• chairperson: Monika Ladmanová (Czech Republic)
    After graduating from law school, Monika joined the non-governmental sector and started to work for the Czech Helsinki Committee and served as a lawyer for its Counseling Center for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Later she was appointed the coordinator for the newly established Legal Program within the Open Society Foundation Prague. The program attempts to broaden the respect for the standards of international human rights conventions and to promote a change in our legal culture and mentality. Monika’s agenda expanded to include coordination of the Foundation Gender Program. The primary focus of the program is to introduce the concept of the changing roles and status of men and women in society and to improve its understanding. Several projects of the Open Society Fund Prague have been operated through the public benefit association Open Society, which Monika became an executive director in 2003. The Open Society serves as a program laboratory and reacts on societal needs in terms of identifying niches and preparing strategies to foster changes. In 2008 Monika joined IBM based in Czech Republic, IT and innovation company where she promotes corporate social responsibility principles and values. Currently, Monika serves as a Board Member of the Open Society Fund Prague, she is founder and Chairwomen of the Slovak-Czech Women’s Fund, a vehicle established to mobilize resources in the two countries in order to contribute and support gender equality efforts and member of the Board of Association for Women’s Rights in Development, global membership organization strengthening movements to advance women’s rights and gender equality worldwide.
  • Natalia Karbowska (Ukraine)
    B.A., Organization’s Management, Kyiv Business College B.A., Personnel Management, Interregional Extramural University of Personnel Management, Kyiv, Ukraine At present Natalka is working as Behavior Change Communications Director in project Together for Health at JSI and AED Kyiv, Ukraine. They try to increase public support for Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP) programs. She collaborates with private sector partners on BCC activities. Works with NGOs to boost advocacy efforts in support of RH/FP services and to extend the outreach of RH/FP promotion and provides technical assistance to NGOs. Works with government on both national and regional levels as well as community-based organizations to implement outreach activities targeting men, women and adolescents in both urban and rural areas. Develops materials and activities to promote the project and disseminate the results of its work. 2004-2006 Natalka was president of Ukrainian Women’s Fund. She was also Chief of party (Women’s Economic Empowerment Project), Gender Specialist (BIZPRO Project), East-East Women’s Program Director. She is Member of the Steering Committee of the East-East Program (Open Society Institute – New York) and Member of Gender Council of the Ukrainian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
  • Marija Savovska (Republic of Macedonia)
    She graduated 1988 at the University Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, in the Faculty of Drama Arts. From 1996 to 2005, her proffessional record had been associated with the Foundation Open Sociaty Institute-Macedonia, 4 years as a Grant Officer, and 4 years as a Program Coordinator of Women’s Program and East/East – Cross Borders Partnership Program with main responsibilities related to developing program strategies, planning, coordination and supervision of projects, managing program budgets, evaluation of project proposals, planning and implementation of the program/project activities, organization of national and regional workshops, conferences, campaigns etc. Since 2005, she has been working as a manager of Programmes in the NGO Akcija Zdruzhenska, one of the most prominent organization in the area of gender equality and women’s rights in Macedonia. Her personal and professional commitment is in promotion of gender equality, women’s empowerment and advocating policy change. As a certified trainer in Gender Equality and WHR, she has 10 years record in designing and delivering tailor made training programmes for NGOs, government officials, public institutions representatives, transferring the knowledge on the key concepts of gender equality, and creating the necessary preconditions for their implementation in the daily reality. During the last 10 years, she has been assigned as a consultant to various national and regional programs implemented in Macedonia such as “Regional Roma Program”, “Advocacy for Minority Rights - regional program Dialogue for Interaction, Advocacy and Networking Capacity Building”, “Developing transformation strategies for NGO Support Centers”, “Measuring the Costs of Domestic Violence Against Women in RM”, “Living in Multiethnic Environment-Citizens with equal Rights, Opportunities and Protection”, etc. She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Gender Policy Network, Program Board of the Community Forums Program of the Swiss Agency for Development, Executive Board of the Macedonian Women’s Lobby, Executive Board of the Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women in Macedonia.
  • Marina Tabukashvili (Georgia)
    Since 2000 Ms. Marina Tabukashvili is General Director of Taso Foundation (women’s fund and memory research center) in Tbilisi, Georgia. As director, M. Tabukashvili is responsible for strategic planning of the organization’s activism, managing staff and budget of TF. A direct responsibility of Ms. Tabukashvili includes management of the project for rural women’s economic and social activism, programs for the benefit of conflict affected and internally displaced women/communities (up to 100 small grants had been issued and monitored in 3-years period, number of village based women’s centers had been established). Other grant making and operational activities of TF are: educational programs, publications, producing documentaries, participation in international projects and networks for reaching gender equality and justice.
  • Virginija Aleksejune (Lithuania)
    Since 2003, Ms. Virginija Aleksejune is executive director of the Center for Equality Advancement in Vilnius, Lithuania. As director, V.Aleksejune is responsible for strategic planning of organization, for managing budget and staff of CEA. During 9 years of work in the field of gender and antidiscrimination V.Aleksejune was manager of more then 70 national and international projects, conducted research on gender equality, multiple discrimination, the inclusion of socially-excluded groups, tolerance, and diversity. She also conducted trainings for teachers, civil servants, and employers on tolerance, non-discrimination, and human rights in Lithuania and internationally (Georgia, Ukraine).
  • Working together is always better

