Management Response

: Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (Turkey)
: 2019 - 2021 , Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (Turkey) (RO)
: Final evaluation of the programme “Ending violence against women in Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing norms, changing minds”
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: Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (Turkey)
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The overall quality of the final evaluation report is satisfactory and relevant. The report provides useful insights for the development of future regional programmes on EVAW, not only on support to right-holders but also to deepen the engagement of duty-bearers. Are acknowledged the complexity of 1) applying the UN Women TOC on essential services when the programme was mainly focused in supporting CSOs in their advocacy, service provision and communities’ mobilizers role, 2) analyzing the regionality of the programme given the company’s approach on multi-country interventions rather than regional ones, as well as the fact that the programme - despite strong common elements - differed sometimes in the Western Balkans vis-à-vis Turkey, and had to take into account context specificities in each of the seven countries. The overall findings part is well articulated and developed. Nevertheless, strong analysis of aspects related to programme management and the overall contribution of the programme to the EU Civil Society Facility outcomes could have been better developed. Conclusions would benefit from some sort of clustering by strategic approaches or key stakeholders’ groups. While 19 recommendations are detailed, most of them are very concise, concrete and include a set of proposed actions. Most of the recommendations refer to the need to continue the areas of intervention and support which is understood as an evidence of the need to deepen and expand achieved results. Further analysis of successful interventions to be replicated could have been useful for future programming.

: Approved
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATION 1 (SHORT TERM) Discuss the Theory of Change (ToC) more widely with Programme stakeholders and partners, especially expected results, and ToC application to country action plans (through activities) so they understand how they are contributing to the overall programme framework.
Management Response: The programme strategic framework will be presented at the TWGs and PSC meetings along with the annual work plans. The theory of change could be discussed within UN Women overall intervention in the area of EVAWG in each of the countries but not restricted to the programme. TWGs are attended by government representatives in all countries but Turkey while they are not recipients of funding through the programme. This narrows the scope of their engagement when setting approaches, and more specifically when supporting CSOs in environments where their role may be not fully supported. Also, their participation in decision making, and their full engagement in provision of services to survivors may not count with the full support of authorities.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind, National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
The programme strategic framework will be presented at the TWGs and PSC meetings along with the annual work plans. The theory of change could be discussed within UN Women overall intervention in the area of EVAWG in each of the countries but not restricted to the programme. TWGs are attended by government representatives in all countries but Turkey while they are not recipients of funding through the programme. This narrows the scope of their engagement when setting approaches, and more specifically when supporting CSOs in environments where their role may be not fully supported. Also, their participation in decision making, and their full engagement in provision of services to survivors may not count with the full support of authorities. UN Women ECARO 2022/01 Completed
2. To share and discuss the overall programme strategic framework, and more specifically the specific objective and result to which each partner agreement contributes when polishing and finalizing project documents with CSOs (Responsible Parties). All project documents embedded in the partner agreements will clearly define the target beneficiaries from whom a change is expected. UN Women ECARO, UN Women programme participating offices 2021/07 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATION 2 (SHORT TERM) Increase support to initiatives addressing sexual violence against women and girls.
