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No shelter centers for abused women in North Macedonia’s Polog region – victims get refuge in other cities

“Violence against women” is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and shall mean all acts of gender‐based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts," state Article 3 of the Council of Europe Convention on...

Violence against women has been promoted in the Balkans through popular music for 40 years

Ana Ninković, a student at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade caused numerous reactions on the social networks with her documentary film "Violence against women in the domestic songs" that she produced for her exam in "Pop Culture: From digital to trans-media", and through which she is examining the violence against women through music, turbo-folk, pop, rap and...

Court in North Macedonia acquits victim of domestic violence who killed her torturer

The Basic Court - Veles yesterday acquitted 23-year old Pale Iloska from Veles, who last year stabbed and murdered her violent partner in self-defense last year. She was accused of involuntary manslaughter. In her ruling, Judge Gabriela Gajdova, stated that Iloska was brought to a life-threatening situation because at that moment she was being strangled and abused by her unwed...

Although the gender gap in science and research is decreasing, it is still present

The significant gap between the genders in the fields of science and technology has been present for many years, but situation in recent years has started to improve, at least in North Macedonia. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated on the 11th of February since it was first established in 2015 by the United Nations...

Only two women were elected mayors in runoff local elections in North Macedonia

In the runoff local elections in North Macedonia on Sunday, only two female candidates won enough votes to be elected mayors. The remaining 79 municipality mayor's posts were taken by men. The exceptions are the future mayor of the capital Skopje, Danela Arsovska, who as an independent candidate was supported by the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, and Zhaklina Jovanovska of...

Violence against women is on the rise in Mexico. How do Mexicans perceive it?

This story by Timothy S. Rich, Alianna Casas and Carolyn Brueggemann originally appeared on Global Voices on August 2, 2021. It is republished under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license.   In Mexico, femicides increased by 137 percent between 2015 and 2020, with the government only formally tracking femicides as a specific crime in 2012. Mexico’s justice system remains woefully ineffective as only 27 percent...

HERA: Over 90% of the Romani women in North Macedonia with no education or just elementary education

The unemployment is a longstanding problem for Romani women in North Macedonia. Only 4 Romani women are at managerial positions in the 142 monitored public institutions and at other, non-managerial positions, they are present with only 0.47% out of the total number of the employees. Out of 7 647 persons that had been using the active measures and employment...

An increasing number of women are working in the IT sector

Twenty years ago, 5-10 percent of IT employees were women, but now the situation is significantly changing. According to Elizabeta Najkovska from "Microsoft", in 2019 the percentage of women has risen to 40-45 percent and is growing. At the same time, interest is increasing in the sector amongst women, which until a year ago was "male". "That's why we started...

Romany women struggle with unemployment and lack of access to gynecologist

The women initiative of Shuto Orizari is marking the International Romany day by alarming about the obstacles that Romany women face with in our country. "We can't even manage to count the number of obstacles, but through the years it is clear that the biggest among those are the unemployment and the lack of medical services concerning the health...

Mancevski: Digitalization overcomes the gender differences and recognizes skills only

Digitalization creates equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender, because the Internet recognizes only skills, knowledge and capabilities, said Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Mancevski at the first conference of its kind "The Digital Age and Women", which took place today at the "Marriott" hotel. The main topic of the conference was the role and significance of digital...

Small number of women are owners and managers of big and medium-sized companies

In 73% of Macedonian big and medium-sized enterprises, the owners are men and 67% of them are general managers, while women are managing around 33% of the companies and only 27% are owners. These are the results of the research of gender equality on managing positions in Macedonia, that the Institute for communication studies in cooperation with the "Isida...

The Gender Equality Platform calls for more women to participate in local elections

The Gender Equality Platform calls on candidates for the local elections to commit to gender balance. They recall that in 1996 and 2009, no woman was elected mayor, and in the last local elections, in 2013, 19 mayors more were elected rather than female mayors (76 men versus four women). "Despite the declarative efforts, we remind that in the composition of...

Parties proposed women on the lists, but gave them little chance to enter Parliament

  Political parties who are running alone or who have joined coalitions in the upcoming parliamentary elections on December 11, seem to have forgotten the women MPs. Only four women found themselves as candidates on lists in the constituencies of political parties. Radmila Sekerinska of SDSM in constituency 5, Vesna Stoimenova from the Coalition for Change and Justice in the constituency...

Women, with honorable exceptions, were mute and silent, playing the role Gruevski assigned them

Not even one organization for women, reacted to speeches made by Nikola Gruevski and Daniela Rangelova, President of the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE, at the party annual conference yesterday. The event was organized primarily for the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE, but not only were the women last in the welcoming speech of their leader, but no-one mentioned their...

Gruevski: On April 24 the people will have their vengeance

VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski made a speech at the annual conference of the Union of Women in the hall "Boris Trajkovski". According to him, someone is “using SDSM in a dirty way to destroy VMRO-DPMNE, to destabilize Macedonia, and change its model in the way of forcing their own interests." “Everything was perfectly prepared, but as we know there is no such...

SDSM: Women under pressure to attend an event organised by VMRO-DPMNE

Municipal organization of SDSM in Kavadarci have accused the ruling party for attempting to fill 17 buses with women to attend the annual meeting of the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE, on Sunday in Skopje. “Faced with a strong "no" from citizens, the campaign began to put pressure on women employed in the municipal administration and other state institutions in...

In Gevgelija, twelve women migrants suffered miscarriages in one day

At the moment, nearby the train station in Gevgelija, crews are working on a resting area that can accommodate 160 people. The area will be intended for women, children and people who have become frail from the journey. The area will operate 24 hours and will be under constant police surveillance. There are going to be twelve shower cabins...

“Solidarity”: Government reduces women to housewives and mothers

Without full gender equality, there is no democracy or social justice, is the message that is sent by the leftist movement "Solidarity" on the occasion of 8th of March, International Women's Day. - Our society is still hostage to traditional and patriarchal mechanisms of thinking and living. They play a key role in policy-making, adoption of laws and institutional practice,...

DOM requires amendments to the Electoral Code, to be 50 percent women in politics

Forum of Women of DOM congratulated 8th of March, International Women's Day, to all women in the Republic of Macedonia. In a statement of the party it is read that they support the platform "Planet 50-50" by 2030, set by the United Nations. - We propose to provide equal representation of women and men in politics in the Republic of...