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    Gender Alliance for Development Center

    Gender Alliance for Development Center is a non-profit organization, established in 1995. We work towards equality between women and men in Albania. We realize this goal through advocacy, lobbying and training. With advocacy and lobbying we aim to improve the gender balance in decision making and prevent the discrimination against women. Trough training we spread our knowledge on gender and empower women.
    Gender Alliance for Development Center (GADC) is licensed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Albania as a resource center on gender issue. As a resource center we are continuously asked to review and comment on laws and policies relating to the ministry.
    We are an experienced organization; we’ve been working for almost 15 years. During this time we’ve successfully implemented more than 30 projects. Every project we do is monitored and evaluated using specific indicators. This ensures that our projects are carried out to the highest professional standards. It also makes the work we do continuously measurable.
    We work mainly in the fields of economic empowerment, governance, budgeting, violence against women, education, media, EU integration and gender mainstreaming. The experiences gained from our work has enabled us to fine tune our organization and find routines and methodologies that work and produce real results for the women of Albania.
    We have through the years conducted gender trainings in many different fields. We have conducted trainings in areas ranging from governance to education, from budgeting to the empowerment of young women.
    We have also published a wide range of books, training manuals and reports. Recently we published reports on the prevalence of Violence against Women in Albania and on Gender Budgeting best practices.
    We work extensively with outside experts and other organizations. This increases our outreach and at the same time brings our gender knowledge to other organizations. Most of our work is done in collaboration with other actors. We have among others collaborated with UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNDP, European Commission, US Embassy to Albania, OSCE, University of Tirana, University of Shkodër. We also have a large network of experts and trainers in universities, government institutes and NGOs; in Tirana as well as in other districts. When realizing projects we draw upon the experiences and knowledge of these experts and trainers.
    Since 2002 the GADC has, by its own request, been evaluated twice by external personnel. We continuously review our work and draw upon our experiences. Though we are professionally staffed some aspects of the GADC’s work is carried out by our well motivated volunteers. Most of our volunteers are university students, and we benefit greatly from their knowledge and motivation.
    We maintain a library focused on gender. The library currently holds more than 2000 volumes on gender issues in psychology, sociology, political sciences and social work; to name a few. The library is open to the public and is the only one of its kind in Albania.
    Our work brings real benefits to the people we work with and to society as a whole.
    Our work empowers women and brings about positive change in society.
    We believe that equal opportunity is essential for Albania’s further development.

    Rr. "Abdyl Frashëri", (ish-Ambasada Kroate, pranë Librit Universitar), P. 10/1, Ap. 3. P.O. Box 2418. Tirana, Albania
    Contact person: Mirela Arqimandriti, Executive Director

    Tel.: ++355 4 22 55514
    Tel./Fax: ++355 4 22 55515
    Mobile: ++355 68 20 59 301

    E-mail: mirela@gadc-al.org
    E-mail: mirelarqimandriti@yahoo.it
    Internet: www.gadc-al.org
    Public Union for Gender Equality and Women’s Initiatives (GEWI)

    Public Union for Gender Equality and Women’s Initiatives has been established on July 4, 2007 and registered at the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan Republic on November 16, 2007.
    Our mission: Promotion of gender equality and women’s rights both on policy level as well as in practice through joint collaborative initiatives.
    GEWI has been transformed from Women’s Program of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation and is a strategic partner of OSI.
    Activity directions of GEWI:
     Research on gender equality and women’s rights (monitoring, alternative reports);
     Lobbying on gender equality and women’s rights;
     Advocacy on gender equality and women’s rights on policy level;
     Gender education and women’s rights education;
     Empowerment of women;
     Networking among gender and women’s rights NGOs, especially those in rural areas of Azerbaijan.
    The main projects implemented for the past period:
    • International Conference/Workshop on “Women and Public Sphere”. This Conference was co-financed and co-organized by OSI-AF, SEPHIS (The Netherlands) and Khazar University and was held on June 18-21, 2008 in Baku.
    A three day workshop discussed the following:
     The history, structure and shifting dynamics of the public sphere;
     The changing frameworks for addressing women’s participation therein;
     Intersectionalities in different facets of identities such as race, gender, class, religion and sexuality and how these affect women’s participation at local, regional and transnational level;
     Media representation of the public sphere;
     The models and forms of participatory democracy and how they take into account women’s participation.
    Experts from 16 countries (Azerbaijan, The Netherlands, South Africa, Phillippines, Jamaica, Peru, India, Guatemala, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Brasil, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Bolivia, and Turkey), representatives of parliamentary and international women’s studies institutions, as well as civil society representatives participated in this conference.
    • Institutional support from OSI-AF – July 2008-July 2009
    This project consists of two parts – administrative and program part.
    Following activities have been done within program part of this project:
     Monitoring of implementation of CEDAW and preparation of Alternative report;
     Monitoring of Recommendations of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Council of Europe on Balanced Participation of Men and Women in decision making process;
     Trainings for women in regions on “Socially Active Leadership”;
     Advocacy work on Domestic Violence (Together with Advocates for Human Rights Organization);
    • Institutional support from OSI-AF – July 2009-July 2010 (ongoing)
    This project consists of two parts – administrative and program part.
    Following activities are been realized within program part of this project:
     Monitoring of realization of national gender mechanism in Azerbaijan;
     Development of women in rural areas – expert meetings with women on different topics.
     Publication of quarterly bulletin.
    • Local Human Rights Training Activity – financed by Equitas – International Center for Human Rights Education – December 2009 – March 2010.
    With the financial support of Equitas – International Center for Human Rights Education Center, GEWI has implemented a local human rights training activity in partnership with PRAXIS Support to Social Development organization. The activity was about holding four day training for NGO trainers working with IDP women on February 13-14 and 20-21, 2010.

    44 Jafar Jabbarli street, Caspian Plaza 3, Floor 9, Baku, Azerbaijan
    Tel: (994 12) 497-6568

    E-mail: umammadova@gewi-az.org, office@gewi-az.org
    Internet: www.gewi-az.org
    Woman and Society
    (Research, Policy and Advocacy Center)

    Research, Policy and Advocacy Center “Woman and Society” is independent feminist non-profit and non-governmental organization operating at the state level of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mission is to create a public space for gathering and mobilization of women to protect and promote woman’s human rights and advocate for social changes towards gender sensitive policies. We focus on: Supporting the public debate and facilitating the discussion on common formulation what are the crucial social changes and programs of interest for women. Empowering and educating women to conduct research and alternative analyses in promoting social changes in order to improve women’s human rights. Gender analysis of the legislative reform in B&H and advocacy actions for gender sensitive institutional reforms and implementation of Gender Equality Law. Making women’s initiatives visible on local and global scene and make the efforts that authentic voice of B&H women are heard within the global discourse on women’s human rights.

    Human Rights House, Ante Fijamenga 14 b, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Tel: +387 33 660 811
    Fax: +387 33 663 394

    E-mail: nadalsws@bih.net.ba
    Internet: www.womansoc.ba
    The Center of Women’s Studies and Policies (CWSP)

    The Center of Women’s Studies and Policies (CWSP) is a Bulgarian NGO established in 2003 to support the women’s movement, to protect women’s human rights and to promote the adoption of gender equality policies. Its main activities include: conducting surveys on the status of women; monitoring the status of women and violence against women; lobbying and awareness raising campaigns; providing information, training and resources for all levels of government, trade unions, NGO

    6, Triaditsa Street, floor 1, office101
    Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
    Tel/ Fax: +359 2 980 6265

    E-mail: cwsp@cwsp.bg
    Internet: www.cwsp.bg
    Slovak-Czech Women’s Fund (SCWF)

    The Slovak-Czech Women’s Fund’s mission is to contribute to a society where women can fully enjoy their rights. Our goal is to ensure the resources to support the promotion of women’s rights and to implement the principle of gender equality in society. The objectives of the Slovak-Czech Women’s Fund are: To ensure and distribute resources in order to support women’s organizations in the Czech and Slovak Republic along with their mutual co-operation; To initiate and support activities related to women’s human rights and gender equality, as well as the design and implementation of fair gender policies in both the Czech and Slovak Republics; To contribute to the development of the women’s movement in both the Czech and Slovak Republics; To develop a culture of philanthropy and social responsibility.

    Address/Slovak Office:
    Bastova 5, 811 03 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
    Tel/ Fax: +421 254 417 937

    E-mail: lementova@womensfund.sk
    Internet: www.womensfund.cz

    Address/Czech Office:
    Borivojova 105, 130 00 Prague 3, Czech Republic
    Tel/ Fax: +420 222 716 823

    E-mail: hronkova@womensfund.cz
    Internet: www.womensfund.cz
    TASO Foundation
    (Women’s fund & Memory research center)

    Taso Foundation is transformed from Women’s Program, which had been operating at the Open Society Georgia Foundation since 1998. Since yearly 2007 we continue our mission as national women’s fund.
    Support Achievement of Gender Equality in Georgia, Protecting Women’s Rights and Freedoms, Ensuring Women’s Participation in the Processes of Peace-building, Democratic and Economic development are the main goals of Taso Foundation.
    The library and archives of Memory Research Center at TASO Foundation are open for researchers and women’s movement activists.
    In years 2007-2010 main directions of Taso Foundation’s activism are: Empowerment of Rural/ ethnic minority women for Economic Activism and Social Participation; Women’s Political Participation; Women’s Oral History; Strengthening of Internally Displaces and Conflict affected Women; Participation in Gender Equality Policy Making; Labor Migration; Documentary Producing; Publishing of two series: Women’s Memory, Feminist Library.

    15, Rezo Tabukashvili Str.
    Tbilisi 0108, GEORGIA
    Tel/Fax: (995 32) 92 05 95

    E-mail: marina@taso.org.ge
    E-mail: davit@taso.org.ge
    E-mail: tsisana@taso.org.ge
    Internet: www.taso.org.ge
    MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary

    MONA was founded in 1992, is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in Budapest. MONA's mission is to initiate public debates which show the richness of men and women's roles and equal standing in a democratic society, but also reveal unjust inequalities, which to this day characterize women's position in the economic, social and political spheres.
    MONA's areas of activity are:
    - conferences, meetings, organization of public forums,
    - publications, research, issuing and dissemination of recommendations on issues regarding women,
    - network-building among domestic and foreign women's organizations, institutions and networks,
    - education and training (training of women who will be or are engaged in politics and playing an active role in public life),
    - in the economy (strategies for finding employment, development and publicizing of training programs),
    - conducting research, e.g. on women's active participation in politics and public life, changes in women's situation in the labor market, the situation of gender equality in the region, violence against women.
    Key topics: gender equality – women in politics, on the labor market, violence against women, trafficking and prostitution.
    MONA’s main current projects and activities include:
    - Project: “Development of inter-disciplinary cooperation in Hungary to support victims and the fight against trafficking in women, prostitution and violence against women” (October 2008 – March 2010). The project is supported by the NGO Fund of the EEA/Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The project aims to develop a detailed plan for a nation-wide, interdisciplinary cooperation network which will, on the one hand, provide assistance for victims, and on the other hand, more effectively combat against trafficking in women and prostitution. To this end, the project also seeks to amend legislation on trafficking and prostitution. (http://www.mona-hungary.hu/object.d7c01fc6-7b69-4840-ac16-4424a8fcc58f.ivy)
    - Project: “FRAGEN”: MONA is the Hungarian partner of the EU-wide FRAGEN project, which aims to collect the most important texts from the feminist movements of the second part of the 20th Century in one database. The project is being coordinated by Aletta Institute for Women’s History (Netherlands). (http://www.aletta.nu/aletta/eng/projects/fragen)
    - Three members of MONA are elected members of and providing their in the National Council on Equality Between Men and Women, which is under the auspices of the Hungarian Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, and is comprised of representatives of governmental ministries, civil society, academia and interest groups.
    - MONA has been taking part in the development and implementation of trainings for government employees on gender mainstreaming and gender equality.
    - MONA is the Hungarian partner in the regional project "MIGRA - Promote Integration by Awareness Rasing and Counselling", coordinated by the Network of Austrian Counselling Centres for Women and Girls. The goal of MIGRA is the awareness raising for the specific needs and problems of women migrants, by providing information on the legal conditions as well as by contributing to a change of attitude - based on the European values' system.
    The Hungarian context in which MONA operates:
    Traditional gender roles, which were contested during the decades of state socialism in Hungary (1949–1989) by the forced emancipation of women, were reinforced after the democratic change in 1989-1990. Hungarian society (even the younger generations) is conservative in terms of gender/family roles (accompanied by the unsustainable absence of a large proportion of women from the labour market). Public speech and the content of mainstream media in Hungary is permeated with gender stereotypes and prejudices. While ethnic/racial stereotypes are more or less contested by the requirement of ‘political correctness’, sexist manifestations still largely remain unpunished. The attitudes of the general public towards gender violence (e.g. rape or domestic/intimate partnership violence) is highly problematic, as victim blaming (in the context of a “system of traditional moral values”) is widespread, and prejudices towards (mainly women) victims are deeply rooted. This approach is reflected in the current legal framework concerning gender violence, which is not reconcilable with human rights principles, and which is practically inadequate to fight gender violence and to protect victims. The situation of Roma women is especially difficult, even within their own communities. The amplified patriarchal social-family model which usually characterizes minority cultures in general is very much present among the Hungarian Roma communities as well. Therefore, it certainly occurs that the issue of violence against women - or at least their full-on oppression - is sanctioned (approved and protected) through the communities' "particular" or "inherent" traditions. In the current situation, when the Hungarian Roma minority is exposed to violence and threats coming from the majority community, even less attention is paid to the violence committed against Roma women within their communities (which might be seen as a manifestation of the phenomenon of “intersectionality”).
    We are convinced that our activities aimed at promoting transformative policies (gender mainstreaming / diversity mainstreaming) will have a deep and long-term effect towards a more equal and just society.
    We hold that consciousness raising and fighting against (gender) stereotypes in the broader public and in the media aimed at dismantling sexism is of vital importance to the promotion of gender equality.
    We believe that legislation changes will have a normative effect on society, therefore, adequate legal tools will contribute to the desired changes in the moral standpoint and attitudes of society in general towards gender violence.
    We find that the phenomenon of intersectional inequality, in the context of the Hungarian society affecting first of all Roma, poor and disabled women, puts at risk the achievements of the women’s movement, the anti-Racist movement and efforts towards equal opportunities as well, and the principles of equality in general, therefore this issue can not be ignored.

    1537 Budapest, P.O. box 453/277, Hungary
    Tel.: +36 20 219 4619

    E-mail: mona.alapitvany@gmail.com
    Internet: www.mona-hungary.hu
    Feminist League

    The main goal of the Feminist League is to promote equality of women and men in all spheres of life: economic, political, social, cultural and within the home. The Feminist League strives to achieve its goals through the following activities and programs:

    Library on women’s issues
    Research and publication of reports on women’s issues in Kazakhstan
    Informational support to women’s NGOs and mass media
    Monitoring gender-related legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    Education about women’s issues
    Informational electronic network FemLine.
    Web-site “Silk Road Women

    480091 P.O. Box 521, Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Tel/ Fax: +7 3272 610241

    E-mail: feminist@women.kz
    Internet: www.women.kz
    Kosovar Gender Studies Center( KGSC)

    The Kosovar Gender Studies Center is a non- governmental and non-profit organization established in December 2002, whose strategic mandate is to involve a gender perspective in all sectors of Kosovar society by developing gender studies and policies that are gender sensitive through its main activities:

    Conducting research on gender issues
    Public policy analysis and advocacy
    Collecting, developing and disseminating accurate and most recent data and information on gender issues in Kosova

    Nena Tereze 13 /60, H 2/3 Prishtine 10 000, Kosova – UNMIK
    Tel/ Fax: +381 0 38 540 719

    E-mail: info@kgscenter.org
    Internet: www.kgscenter.org
    Center for Equality Advancement (CEA)

    Organizational mission:
    The main mission of the CEA is to raise public awareness and by preempting gender and sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability based discrimination protect human rights and consolidate democratic values in the society.

    The Open Society Foundation’s Women’s Program in Lithuania had been active 1997 - 2002. Last year the OSF-L Board made a decision to discontinue its Women’s Programme with year 2003. Inspired by the NY Women’s Program, the Open Society Found Women’s programme coordinator in Vilnius working together with field specialists started an initiative for creating an organisation to take over the NWP projects and to create a strategic vision of gender equality advancement in Lithuania.

    Current projects
    CEA works in the field of gender mainstreaming in Lithuania. It is enrolled in the project to build the in-depth understanding and practical application of competences in implementation of reconciliation of family and work. By conducting the seminars and trainings for employers and municipal administration the aim is to develop family friendly culture in working environment and the model of services and consultations needed for the families to reconcile family obligations and employment needs. The other projects currently implemented by CEA deals with the issues of developing tolerance and cooperation between Lithuanian citizens and immigrant communities and creating innovative and complex measures to solve the problems of social exclusion in society. CEA continues its work in monitoring the actual situation of gender based violence, access to gender justice and effectiveness of equality policies in Lithuania.

    Background information on the context of
    The positive developments in the field of equality policies and general sensitivity to the issues by all means were catalysed by Lithuania’s membership in the European Union. Despite this progress, however, the social realities show that practical implementation of democratic principals based on respect to diversity, equal treatment and tolerance is very complex and needs constant advocacy and focused actions. Currently radical-conservative forces in Lithuania become critical by their homophobic and xenophobic manifestations. Rhetoric of traditional family values, for example, has been used for justification of discrimination of single mothers, unmarried couples and their children, as well as homosexual couples. There has been an undeniable progress in ensuring that equal treatment of women and men is preserved by the legislation in Lithuania. In fact, inequality has remained deeply rooted and, according to some experts, a tendency of its increase has been observed.

    Raugyklos str. 15-201, 01140 Vilnius, Lithuania
    Tel/ Fax: +370 5 2335380

    E-mail: info@gap.lt
    Internet: www.gap.lt
    Akcija Zdruzhenska

    Akcia Zdruzenska is a non-profit organization established in July 2004 with a mission to contribute to the development of sustainable women’s movement in Macedonia, competent to tackle women’s human rights and gender equality issues, as part of the global efforts and needs in this area. We are determined to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities for identifying and addressing the specific needs of Macedonia in light of gender equality.

    Akcija Zdruzenska has profiled itself as organization active in the area of gender equality and women’s rights that fills up the space between the grass root activism, which is facing up a shortage of capacities and expertise, and the academy that addresses the gender issues on the level of theoretical concepts only without engaging into a sufficient consideration of the daily reality and implementation of these concepts in practice. Project activities of the organization have been designed to ensure that appropriate policy and legal frameworks on gender equality and protection of women’s rights are put in place and fully enforced; and to empower women’s activists to hold governments accountable.