Management Response: Sexual violence as one of the nine forms of violence laid out in the Istanbul Convention but non-criminalized in any of the programme countries will be one of the focus of EVAWG in the region. Addressing sexual violence allows to develop a regional agenda that covers advocacy work on normative frameworks, standards for provision of services and awareness raising on information on rights and the issue of consent.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To bolster the capacities of women’s CSOs to better support victims of sexual violence in the Western Balkans and Turkey through a partnership with WAVE Network, as the lead agency of the Civil Society Strengthening Platform (CSSP). It is expected that WAVE/CSSP will develop policy paper on good practice standards for service providers, working specifically with victims of sexual violence and victims of violence in general; and engage WAVE Youth Ambassadors in the region to raise awareness on the issue of sexual violence and consent. UN Women ECARO and WAVE Network, UN Women programme participating offices 2020/06 Completed
To bolster the capacities of existing Rape Crises Centers in Vojvodina province, in partnership with Center for support to Women, the collaboration with primary health centers and gynecological ambulances from 20 municipalities from the territory of Vojvodina province will be enhanced to ensure direct referral of victims of sexual violence to the RCCs; an online learning platform for enhancing knowledge of health professionals affiliated with RCCs will be developed; along with advocacy initiatives to enable the establishment of the centers for victims of sexual violence in hospitals in Cacak (West Serbia) and Leskovac (South Serbia) based on the Vojvodina model. UN Women Serbia PPO 2021/06 Completed
To undertake an advocacy campaign drawn on the findings of the ECARO supported ‘Mapping of Sexual Violence Services in the Western Balkans and Turkey’ (October 2019). The mapping unveils that only three countries (Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia) out of seven have established specific services supporting victims of sexual violence, while four countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99), Montenegro and Turkey) have some or no specific services for victims of sexual violence. UN Women ECARO 2021/01 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 3 (SHORT TERM) Strengthen internal measurement, tracking and reporting on results achieved trough direct UN Women activities and CSO implementing partners so that results, including results of initiatives, can be upscaled and lessons learned can be captured across the region.
Management Response: This is a recommendation fully taken on board that requires a partially or fully dedicated staff for which there is no funding within the programme envelope. UN Women ECARO also lacks dedicated staff to advice and support with monitoring. Nevertheless, there are a number of tools and information, such as the one available on RMS, that were not fully tapped by the company. The recommendation related to lessons learns and replication of initiatives could be embedded into knowledge management focal point at ECARO
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Knowledge management, Internal coordination and communication
Organizational Priorities: Organizational efficiency, Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Develop/re-launch existing training materials and implement standardized monitoring methods and tools among EVAW ream to conduct the monitoring of programme results at regional and country level and analyse aggregated results. UN Women ECARO 2020/02 Completed
To ensure that the monitoring framework of the programme is timely (every six months) updated including against SMART indicators, and cross-checked against RMS UN Women ECARO, UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/07 Completed The monitoring framework update is due on 15th of July. The monitoring framework developed by the RPM including timeframe and responsible parties is made available since February 2020 to all colleagues to be updated online. A progress on outputs level is presented at Q2 and Q4 by using RMS based quarterly e-monitoring tools.
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATION 4 (SHORT TERM) Adjust the Regional Forum’s methodology to facilitate dialogue and reflection on successful pilot initiatives that can be replicated to advance the implementation of the Istanbul Convention across the region.
Management Response: While the second Regional Forum shifted towards the methodology outlined in the key action, the third Regional Forum will dedicate more time and space for thematic and specific dialogue between CSOs, government and key regional institutions. This approach will definitely drive the methodology of the third Regional Forum if the measure of social distancing, restrictions to mobility and corporate approach to large gathering are lifted. The forum planned for 2020 is cancelled in light of COVID-19 and will be re-assessed in the future as per the above, programmatic priorities, funding availability and in agreement with co-conveners. Nevertheless, should the context do not allow for such modality of implementation, alternative ways will be set up to achieve the Regional Forum outputs
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Internal coordination and communication, Innovation and technology
Organizational Priorities: Organizational efficiency, Operational activities, Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To create smaller spaces for facilitated dialogue between CSOs, government and regional key institutions that could be thematic, on selected strategies or country-specific UN Women ECARO and co-conveners (national governments, Council of Europe and EC) 2023/08 Ongoing
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 5 (SHORT TERM) Further support participation of CSOs in the creation and monitoring of the enabling environment for EVAW through shadow reporting, reforms, and tracking for accountability of national governments against the Istanbul Convention and CEDAW.
