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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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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 “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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Women in Serbia play a key role in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, including as front-line healthcare workers, carers at home, community leaders and mobilisers. This publication features inspiring stories of 13 extraordinary women working tirelessly at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Research on availability of services on protection from domestic violence (police, center for social work, court and prosecutor's office, health care institutions) to marginalized groups of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (women with disabilities, Roma women, women returnees and IDPs, rural women and elderly women).
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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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“Gender Accessibility Audit of the city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast was conducted in partnership with Donetsk Civil-Military State Administration, Kramatorsk City Council, the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine and the People with Disabilities of Donetsk Oblast during October-November 2017. This initiative was supported in the framework of the UNDP/UN Women Joint Programme “Restoration of Governance and Reconciliation in Crisis-Affected Communities of Ukraine” funded by the European Union".
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The Gender Accessibility Audit identified the information and communication challenges, as well as the infrastructure barriers, which restrict access of women with disabilities to public services, causing their exclusion. The Audit report also provides a set of recommendations developed by women and men with disabilities to be included in the local programmes and budgets by the Kramatorsk City Council.
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“Analysis of Vulnerabilities of Women and Men in the Context of Decentralization in the Conflict-Affected Areas of Ukraine" unpacks the challenges in implementing decentralization reform in the conflict-affected areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It reveals entrenched inequalities and discriminatory attitudes, and provides evidence for looking beyond the averages and finding groups of women and men who have been left behind, and then to understand what their problems are.
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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.