    Main scope of work of the organization is focused on:
    • Continuous strengthening and support of women’s activism, especially on a local community level in order to increase the knowledge and skills of the women activists to influence institutional solutions to the problems related to gender inequality in their communities;
    • Increasing gender awareness and capacities of relevant institutions/organizations (NGOs, local government officials, public institutions representatives and the wider public) and intensifying dialogue and cooperation concerning gender issues between women’s groups and other relevant stakeholders;
    • Producing studies, situation analyses and developing recommendations for improving the policies related to gender equality and women’s human rights on both local and national level;
    • Developing collaboration on a partnership basis with relevant institutions in establishing mechanisms and practices for more effective implementation of the existing legislation;
    • Participating in the regional and global initiatives of women’s activism in order to connect, exchange information and experiences and discuss possible strategies in advancing women’s human rights and gender equality.

    Vasko Karajanov, 2 -1/4, 1000 Skopje, Makedonia
    Tel/ Fax: +389 2 32 15 66, 61, 62

    E-mail: zdruzenska@t-home.mk
    Internet: www.zdruzenska.org.mk

    Context of the country:
    The 2009 was a parliamentary election year in Moldova that generated a lot of significant events and changes. The post election anti-communist protests organised on seven of April ended with the devastation of the buildings of the Presidential Office and the Parliament. These actions included the forceful crackdown on these protests, multiple arrests and torture cases in police stations and human victims.
    Since the Moldovan Parliament, originally elected on April 5, 2009, failed to appoint a president, this led to the dissolution of the legislative body and new parliamentary elections on July 29, 2009.
    As a result, the Moldovan civil society activities and agendas in 2009 were influenced by all this events. The civil society representatives took attitude toward the widespread violations of human rights, particularly of arrested persons, the right to life, the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to liberty and security, the right to a fair trial and the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression. As a reaction, NGOs elaborated analysis and reports on the April events, addressed to international organisations through official letters, requests, petitions etc. A lot of Moldovan NGOs implemented nationally and locally election related activities such as civic and voter information and education, monitoring and observation etc Also the volunteer work was a major contribution in all above mentioned activities. Due to the government changes, many national level projects were stalled. This year was notices an increased number of the Moldovan NGOs project implemented in Transistria or partnerships with Transnistrian NGOs. Part of these initiatives were determined by the increased donors interest and grant programs for Transistrian region.

    Recent activities:
    CPD implement various projects in 5 major areas.

    1. Economic Empowerment and Professional Orientation Program
    Under this program is implemented the project „Equal economic opportunities and promoting gender equality in the labor market of the Republic of Moldova”. The goal of the project is to inform the society members of problems related to gender-based discrimination in the labor market in order to consolidate social actors’ efforts in the process of preventing and diminishing this phenomenon via offering equal opportunities, to promote and to respect equal economic rights of men and women, as well as to improve gender policies in the field of labor market. In 2009 CPD coordinated an initiative on increasing women’s employability by promoting amendments to the Labor Code from gender perspective. The project was a joint initiative of many stakeholders and was supported by UNIFEM. In March 2010 the Parliament of Moldova will discuss these issues in order to adopt proposed improvements. An awareness raising campaign will start shortly aiming at increasing population’s understanding of these modifications in the legal framework.

    2. Legal Empowerment and Assistance Program
    In the frame of this program CPD implements the project „Exhaustive approach to the phenomenon of sexual harassment”. The goal of the project is to promote a coherent and exhaustive approach of preventing and diminishing the phenomenon of sexual harassment through analysis of its multiple facets, to promote legislative initiatives and improvements of existing related lows and supporting a campaign of raising public awareness is of its great importance.
    3. Social Empowerment and Education Program
    The project implemented in this program is “Gender education in Moldova’s educational system”. The goal of the project is to facilitate to the engendering of the Moldova’s educational system in order to improve gender dimension of education and to contribute to the strengthening of gender equality in Moldova.
    CPD is supported a special column – Gender Education – in the popular Moldovan’s magazine for teachers educators and parents, Didactica Pro…, aiming at providing useful educational tools for gender education in schools and families.
    CPD published in 2009 a collection of didactical project on gender education in order to help teachers to integrate gender dimensions into educational processes in schools.

    4. Political Empowerment Program
    The project “Developing an Efficient Community Participation Model” is implemented under this program. The goal of the project is to develop and implement an efficient community participation model in 3 town cities of Moldova.
    This will be achieved via:
    1. Developing the capacity of 3 public administrations from 3 towns of Moldova in developing and implementing community participation model and promoting gender equality in their local policies.
    2. Increasing the level of knowledge of 60 community members from the 3 selected towns about the community participation model and develop their Watch Dog skills in order to ensure a right-based and citizen-inclusive governance.
    3. Raising the level of awareness of 6000 community members from 3 town cities about the community participation model.

    Another project implemented in the frame of this program is “Local Initiative”. In 2008, CPD, in a pilot project supported by the Soros Foundation in Moldova worked closely with a community group from Causeni town. The group (now called the Causeni Civic Group) became very active on the local level especially in engaging with the Local Public Administration on the issues of transparency and citizens participations. The Civic Group monitored the level of transparency of Local Administration, drafted specific proposals for internal regulations aiming to improve the level of transparency and presented them to the local council to be adopted.
    The project was successful and now is implemented in other 3 rayon.
    During the 2009 year CPD had implemented a project on engendering electoral processes in Moldova and monitoring elections through gender perspective. We also coordinated a common initiative – Alliance PROGEN – and together with our partners, up to 30 NGOs, had been developed a series of advocacy activities.
    A report on findings and recommendations will be published.

    In 2010 CPD started to implement a project on gender-inclusive governance with a financial support from Balkan Trust for Democracy.

    5. Community Participation Program
    In the frame of this program is implemented the project “Empowerment of women from rural areas”. CPD developed a Competence Development Program addressed to women from rural areas of Moldova. The Competence Development Program is a combination of training sessions, practical assignments in the community settings, coaching and grand giving.
    The Program is aiming to develop 4 sets of competencies: Leadership, Community Development and Gender Mainstreaming, Project Management and Organizational Development.
    As results, we expect that at least 170 women from the selected communities will be developed leadership skills and will be willing to participate in public life. At least 1200 people will be directly involved or influenced by the project implementation for the benefit of their community. Also, 25 rural communities will enjoy small projects which benefit them according to their needs: from building to organizing regular discussions with elected officials. As a result of accomplished projects in the 25 communities, at least 30% of the population (13 500) will benefit from the project outcomes.

    Within CPD’s Informational Resources and NGO Assistance Department we continue to provide support to NGOs, as well as needed resources to students and researchers interested in gender issues. CPD’s Library is open to visitors all working days.

    13, Armeneasca str. Chisinau, MD-2012, Republic of Moldova
    Tel/fax: +(373 22) 24-13-93
    Tel: +(373 22) 23-70-89; 20-71-58; 20-71-57



    Mission: WLF’s mission is to promote the advancement of women’s human rights, gender equality, and empowerment in Mongolia.
    Goals: Transform public thinking and raise awareness about women and gender issues through the promotion of gender research and gender-sensitive media; Increase women’s political participation; and Eliminate violations of women’s human rights and violence against women in Mongolia
    Programs: Women’s Political Participation
    Gender and Mass Media
    Women’s Human Rights and Violence Against Women
    Rural Women Empowerment

    Jamyan Gunii Street, 5/2, Suhkbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar 48
    Tel/ Fax: +976 11 319 746

    E-mail: wlf@magicnet.mn

    CPE is committed to mainstreaming the principle of equal opportunities for women and men into the public policies and associated practices, as an integral part of democratization and the creation of an open society, in order to re-define the status and improve the condition of women in Romania. CPE supports initiatives and runs programs and projects that aim at raising awareness within the Romanian society in regards to women’s present condition and the role they can and must play in the social development of the country. The CPE’S main programs National Observatory on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men Gender and Education Violence against Women

    33, Caderea Bastiliei St.1st District, 010613, Bucharest, Romania
    Tel: +4021 212 11 96; 212 11 97
    Fax: +4021 212 10 35

    E-mail: info@cpe.ro
    Internet: www.cpe.ro
    The Institute for Social and Gender Policy

    The Institute supports the initiatives aimed at building a socially just society where women are free from barriers that constrain their right to decent life and economic independence and limit their opportunities for self-actualization and creativity. The Fund largely focuses on:
    providing unencumbered access for women to knowledge, information, services, resources, decision making procedures and initiatives that would enable them to effectively combine their work and family duties; strengthening solidarity between, and increasing the efficiency of, women’s organizations that promote public interests and encourage of women’s rights protection; highlighting the importance of women’s organizations contribution to the societal development; creating conditions to developing and support new generation of young women and girl leaders; mobilizing resources to support strategic women’s initiatives in Russia.

    2nd Roschinsky proezd, 8, suite405, Moscow 115419, Russia
    Tel: +7 095 733 91 58
    Fax: +7 095 737 61 43

    E-mail: info@genderpolicy.ru
    Internet: www.genderpolicy.ru
    Reconstruction Women’s Fund

    The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia disintegrated in the Yugoslav Wars (1991-1999) in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. These were the first conflicts since World War II to have been formally judged genocidal in character and many individual participants were subsequently charged with war crimes. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was established to prosecute these crimes. The rejection by Slobodan Milosevic (President of Yugoslavia from1989, later of Serbia) of opposition claims of victory in the 2000 elections led to mass demonstrations in Belgrade on October 5th, and the subsequent collapse of the regime’s authority. The progressive political orientation ended with the assassination of its leader, Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, on March 12th, 2003. Serbian politics went into reverse.