Management Response: Recommendation 5 fully speaks to SO1 of the programme and is an approach that UN Women and more particularly the programme will continue to support. Special attention will be paid to ensure that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to mitigate its effect and setting the foundations to respond to likely crisis in the future are well captured in the reports.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: National ownership, Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind, Oversight/governance
Organizational Priorities: Normative Support, Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To continue supporting CSOs technically and financially in collecting evidence, analyzing data and disseminating findings as a result of their monitoring and reporting in human rights instruments and national commitments towards gender equality. UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) in coordination with programme partners (CSOs) 2021/08 Completed
To further develop CSOs or governments managed- matrices (implemented in Phase I), including defined progress and status indicators to track the implementation of CEDAW concluding observations and GREVIO recommendations while also promoting the adoption of such tools by governmental bodies responsible for reporting. UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) in coordination programme partners (CSOs) 2021/08 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 6 (SHORT TERM) Increase Gender Lab technical assistance to CSOs and mentoring between CSOs in the region in order to enhance experimentation and measure success.
Management Response: Enhancement of the experimentation and replication of successful initiatives in Phase I of the programme will be prioritize in Phase II within the programme’s envelope. However, initially planned support to build the capacities of CSOs to enhance experimentation and measuring change on behavioral changes will be re-assessed in light of more pressing and emerging needs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the shifting to reinforce the provision of services to survivors.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind, National ownership, Capacity development, Innovation and technology
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM, Operational activities, Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To embed measuring tools in all projects (implemented by CSOs, e.i. new narrative reporting formats which are more results-oriented) and initiatives (implemented by UN Women) aimed at behavioral change and awareness raising. UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/06 Completed
To facilitate exchange of CSOs undertaking initiatives under Specific Objective 2 of the programme through online platforms and webinars. UN Women ECARO 2021/06 Completed
To continue and expand support CSOs to engage men to a greater degree in behavioral change initiatives undertaken under Specific Objective 2 of the programme. UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/04 Completed
To undertake an advocacy campaign to target men and communities at a large on toxic masculinities using social market techniques. UN Women ECARO 2021/05 Ongoing Approved by donor. Actual implementation will start in 2021
To continue and expand support CSOs to engage in transforming media reporting on violence against women and femicide in line with ethical principles of media reporting, that contributes to the eradication of patriarchal discourse and possible secondary victimization. UN Women in Albania UN Women in North Macedonia UN Women in Serbia 2021/05 Completed
Recommendation: Continue support to local multi-sector coordination mechanisms and study common or divergent practices across the region, promoting an evolution from referral to integral service provision mechanisms.
Management Response: Coordination is a central element of the response to DV and VAW, and is crucial both to the victims and survivors, and the responding institutions. The programme will continue this instrumental piece of work in order to promote coordination at all levels, including the identification of coordination leaders and the delineation of their responsibilities. Clear roles and procedures will be braced for each sector and shared across agencies and sectors. To ensure sustainability and encourage government accountability and action, UN Women will advocate for governments to facilitate and oversee coordination. Furthermore, the programme will support the establishment of structures and the development of protocols for linking national coordination mechanisms with sub-national and local mechanisms, as these coordination bodies often have different but mutually reinforcing responsibilities: the national coordination mechanisms may work on national-level advocacy, data collection and management, national policies and protocols, etc. whereas the sub-national and local coordination mechanisms may work more specifically on operational guidance and oversight of service delivery.
Description: Coordination is a central element of the response to DV and VAW, and is crucial both to the victims and survivors, and the responding institutions. The programme will continue this instrumental piece of work in order to promote coordination at all levels, including the identification of coordination leaders and the delineation of their responsibilities. Clear roles and procedures will be braced for each sector and shared across agencies and sectors. To ensure sustainability and encourage government accountability and action, UN Women will advocate for governments to facilitate and oversee coordination. Furthermore, the programme will support the establishment of structures and the development of protocols for linking national coordination mechanisms with sub-national and local mechanisms, as these coordination bodies often have different but mutually reinforcing responsibilities: the national coordination mechanisms may work on national-level advocacy, data collection and management, national policies and protocols, etc. whereas the sub-national and local coordination mechanisms may work more specifically on operational guidance and oversight of service delivery.
