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Meeting with potential women-witnesses for the Women's Court

On 21 and 22 December 2013, in the frame of the Women's Court - Feminist Approach to Justice, a meeting with the potential women-witnesses was held. At the meeting several films about the Women's Court were shown, the participants discussed about the different types of injustice/violence, economic violence was discussed more thoroughly, as well as ethical violence, and at the end the participants discussed about the plan for future activities of the Women's Court, about what women-witnesses need.

More photos can be found here.

 

Street action for the ISIGN campaign

In the center of Skopje, in front of the Mother Theresa monument, on 10.12.2013, last day of the international campaign "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence", NCGE has had a street activity informing the citizen on the need for ratification of the Convention against violence against women, the ISIGN campaign, while they were invited to sign the poster and read the leaflets.

More photos from the event can be found here.

 

Activities from ISIGN campaign

On 04.12.2013, in hotel Best Western, NCGE took part at the event organized by Macedonian Women's Lobby, in the framework of the international campaign "16 Days Activism against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence" and the project "Act against Rape! Use the Istanbul Convention!" implemented by the European Women's Lobby in collaboration with the Observatory on Violence against Women and with support from the Council of Europe and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 33 countries in Europe through the national organizations members of the European Women's Lobby's network.

The event focused on the problem of violence against women, domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence, as well as the challenges in the process of ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

Representatives of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, the municipalities, many NGOs, international organizations and others were present at the event.

NCGE has presented the campaign I SIGN, in the framework of the project "Coordinated Efforts - Toward new European Standards in Protection of Women from Gender Based Violence". The participants were informed about all activities that NCGE has been conducting within the campaign, and were invited to show their support by signing the online petition and the poster.

Photos from the event can be found here.

 

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.

 

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