Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria
“With the implementation of this project, the capacity of both our organization and the participants in the trainings (60 young people) to formulate and submit proposals for opening up existing municipal policies and organizing advocacy campaigns and defending specific causes has increased.”
It is crucial to empower Roma women, considering the obstacles they face in accessing education and employment opportunities. By combining empowerment with accessible healthcare and social services, a more equitable and inclusive society can take shape.
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The project, launched on January 1st 2020, tracks the implementation of the reform in Bulgarian prisons and remand centers. It is funded by the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria under the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism.
The topics in the handbook have been selected so as to cover the means of protection newly introduced in the Bulgarian legislation, as well as other basic mechanisms for monitoring and controlling the activity of the bodies for the execution of punishments and protection of the rights of citizens.
Fine Acts opened the photography campaign “Stronger than words”, in which they photographed 54 people who send an important message with a smile. 54 people, representatives of the groups most affected by hate speech in Bulgaria, as well as their like-minded people, bravely stand with their face against hatred.
“…the people from “Fakulteta” and whichever other Roma neighborhood it may be, are not distinguished by their desires from everyone else – they want their home comfort and their dignity in life. And they achieve it somehow and in spite of everything – most of the young people and those of middle age are abroad because there are more job opportunities, because the pay is better, because they feel more valued there and last but not least because it is such conditions that create the ground for dreams.”
The strength and meaning of Civil Society Organizations’ /CSOs/ existence derives from people’s trust in their mission and it is important, especially in times of social and political crisis, that Non-Governmental Organizations /NGOs/ look critically at themselves and continue to uphold their core values and long-term goals.
The meeting of students and mentors for the academic year 2021/2022 became a spontaneous celebration of the beginning of life after the pandemic.
In the month of October, scholarship holders within the Scholarship Program for Roma students in medical degrees held a number of long-prepared initiatives in different parts of Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is in the final stages of adopting an official definition of energy poverty, but there is a risk that its use for the purpose of energy renovation of buildings will be done in a way that will not prioritize the energy poor and may even lead to an increase in energy inequality.