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A gender analysis of 477 government socio-economic policy responses adopted in 18 countries and territories in Europe and Central Asia over the first year of COVID-19, reveals that only 7 per cent specifically reference women and can be classified as gender-sensitive. This calls for governments to prioritize gender-responsive policy responses in the context of COVID-19 and emergencies. Measures recorded were in relation to social protection, labour market, and economic, fiscal and business stimulus.
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The “Regional Guidelines for Risk Assessment and Risk Management to Prevent the Recurrence and Escalation of Violence Against Women” are designed to inform and support relevant authorities tasked with dealing with cases of violence against women, including institutions in the chain of protection of women from violence, when creating measures and policies to prevent violence against women and its escalation. The guidelines were developed by the Center of Women’s Rights, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, within the UN Women’s regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," funded by the European Union.
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Complementing the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19, this accompanying gender programme from UN Women seeks to support the whole of the humanitarian system to deliver better for women and girls in the midst of this global pandemic. The programme’s overall objective is to ensure that the most affected and at-risk women and girls play their fullest role in response to COVID-19 and are protected from its impacts.
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In May 2020, UN Women initiated online consultations with gender equality mechanisms from 14 countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey, Eastern Partnership and Central Asia sub-regions to discuss challenges and priorities for the gender dimensions of the short- and long-term COVID-19 response.
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Report of the independent evaluation of the EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, conducted from July to December 2019. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the achievement of results and performance of the programme; identify and document lessons learned, good practices and innovations, success stories and challenges; identify strategies for replication and up-scaling; and provide actionable recommendations for future programme development.
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The report on “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on specialist services for victims and survivors of violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey: A proposal for addressing the needs” is a rapid assessment of specialist services to women who experienced violence to better understand the challenges posed to service delivery, as well as to explore new opportunities for innovative approaches in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid assessment was undertaken within the EU-UN Women Regional Programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds.”
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This study examines the gaps and failures of the response to violence against women in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey, as seen from the perspective of actual cases reported and processed within the legal and institutional system of protection.
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The report presents a summary of discussions and conclusions from the Second Regional Forum Promoting the Implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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The Regional Report examines the violence and discrimination faced by Roma women in the areas of health care, child marriage, and institutional protection and support in cases of domestic violence. Based on survey findings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, this violence and discrimination is analyzed in the context of states' obligations to comply with anti-discrimination frameworks, such as national legislation, CEDAW, and the Istanbul Convention.
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This report presents a summary of the discussions held during the first Regional Forum on Promoting the Implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) translated into Montenegrin.
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Produced by European Women’s Lobby under the EU-UN Women programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” on ending violence against women, this report offers a regional analysis of policies and legislation on violence against women in relation to the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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The publication offers a wide selection of the CEDAW committee's decisions that have been applied in cases of violence against women.
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This report analyzes how to increase the accessibility of civil society networks, especially for women from minority and disadvantaged groups. It offers an overview of the current situation regarding the accessibility of networks in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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This report highlights the main challenges that ‘by and for’ women’s organizations across the Western Balkans and Turkey face in incorporating an intersectional approach, as well as in monitoring and reporting on Istanbul Convention implementation, monitoring and reporting to Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and engaging with the EU accession process.
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This report summarizes the experience of four leading non-governmental organizations providing specialized support services to victims of domestic violence in Montenegro.
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This publication presents the stories of women and girls who were beneficiaries of the National Shelter for victims of trafficking in Montenegro.
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This document contains ethical guidelines for those working with women survivors of family violence.
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Summary of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) translated into Montenegrin.
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Funded by the European Union and implemented by UN Women, the three-year programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The 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.