Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds"

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UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

The three-year programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,’ funded by the European Union, aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans ; Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo [1], Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro; and Turkey, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of 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. Acknowledging the structural inequalities that lie at the intersection of gender and factors such as age, disability, ethnicity and nationality, the programme will place a strong emphasis on tackling multiple discrimination where gender aspects are involved.

[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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