The objective of the project “Supporting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Romania” is to improve the capacity of the Romanian authorities to implement the Istanbul Convention. The project responds to measures foreseen in the National Strategy for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities and Treatment for Women and Men and Prevention and Combating Domestic Violence for the period 2018-2021 and is in line with the UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) and with the European Commission''s Strategic Engagement on Gender Equality 2016-2019.
The objective of the project is envisaged to be achieved by carrying out activities such as: conducting of a nation-wide survey on the prevalence of different forms of violence against women, evaluating the capacity of Romanian authorities to fully implement the national policy as regards combating domestic violence and violence against women, elaboration of working instruments and methodologies for the use of specialists in the field, followed by the training of specialists involved in preventing and fighting domestic violence and violence against women, including as regards the discrimination of Roma women and women with disabilities. As well, 10 centres for sexual violence victims and 8 counselling centres for perpetrators will be set up and a campaign for preventing domestic violence and violence against women will be conducted among the general population as well as the Roma population.
One special concern of the project is the improvement of the situation of the Roma population and of other vulnerable groups. Thus, specific activities are envisaged such as training for the specialists involved in preventing and fighting domestic violence in order to improve the effective access to social services for Roma and other vulnerable groups.