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KARAT Coalition unites over 63 organisations from 25 countries focused on women’s human rights, and gender justice in the Region of Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

We work on national and international levels advocating for policy change, as well as undertaking vital awareness raising in public forums.

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On June 16th, 2014 KARAT Coalition together with its partners launched the project „Preventing discrimination in the regions of Poland”. The international conference which initiated the project took place in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in Warsaw and was met with a great interest of governmental administration, police, local coordinators of Congress of Women as well as other organizations working for gender equality in Poland. Among the guests we were honored to welcome to the conference the Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw Mr. J.E. Karsten Klepsvik and the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment Ms. Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz. The conference aimed at presenting the project and was addressed first of all to the civil servants of regional governmental bodies, including the regional plenipotentiaries for equal treatment.

 The conference was attended by over 50 people, including the regional plenipotentiaries for equal treatment from twelve Regional Governmental Councils. During the conference KARAT gathered the initial declarations of the civil servants representing various regions that they are interested in joining the project.

More about the conference: http://www.karat.org/programmes/womens-human-rights/preventing-discrimination-in-the-regions-of-poland/what-is-new/

See the Program of Conference

Photos from the conference available HERE

More about the project at: http://www.karat.org/programmes/womens-human-rights/preventing-discrimination-in-the-regions-of-poland/

 

On April 28th – 29th , 2014 eight women’s rights advocates from Belarus took part in a strategic meeting in Warsaw, Poland on formulating and advocating for gender equality law in Belarus. The meeting was a response to the current challenges faced by the Belarusian women’s movement. It focused on dissemination of expertise and utilization of Croatian and Polish experiences in the area of developing a draft law and strategy for its adoption by the parliament. The outcome of the meeting was a set of recommendations from the Croatian, German and Polish experts for the Belarusian colleagues.

The meeting was one of the series of initiatives that Belarusian women’s organizations have been undertaken to make the state’s authorities adopt the bill on equal status of women and men as well as the bill on preventing and combating domestic violence. The meeting was organized by KARAT with its Belarusian member organization Public Association of “Women’s Independent Democratic Movement” (PA ‘WIDM’) in the frame of the project “Advancing gender equality in Belarus” financed by Dutch Embassy in Poland.

 More at: http://www.karat.org/programmes/womens-human-rights/advancing-gender-equality-in-belarus/