On 15-16 of April the Managing director of the Gender Alternatives Foundation took part in the second thematic meeting organized by the UNFPA and the UNECE in Belgrade, the Republic of Serbia. It was organized in the context of the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the corresponding ICPD  Beyond 2014 review process.  For more information: refer to the Mission report in Publications section. 


          The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (the HELP Programme) supports the Council of Europe (CoE) member states in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) at the national level, in accordance with the Committee of Ministers Recommendation (2004) 4, the 2010 Interlaken Declaration and the 2012 Brighton Declaration. This is done by enhancing the capacity of judges, lawyers and prosecutors in all 47 member states to apply the ECHR in their daily work. 

         On 11.4.2013, Milena Kadieva and Zhaneta Borisova - lawyers of the Gender Alternatives’ team took part in the official opening of the program for distance learning of lawyers for capacity building. Zhaneta Borisova would be one of the participants in this special initiative, which takes part in several countries across Europe. 


          On 5-6 of March 2013, Milena Kadieva attended a seminar titled "How to litigate before the European Court of Human Rights": Practical guide to procedure. The event was organized by the European Academy of Law in Strasbourg, France. The key topics were: what national remedies must be sought before submitting an application to the Court in Strasbourg; what admissibility criteria have to be complied with; what an individual application should contain; what are the objectives of the written and the oral parts of the procedure.


 The current data is a result from the GAF’s Project “Ensuring Sustainable Legal and Psycho-social Support for Victims of Domestic Violence in the Region of Plovdiv, Bulgaria”
Project period: March 2012 – February 2013

The five programmes developed under the project are: psycho-social counseling, legal counseling, counseling of couples/partners, job search consultancy and work with perpetrators of domestic violence.
The programs were implemented in the GAF’s Consultative Centre in the city of Plovdiv.

For the project period, 202 persons victims of domestic violence and/or discrimination visited the Foundation’s Consultative Centre. 178 of them were women. The average age of the women benefitted by the services is 42 years as the oldest one being 89 years, while the youngest – 22. Women aged 35 - 44 years constitute the largest percentage of the victims.
The total number of given consultations is 369, while 141 are the telephone requests.

Legal representation: 34 legal cases were initiated.
•  17 cases under the Law on protection against domestic violence;
•  9 cases under the Family Code;
•  3 cases under the Penal Code;
•  1 case under the Civil Procedural Code;
• 2 cases under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Abduction of Children;
•  1 case under the European Convention on Human Rights;
•  1 case under the CEDAW.

Find out more about GAF's activities in our Annual Report.

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