Implementing Norms, Changing Minds - Newsletter

The three-year programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans 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 accountable, 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.

The Regional Programme Newsletter will highlight the 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.

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Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia; Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244); North Macedonia; Montenegro; Serbia; Turkey

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls

Resource type: Newsletters/magazines

Publication year: 2017

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)