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”.
The EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” is working to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. In our second testimonials video, our partners and beneficiaries explain how the programme is making a difference in their work and daily lives.
Under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia and on the occasion of the campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Regional Forum, aimed at taking stock of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), saw a plethora of actors and partners come together for a regional exchange. Representatives of different levels of government and civil society from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey created a discussion on efforts invested so far to combat violence against women and domestic violence, challenges and opportunities, as well as ways forward.
This video explains the new regional initiative in the Western Balkans and Turkey developed with innovative approaches to address harmful gender stereotypes and combat violence against women and girls.
The European Union and UN Women are partnering with civil society organizations to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Thanks to this partnership, over 250 organizations are better equipped to monitor and report on human rights legal instruments and push for the development and implementation of comprehensive and coordinated policies on violence against women; over 1,500 law enforcement and service providers involved in prevention, prosecution and protection in cases of violence against women are being trained in case management, data-collection, reporting, and referral and response mechanisms. These providers include community leaders, health care centres, municipalities, local NGOs, and security and justice officials and 3,500 women, including minority women, have gained a better understanding of their rights, and of how to access available services when facing violence.
The EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” is working to end gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Our partners and participants explain how the programme is making a difference in their work and daily lives.