European Union External Action

Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds

Bruxelles, 24/04/2017 - 13:08, UNIQUE ID: 170424_8
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On Tuesday, 25 April 2017 at 10.00hrs, an Inception Workshop on the Country component of the UN Women Regional Programme  "Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, funded by the European Union  will be held at the EU Infocentre.


Welcoming addresses will be delivered by:


Mr. Nicola Bertolini, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation

Ms. Louisa Vinton, UN Resident Coordinator 

Ms. Elena Grozdanova, State Counselor for equal opportunities, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy

Ms. Dominika Stojanoska, Head of UN Women Office in Skopje

Ms. Sophie Beaumont, EU Delegation

Representative from the National Network to end Violence against Women and Domestic Violence


The purpose of the Workshop to present the country component within the regional project, its objectives, expected results and planned activities.   


The project aims to reduce violence and discrimination against women and girls in six Western Balkans countries and in Turkey.  The overall goal shall be achieved through three specific objectives:

  1. To create an enabling legislative and policy environment in line with international standards on eliminating violence against women
  2. To promote favorable social norms and attitudes to promote gender equality and prevent discrimination of and violence against women
  3. To empower women and girls (including those from disadvantaged groups) who have experienced discrimination or violence to advocate for and use available, accessible and quality services

The proposed activities in the country are aligned with the National strategic documents on gender equality and ending violence against women and the recommendations from UN Human Rights Mechanisms and EU progress reports.


The project will focus on strengthening women’s voices to advocate for the development and implementation of laws and policies in line with CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention, as well as on reviewing national strategic documents vis-a-vis international human rights and Ending Violence against Women standards.

Further, the project includes interventions aimed to promote social norms and attitudes that promote gender equality and prevent discrimination and violence against women.

The Project envisages close cooperation and extensive support to the Civil Society Organizations as key partners and drivers of change on gender equality and ending violence and discrimination against women.

Finally, the event would provide an opportunity to discuss the linkages of the project activities with national strategic documents pertaining to gender equality and the EU Action plan on gender equality.

Journalist and photographers are kindly invited to cover this event.

For information relating to this Press Release please contact Mr. Konstantin Jovanovski, Press and Information Officer. Tel: +389 (0)2 3248 500; e-mail:

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