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LoveGuide’s debut in YouTube

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Sofia, October 2016

The platform LoveGuide , the launch of which was noted by us here, had its tebut  in YouTube with e teaser and later with mini-monologue about  …. The First time. The creative team has the ambition every week to upload one short video – there are some elaborated on topics as wet dreams, orgasm, attraction – we expect recordings on everything we don’t know yet or are too ashamed to ask about. Information is comprehensive, youth friendly, concise and clear but not at all dry, boring or instructive. The topics include puberty, growing up, sexuality, love, STI’s, unwanted pregnancy prevention, prevention of violence – topics, on which every young person should be informed. And this way LoveGuide can reach a wider audience with useful information. Watch and share yourselves!

Link to LoveGuide's YouTube channel

 

Light a match

Campaign posterSofia, October 1-9 2016

To mark October 1 – European Day of Foundations and Donors– members and partners of the Bulgarian Donor’s Forum share within their campaign “Enlighten about the good causes” stories of philanthropy, about campaigns and the change they achieve with the aid of donors and supporters. Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, BFPA’s Executive Director, tells shortly about what the Association does and expresses gratitude to the OAK Foundation for its help in standing for our common causes  - prevention of violence, sexual abuse and exploitation towards young people in institutions. Thanks go personally to Tanya Kovacheva “because she is extraordinary”.

A videoclip of Dr. Stamenkova on behalf of BFPA  

 

Health and sexuality education for young people against early marriages, gender stereotypes and abuse

ParticipantsSofia, October 1-2 2016

On October 1st and 2nd young representatives of 7 NGOs from all over Bulgaria participated in a seminar organized by the Bulgarian Fund for Women (BFW) with the support of TELUS and BFPA's Executive Director Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova as a trainer. The main topics that were presented and discussed during the two days were: sexual and reproductive health and rights, health and sexuality education, contraception, gender, prevention of trafficking of human beings, prevention of early school dropouts and early marriages. This is also the beginning of a collaboration between BFW and BFPA in a campaign of the Fund, the seven participating NGOs and their Youth Equality Clubs. The campaign is about prevention of early marriages and early school dropouts and is yet to gain popularity.

 

NNHM: Change goes inside out

Group photoA THREE-DAY MEETING FOR ELABORATING THE NNHM'S STRATEGIC PLAN

Bankya, August 19-21 2016

A three day strategic planning event was held by the National Network of Health Mediators Association in Bankya from Aug 19 to Aug 21 in order to improve its efficiency. Members of the NNHM Board, supporters, partners and Network experts, as well as 15 health mediators, selected at five local preparatory meetings and representing different regions, took part in the session.
Moderator of the meeting was Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova – Executive Director of BFPA, member of NNHM and health mediator trainer, who has experience on a national and international level in moderating strategic planning processes.

 

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Journalists in school

Q and ABulgaria, June 6 – 11 2016

On June 6th kicked off the “Journalists in school” initiative, which is a part of the activities of the “Valya Krushkina” Fund – at the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation (WCIF). BFPA has actively supported the Fund since its establishing in 2012. Students from 16 schools in 13 Bulgarian cities will meet face to face with famous Bulgarian journalists who are connected with the “Valya Krushkina – journalism for the people” award – award winners, jury members and members of the “Valya Krushkina Fund” Public Council. 
“Journalists in school” is a meeting, at which the students ask and the journalists answer.
“What is it like being a journalist in Bulgaria”?
“Who warrants the objectivity of our media”?
“How does one become a journalist?””
“What is investigative journalism?” and a lot more questions that are of interest for the adolescents.

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Reverse your vision!

Reverse 1Sofia, June 3 2016

From the 3rd to the 17th of June in the Kristal Garden in Sofia you can see a special exhibition – “REVERSE YOUR VISION”. It’s dedicated to the Scholarship programme for Roma medical students which for a ninth year is giving the chance to young educated and highly motivated Roma young people to develop further their knowledge and professional experience in the field of healthcare.
The camera flips the images upside down, the same is with the human eye and our brain turns them around and puts them “right side up”. Prejudice is in our heads and they change the way we perceive the world.
Are we ready to reverse our concepts in order to “see people as they really are”?

