30 November 2023

Combatting gender-based violence across Europe and Central Asia

Gender based violence  can involve physical, psychological, sexual, and economic harm inflicted particularly on women and girls. The consequences of this violence are both visible and hidden and can result in long-lasting physical and emotional impacts. Gender-based violence is a pervasive public health issue, and is both a consequence of and…, Moldova, In Ungheni, Moldova, three girls have become champions of non-violence at school while advocating for girls' rights. Earlier this year, UNICEF supported Ionela and Bianca to conduct information sessions on violence against children and combating gender stereotypes for teenagers from their secondary school. Ionela is the head of the Bullying and…, Türkiye, In 2023, the European Union supported UNICEF with EUR 4 million to expand services helping to protect children and adolescents in Türkiye. This funding enabled UNICEF to expand programmes dedicated to  prevention, risk mitigation and response of  GBV reaching  65,000 children and adolescents. Türkiye remains home to the largest refugee population…, Bosnia and Herzegovina, In Bosnia and Herzegovina, girls are boldly raising their voices against inequality. Around the world, girl-led movements are advocating for their fundamental rights including ending  child marriage and female genital mutilation, demanding action on climate change, and trail-blazing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM…