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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.  

 

Seminar "Advocating for the rights of the users in front of the centers for social work and the police - competencies of the institutions and the appeal mechanisms"

From 20 until 22th of September 2013 in the premises of hotel Victoria in Skopje, in the framework of the project "Coordinated efforts - Toward new European standards in protection of women from gender based violence" a seminar took place on the subject "Advocating for the rights of the users in front of the centers for social work and the police - competencies of the institutions and the appeal mechanisms".

Different topics were discussed on the seminar, such as: organization of the work of the Centers for social work, measures and interventions of the Centers in cases of domestic violence, actions of the police in situations of domestic violence, discrimination on gender and sex basis - experiences so far, experiences of the local female and partner organizations in advocacy for women in the Centers and the police etc.

 

Establishing collaboration for initiation of the process for ratification of the Istanbul Convention

On 23.09.2013 representatives from the National Council for Gender Equality held a work meeting with Mrs. Liljana Kuzmanovska, President of the Club of Women - Parliamentarians.

The meeting was related to establishing a collaboration and support during the pre-ratification period, the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, as well as the benefits from the ratification.

 

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