The EU-funded Eastern Partnership Minorities Network (EaPMN) is offering new training and networking opportunities for organisations working on minority issues in the eastern partner countries. Minority activists and civil society organisations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine representing ethnic, linguistic, national, religious minorities, indigenous peoples and other visible minority communities are invited to join the new network.
A press release from the Eastern partnership Civil Society Forum said through the network, organizations representing Abkhaz, Ajarians, Armenians, Azeris, Bulgarians, Gagauz, Germans, Jews, Koreans, Kurds, Kyrgyz, Lezgins, Ossetians, Pamiri Tajiks, Poles, Russians, Talysh, Tatars, Turkmen, Ukrainains, Uzbeks and other minorities can join forces in promoting their participation in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) process.
The 3-year EaPMN programme (launched by Minority Rights Group Europe (MRG) – a Budapest-based human rights organization) aims to build the capacity of minority organisations in the region so that they can effectively advocate minority rights at national and European level, notably within the Eastern Partnership. As a result of the programme, minority communities in the region will be more involved in shaping reforms and influencing the decision-making process, the press release said, adding: “In the long run, the cooperation will result in minority-informed policy development and implementation in the EaP countries.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)
The Eastern Partnership Minorities Network website
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) from Lithuania has published the gender equality index, which provides a comprehensive view of gender equality among EU member states. It highlights existing room for improvement in all EU member states in six domains: work, money, knowledge, time, power and health. Furthermore, two intersecting domains – intersecting inequalities and violence – are analysed. The index is an excellent tool for identifying shortcomings in each member state as well as for comparing the performance of several member states in comparison to each other and the EU average in the field of gender equality.
Although EaP countries are not covered by the index, it sill provides a useful tool for all organisations working on gender equality in the EaP region and could serve as an inspiration for a similar tool for the EaP.
The index is available here.
An informative video further explaining the index is available here.