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GAF uses legal mechanisms to force the Bulgarian state to meet its obligations regarding the improvement of the role of women in society and the rights of women and girls who are victims of gender based violence. To achieve this goal, it initiates legal proceedings (at the Court of Justice of Bulgaria, the European Court of Human Rights – ECHR and at the CEDAW Committee) and it has shadow reports and recommendations from UN bodies. GAF also provides assistance and support to victims of domestic violence, and it organizes seminars and trainings in order to adopt local and national programs for the protection of victims.
The GAF’s shadow report entitled "Real equality and non-discrimination in Bulgaria" was presented by the director of GAF at the 52nd session of the CEDAW Committee (2012) in New York. This action led to the adoption of specific decisions of the Council of Bulgarian Ministers to prepare an action plan under the recommendations of the CEDAW Committee, which they were based on the GAF’s shadow report. The government’ s action plan was adopted in July 2013 and its implementation is still in course.
This practice has been selected within the framework of the WINS CSO project "Capacity-building in theSouthern Mediterranean to Open Policy Dialogue and MonitoringforWomen IN Society" with the support of the European Union’s Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.
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