The two-day seminar of ASTRA, held in the capital of Croatia - Zagreb, ended. The Gender Alternatives Foundation is a member of the network of NGOs ASTRA, which includes 39 organizations from 21 countries in the Central and Eastern European region. In Zagreb, Stewart Halford and Sandeep Prasad of the SRI (Sexual Rights Initiatives) outlined in detail the capabilities of mechanisms for NGO participation in country reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The accent was on the insufficient knowledge and use of UN-accepted mechanisms for NGO participation in official reports or the creation of alternative ones if the government refused to work together.

Read more: GA Foundation takes part in the annual meeting of ASTRA in Zagreb!

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In March 2018, the Gender Alternatives Foundation launched a new project " The New Leaders - Preventing Gender-Based Violence through Alternatives for Future Career Development." The initiative is funded by the Bulgarian Women Fund and will be implemented in the period March - June 2018.

The project foresees the realization of 20 interactive workshops with more than 200 students from the city of Plovdiv on the issues of gender equality, empowerment of women and gender based violence, as well as 2 practical workshops with 15 young people leaving institutions on the topic of economic empowerment of women, social entrepreneurship and the development of a business plan.

The aim of the project is to raise the knowledge and skills of young people in Plovdiv on the issues of gender equality, human rights and social entrepreneurship through interactive trainings and workshops. The "New Leaders" addresses the need to master basic skills for realizing the labor market by linking gender issues to the importance of economic independence for young people.

The project " The New Leaders" will involve several trainers with many years of experience, child psychologist, human rights lawyers and also volunteers.



In the begining of February 2018, Gender Alternatives was accepted as a member of Girls Not Brides global network. Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 900 civil society organisations from over 95 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.

Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. The network shares the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.

Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the lives of millions of girls.

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Gender Alternatives Foundation has the pleasure to present you a short film, entitled "Silence Conceals the Violence". The video is intended to raise awareness on the problem of sexual violence against women in Bulgaria. It tells the real stories of two brave women from different generations who survived sexual violence perpetrated by their partners. The story stresses on the women’s strength and courage to speak up and leave their violent partners, aiming at setting an inspirational example for other women to follow by seeking help and support to overcome gender-based violence.

The initiative is part of the CONVEY Project - Counteracting sexual violence and harassment: Engaging Youth in schools in digital education on gender stereotyping. The project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme of the European Union and it’s being implemented by organisations in 6 EU countries: CESIE (IT), The Smile of the Child (GR), Hope for Children (CY), Sexual Violence Centre Cork (IE), Gender Alternatives (BG), Westminster City Council (UK).

See the video in our YOUTUBE channel

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10 associations working against Trafficking in Human Beings. Every place where there is a violation of rights is the “South of the World”. Especially the rights of women and young girls, not yet adults. The desire to migrate abroad trying to build a better future is a profitable occasion for whoever recruits victims; at any cost and to obtain a high profit. It is a modern product of distorted global economy and the extreme demonstration of gender violence on a global scale. It is contemporary slavery and forced migration. The elimination of all forms of Human Trafficking is part of the European Union political agenda as well as of the Global Agenda. The achievement of three of the 17 objectives of Sustainable Development is bound to Human Trafficking eradication, in every country, without any exception.

Read more: 18th October 2017- EU Anti-trafficking Day

January 20, 2020