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A video message from Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, for the opening of the Ministerial Conference on Shaping Europe's Demographic Future, 1-2 December 2021, Sofia, Bulgaria. 


What’s the biggest barrier you face in having a family and a career?

Women in Albania spend nearly five times more time a day on unpaid and domestic work than men. Meanwhile, dads in Kosovo get a fraction of the parental leave given to mothers. When the time comes for having children, too many women face a difficult decision: career or family. Limiting opportunities does not help - Expanding Choices does.

We spoke to men and women in the region about the biggest barriers they face in having a family and a career. Check it out!


Implemented by the United Nations Population Fund, with the support of the Austrian Development Agency, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova, the project aims to foster a favorable environment for a sustainable work-life balance among women and men.


On the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring #COVID19 a global pandemic, we're sharing our 2020 Year in Review. 2020 was a hard year for everyone, especially the most vulnerable. UNFPA is proud to say that we've been there for those who needed it most - and we'll continue to be there through 2021 and beyond. Big thanks to our #PartnersAtCore for making this possible!


On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we celebrated the strength, courage and resilience of people with disabilities everywhere!


At the 2019 Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, Ukraine committed itself to ending gender-based violence by 2030. UNFPA supports the country in making progress towards this goal, despite the aggravating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


To recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face realizing them, the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 passed a resolution adopting 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child. This year, UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia marked the date by checking in with some of the girls featured at the pivotal age of 10 as part of the State of World Population 2016 launch. This video features Azize, age 14, the only girl in her family of seasonal agricultural workers in Turkey. Azize shoulders a lot of responsibility at home. She works hard at her studies, and wishes everyone could have the same opportunities in life.


UNFPA’s Demographic Resilience Programme is working to improve the capacity of countries in Europe and Central Asia to develop population and social policies and programmes that respond to demographic change, strengthen human capital and shape a prosperous future. Carried out in partnership with governmental, non-governmental and private-sector stakeholders, the Programme offers a suite of support services that can be tailored to country needs and specifications. Learn more in the video. 


UNFPA Moldova will support private sector companies and the Government of the Republic of Moldova in expanding family-friendly policies! In Moldova, 9 out of 10 women with children under 3 years are unemployed. It is estimated that women invest about 3 times more hours in family care and household work, compared to men. As a result, women either fail to reach their career potential or choose to have fewer children than they would wish - which is detrimental to families, the productivity of companies and society as a whole. UNFPA Moldova, with support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), will guide and build capacity in a group of private sector companies that have agreed to be part of the project seeking to expand family-friendly workplace policies and practices.