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During November and December 2021, during the 16 Days of Activism campaign, UN Women aimed at focusing the public discourse around the issue of sexual violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to deepen the discussions on specific challenges in protection of and support for survivors of sexual violence.
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This project brief describes the Second Phase of the “UN Joint Programme for the Prevention of CEFM”, financed by Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), which will identify and address the socio-economic needs of families experiencing multidimensional poverty where girls (and boys) are at risk of CEFM and improve their access to high-quality social services.
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The policy paper “Promising practices of establishing and providing specialist support services for women experiencing sexual violence: A legal and practical overview for women’s NGOs and policymakers in the Western Balkans and Turkey” aims to serve national policymakers and women’s civil society organizations in the Western Balkans and Turkey as a learning tool for establishing and providing support services to women and children who experienced sexual violence, to eventually inform a national service provision framework.
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This report captures Kosovar citizens’ knowledge of the gender equality legal framework, their perceptions and expectations regarding gender-based roles and behavior at home, and their attitudes towards changing or improving gender equality, violence against women, and domestic violence.
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The "Research study on the perception of men and boys on child, early and forced marriages in Turkey" presents a comprehensive analysis on how men's perceptions and attitudes act as an enabling or preventing factor for child, early and forced marriages. It provides important insights into creating behavioral change, and facilitating stronger engagement of men and boys towards the elimination of child, early and forced marriages and achieving gender equality.
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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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Gender in society perception Study explored the knowledge, attitudes and practices of women and men of Kyrgyzstan in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment in order to understand the remaining obstacles and develop recommendations on overcoming them.
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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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The Istanbul Convention calls for adequate and accessible support services for victims of sexual violence. In the Western Balkans and Turkey, these services are often missing, and where they do exist, they tend to be poorly implemented. This mapping report identifies the existing services in the region, examines their implementation, and highlights the gaps in service provision.
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Reparations for conflict-related sexual violence remain a pressing issue in many parts of the world. The Conflict Did Not Bring Us Flowers brings the voices of survivors of sexual violence during the 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo to the fore, and proposes measures for the development of comprehensive reparations for survivors.