Ending violence against women


Despite improved recent policy and legislative measures, women in North Macedonia are disproportionally affected by domestic and gender-based violence: 82 per cent of domestic violence survivors are women, and men receive 93 per cent of domestic violence convictions.[1] There is a strong need for more research and data on gender-based violence.

The lead UN agency in ending violence against women, UN Women supports government and civil society efforts to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and raise awareness of gender-based violence. We work with public officials to provide improved, better integrated domestic violence protection and prevention services.

We support civil society advocacy to promote the Istanbul Convention’s values and provide widely available quality services that meet its standards to survivors.

In FYR Macedonia, the UN Women-UNDP Joint UN Support project provides support to government, civil society organizations, public institutions, academia, judges and prosecutors for legislative and institutional efforts to combat domestic violence and improve the quality of domestic violence survivor services.

The project contributes to the implementation of the national Strategy for Prevention, Protection and Combating Domestic Violence (2012-2015) and the newly adopted Law on Prevention, Protection and Combating domestic violence. It also aims to:

  • Align national legislation with CEDAW and Istanbul Convention recommendations and obligations;
  • Develop and pilot an integrated model for provision of standardized CSOs’ services to domestic violence survivors;
  • Raise awareness in local communities to ensure zero tolerance for gender-based and domestic violence.

UN Women in action in North Macedonia

  • Produced first assessment of domestic violence court proceedings from a gender perspective, leading to concrete changes in the legislation on domestic violence;
  • Improved quality and availability of legal aid services provided by civil society organisations to domestic violence survivors;
  • Piloted and adopted minimum standards for civil society organisations providing comprehensive support services packages to survivors of domestic violence, including SOS lines, psycho-social counselling, emergency and longer-term sheltering services and legal aid;
  • Awareness-raising and advocacy events contributed to better understanding of the gender characteristics of domestic violence and the need for further legal regulations of all forms of violence against women (in line with CEDAW recommendations and the Istanbul Convention).

[1] Mirceva S., Caceva V., Kenig H., Voice for Justice, Assessment of the court procedures for domestic violence cases with special focus on the managing the cases from gender perspective, Institute for Sociological, Political and Legal Research - ISSPI, Skopje, 2014