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Kyrgyzstan's kidnapped brides use fashion and flags to end marriage taboo

Bride kidnapping was outlawed in 2013 in Kyrgyzstan, but was still evident. Now, a new generation of women are eschewing acceptance of this abuse, with their campaign escalating in 2018.  


2018: The year in pictures

From amplifying gender equality to boosting green energy, see the highlights from our development journey this year.  


Nowhere to turn - Gender-based violence against Roma women

The report analyses intersectional inequalities based on gender, class, education and race/ethnicity experienced by Roma women in three Western Balkans countries  


In Georgia’s mountains, taking a 360 approach to ending poverty

I recently visited the Racha region in northern Georgia to film how one region’s push for sustainable tourism is improving its economic outlook. There, I saw firsthand how tackling poverty from…  


Bharati Sadasivam

Gender Practice Team Leader  


Barbora Galvankova

Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Programme Specialist  


#HearMeToo: Activists in Central Asia break ground in fight against violence

Three women activists are part of a growing movement to counter violence against women and girls in Central Asia, where the problem remains largely unaddressed.  


Central Asian governments call for the elimination of violence against women and girls

Government and parliamentary representatives from Central Asia gathered at a United Nations regional conference to discuss holistic strategies to combat all forms of violence against women and girls…  


Turning policies into action: eliminating gender-based violence against women and girls in Central Asia

UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Kyrgyzstan, are organizing a regional conference to turn policies into action in combatting all forms of violence against women…  


Lay of the land: What does this year's HDI tell us about Eurasia?

Every year, the HDI ranks 189 countries, and its yearly updates give us the opportunity to weigh in on our progress.  

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