Women’s Human Rights

Why do we do it:

Women’s human rights and legal instruments focusing on gender justice are vital for women from the Central & Eastern European and Central Asian countries where the democratic mechanisms are not yet well grounded and both the decision makers as well as the social actors are characterized by a lack of awareness about gender equality standards. Even if the national laws correspond with the international women’s rights it is often that the laws are not implemented due to a lack of political will and/or appropriate procedures.


What do we want to achieve:

  • To raise awareness of the decision makers and other social actors about gender equality standards which are guaranteed in the international governments’ commitments (e.g. CEDAW Convention, Beijing Platform for Action, and EU gender equality legal standards and policies) in the Region.
  • To ensure an appropriate implementation of the international governments’ commitments via monitoring and lobbying at national and international levels.


How do we work:

The specific projects and activities within this programme include:

  • capacity building (e.g. on OP CEDAW)
  • advocacy and lobbying at national, regional and international levels (Central & Eastern European and Central Asian countries, ECE, EU, UN) for the needs and concerns of women in the Region
  •  strengthening the regional coalition and building alliances with other networks/NGOs at European and global levels to scale up the results in observing women’s rights

 The list of our past and current projects you can find in the Activities’ menu on the left.

If you have any questions regarding this programme please contact Aleksandra Solik at:

Gender & Development

Why do we do it

As the members of KARAT Coalition come from the developing countries as well as the new donor countries – EU New Member States (NMS) the development issues have naturally found their place among the KARAT’s priorities.

While promoting gender equality and women’s rights in development cooperation KARAT places an emphasis on the needs of women from the developing countries, especially countries from the Region as these are often overlooked in the context of development targeting ‘traditional’ developing courtries (in the development jargon known as the ‘South’). We strive to link the development perspectives of women from the East, North and South.

KARAT also sees the need to work in new EU donor countries to ensure that the development policies and programs that are implemented by their government agencies and CSOs are gender-sensitive and gender-responsive.
Our programmes’ activities focus on economic and social situation of women including poverty reduction and decent work, women’s human rights, and capacity building and networking of women’s organizations in the developing countries of the Region.


What do we want to achieve

  • To ensure that the development cooperation policies and programs of NMS effectively address the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • To make the voice of women from developing countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia heard in the global debate on development and their problems recognized in the development cooperation.
  • To increase the gender awareness of development CSOs in the Region as well as involve the women’s organization in development cooperation.


How do we do it

This programme is implemented through:

  • advocacy for gender- sensitive development cooperation on national and international levels: consultations, advocacy meetings, cooperation with global development and women’s networks, involvement of KARAT members from NMS in the national NGDO’s platforms.
  • awareness raising on gender equality and women’s rights in development: publications, workshops, public events, discussions, exhibitions, movie screenings, cooperation with media.
  • expertise and capacity building on gender in development: research, publications, capacity building workshops for CSOs (incl. women’s organizations) in donor and in developing countries.
  •  gender and development projects in developing countries of the Region focused on organizational capacity building, networking and decent work issues (planned)


Main activities/projects:


If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Kinga Lohmann at:

Social & Economic Justice

Why do we do it

Social and economic justice is particularly relevant to women from Central & Eastern European and Central Asian countries due to the process of socio-economic transformation which the Region is continuously undergoing since the collapse of the centrally controlled economic system that began in 1989. KARAT and its members have always been involved in the activities focused on socio-economic position of women in the Region. Currently, the emphasis of the programme is placed on women’s working conditions and their access to decent work, gender aspects of social economy, and gender impact of current economic and social changes.


What do we want to achieve

To enable KARAT members, as well as other organisations and individuals from the Region to participate in relevant debates and actions focused on gender aspects of social and economic justice.


How do we do it

The programme is implemented through capacity building of KARAT members, as well as other organisations and individuals from the Region to increase their informed and effective participation in relevant actions related to the gender aspects of social and economic justice.

This is done through reseach, production of publications and tools, and conducting trainings. As part of this programme KARAT also has been participating in monitoring and awareness rising activities as well as direct in actions such as advocacy and lobbying aimed at the improvement of the socio-economic situation of women in the Region.

The key part of this programme has been the involvement of KARAT in Clean Cloths Campaign and more recently in Clean Clothes Polska, diverse Economic Literacy activities, and activities focusing on the labour market, with the emphasis placed on the disadvantaged groups of women.


Projects on social & economic justice


If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Kinga Lohmann at: