Fourth Regional Forum on Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Türkiye “Integrated Policies, Inclusive Partnerships”

Fourth Regional Forum on Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Türkiye “Integrated Policies, Inclusive Partnerships”
The Fourth Regional Forum “Integrated Policies, Inclusive Partnerships” will build on the momentum and progress from the last five years and set the stage for continued achievements toward ending violence against women in the region. The event, held within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, is organized by UN Women and co-convened with the Council of Europe, the European Union, and the national women’s machineries of the Western Balkans. Full details ▼
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Start date: 29 November 2022 | Start time: 08:00 UTC +00:00
End date: 30 November 2022 | End time: 13:30 UTC +00:00
Location: Virtual, Webex

Event description

The Regional Forum is the only regular mechanism gathering key stakeholders in the Western Balkans on ending violence against women (VAW). This year's Forum will address issues pertaining to the establishment of femicide watches - femicide monitoring mechanisms - at the national and regional levels, including by examining the strategies and challenges of those established elsewhere in Europe and across the world. The event will also focus on strengthening alliances, networks and platforms throughout the region and locally and advancing cooperation between women’s organizations and healthcare providers and examining challenges and opportunities in strengthening referral mechanisms at local and national levels.

The Regional Forum will feature a mix of plenary and group work sessions on the above-mentioned thematic areas to enable insightful discussions. Experts from the region and beyond will present evidence-based analysis and lead discussions in order to agree on the methods and approaches for implementing interventions towards ending VAW in the Western Balkans and Türkiye.

The expected outcomes of the event: 

  • Outlining a femicide watch roadmap to summarize the progress made thus far and outline the steps and strategies for creating a regional femicide watch;
  • Finalizing action points for strengthening alliances among women's organizations, and between women's organizations and state actors;
  • Renewing commitments to a coordinated multi-sectoral response by state actors; 
  • Shaping priorities for the next five years.

Please register for the event here. Registrations are open until 28 November. Once registered, you will receive connection details via email.

Concept Note

Sponsored by: Europe and Central Asia Regional Office

Other Co-Sponsors: Council of Europe, the European Union, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Albania, the Ministry of Justice of Kosovo, the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of North Macedonia, and the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with others to be confirmed. 

More information:
Contact person: Yolanda Iriarte yolanda.iriarte[at]
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