Small Grants Scheme 2020 – Situation report

The 2020 Small Grants Scheme was open to civil society organisations (CSOs) including non-government organisations (NGOs), voluntary associations and other non-profit organisations working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The deadline for applications was 1 February. Projects must be aimed at strengthening the position of women in rural communities and mustaddress …

BEARR welcomes new volunteers

New volunteers April 2020 George Leech George took degrees in History (Leicester) and International Relations (Sweden). Since graduating, he has worked to support civil society and human rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the OSCE, International Crisis Group, and Human Rights Watch in Moscow. He is currently based in Prague. You can follow …

COVID-19: NGO reports

April 2020 We asked some of our partner NGOs working on domestic violence issues how they were coping with COVID-19 restrictions and how it affected their work. Sezim Crisis Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Sezim acts to prevent domestic violence and support victims. It runs a New Beginnings Club for women of 55+ Meerim Kadyrkulova reports: In …

February 2020 Newsletter

 Welcome to the first edition of BEARR’s new-style Newsletter.  This will come out every two months and contain all the material that previously went into the 6-monthly Newsletter and monthly Bulletin.  Below, Chairman Nicola Ramsden explains the changes. This issue focuses on domestic violence, with:-           A report on November’s conference on ‘Violence against Women and Girls in Eastern …

Welcome to our new website!

We are very excited to launch our brand new website! Please bear with us as we migrate historical content over to our new platform and turn on the Russian language website. Over time as our new site evolves, we hope to develop it into an increasingly useful and user-friendly resource for all our visitors.

BEARR is changing the way that we communicate with you

Providing interesting and up to date information about health and welfare developments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a fundamental part of BEARR’s services. The trustees have been working over the past two years on ways to improve our communications, making the best use of BEARR’s modest resources. We have already widened our reach …

BEARR News – about our patrons and volunteers

Farewell to… Sir Jonathan Miller The Trust notes with sadness the death in November 2019 of Sir Jonathan Miller CBE, international cultural icon but also a long-standing Patron of The BEARR Trust. Deborah Manley Deborah was a founding member of the BEARR Trust, and a strong supporter of our work as a Friend up until …

BEARR Trust Annual Conference 2019: Violence against Women and Girls in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Report and presentations The conference on 15 November brought together over 60 representatives of civil society, academia, international organisations, lawyers, consultants and students from Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Tajikistan, Georgia, Uzbekistan and the UK. Nicola Ramsden, Chairman of The BEARR Trust, opened the conference by saying that gender-based violence (GBV) is not only an issue of …

Tell us what you think about our newsletter

The BEARR Trust invites you to share any suggestions and comments you might have, regarding our bi-annual newsletter.   The BEARR Trust has been producing a biannual newsletter for a number of years, keeping readers in touch with our news and events, health and welfare updates from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, as …