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In Bosnia and Herzegovina, women survivors of gender-based violence have limited access to information about their rights and face a slow, formal and bureaucratic judicial system. The Center of Women’s Rights works on improving protection mechanisms and access to justice for women survivors of violence.
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In response to COVID-19, staff at the Woman Forum Elbasan (WFE) in Albania immediately began to work from home and adapt their services for survivors of domestic violence, all too aware of the sharp increase in violence against women and girls worldwide occurring during the pandemic.
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Shelters for Abused Women and Girls and EMPOWER, two UNTF EVAW grantees in Albania and Malaysia are working to ensure the safety of LBT women and girl survivors of violence. Their stories are told today to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May.
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For the first time, all current UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) grantees will come together to exchange lessons and knowledge along with government partners, the private sector and UN staff during the 2019 UN Trust Fund Grantee Convention. From 4-7 November 2019, the convention will convene an expert group of over 150 participants on ending violence against women and girls to discuss what works in the field through the lens of global efforts to eradicate violence against women.
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“Thanks to this programme I am better equipped to deal with [the] LBT community needs and help women who are victims of violence .” Flavia Tiona*, psychology specialist in Shkodra Lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women in Albania experience high levels of violence in families, the public space, and state institutions. Data indicates that one in four women in Albania has experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime.