Project Report: The Graphic Novel Tackling Violence

Grantee: Tolerspace, Kyiv, Ukraine  Project: to create a graphic novel for 10-13-year-old girls, and training of peer-guides in interactive use of this to raise awareness of violence.   One of Tolerspace’s peer-guides, 17-year-old Olga Sidelnikova, describes her involvement in the project:   On a sunny September Saturday ten teenage girls and two psychologists gathered to discuss personal safety, protection from bullying and harassment. …

BEARR Survey 2020

Preliminary Results 8 October 2020 In August and September 2020, The BEARR Trust conducted a survey of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus to find out how their work had been affected by COVID-19 and the measures taken to combat it. The call to take part in the survey …

Project Report: “I’m a Woman” Club

Grantee:  Women’s Initiatives, Blijniy, Moldova  Project: Group and individual psychological and legal counselling for women suffering from domestic violence, developing guidelines on the theme: ‘Your family is not the place for fear, violence or cruel treatment’. Being a woman means to improve oneself, develop and always be happy.   Many women would like to fulfil their creative potential and exist as an …

Project Report: Refuge for Victims of Domestic Violence

Grantee: Kitezh, Moscow Project: To build a network of shelters for women in Moscow and the Moscow region, using networked IT to ensure women are not turned away unnecessarily. Kitezh is the only low-threshold refuge in Moscow and receives a huge number of calls not just from Moscow but from all over Russia, elsewhere in …

New Information Officer for BEARR

The BEARR Trustees are delighted to welcome our new Information Officer, Louisa Long, who took up her post in September.  She comes to BEARR with an impressive range of skills and experience and we look forward to working with her in the challenging times ahead. Louisa Long Louisa studied Russian alongside French at Cambridge University …

August 2020 Newsletter

   At BEARR, we are continuing to work remotely (August Trustees’ meeting above), but energetically. In this issue we have four major items of BEARR News:We are recruiting a new part-time Information Officer to replace our invaluable Sophie. A rewarding post for the right person.Our survey of how COVID-19 is affecting the work of NGOs/CSOs …

Visiting two recipients of BEARR Small Grants in Armenia

Sophie Vandyck, BEARR Information Officer In August 2019 I had the privilege of visiting and evaluating two organisations working to make a difference to vulnerable groups in the Kotayk and Yerevan regions of Armenia; the ISHR and Improve Our Village.  The International Society for Human Rights, Armenia, is connected with ISHR organisations in other countries, …

BEARR Trust webinars, November 2020

Due to the situation with COVID-19, the BEARR Trust is not planning to hold its usual annual conference in London this coming November. Instead we plan to hold three separate on-line webinar discussions on different  COVID-related issues, as follows (more details and joining instructions to follow):  on 5 November – Civil Society Support for Persons with …