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OSCE holds coordination meetings with the OSCE-supported Women Resource Centres in Tajikistan
Central Asia | society | 09:20, 18 November 2017 | 1495

AKIPRESS.COM - Two coordination meetings between 15 OSCE-supported Women’s Resource Centres (WRCs) were organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe on November 14, bringing together 45 participants from the Sughd, Khatlon, Rasht Valley regions, and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan, the OSCE reported.

The participants consisted of the implementing partners of the WRC project and included project managers, lawyers, and WRC counsellors, who provide advice on psychological matters and social services.

The meetings, both held in Dushanbe, saw participants share the WRCs’ key achievements, the positive aspects of the project, the obstacles they face, and the lessons learned during the 2011-2017 project phase. Each of the 15 WRCs reported on their needs and current challenges.

The next phase of the project, which will be conducted in 2018-2020, was explained in detail and discussed with the participants.

“The Women Resource Centers provide free psychological and social counselling and legal aid to victims of domestic violence in rural and remote regions, along with vocational training. The next phase of the project foresees more follow-up on individual cases,” said Vesna Ivanovikj-Castarede, the OSCE Office’s Gender and Anti-Trafficking Officer. “Besides providing vocational courses to the victims and survivors of domestic violence, we will now also focus on the forward-looking economic empowerment of survivors of domestic violence.”

The next phase of the project also plans to support disabled women in developing their computer literacy and professional tailoring skills to help them prepare for employment opportunities. There will also be enhanced community outreach and public campaigns to raise the visibility of the WRCs and combat and prevent both domestic violence and trafficking in human beings, along with other issues promoting gender equity and women’s empowerment.

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