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Declaration of CSOs for prevention of violence against women

On the 10th of November, in Belgrade, in the Assembly of Serbia, an international conference was held dedicated to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, at which a Declaration was adopted. 

With the purpose of ratification of the Istanbul Convention, civil society organizations can show their support by signing the Declaration.

Autonomous Women Center - Belgrade has also organized an international conference "How women movement influenced the state policies", held on the 11 and 12 November in Belgrade. Representatives from women organizations from: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Austria took part.

 

Press conference "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence"

On November 25, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the first day of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”, in the First Family Center of the City of Skopje, organized by the National Council for Gender Equality, H.E.R.A. - Health Education and Research Association, and the National Network to End Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, a press conference was held to discuss the present situation and the system for protection from domestic violence and gender based violence in the Republic of Macedonia.

In accordance with the adopted strategy for prevention and protection from domestic violence 2012-2015, a strategic pathway and a framework have already been established for a comprehensive reaction of the system for prevention of domestic violence. However, many of the things stated in the strategic documents and protocols are not being accordingly implemented in practice. Macedonia still does not have: shelter centers that function properly and offer support and protection of victims of domestic violence 24 hours, health institutions that react and report domestic violence in line with their duty, police stations that intervene upon reported domestic violence regardless of the fact how many times they intervened before in one family, counseling services for work with the perpetrators of domestic violence decentralized in the other cities in Macedonia.

With all this, the protection system in Macedonia is facing many challenges to which the state institutions should respond, above all having in mind that Macedonia has signed the Istanbul Convention. The Convention is a first comprehensive legally binding document that regulates all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and its ratification is of extreme importance.

At the press-conference, NCGE has started the campaign I SIGN – within the framework of the project “Coordinated efforts - Toward new European standards in protection of women from gender based violence”.

More photos from the event can be found here.

 

Freja Forum 2013

National Council for Gender Equality, as every year, participated at the Freja Forum that took place in Brussels from 03 - 05 November.

The main theme of the forum was Equal Opportunities, Democracy and Challenges of European Civil Society Organizations, and there were several seminars and workshops at which the members of NCGE actively participated.

Some of the themes of the seminars and the workshops: Facing challenges of housing and social inclusion, Social entrepreneurship a tool for empowerment of CSOs and socially excluded groups, Aspects of youth situation in Balkan countries, Best practices in social entrepreneurship, Lobbying and advocacy, New technologies and social media as a tool for NGOs etc.

Photographs from this event can be found here.

 

National conference: Gender responsive budgeting on local level

On 22.10.2013 in hotel Arka in Skopje the conference "Gender responsive budgeting on local level" held place.

The conference was organized by NCGE, Association for Health Education and Research-H.E.R.A. and Association for Equal Opportunities-Equal Access, with technical support from the UN Women office in Skopje.

At the conference were presented the results and the recommendations from the conducted gender assessments of the local policies, programs and budgets in the municipalities: Gostivar, Debar, Kumanovo, Prilep, Strumica, Tearce, Centar, Shtip, in the framework of the regional project “Promotion of gender responsive policies in South East Europe" implemented by UN Women. The assessments offer direct directions for promotion of local policies, programs and budgets respecting gender equality. As an example of good practice the City of Skopje had a presentation, as a municipality with a local strategy for gender equality, committed to its implementation through application of the concept of gender responsive budgeting. The first guidebook on gender responsive budgeting for NGOs was also presented at the conference.

Around 70 representatives from CSOs, government institutions and local self-government were present at the conference.

 

Father's Day 2013

On 29.09.2013, organized by the National Council for Gender Equality, with support from Komercijalna banka ad Skopje, at the commercial center Ramstore in Skopje, an event was held to mark the international Father's Day.

Like every year, NCGE published an announcement for creation of greeting cards by the children in the kindergartens and the elementary schools. From the large number of greeting cards received, those that were most interesting were selected, and the children that had dedicated most effort and time in the creation of the greeting card, as well as those that have shown most creativity, were awarded. There were also prizes for the kindergarten and the school, i.e. the teachers, that have shown greatest interest and have brought the largest number of greeting cards.

Photographs from the event can be found here.  

 

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