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BFPA's young volunteers plan future activities at their annual meeting

Group photoOn July 13th and 14th in Bankya, BFPA organized the annual national meeting of its young volunteers. Over 40 high-school and university students from Pleven, Stara Zagora, Russe, Plovdiv and Sofia discussed and planned the organization's main activities for the 2013-2014 academic year. The activities will go on into the following main directions:

 

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Women Deliver

WD LogoKuala Lumpur May 28-30th
The world forum on women’s reproductive health and women’s rights through the eyes of Maya Kumanova, chair of IPPF’s youth network – YSAFE

Between 28 and 30th May in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the third Women Deliver conference was held. Women MAYA KUMANOVADeliver is a global advocacy organization which aims to gain political and financial support in its struggle for improving women’s rights and reproductive health and in particular, to put into effect the fifth article of the present Millennium Development Goals which concerns improvement of mothers’ health through universal access to reproductive health and services.


As a long-term BFPA and IPPF’s European youth network - YSAFE volunteer, I was fortunate to receive a grant to participate in Women Deliver and be included among the top 100 young leaders of the conference. The grant also included a two-month long course on the subject. The online course, based on the Schoology platform, contained weekly topics, discussions and tasks and serves as a good example how social networks and contemporary technology can be used for comprehensive and accessible education. This is a method, well-known to BFPA and was used in the H-CUBE project and the construction of a digital e-learning platform for health educators and in particular for educating teachers, health specialists and health mediators on issues concerning HIV, hepatitis B and C.

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Swedish institutions requested our support in the fight against trafficking of human beings

Stockholm meetingOn April 10 and 11 representatives of BFPA and the National Network of Health Mediators (Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, ED of BFPA and Anife Hasan, Vice-president of the Network) were invited by the Helsinki office of IOM to participate in a meeting in Stockholm with the Swedish National Task Force against Prostitution and Trafficking . Representatives of different Swedish state and municipality structures, directly involved in the problems and working on the issues took part in the meeting, such as the Ministry of Justice, prosecution, police, social services, migration offices and the local task forces from Stockholm, Malmo and Gothenburg.

 

 

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UN – ICPD review process in Europe continues

ICPD Beyond 2014VIENNA – On 25th and 26th March UNFPA and UNECE organized the first of three thematic meetings for experts in Vienna on “Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development.” At the meeting in Vienna 15 experts from governments, academia and civil society organizations reflected on the relevant overarching issues of concern in the region, discussed future priorities, challenges and emerging issues and identified key recommendations for action. Cristina Dumitrescu, the secretariat of EPF’s Romanian APPG, was among those present. The remaining two meetings will take place in Bucharest and Belgrade.


The three thematic meetings are intended to feed into the European Population Forum in Geneva on 1st and 2nd July, which is entitled “Enabling Choices: Population Priorities in the 21st Century.” This forum will play a vital role in the global ICPD Beyond 2014 review/преглед/ and in negotiations for what will replace the Millennium Development Goals.

 

The social network

SkopjeFrom 25th to 28th March, an international training, related to the modern internet communications, called ‘New Media Training’, took part in Skopje. The event was organized by H.E.R.A. (http://www.hera.org.mk/), a Macedonian organization, a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), with the participation of Marie-Agnes Lenoir, Senior Communications Advisor at IPPF ENRO. The training’s purpose was to improve the online communicational skills of the IPPF representatives from Latvia, Lithuania, Tajikistan and Bulgaria. Our representatives were Zornitsa Chuchumisheva, coordinator of the branch in Pleven, and Ralitsa Hristova, peer educator at Bulgarian Planned Parenthood Federation (BPPF).

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My Body, My Rights: Meeting of the Teams from Montana, Sofia and Yambol

Dolna Banya, September 2-4, 2020

Meeting of the teams on the project ‘My Body, My Rights’, supported by the prohgamme for socially responsible business “MSD for Mothers” took place in Dolna Banya on September 2-4, 2020. Special guests during the event were the Executive Director of ‘St. Sofia’ First OB Hospital Dr. Gergana Kolarova and the coordinator of BFPA in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov. The priceless opportunity to have a direct dialog with Dr. Kolarova was highly appreciated by the team in Sofia and gave them the possibility to adjust the field efforts and optimize the collaboration with the hospital in the field of family planning.
Topics of the discussions during the three-day meeting were: what examinations to be done during the pregnancy and what is doing the gynecologist in the different stages; what are the benefits from health insurances; how much does it cost and how to recover health insurance rights; the benefits of visualization for understanding the information. Short educational films, developed to help the work at local level, were presented.
The work during the three days with health mediators and other colleagues working on the field from Montana, Sofia and Yambol included discussing the progress currently made and future activities trill the project end.
In the crisis months from the beginning of the year two tenth graders from Yambol were close to drop out from school due to the death of their parents, but the project team supported them and the boys will finish their secondary education. Two of the girls, trained on the project this year will be studying pedagogy in Veliko Tarnovo University.

 
The Learning action partnership was introduced to Safenet’s Cyber Scout Programme

Sofia, August 24, 2020

“I’m a 15-year old boy, in the ninth grade. Recently I met a girl in the social networks. After chatting a few days in Skype, we turned on cameras, send saucy pictures…. Now it transpires the girl is not a girl at all, I was recorded and being blackmailed, for money, for more pictures, otherwise the recordings will be made widely public. What do I do to get out of this situation?”
Another case:
“I’m in the sixth grade. A classmate who is a Facebook friend of our history teacher downloaded her picture and made her a professional profile in a porn site. What do I do, how do I react?”
The two cases are just a small part of the one-day training on the Cyber Scout programme for internet safety and online security for the members of the Learning action partnership (LAP). We talked about online bullying, online sexual exploitation, about the ways we should react, what rules apply, what is allowed and effective… We review different cases – from a threat from a pedophile regarding the security of a child to an innocent at first exchange between friends which escalates to online harassment that can have serious and long-term consequences for the victim’s life and mentality.

 
Capacity building in the fields of communication and advocacy

Dolna Banya, August 20-22, 2020

For three days – from August 20 to 22, 2020 BFPA’s team and Board together with representatives of key partners of the Association gathered at a outside-the-box work meeting in Dolna Banya. The public relations and civic law spepcialists Diana Damyanova and Ivana Murdjeva shared with the participants important accents of their professional expertise which are significant for better understanding the public environment as well as for communicating our messages.
The goal of the event was to analyze the needs of our target groups and of the environment we work in, bearing in mind the challenges for the NGO sector and the specificities in communicating with different audiences in order to be more successful when working in ”our” niche – health prevention, family planning, sexual and reproductive health. A short historical overview of the legislative environment and key normative documents was made.

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