Online photography exhibition

BEARR 30th Anniversary Photography Competition: Side by Side To celebrate 30 years of building connections and mutual support within Eastern Europe and Central Asia (the EECA region), BEARR organised a photography competition on the theme “Side by Side“ in May-June 2021. Photographers were invited to submit photos celebrating community spirit, particularly following over a year …

The BEARR Trust’s summer lecture

The Londongrad Laundromat and its consequences  Ross Gill, BEARR TrusteeMay 2021 Oliver Bullough’s Moneyland tells the compelling story of how extreme wealth has been siphoned off some of the world’s poorest and weakest states, laundered and hidden, with the support of the tax and legal systems in the UK and elsewhere. Since Moneyland was published three years ago, Oliver has become a …

BEARR Trust 30th anniversary: photography competition

“Side by Side”: celebrating 30 years of building connections and sharing understanding between communities Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 1 June, 23:59 BST Please note that this competition is now closed. You can see our online exhibition here. Thank yo to everyone who submitted photos! 2021 marks 30 years since BEARR was founded in Moscow to …

BEARR’s 30th anniversary photography competition: the judging panel

Nadia Beard Nadia is a journalist and pianist. She is the Editor in Chief of The Calvert Journal, and previously lived and worked in Russia where she was the Moscow correspondent for The Independent. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph and Reuters among several others. Jadwiga Bronte Jadwiga is an award-winning social documentary photographer exploring relationships between human identity and politics …

BEARR Trust summer lecture 2021

“The Londongrad Laundromat and its consequences”, with journalist and ‘Moneyland’ author, Oliver Bullough We are delighted that award-winning journalist and author of Sunday Times Bestseller ‘Moneyland’, Oliver Bullough, gave this year’s Summer Lecture, “The Londongrad Laundromat and its consequences” on Wednesday 12 May via Zoom. Financial Times contributing editor John Lloyd chaired the event.  It was a fascinating talk …

BEARR Trust Spring Lecture 2021

The BEARR Trust is most grateful to Nigel Gould-Davies for agreeing to give a lecture on Thursday, 18 February at 5pm UK time, on the subject of “Belarus: what happened and what next?” You can watch a full recording of the lecture on BEARR’s YouTube channel here and read the report by BEARR trustee, Ross …

Webinar: civil society and innovative practice in a time of pandemic, 19 November

Report by Megan Bick, BEARR Trustee  Kristina Spirina, Winds of Changes, Odessa, Ukraine  Kristina began by acknowledging the BEARR Trust as the first donor to believe in them, a women’s initiative started 2018, and to fund their first project working with Roma women and girls. Since then they have run 5 projects in 18 months with the current one finishing at the end of December 2020.  We have created a map of …

Webinar: civil society support for persons with disabilities, 5 November

Report by Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay, BEARR Trustee  The BEARR Trust webinar on 5 November explored how service providing and advocacy disability CSOs are supporting persons with disabilities and their families in the EECCA region during the COVID-19 crisis. Particular attention was paid to their activities to address COVID-19’s impact on community inclusion and to promote equal rights …

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 …

London Conference 2019 – speaker biographies

We look forward to welcoming this excellent group of speakers to our 2019 Annual Conference: Jessica Gavron is a UK barrister and Legal Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. She has extensive experience of litigating human rights abuses before the European Court of Human Rights, CEDAW and the UN Human Rights Committee against …