”

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ana Vasileva is a women’s rights activist and a member of the feminist collective, Fight Like a Woman, living and working in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. She has also contributed to UN Women’s “Not only on March 8th” initiative, which makes a point that gender equality issues should not be in the limelight only once a year, on International Women’s Day, but should be publicly debated consistently. More

Take five: “Most services for refugees in Turkey are gender-blind”

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Foundation for Women’s Solidarity (FWS) is an independent women’s organization dedicated to fighting violence against women, especially domestic violence and trafficking of women. The FWS opened Turkey’s first independent Women’s Counselling Centre in 1991 and its first independent shelter for women survivors of violence VAW shelter in 1993. Last month, the organization was selected by UN Women to conduct a project to foster dialogue between women’s organizations and local actors, to help prevent gender-based discrimination and violence against women among the refugee population in Turkey. More

In the words of Dimitri Tskitishvili: “A traditional society can be more easily persuaded when a man talks about gender equality”

Thursday, January 18, 2018

For the past 18 years, Dimitri Tskitishvili has been in politics in Georgia. He saw political participation as a way to bring change, even when he was chair of a youth organization and advocated for gender equality. He is now a Member of Parliament (MP) in Georgia where he is part of the Gender Equality Council, whose strategy has four pillars: research and policy-making; law making; awareness raising; and communication. The Council’s action plan includes fostering economic empowerment, political participation, and social rights legislation. In October 2017, Mr. Tskitishvili spoke at the Regional Conference "Parliamentarians for gender equality and women's empowerment," organized by UN Women, UNDP, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in partnership with the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and with support from the Government of Sweden. More

In the words of Marai Larasi: “If we are to end violence against women and girls, we need to create seismic shifts across our social norms.”

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Marai Larasi is the Executive Director of Imkaan, a black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s organization working to respond to and prevent violence against marginalized women and girls in Europe. Imkaan is now a partner in the EU/UN Women regional programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, which aims to end violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Recently, Ms. Larasi has been supporting the preparation of a guidance note on intersectional issues for UN Women. More

From where I stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases. More

Expert’s take: “Neither men, nor women should be objectified by advertising”

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Elena Ratoi is the Manager for the UN Women component of the “Women in Politics” UN Programme. She joined UN Women team in Moldova in 2014 to work on advancing women`s political participation in politics and decision-making processes. More

Press release: European Union–UN Women partnership bolsters efforts in response to Syrian crisis

Thursday, December 21, 2017

EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis steps up its support to women’s empowerment in Jordan, Iraq and Turkey through a EUR 12.5 million investment. More

From where I stand: “I am different, but that doesn’t mean that I should be condemned”

Monday, December 18, 2017

Olga Berdeu, 50, is a woman with disabilities from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, who attended UN Women’s "We have abilities, we want possibilities!" initiative, which aims to strengthen the leadership skills of women with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova. The initiative ran from June to October 2017 and was part of the UN “Women in Politics” Programme, financed by the Government of Sweden. More

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, youth harness the power of tech to combat violence against women and girls

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 48-hour Hackathon in Sarajevo brought gender and tech experts together with youth from all around the country to generate new tech solutions to combat violence against women and girls. More

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