Presentation prepared on the occasion of the Y-SAV project (Youth Sexual Aggression and Victimization Europe),

Presented by Ivan Tanev - volunteer member of the Gender Alternatives Foundation,
Amsterdam, 28 March 2013

The General Picture
In Bulgaria there is still high tolerance towards the use of physical violence as an educational means which varies in degree for the different communities, social strata, urban and rural areas. According to experts, this tolerance is found both in the parents’ understanding and society in general which also includes institutions such as schools, police, prosecutor’s office, the court and so on .

Read more: Sexual violence against children and young people in Bulgaria

On March 15th the United Nations Member States resoundingly committed to ending violence against women and girls, including strong agreements on promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and ensuring reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Read more: Women’s Rights Activists Welcome UN Agreements on Ending Violence Against Women

ASTRA Network in partnership with Eastern European Alliance for Reproductive Choice was selected by the World Health Organization to take forward a Central and Eastern Europe Health Consultation in the post-2015, as a part of a global consultation process.
The meeting took place from 26th to 27th January 2013 in Moscow, Russian Federation. 20 experts from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia met to contribute to shaping post-2015 development framework in order to improve health status in the region, especially in terms of sexual and reproductive health. GAF's managing director was also invited to the meeting.

Read more: GAF takes part in the Global Health Consultations for the post 2015 Development Framework in...

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international organization which members come from 156 countries, including from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In particular, the Gender Alternatives Foundation is happy to be an institutional member of the network.

Read more: GAF Membership profile in AWID

“Women seeking asylum in Bulgaria:
aspects of gender–based applications for protection”:
research done by Maria Nikolova (attorney-at-law) with the support of the Gender Alternatives Foundation

On average 1/3 of all persons having sought international protection /asylum in some of the Member States of the European Union are women. Asylum seeking women were forced to quit their country of origin because of sexual violence, torture, and other forms of violations of their human rights.

Read more: “Women seeking asylum in Bulgaria: aspects of gender–based applications for protection”