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Normative Support, Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Sustainability, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To conduct an action-oriented assessment including a road map to strengthen the multisectoral coordination mechanisms. UN Women ECARO 2022/03 Not Initiated The implementation of this recommendation is subject to additional funding to be confirmed by an EC financing decision to be made in July 2020
To facilitate the exchange of by-laws, best practices and service protocols among programme stakeholders withing countries and across the region during face-to-face meetings (TWGs and other exchange mechanisms) and through online tools/platforms including the programme e-newsletter and thematic webinars. UN Women ECARO 2022/03 Initiated
Recommendation: Continue to support women’s access to justice through human rights mechanisms, free legal aid and training of lawyers (engaged by CSOs or working as sole practitioners).
Management Response: The programme will continue to support CSOs to advocate for and provide technical assistance to governments to ensure that states implement a range of measures including: amending domestic law to ensure that acts of VAW are properly defined as crimes; ensuring appropriate procedures for investigations and prosecutions; and ensuring access to effective remedies and reparation. It is also foreseen that considering the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on VAW and on the services provided to survivors, the programme will finance free legal aid and training to lawyers to address survivors’ needs.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Partnership, Operational activities, Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Human Rights, Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To develop national level Guidelines for Risk Assessment and Risk Management to prevent the recurrence and escalation of violence against women (VAW); conduct training targeting professionals from the region to prevent the marginalization of women's problems in situations of forced isolation, emergency circumstances and restrictive measures; and to increase the understanding of the relationship of power and control that the abuser has over the victim. UN Women ECARO UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) in coordination with programme partners (CSOs) 2020/12 Completed
To support technically and financially CSOs providers of specialist services to deliver free legal aid to women subject to violence in all 7 countries UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) in coordination with programme partners (CSOs) 2021/07 Completed
To undertake capacity building programmes on CEDAW and Istanbul Convention provisions and standards for the justice sector UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/06 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATION 9 (SHORT TERM) Adjust and replicate innovative practices and skills development among service providers for a better access of women to VAW support services, particularly those from minority and/or marginalized groups (e.g. "persons of trust" for rural women, sign language interpretation, Roma mediators, adjusted service protocols, etc.).
Management Response: The programme will further support initiatives labeled as successful in the evaluation report. However, further analysis on criteria to determine a, the reason of their success and how they could be systematically replicated, is not available but needed.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Human Rights, Gender equality
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To favour exchange on a regular basis of successful approaches among programme participating offices for assessing their replicability and adjustment to their respective country context and interest from eligible CSOs partners (e.g. via quarterly e-newsletter and by any other means) UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro 2021/03 Completed
To foster the implementation of a successful country level activity in other programme participating countries (E.g. Femicide Serbia, “Be safe online application run by UNDP in Montenegro). UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro 2021/05 Completed
To create new partnerships and nurture already-existing partnerships with CSOs working with a regional scope with a view to benefit to all countries and maximize results in the development of guidelines, policy papers, models and protocols. UN Women ECARO 2021/05 Completed
Recommendation: Recommendation 10 (SHORT TERM) Consider increasing support to services that provide psycho-social support or treatment to male aggressors so that good practices in the region can be identified and shared for replication.
