BATTLE AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The signing ceremony of one of the most comprehensive programmes for prevention and protection of victims of domestic violence in Macedonia, initiated by the United Nations, will be held in Skopje today.
The programme entitled "Strengthening of the National Capacities for Prevention of Domestic Violence 2008-2011" has been drafted upon a joint initiative of five of the United Nations agencies present in Macedonia - UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM and WHO.
As announced, this complex programme aims to support the Government and the civil society sector in improving inter and intra-sectoral coordination, as well as to strengthen their capacity for domestic violence prevention and provision of adequate victim support services.
The funding for this programme against domestic violence, totaling 2 million euros, has been provided by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
Maria Luisa Silva Mejias, the UN Resident Coordinator, Simone Filippini, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Xhelal Bajrami, Macedonian Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, will give addresses at the signing ceremony for the Joint Programme on Domestic Violence.