Call for participation: organisations working to address VAWG in the Western Balkans and Turkey

October 17, 2017

Imkaan is working with UN Women to support the establishment of a Regional Expert Working Group (REWG) on intersectional discrimination and violence against women. The REWG will offer a unique opportunity for women’s organisation to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including the UN and the Council of Europe (CoE) on issues of law reform and policy development.

As part of this process Imkaan would like to connect with organisations using an intersectional approach in their work to address violence against women (VAW). This is within a broader mandate of identifying organisations who would be interested in contributing to a wider process of research and advocacy into the opportunities and challenges in the area of VAW in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey.  Over the next few months Imkaan would like to arrange visits to your organisations where we can discuss the nature of your work, the types of issues you deal with and the population groups being supported by you, as well as barriers that you face in your work.

At the end of this consultation Imkaan along with UN Women will identify potential participants for the REWG. The REWG will be responsible for:

  • Identifying opportunities and challenges for implementing an intersectional approach to ending VAWG in the implementation and monitoring of the Istanbul Convention, CEDAW national reports and the EU accession process.

  • It will also contribute towards regional research and recommendations on law reform, policy development, and provision of support services for women and girls from the most vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Please do get in touch with us

  • If you are an organisation that works in the area of violence against women and girls, particularly with minoritised groups,

  • If you lead initiatives which are innovative and intersectional in their approach and have minoritised women as part of your core leadership.

  • We are particularly interested in programmes/organisations that are led by minoritised women for minoritised women. We would love to hear more about you and your work.

Please email and later than 30th October stating:
- the name of your organisation
- the country (and city/town/village) in which you work
- the population group (s) you work with
- your organisational aims and how you use an intersectional approach in your work on VAWG

We will then get in touch with you, arrange a Skype conversation followed by a potential visit to your organisation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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