    Reconstruction Women’s Fund is the first local women’s foundation in Serbia, founded in April 2004 by Fund for an Open Society Serbia, Women in Black Belgrade and Women’s Studies and Research Novi Sad.
    Feminist activists and academics have been permanent, critical and progressive actors in Serbia and we are committed to build on that ground. We believe that feminists’ concerns and politics, capacities and solidarity have been strong in Serbia. Our aim is to contribute to sustainability of feminist work as women’s organized autonomy, to back-up critical, responsible and autonomous women’s organizing. We participate in that process and try to facilitate the financial support to the women’s groups needs.
    The main issues are: violence against women; VAW with disabilities; all kind of discrimination and marginalization of women with special focus on Roma women’s rights; LGBT rights; women’s studies locally and internationally.
    Our strategy has been operational through our grant making programs: Women’s Initiatives - support to women’s groups working in the scope of women’s human rights. Stipends Zarana Papic – support to individual women activists/academics to improve their access to knowledge and global exchange in the fields related to gender/women’s issues. Rapid Response Grants – Reconstruction Women’s Fund in partnership with Urgent Action Fund makes small grants intended to enable a short-term intervention in the course of long-term strategy for advancement of women’s human rights in Serbia.
    There is a high range of grantees and type of grants supporting women’s groups to start, develop, bridge, deepen, build, etc. their activities. Activists from underdeveloped parts of Serbia have permanent assistance to their programs, especially Roma women. We try to compensate their limited opportunities and to recognize their work.
    Special Focus Program contributes to development, capacity building, knowledge and skills improvement, networking and cooperation of women’s groups in several directions: Campaign 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women, Roma Women’s Initiatives, Education on Critical Issues.

    Vlajkovićeva 15, Beograd, Srbija
    Tel: +381 11 3222 751
    Fax: +381 11 3235 592

    E-mail: office@rwfund.org
    Internet: www.rwfund.org
    Slovak-Czech Women’s Fund (SCWF)

    Internet: www.womensfund.sk
    For more details see: Czech Republic
    Public Association “Perspective+”

    Although Tajikistan has been an independent state since 1991, political and economic transition is still an ongoing process. For the majority of the population, the transition period has meant poverty, vulnerability and serious social problems. Following the civil war in the 1990s, an overwhelming part of the population found itself below the poverty line, and among the most effected have been women.
    Many women became widows, having on hands 5 and more children which is an average parameter for Tajikistan. Women's work load has increased as they have tried to support their families in the difficult economic times, having both a paid job and unpaid home duties. In a conventional Tajik society, there is an unequal distribution of home duties between man and woman and gender stereotypes and gender-based discrimination remain also in the work place. In Tajikistan, gender relations have been influenced by traditional pre-Soviet stereotypes, some of them having roots in ethnic or religious patriarchal customs, such as polygamy or violent marriages. In order to improve the situation, some steps have been taken by the Tajik administration and assistance is also coming from international donors.

    The Constitution of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as the many legislative acts contains guarantees of equality between men and women. Tajikistan has ratified many international instruments on women's rights. However, all these instruments play a minor role in defending the rights of women.

    Violence in Tajikistan is a major obstacle in the development of society. The main object of violence is a woman. Typically, if a woman lives in rural areas and has the education, she should not be allowed to work, respectively, it loses its professionalism. Often domestic violence leads to loss of health, and the woman becomes unable to work, feeling powerless, women often commit suicide by self-immolation. Our NGO has prepared a law "Domestic Violence", which was sent to Parliament and Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, but has not been adopted yet, despite our efforts. PA "Perspective +" worked on the problem of self-immolation by women in 2009. We have 9 round-table discussions on the topic: "Prevention of self-immolation of women" in all regions of Tajikistan, a documentary film regarding this topic “The Road of Life” has been created also. The study showed that self-immolation of the individual cases, has become a typical phenomenon. This is a very many-sided and complex problem.

    Another important problem in Tajikistan – is migration, particularly female migration. On initiative of our organization «Women's International Association of Migrants" was founded. PA "Perspective +" conducted series of seminars and round tables on the issue of female migration.
    The project on the topic: "Investigative Journalism” on issues of violence against women has been also adopted
    We intend to carry out an International conference on the theme: "Women and Power" on March 2010, etc.

    25, Kurbonov Street, App., 10 Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    Tel: (+992 37) 221 13 82
    Fax: (+992 47) 441 01 40

    E-mail: perspective@tajik.net
    Ukrainian Women’s Fund (UWF)

    UWF’s provides women’s organizations from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus with financial, informational and consultation support. Our aim is to help women and women’s organizations to play an active role in the process of building gender democracy. We support the active participation of women and women’s organizations in the development of a just society that guarantees women’s rights, strengthens their role in community, and promotes women at all levels and in all fields. UWF realizes its goals through Fundraising/Donor education Program Support of women’s NGOs/Grants Program Information/Research Program

    24b, Artema St., office 14, Kyiv, 04053, Ukraine
    Tel: +38044 486 92 69
    Fax +38044 486 61 39

    E-mail: uwf@uwf.kiev.ua
    Internet: www.uwf.kiev.ua

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    e-mail: naira@osi.am
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    e-mail: deterovic@cepor.hr


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    e-mail: na@dgov.undp.kg


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    e-mail: mkovacevic@osim.cg.yu

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