Management Response: The programme did not engage with work with perpetrators in Phase I. Following the evaluation recommendation, the programme will pursue informal partnerships with CSOs to learn more about their commitment, capacities needs, challenges and opportunities to support this stream of work at regional and country level.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Engaging men and boys
UNEG Criteria: Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To undertake a rapid assessment of CSOs willing to engage on delivering programme for perpetrators. UN Women ECARO in coordination with UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro 2021/02 Completed Georgia CO may share its experience of working with perpetrators, based on results of the activities to be implemented within EU4GE programme started in March 2020
To undertake a pilot project in one of the programme participating countries with the support of a CSO with outstanding experience on the subject. UN Women ECARO in coordination with UN Women programme participating offices 2021/10 Overdue-Not Initiated
To organize a consultation at a regional level with an EU country/expert organization, with proven experience working with perpetrators. UN Women ECARO 2021/11 Overdue-Not Initiated
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATION 11 (SHORT TERM) Continue to apply the strengthening of women’s organizations implementation strategy across the programme
Management Response: The programme will continue to strengthen women’s organizations as a key stakeholder to EVAW and as an important constituency to UN Women.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Gender equality, Human Rights
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To continue providing technical and financial support to CSOs and CSOs networks for joint advocacy; knowledge generation, networking and sharing good practices for EVAWG advocacy among networks of women’s organizations, especially those operating outside capital cities and representing or involving minority and marginalized women, so that their political agency is enhanced. ECARO 2023/06 Ongoing
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 12 (SHORT TERM) Adjust call for proposal methods to engage grassroots women’s organizations, especially organizations from minority or marginalized groups, and build capacity for results-based planning and measurement.
Management Response: The updated corporate policy to engage CSOs as responsible parties does not allow CSOs to grant or subgrant other CSOs. For the time being, UN Women will foster that responsible parties engage with smaller organizations by signing agreements with them detailing how the agreement is contributing to activities, outputs and outcomes of the overall agreement signed by the UN Women and the responsible party.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Human Rights, Gender equality, Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To promote partnership agreements between CSOs supported by UN Women financially and grassroot organizations UN Women ECARO in cooperation with UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/07 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 13 (SHORT TERM) Prepare an implementation strategy, based on CSOs’ experience in phase 1, that incorporates an intersectional approach to the empowerment of women victims and survivors of VAW that can be replicated by CSOs, especially CSOs offering legal aid and other support services to women.
Management Response: An intersectional approach to the empowerment of women victims and survivors of VAW is embedded in all programme interventions and will continue to be a priority when providing services including provision of legal aid.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Gender equality, Human Rights
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To continue supporting technically and financially CSOs working for and representing minority women to advocate for enabling normative frameworks that respond to the intersecting needs of minority women; and to provide specialist services appropriate to the needs and specificities of them. UN Women ECARO in cooperation with UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro 2021/07 Completed
To further disseminate knowledge products released on phase 1 of the programme that include, inter alia: the main challenges that ‘by and for’ women’s organizations face in incorporating an intersectional approach, and in monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, monitoring and reporting to CEDAW, and engaging with the EU accession process; identify initiatives supporting innovative and effective solutions focused on VAWG from an intersectional approach; set a road map for its work in exploring prevention and essential service measures that do not take a one-size-fits-all approach. UN Women ECARO in cooperation with UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/07 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 14 (SHORT TERM) Strengthen or establish inter-institutional EVAWG mechanisms, that engage government and women’s organizations especially those representing minority and marginalized women.
Management Response: UN Women will continue to support the participation of minority women in any inter-institutional mechanism.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind, National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Human Rights, Gender equality, Sustainability, Relevance
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To advocate for the inclusion of minority women’s organizations in existing coordination mechanisms as well as in the referral systems. UN Women ECARO in cooperation with UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/05 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 15 (LONG TERM) Strengthen regional cooperation among national gender equality mechanisms through regular conferences, regional research, campaigns or similar initiatives. Ensure the civil society participation in these regional mechanisms.
Management Response: it is a UN Women ECARO priory to 1) acknowledge the role and capacities of national machineries for the advancement of women on mainstreaming gender across sectors and withing budgets and policies, 2) to lead on EVAWG within and across the region, and 3) to close the gap in working closely with CSOs.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Sustainability, Gender equality, Human Rights
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To continue engaging national gender equality mechanisms to the regional forum for fostering dialogue among countries and among governments and CSOs. UN Women ECARO 2021/12 Overdue-Initiated NWMs representatives from Western Balkans and Turkey attended ECARO virtual dialogue with the participation of UN Women ED on 19 May 2020. During the dialogue, EVAW was underlined as a high priority to be integrated in the COVID-19 response and recovery national plans/actions. This dialogue is one of a series of others to further take place.
