Project report: the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic violence levels

Grantee: Centre for Women and the Modern World (CWMW), AzerbaijanProject: training for doctors, police, youth activists and NGO leaders to promote awareness of domestic violence and the relevant laws in Shirvan’s rural districts. 13.08.2021 Covid-19 & the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Last summer, we received the news that The BEARR Trust would fund our project, “the Covid-19 …

Project report: supporting victims of domestic violence in Uzbekistan

Grantee: CISC Fergana branchProject: Improving service provision for victims of domestic violence 13.08.21 During 2020-1, with financial support from The BEARR Trust’s Small Grants Scheme, the Centre for the Support of Civil Initiatives (CISC), Fergana branch, in Uzbekistan implemented its project, “Improving service provision for victims of domestic violence”. “Until now, we have taught women …

Bristol2Beijing Update

10.08.21 Blink and you may miss some of the activities Luke Grenfell-Shaw, Bristol2Beijing, has managed to fit into his journey through Central Asia so far! Here is an update on the recent events in the fourth leg of his journey, during which time The BEARR Trust is delighted to be Luke’s official partner.  B2B Challenge  On the …

Project report: family relationships without violence

Grantee: Bonuvoni PyanjProject: Raising awareness of domestic violence within communities in Pyanj province Implementation of Tajikistan’s State Programme for the Prevention of Domestic Violence for 2014-23 depends on cooperation between the Committee for Women and the Family; the state structures for education, healthcare and internal affairs; the Commission for Children’s Rights, and public organisations. The CSO Bonuvoni Pyanj, in cooperation with the district branch of the Committee for Women and the …

An ordinary story of a simple village woman

June 2021 Read the inspiring account of a woman who was once a beneficiary of NGO Bonuvoni Pyanj’s support services and now gives talks and provides training to other volunteers at the organisation. Bonuvoni Pyanj, Tajikistan, received a grant in 2020 for a project focusing on raising awareness of domestic violence within 10 communities in …

Women in a man’s world

Pippa Ebel joined Luke Grenfell-Shaw for the Azerbaijan leg of his tandem ride from Bristol to Beijing, staying in various communities and visiting charities on the way, including 2017 and 2020 BEARR grantee, the Centre for Women in the Modern World. A full account of Pippa’s experiences can be found on Luke’s blog at “A country …

BEARR’s 2021 Small Grants Scheme: Results

This year BEARR’s Small Grants Scheme sought applications from across the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region for projects to “reduce the social isolation of people living with disadvantage”, an issue which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We did not specify the beneficiaries: instead, applicants were asked to describe the problems faced by the …

Project report: empowering women and young people in rural areas of Abkhazia

Grantee: Women’s Fund for Development, Georgia  Project To give women and young people in rural areas the skills and capability to identify local needs, lobby and advocate for them, and participate in civic and social activities in their local communities.  June 2021 The Women’s Fund for Development ran several initiatives supporting women and young girls living in rural areas of Abkhazia, aiming to equip rural women and youth initiative groups with leadership skills and capacities enabling them to advocate and lobby …

Project report: Gender Equality: the key to empowering women and eradicating poverty

Grantee: International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), Armenia Project: project on gender equality as a key to the role of women and poverty reduction, focusing on family entrepreneurship in a single village, and to create a community-based NGO.  Our programme this year was carried out in exceptional conditions, both because of the coronavirus epidemic and the war in Nagorno …

Project report: a safe community for the women of Soghd region

Grant recipient: NGO “Sarchashma”, Tajikistan Project: Training Women’s Councils in southern jamoats, and raising awareness, working with men and boys as well as women and girls  We want to see women and the whole community learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones from violence, to be the guardians of a safe society in matters of gender equality, to show …