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The first issue of the magazine presents a selection of UN Women’s contributions and achievements in gender-responsive budgeting in the Western Balkans.
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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 region's first 'Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo' was a comprehensive virtual event held between 27-29 April 2021. This report presents how interactive ideas generation sessions and networking expanded the potential of women entrepreneurs. It offers entrepreneurial learning and resources on topics related to: business blueprint modelling; branding and marketing; entering demand-supply and value chains; rethinking digital sales and e-commerce; financial goals and resilience building; and developing and pitching winnable business plans.
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To map out media practices and assess the overall quality of reporting on violence against women and girls on social media, UN Women joined forces with the BeFem non-governmental organization (NGO) to conduct an analysis entitled, ‘Bad as usual, in unusual times’ with the support of Norwegian embassy in Belgrade.
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This rapid gender assessment report aims to understand the different dimensions of how the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures adopted to tackle it have affected the lives of women and men in Serbia. It also advocates for gender responsiveness in the relief and recovery measures that will be undertaken to alleviate the consequences of the pandemic.
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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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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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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 examines the impact of NGO networking on advocacy efforts to promote the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention) in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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This brief provides an overview of successful examples of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in Serbia on a path towards gender equality. It also comprises gender analysis of transport, construction and infrastructure and the latest figures including the ones on users at a national and provincial level that have applied GRB in their 2019 budgets.
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The "2018 Public Perceptions of Gender Equality and Violence against Women" Infosheets provide insight of current and dominant attitudes and perceptions (and the factors that influence them) toward gender equality and violence against women at community level in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
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Participated by over 100 stakeholders, the evaluation of Serbia's National Action Plan for the Implementation of the Serbia National Strategy for Gender Equality 2016–2018 examined Serbia’s efforts for creating a gender equal society. It took stock of the following key criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability.
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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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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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This review gives an insight into different notions related to femicide, including definitions and forms, risk factors and implementation of criminal law regulations in the cases of women killings.
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This year marks ten years since the beginning of introduction of gender responsive budgeting (GRB) in the Republic of Serbia and there are many reasons to be satisfied. GRB is an integral part of the Budget System Law and institutions at the national, provincial and local level are included in its implementation. The gradual introduction of this new practice in creation, financing, implementation and monitoring of public policies is supported by national, provincial and local gender equality mechanisms.
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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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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.