Project report: women’s entrepreneurship

Promising potential for economic development Grantee: “Nurjolber”, KyrgyzstanProject: to raise awareness of domestic violence in Naryn province through support for entrepreneurship and small business development Global trends are showing a steady growth in women’s entrepreneurship. Despite having played a major role in creating jobs and improving social wellbeing, its development still faces great challenges in …

Project report: women for good governance

Grantee: NGO Center, Armenia Project: To promote gender-balanced, needs-responsive local government in targeted communities by establishing a participatory model.  The programme “Women for good governance”, supported by the BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme, was implemented by the NGO Center in Armenia. The programme was launched in May 2020. It aimed to promote gender-balanced and needs-based local self-government in target communities through the development of a community-based participatory model.  It …

Project Report: Empowering women in rural Georgia

Grantee: Partnership for Education and Communication, Georgia Project: Strengthening the position of rural women through public and economic participation Despite positive legislative and policy frameworks concerning gender equality in Georgia, women still face significant challenges in terms of participation in local decision-making processes, especially those women living in rural areas. Partnership for Education and Communication (PEC) has responded this challenge in several ways, by providing training, networking, and mentoring opportunities to the most marginalised and under-served women in rural communities.  The project, supported by the BEARR TRUST, aimed to support rural women’s public participation and economic empowerment using the innovative …

New volunteer: Rory Connor

BEARR is always delighted to have new volunteers.  A warm welcome to our latest recruit. Rory is currently studying for a Masters in Russian Studies at University College London, where he also completed his BA in French and Russian. Prior to postgraduate study he worked as an English teacher in Nizhny Novgorod (see photo). He has also spent time working in Paris, Berlin, and Brussels. His interests include current …

Project report: “Homes without violence!”

Grantee:  Association of Public Assessors, Tajikistan Project: “Homes without violence!”: training for paralegals and publication of articles and information booklets on judicial proceedings and prevention of domestic violence.   The Association of Public Assessors of the Republic of Tajikistan implemented the project “Homes without violence”, with the support of The BEARR Trust’s Small Grant Scheme from July to December 2020.  During the first month, the project group developed handout modules on the following training topics:  Handouts in …

Project report: exchanging experience

New opportunities for women Grantee:  MIR – Office for Initiatives Development, Tajikistan Project: “Women’s joint work – effective foundation for preventing domestic violence”  Isfara and Bobojon Gafurov are rural districts of Tajikistan, where gender stereotypes and a lack of legal awareness have limited the participation of women and young girls in the decision-making process, both in the family and in social life. By combining the efforts of rural women leaders and women journalists to carry out an awareness campaign about domestic violence prevention, and presenting …

Project report: women - guardians of the hearth

Grantee: MIR – Office for Initiatives Development, Tajikistan Project: “Women’s joint work – effective foundation for preventing domestic violence” For Tajik society, family is the main school of life, since it helps form family members’ ideology and the relationships between people. Family life shapes how humans represent themselves in society.  Muazzamkhon Nazirova, one of the active women in Surkh jamoat, Isfara city, has been making her contribution to life in the community for more than 30 years. Thanks to her, many of her students, …

Updates from Luke Grenfell-Shaw’s “Bristol2Beijing” expedition

Here are two articles from Luke Grenfell-Shaw’s time in Moldova as part of an intrepid journey cycling over 23,000km from Bristol to Beijing, via many of the countries which BEARR supports. He has been raising money for different charities and visiting some of BEARR’s grant recipients – past and present – along the way. Whilst …

The womanly face of change in Belarus

Alison Cameron got in touch with BEARR recently to offer her services as a volunteer, renewing contacts going back decades.  She has been involved with Belarus for most of that time. We asked her to tell us about her latest project.  This year is the 30th anniversary of my involvement with Belarus, a link that has weathered storms both political and personal including my life-changing experience …