Regional Programme on Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

 

The three-year programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo [1], the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) and Turkey, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women.

The adoption and full implementation of frameworks aligned with international normative standards – including those standards outlined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Istanbul Convention and the European Union acquis communautaire – are essential for addressing gender-based discrimination and violence against women. The programme will strengthen women’s organizations capacity to hold governments to account, advocate for effective implementation, and monitor prevention of and response to violence against women. Beyond the full implementation of legislative frameworks, the programme also addresses structural causes of gender inequality – and one of its most pervasive expressions, violence against women – through a transformation of gender discriminatory stereotypes, perceptions and beliefs. Lastly, protection, prevention and response to violence against women is closely interlinked with the availability of and access to comprehensive, multi-sectoral services for survivors of violence.

 

Find out more about the programme.

Latest stories

Women’s groups discuss how to integrate intersectional approaches for ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Women’s groups discuss how to integrate intersectional approaches for ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Twenty-five women representing different marginalized groups met in Istanbul to discuss how to better integrate an intersectional approach into their work on ending violence against women. Read more
40 pairs of red shoes have found its place in front of the Serbian Government's building as a reminder that more than 40 women in the country are killed every year by their intimate partner.  Photo: Marija Jankovic
Serbia fights to curb violence against women
40 pairs of red shoes were placed in front of the Serbian Government's building as a reminder that more than 40 women in the country are killed every year by their intimate partner. How is the country tackling the rising tide of gender-based violence? Read more

Click here to see the full list of the programme’s civil society partners.
 

 


[1] All references to Kosovo on this website shall be understood to be in full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

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This newsletter highlights stories of women leading change to end violence against women in the region as well as news and the latest updates on the development of the programme. More

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