From 13.11.2022 to 19.11.2022, an Advocacy Week was held in Brussels, during which women’s organizations from the Western Balkans presented the challenges they face in their work and talked about the situation with gender equality and gender-based violence in their countries. More than 20 representatives from women’s organizations from 6 countries in the Western Balkans (North Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania) took part in this year’s Advocacy Week.
Taking into account the statistics, analyzes and reports on the situation with women and girls victims of gender-based and domestic violence, as well as the findings of the report on the progress of the Republic of North Macedonia in the implementation of the activities foreseen in the National Action Plan for the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, representative from the National Network to end violence against women and domestic violence reported in front of MEPs, EU rapporteurs, as well as other relevant stakeholders whose work contributes to the improvement of women’s rights and gender equality in the EU accession processes. One of the organized meetings was with Eviola Prifti and Victor Tilea, who work in the General Directorate for neighborhood and negotiations for enlargement and are responsible for monitoring the situation in the Republic of North Macedonia. At the meeting, the situation in the country was presented in relation to the various aspects related to gender equality, women’s rights, and gender-based violence.
This activity is supported by the Swedish Foundation Kvinna till Kvinna.