To hold regional forum preparatory meetings at country level to organize a follow up on the previous Forum and preparatory meeting for the upcoming one UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/03 No Longer Applicable REGIONAL FORUM WAS CANCELLED LAST YEAR DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. WILL BE HELD ON LINE THIS YEAR. AND ADDITIONAL FINDING – NOT AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE DRAFTING OF THIS RESPONSE PLAN WILL ALLOW TO HOLD ONE IN 2022
To assess opportunities for preventing and responding to VAWG though a comprehensive and holistic intervention at regional and country levels that support duty-bearers and right-holders. UN Women ECARO in cooperation with UN Women programme participating offices (UNDP in Montenegro) 2021/03 Completed
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 16 (LONG TERM) Prepare an impact assessment methodology to evaluate the impact of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the region and plan for future EVAWG initiatives.
Management Response: The development of any methodology related to the Istanbul Convention falls under the competencies of the Council of Europe. It is not clear how the methodology and follow-up assessment will complement the information already provided by advocating for the inclusion of minority women’s organizations in existing coordination mechanisms as well as in the referral systems.
Description:
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Evidence, Data and statistics
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To further support or explore with the Council of Europe the developing of an impact assessment methodology as well as its actual operationality. UN Women ECARO 2021/04 No Longer Applicable Not relevant any more. Methodology was changed by Council of Europe
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 17 (LONG TERM) Link EVAWG with work on gender responsive budgeting (costing VAWG, EVAWG, and national action plans) to further enhance relevance with EU accession processes and to operationalize legislative and policy commitments.
Management Response: This recommendation is welcome. The programme will devote intense efforts to find avenues to collaborate and cooperate with the regional programme on GRB
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Internal coordination and communication
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To initiate joint activities in the countries of project implementation, such as the joint assessment of the capacities of local governments to deliver social services for domestic violence survivors using GRB tools. UN Women Albania CO 2020/08 Completed This action is only targeted to Albania that is doing plan assessment of capacities of local government. It is not known whether other countries planned to do it in the framework of the EVAW project.
To organize training on GRB to be attended by key stakeholders and partners from EVAW programme participating countries in Albania, BiH, Kosovo and Serbia on to increase their capacities regarding the composition of government budgets. UN Women offices in Albania, BiH, Kosovo and Serbia 2021/07 Overdue-Not Initiated Countries where GRB regional programme is to be implemented
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 18 (LONG TERM) Conceptualize a regional social marketing EVAWG campaign designed to address a concrete behaviour (examples drawn from public health initiatives) and that includes metrics for evaluating the campaign’s effect on changing attitudes and behaviours.
Management Response: The proposal is welcome but subject to funding availability and opportunities to implement the initiative through the engagement of the private sector.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Innovation and technology
Organizational Priorities: Culture of results/RBM
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To develop a proposal for a social marketing EVAWG campaign and mobilize the financial support required to undertake the campaign. UN Women ECARO 2021/07 Ongoing
Recommendation: RECOMMENDATIONS 19 (LONG TERM) Strengthen joint UN Women and EC advocacy efforts on EVAWG among governments in the region.
Management Response: UN Women will pursue efforts to advocate for and provide assistance to EC on mainstreaming gender equality within EC strategies and funding modalities which in turn also set national governments’ priorities in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Ending violence against women (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Advocacy
Organizational Priorities: Not applicable
UNEG Criteria: Relevance, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
To provide inputs to the EU Gender Action Plan for External Action (GAP) 3 for the period 2021-2025. UN Women ECARO and UN Women programme participating offices 2021/07 Completed
To provide inputs to the development of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III) for the period 2021–2027. UN Women ECARO and UN Women programme participating offices 2021/07 Completed
To become EC DG NEAR and EUDs partner of choice to support implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EVAWG intervention within GEF and IPA III scope. UN Women ECARO UN Women programme participating offices 2021/07 Completed