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More women are entering politics in Europe and Central Asia, but political parity remains distant

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, UNDP launches the online platform “Equal Future” to remind how much work remains to be done to achieve gender parity in…  


Afghan women to enrol in Central Asia universities, thanks to a new cross-border initiative

A new cross-border initiative will allow Afghan women to study and graduate from universities in the neighbouring Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.  


Women can spacewalk. But can they cross the gender line?

All nine just-announced 2019 Nobel science laureates are male—despite a significant and growing cohort of female contenders. Nor is women’s contribution to science a recent phenomenon. Yet women…  


8 women

8 women. 8 locations. 8 different jobs and life stories: a celebration of creativity, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment at the workplace.  


6 major human rights trends across Europe and Central Asia

In the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, threats and vulnerabilities of people towards discrimination, exclusion and violence remain high. Here are six major human rights problems that we are…  


European Union and UNDP to help Afghan women attend university in neighbouring states

A new EU €2 million grant supports a UNDP programme enabling Afghan women to graduate from universities in neighbouring Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.  


What’s in a boundary?

Every border creates its own dynamics, constraining freedom but sometimes allowing new opportunities. Many of the boundaries we experience are artificially created by societal habits and deep-seated…  


Regional Director’s remarks at 2019 Global Festival of Action

Welcoming remarks by Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Europe and the CIS, at 2019 Global Festival of Action.  


Five reasons why paternity leave needs to get more attention

This year, our second child was born. Things were simpler, as we already knew the hurricane that would follow. Reflecting on both experiences, I realize how fortunate I am to work for the UN system…  


Head of UNDP Eurasia concludes two-day visit to the Republic of North Macedonia

During her two-day visit to the Republic of North Macedonia, the UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Mirjana…  

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