29. 5. 2015
The conference "A Europe Free from Gender-Based Violence: From Commitment to Action", that took place on 27th and 28th of May in Prague at Hotel Pyramida, is online. The conference was organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation of the Czech Republic.
The Let’s Give Women a Chance programme promotes equal opportunities for women and men both in work and personal life as well as prevention and help for victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the Czech Republic. It is funded from Norway Grants and the official title is “CZ 12 Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Promoting Work-Life Balance / Domestic and Gender-based violence”.
The programme is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, which will allocate 158,5 million Czech crowns to programmes with this focus in the years 2013-2016.
The programmes are supposed to help spread flexible working hours and other forms of flexible work schemes for parents of pre-school children, to ensure the general availability of child-care facilities for the age group of 0-6 years and to raise awareness of gender issues and provide a gender audit of public policies. Open Society Fund Prague will also support the development of services for persons endangered by domestic violence and the prevention or reduction of this phenomenon.
Non-governmental organisations, research and academic institutions, the public and private sectors (municipalities, regions, firms and others), church organisations and intergovernmental organisations active in the Czech Republic are eligible for funding from the programme. Finances will also go into supporting Czech-Norwegian cooperation between organisations and sharing the Norwegian experience with mainstreaming gender equality and the prevention of domestic violence. Details on the opportunities for support are to be found in the Grant Applicants chapter.
The Norway Grants provide funding to 61 programmes in 12 European countries. The total of 800 million Euros is available to countries which joined the European Union in the years 2004 and 2007. Norway thus contributes towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. It promotes above all environmental protection and fighting climate change, research and scholarships, civil society development, health care, children, gender equality and improvement of the efficiency of justice.
The Czech Republic will receive 70.4 million Euros from the Norway Grants in the given period and another 61.4 million Euros from the EEA Grants, where Iceland and Liechtenstein make their contributions together with Norway. As non-member EU countries they, as a matter of course, pay for access to the EU internal market.
By the year 2016, fifteen programmes will be financed from the grants in the Czech Republic. All of them must adhere to standards relating to human rights, good governance, sustainable development and gender equality and have come into existence based on the agreement between the Czech Republic and Norway. Emphasis is placed also on the integration of minorities and improving the situation for the Roma population. Funding can be drawn also from the global fund for decent work and tripartite dialogue directly operated by the Norwegian agency Innovation Norway.