News - October 2013

- 22 - 23 October 2013, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Representatives of the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance - Vukovar, Milena Babic and Ljubomir Mikic, participated in the second annual regional partnership meeting of civil society organizations from Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Croatia involved in the implementation of the ‘’Project Generation Facility’' project (PGF), which is realized within the framework of the Open Society Foundations - Budapest initiative "Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma " (MtM). PGF in Croatia (PGF Croatia project) was launched on February 1, 2013 and is implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations led by the Center for Peace - Vukovar. The meeting was devoted to the discussion of lessons learned during the pilot phase of PGF implementation. Further on, the meeting provided an opportunity for reviewing and testing of tools and methods for permanent (re)examination of the value and quality of services provided within the project, in line with new 2014 MtM strategy. The meeting also identified the similarities and particularities of each national PGF concept and context that were, by emphasizing the existing differences, successfully subsumed under a common regional denominator.

  

 

- 11-12 October 2013, Daruvar: Representatives of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Milena Babić and Ljubomir Mikić, participated in the educational seminar „How to present and mediate minority interests in public“. The seminar was organized by the STINA Institute from Split and financially supported by MATRA KAP programme of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands. The seminar was attended by 30 representatives of minority organizations and councils, as well as political representatives of national minorities and local electronic media from the territory of the Republic of Croatia. Topics covered by the seminar were related to perception of minority issues amongst representatives of the majority population and the impact of said perception on accessing minority rights; public advocacy; strengthening multi-ethnicity and tolerance and positioning and operating of councils of national minorities in units of local self-government. Introductory thematic lectures which preceded the general discussion were conducted by the President of the Council of National Minorities and representatives of the academic community and NGO sector. The member of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Ljubomir Mikić, gave a presentation dedicated to consideration of the potential and challenges of councils of national minorities in presenting and advocating for minority problems, interests and needs at local level.

 

- 4 October 2013, Zagreb: Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar, in cooperation with the Roma National Council of Zagreb and financially supported by the Open Society Foundations (OSF), organized the Conference “Use of EU funds for Roma inclusion in Croatia: Lessons learned and future perspectives for period 2014 – 2020’’.

The aim of the Conference was to make a contribution to achieving the objectives of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005 - 2015 and the implementation of further measures for Roma inclusion in Croatia. The Conference was organized within the framework of a wider regional OSF initiative "Making the Most of EU Funds for the Roma" (MtM) initiative, within which the implementation of the project ‘’Project Generation Facility’’ (PGF) in Croatia was launched in February 2013.

The Conference was attended by about 90 participants, representatives of the European Commission from Brussels and the Republic of Croatia, Office for Human Rights and Right of National Minorities of the Croatian government, the Council for National Minorities, government bodies, units of the local and regional self-government, Roma and other civil society organizations, councils and representatives of the Roma national minority in the units of local self-government, foreign embassies in the Republic of Croatia and international organizations.
  

 

- 1 October 2013, Vukovar: Centar for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance launched the implementation of the project „Raising awareness on human rights of women belonging to national minorities in Vukovar-Sirmium County“. The project shall be implemented in the area of Vukovar-Sirmium County and shall target three local communities. The project is financially supported by the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian government.
Long term goal of the project is to improve and enhance the social standing and participation of women belonging to national minorities in public life on the territory of Vukovar-Sirmium County. In this regard, the project focuses on activities of raising awareness and level of knowledge of women belonging to national minorities on human rights, with an emphasis on specific human rights of women and the rights of national minorities. The implementation of project activities shall provide support to women belonging to national minorities in exercising their rights and countering national and gender discrimination in order to empower their standing and influence in decision-making processes taking place at local, regional and also national level.
In the course of project implementation, efforts shall be focused to further detect and discuss specific problems in the field of protection and promotion of human rights of women belonging to national minorities as well as obstacles to their inclusion and active participation in public life in areas of units of local self-government in Vukovar-Sirmium County. Amongst other, the project seeks to contribute the implementation of measures and achievement of goals established by the National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2011-2015, and to that partially and appropriately the Action Plan for the implementation of the Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities 2011-2013.