New Force in Fighting Violence against Women
Summary of project results
Through many years, Women’s Room (WR) and partner organizations have been working directly with victims of violence and they have been participating in creating public policies to combat and reduce violence against women (VAW). Because of inflation of CSOs, of which there are more than 50 000 registered in Croatia, and because of the lack of recognition of their role and work that CSO’s have done in combating VAW by relevant institutions, the project wanted to indicate that those organizations, who have knowledge and practice in working on this topic, need to be equal partners to relevant institutions and authorities in combating VAW. Project “New Force in Fighting Violence against Women (VAW)” was aimed at strengthening the capacity and ability of CSOs to combat VAW and for promoting an enabling environment for those who work on that problematic. Visibility, importance of CSO work and thus their sustainability has increased through research Analysis of the role, capacity and sustainability of non-governmental organizations working to combat violence against women, improvement of cooperation among CSOs and inter-sectoral cooperation, activation of citizens through volunteering, advocacy for implementation of the Action plan and Model of sustainability and raised awareness of relevant actors and citizens through direct contacts and campaign. All achieved results of the project have direct impact on combating VAW in Croatia on a short term and long-term level.
The bilateral partnership contributed to the project within the expertise of the partner organisation (Stagamot) that is active in this filed of human rights for a long period of time and has the horizontal knowledge. This being the only bilateral partnership between donor countries and Croatia, it is definitely a good example that this partnership can be fostered in certain field, where there is interest from the donor country organisations. The partnership will be continued in an unformal way, depending on funding, since the cost of foreign partner is high.
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