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Freja Forum 2014

The eight Freja Forum was held from 7 to 9 November in Podgorica, Montenegro. At the seminars and workshops organized throughout the two days the discussions were focused on equal opportunities, democracy and the new challenges of regional development.

The representative of the National Council for Gender Equality, Natasha Dimitrovska was speaker at the seminar on women in parliaments and new challenges in the political participation of women.

This year's Freja Forum was attended by representatives from all the Balkan countries and many experiences and knowledge about many different topics were shared.

More information about Freja Forum can be found at www.frejaforum.com

 

Regional workshop "Improving the protection of survivors and the prosecution of perpetrators of gender-based violence and domestic violence"

On 30.09. and 01.10.2014, in TCC Grand Plaza in Skopje, a regional workshop took place on the subject "Improving the protection of survivors and the prosecution of perpetrators of gender-based violence and domestic violence“ organized by UN Women and UNDP in cooperation with NCGE.

The workshop allowed presentation of the various efforts being undertaken in SEE countries to identify the best national response towards improving the protection of victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence and stronger prosecution of offenders in accordance with the Council of Europe Convention. It also enabled discussion about the challenges and next steps following the ratification of the Convention.

The Regional Workshop synergizes the efforts of the UN Agencies in the country and the civil society sector in providing support and advocating for improved national response to eliminating violence against women and domestic violence.

The workshop supports the efforts of NCGE and partner organizations in advocating for the ratification of the Convention, in the frame of the project “Coordinated Efforts – Towards new European standards in protection of women from gender based violence”.

Photos from the event can be found here.

 

Lecture on domestic violence in collaboration with Women's Union Kavadarci

On 11.09.2014 in the premises of Municipality of Kavadarci a lecture was organized on the topic of domestic violence.

The lecture was organized by the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE - Kavadarci.

NSRR's representative, Natasha Dimitrovska, talked about the problem of domestic violence, the reasons and consequences for that problem, and on the subject on prevention of domestic violence she presented the project "Coordinated Efforts - Toward new European standards in protection of women from gender based violence" and the campaign I SIGN.

Photos from the event can be found here.

 

The Istanbul Convention entered into force

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) entered into force on August 1st 2014. For the organizations working in the field of women's rights and protection of women from gender based violence this event is of great importance.

The Istanbul Convention is the first comprehensive instrument at European level relating to violence against women. The Convention was ratified in 14 countries, and signed in 25. Macedonia signed the Convention on 08.07.2011, but has not ratified it.   

 

Excursion with the children from the Home for children without parents "11 Oktomvri"

The activists from National Council for Gender Equality, on the occasion of the end of the school year, took the children from the Home for children without parents and parental care "11 Oktomvri" to Leshok on a daily excursion.

The event was supported by Komerciijalna Banka AD Skopje and is a part of the traditional collaboration between NCGE and the Home for children without parents and parental care "11 Oktomvri".

The transport was provided by Kapital Banka AD Skopje.

More photos here.

 

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