Regional Programme on Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

 

The three-year programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo [1], Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) and Turkey, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women.

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The adoption and full implementation of frameworks aligned with international normative standards – including those standards outlined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Istanbul Convention and the European Union acquis communautaire – are essential for addressing gender-based discrimination and violence against women. The programme will strengthen women’s organizations capacity to hold governments to account, advocate for effective implementation, and monitor prevention of and response to violence against women. Beyond the full implementation of legislative frameworks, the programme also addresses structural causes of gender inequality – and one of its most pervasive expressions, violence against women – through a transformation of gender discriminatory stereotypes, perceptions and beliefs. Lastly, protection, prevention and response to violence against women is closely interlinked with the availability of and access to comprehensive, multi-sectoral services for survivors of violence.

 

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News and Updates

Regional forum puts forth solutions to end violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Key governmental, regional, and civil society leaders came together in a regional forum in Tirana to commit their efforts and discuss progress toward the elimination of violence against women in the region and the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, which remains key in addressing gender-based discrimination and violence.... more

Report on discrimination and violence against Roma women in the Balkans reveals devastating statistics, calls for urgent action

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Roma Women Center BIBIJA officially presented the Regional report on discrimination of Roma women in the area of healthcare, child marriages and support and protection in cases of domestic violence in Belgrade... more

Roma mediators build a bridge between the Roma community and public institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thursday, November 21, 2019 

TIn Bosnia and Herzegovina, a family of Roma activists help Roma community members in Prnjavor and surrounding municipalities in the north to become aware of their rights and access services from public institutions, including in cases of domestic violence... more

Publications

Mapping of Sexual Violence Services in the Western Balkans and Turkey

2019

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence - also known as the Istanbul Convention - calls for adequate and accessible specialized support services for victims of sexual violence... more

The value of intersectionality in understanding violence against women and girls 

2019

This policy brief explores the concept of intersectionality as a tool to analyze and understand the intersection of gender with other inequalities/oppressions (e.g., sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity, indigeneity, immigration status, disability) in the context of violence against women and girls (VAWG)... more

 

Partners

Strategic Partner

EIGE

CSO Regional Partners

Click here to see the full list of the programme’s civil society partners.
 

 


[1] All references to Kosovo on this website shall be understood to be in full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

Newsletters
Implementing Norms, Changing Minds Newsletter This 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. More

 

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Partnering to end Violence Against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Over 500 civil society representatives from the Western Balkans and Turkey met in Istanbul on 7-8 May to take stock of the main challenges, achievements and lessons learnt in the implementation of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

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