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UNFPA North Macedonia works to build national capacities to implement laws and policies that advance gender equality and reproductive rights with a specific emphasis on greater integration with sexual and reproductive health and eliminating gender-based violence. The implementation of gender equality laws and policies is hampered by pervasive gender stereotypes that discriminate against women. Building on successes and existing policy base, there is a need to focus interventions on transforming gender relations more deeply, at the levels of the individual and community. Together with partners, UNFPA is committed to gender-transformative programming which works to change gender stereotypes and inequitable gender relations that hinder womens' rights by engaging men and boys.