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Well-being and safety of women, North Macedonia – OSCE-led study on violence against women


The OSCE has strong commitments on combating violence against women and girls (VAWG). On 6th of March 2019, the main results report of the OSCE-led Survey on the Well-being and Safety of Women was launched. This is the first comparable representative study conducted in South-East Europe and Eastern Europe. The OSCE Gender Section is organizing a high-level conference on 6-7 May 2019 to disseminate the main results of the survey and discuss next steps with key stakeholders.

The OSCE-led survey therefore provides a wealth of information, including data on social norms and attitudes, prevalence rates of violence against women, its consequences as well as reporting and help-seeking by survivors. The research shows that gaps in the ability of local institutions’ to understand and address women’s and girls’ experience of personal insecurity and violence continue to exist. The survey data suggests that beliefs in female subservience, spousal obedience and silence surrounding VAWG continue to persist in the region and that those women who hold such beliefs are more likely to say they have experienced violence.

This report presents the findings from the OSCE’s qualitative and quantitative study in North Macedonia. The study was implemented in spring/summer 2018 and involved:

• 15 key expert interviews, which provided an overview of issues related
to VAW and of conflict-related acts of violence;
• A survey on experiences of violence among a representative sample
of 1,910 women aged 18–74, including 496 women who completed
the survey in Albanian; the survey used a multistage, stratified, random
probability sample design;
• Eight focus groups with women from various demographic backgrounds (two
with Albanian and two with Roma women) on their attitudes towards the
• Four in-depth interviews with women who had experienced violence in order
to understand, in more detail, the impact the violence had on
them (including one Albanian and one Roma woman).

By | May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Policy Briefs 3 and 4 on Sexuality Education by BZgA and UNFPA


The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) in Germany and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia jointly developed a series of policy briefs on sexuality education.

The first two issues published in 2015 (also in cooperation with the WHO Regional Office for Europe) have now
been complemented by Policy Brief n° 3 and 4: Policy Brief No. 3 ‘Introducing Sexuality Education: Key Steps for Advocates in Europe and Central Asia’
provides an overview of the most important steps for the introduction (or revision) of national in-school sexuality-education programmes and reviews of existing resources.

Both policy briefs are also available from following website:

By | January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

This annual report examines progress in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals. With the deadline for the MDGs on the horizon (2015), progress can be reported in most areas, despite the continuing impact of the global economic and financial crisis. For instance, maternal mortality has been reduced by 47 per cent, although much more progress is needed to reach the goal of a 75 per cent reduction.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

By | September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Health and Health Behaviour among young people

The series Health Policy for Children and Adolescents (HEPCA) is a WHO document series mainly based on results of the international survey “Health Behaviour in School-aged Children” (HBSC) and on other relevant international studies. It focuses on the implications of scientific results for health policy in developed countries. The target groups are politicians and experts, especially those concerned with the health of young people. The HEPCA series consists of reports on particular topics of high political relevance, including survey data on child and adolescent health, reports on specific health situations and suggestions for future investment in health policies for the young generation.

Health and Health Behaviour among young people


By | September 26th, 2017|0 Comments