Project: Applying a model of integrated approach of essential services package for women and girls subjects of violence

The project is part of the UN Women's Regional Program "Preventing Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds" funded by European Union.

Project Description:

The overall goal of the project is to introduce, establish, promote and put in a functional model for integrated approach within general and specialist support services to protect women and girls survivors of violence against women, including DV, following the standards enshrined in CEDAW, the Istanbul Convention and global standards and guidelines for essential services.

Using and upgrading previous experiences and achievements, EcHO in cooperation with partners and stakeholders will work on adopting a model that will enable:

• Strengthening survivor-oriented case management capabilities of service providers combating VAW

• Applying a comprehensive and integrated approach to the provision of services to survivors of VAW and

• Increasing awareness raising / outreach and access to information on rights and services.

As a pilot project, the model is planned to be developed and applied in Stip and Strumica trough creation of formal structures for local coordination and governance of coordination. The model for integrated approach will be drafted to comply with the CEDAW and Istanbul Convention standards and requirements and national legal frame, yet taking into account the local circumstances and occasions. With this model we will adapt, revise the existing practices within general and specialized service providers and adopt integrated approach directed toward needs, rights and empowerment of women and girls survivors of violence.

Two Coordinative Centers for Integrated Approach to protect Women and Girls subject of violence against women and DV will be established. Besides providing of free legal aid services and referrals, which is expertise of our organization, the two Coordinative centers will also undertake essential actions to coordinate both formally and informally services on local level to work together to ensure that comprehensive women centered response and package of essential services is provided to all women and girls subject of all form of violence (and their children when necessary). It means that all other components in the field of psycho social support, sheltering/housing, health services, and all other services that are part of Essential Service Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence will be provided in coordinated cooperation with the partner organization and general and specialized service providers in the territory of the targeted municipalities and wider if arises such needs.

Coordinative centers will serve as a focal point for the local Multisectoral Community Teams against GBV which will work on enhancing of inter- agency relationships and model improvement. As an accompanying mechanism within the Coordinative Centers will operate a Training center, which program will focus on strengthening the capacities of the general and specialized service providers depending on their capacity and their need’s assessment.

Once the integrated approach model starts to apply in practice, a small compact network of specialized CSO service providers from other regions will be formed and they will pass the capacity building program for networking and the process of model creation with potential for applying the same model to their municipalities and to ensure self-sustainability and local financial support in the same system.

Innovative approach and community based model for gathering ideas will be used in creation of campaigns using social media as a powerful tool for reaching a mass audience. Special attention will be paid to the involvement of boys, men, army and police officers, as well as disabled people, especially women, as actors and creators of videos and photographs in the fight against violence against women and girls.

In parallel with all the aforementioned activities, a system of self-sustainability and sustainability plan will be built and developed, and gender budget initiatives will be created and submitted in order to provide permanent financial support from the Local Self-governments.