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Improving the Organizational Policies of BFPA on Child Protection

OAK LogoPresentationSofia, April 25-26, 2016

Educational training for supported by OAK Foundation organizations on Developing and Improving Organizational Policies and Procedures for Internal Protection of the Child took place at 25 and 26 April 2016 in Sofia. The participants worked in groups for за improving organizational standards for child protection so that to guarantee the safety of children they work with directly and indirectly. The purpose of the workshop was to improve the knowledge and understanding on child abuse and the requirements for internal protection.

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Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Sofia, November 18, 2020

Break the Silence: November 18 is the European Day on protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual violence.
The first thing that comes to mind when we hear ‘sexual exploitation’ is usually connected with red lanterns, streets or roads with women (and men) sex workers, trafficking of human beings. Sexual exploitation of children could have also other faces – sex services in exchange of expensive things such as smart phone or modern accessory or at the cost of a lunch, sweets or instead of rent for parents’ accommodation. It can happen via internet and to affect minors before they become teenagers. That’s why it is needed to break the silence and to ask for zero tolerance concerning this ugly phenomenon. Statistics show that one of five children becomes victim of violence, including sexual. As parents we can prevent this: we can teach them for instance on the Rule of the Bathing Suit. It says that no one has the right to touch their body, especially where the body is covered by a swimming bathing suit. Medical examinations and manipulations as well don’t have to be allowed without their informed consent. The rule helps children to understand that their bodies are their own, that there is good and bad touching, as well es personal borders and social ethnic norms.

 
Six Small Projects in the Frame of LAP Supported

Sofia, October 2020

The second competition for small projects for organizations of Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place in June and July 2020. In the defined for collecting proposals deadline five proposals were presented, among which with the help of a special selected committee, as well of organizations members of LAP, for supporting were approved three:
Project ‘ACT>Re-Act>ImpACT! – innovative approach for advocacy of HGO concerning sexual exploitation of children’ of Re-Act Association has the ambition to develop innovative business oriented approach for effective advocacy of NGO with the help of professionals in marketing sphere.
Project ‘Can You See Me? – the hidden vulnerability of children from sexual exploitation and violence’ of ‘Parents’ Association will contribute for improving and effective applying of ‘Mechanism for reaction against harassment and violence in the institutions in the system of preschool and school education’ as exploring the gaps concerning prevention and its effective applying in cases of risk and/or cases of sexual exploitation and violence against children, including online.
Project ‘Individual Protection – advocating for changes in the legislation for individual assessment of children victims of sexual exploitation’ of Social Activities and Practices Institute (SAPI) is aiming to improve the policy and the law on individual assessment of children, victims of crimes, incl. sexual exploitation within the meaning of a directive 29/2012/ЕС.

 
Two round tables at the second year end of the project “My body, my rights”

Yambol, September 24, 2020
Montana, September 28, 2020

At the end of the second year of BFPA’s project “My body, my rights”, supported by the initiative for socially responsible business “MSD for mothers”, the association organized round tables on the need and benefits of family planning with a focus on vulnerable communities in two of the project locations. During the meetings a recap of the activities up to now was made and future ones were discussed for the third year. Both events were attended by  municipal representatives, Regional health inspectorate, Regional health insurance fund, health mediators, health specialists, representatives of local NGOs, Community support centers, social workers and most importantly – members of the target communities in which activities are implemented.
A special accent was BFPA’s new short animated products - “Family planning” and “Pregnancy with a smile”. The discussion was on the activities until now and their effect on improving the level of information in the target groups, the need for such activities in general, the best working communication channels in the Roma community, the role of the self help groups and the health mediators, the difficulties caused by COVID-19 and other problems, i.e. the duplication and decentralization of social activities from different institutions. A recapitulation of what has been done until now in Montana was made by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director of BFPA and Petar Tzvetanov, local Project Coordinator, and for Yambol – Tzveta Petkova, member of NNHM’s Board and Kina Asenova, local Project Coordinator.

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