On March 29 and 30, CARE International Balkans hosted the visit of the Program Manager of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) for Southeast Europe, Ms. Michaela Flenner. On that occasion, meetings were held with partners and associates CARE cooperates with on regional projects “For Active Inclusion and the Rights of Roma Women in the Western Balkans” (FAIR III) and “Future 4Youth”, supported by the Austrian Development Agency.
The meeting related to the presentation of the final results and experiences of the project “For Active Inclusion and the Rights of Roma Women in the Western Balkans” (FAIR III) was attended by representatives of the Association of Roma Women Better Future fromTuzla City, Indira Bajramovic, Director of the association and Denis Mujkic, Community Mediator. The Association of Citizens for the Promotion of Roma Education OTAHARIN was represented by Bojana Jovanović, Program Director and Sabira Hašimović, Community Mediator.
From Montenegro, Šejla Pepić, National Coordinator of the Network of Roma and Egyptian “FIRST” participated on behalf of the Center for Roma Initiatives (CRI) Nikšić and Slavko Milić, a representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro and a long-term associates of the work on the project For Active Inclusion and the Rights of Roma Women in the Western Balkans, also took part in the talks.
The results and experiences of the long-term project “For Active Inclusion and the Rights of Roma Women in the Western Balkans”, as well as the problems and obstacles the participants encountered during their work were discussed during the meeting. The special emphasis was put on the engagement of the FAIR III project partners in responding to COVID-19 pandemic. All partners have been engaged in the response and at the service to the communities by actively participating in the support and assistance to all who needed it.
On March 30th, CARE International Balkans, together with the local partner Institute Perpetuum mobile from Banja Luka also organised the meeting in Banja Luka. The meeting took place in the premises of the Youth Center in Banja Luka and was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Republika Srpska (Radmila Kocic-Cucic, Head of the Department of General Secondary and Art Education and Dijana Marinkovic, Senior Expert Associate for Secondary education Strategic Planning, upbringing and school network), representatives of the City of Banja Luka (Danijela Kajkut, Expert Advisor for Science and Education), a representative of the Catering School Banja Luka (Dragana Pavlović, Social worker), as well as members of the Budi Men’s Club Banja Luka. The meeting discussed the results and successes of the long-term project Young Men Initiative, the continuation of cooperation and the efficiency of the model of intersectoral cooperation between institutions and civil society organizations. Also, the meeting was a platform for conversation with young people from Be a Men’s Club who, through personal experience and engagement within the project, talked about the prevention of gender-based violence, promotion of gender justice and healthy lifestyles of young people, but also how and on which way the whole project affected them.
The program is supported by Austrian Development Agency Development Agency, through project “Future for You(th): Young people as Leaders of Life Skills Education in the Balkans”
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