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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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12 people were awarded with BFPA’s sign of honor at the Annual General Meeting

Sofia, June 26, 2020

On June 26th BFPA held its Annual General Meeting at which traditionally the members of the organization approved the report for the past year and discussed future plans and perspectives. The Meeting also approved the Code of Conduct, adopted by the Management Board of the Association.
The pinnacle event was at the end of the General meeting on the pleasant Friday afternoon – handing out Signs of Honor to twelve people who through the years were part of the Management Board and long term volunteers of the Association. They are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Dora Mircheva, Elena Poptodorova, Dr. Ivan Dikov, Dr. Kalina Piperkova, Prof. Kuncho Chamov, Maria Kaloyanova, Prof. Milko Sirakov, Dr. Mugurdich Karakashyan, Prof. Radka Argirova, Dr. Raina Gurdeva, Dr. Sofia Stoimenova, Prof. Yuliana Marinova..

 
Parents Need Support to Improve their Digital Competencies

Sofia, May 27, 2020

The first online (due to the Covid19 pandemic) meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on May 27, 2020. Representatives of BFPA, Loveguide, Tulip Foundation, BYRC, WHO – Bulgaria, Know How Center for Alternative Care of Children of NBU, MLSP, NCCTHB, NCPHA, UNICEF, IOM, GERT Foundation, ARC Foundation, SAPI, PULSE Foundation, Roditeli Association Re-Act Association, WCIF.
The agenda included review of what has been done from the latest meeting of the Partnership up to the moment, sharing the experience of members’ activities in the Covid19 pandemic, discussion for coordinating efforts of the group and maximum using the different resources. The work on developing new web resource platform up to the moment and the ‘small projects’ initiative in the frame of the project ‘The Ability to Change’ were presented. The projects in priority area ‘Changing community attitudes and ‘zero’ tolerance to sexual exploitation of children’ are to start in September.

 
‘My Body, My Rights’: Health Mediators form Yambol Municipality about their work in State of Emergency Conditions

Yambol, May 2020

The parents are unemployed. Several days ago one of the brothers has come from abroad, unfortunately with no money. All the family does not have the right to go out of home. They all are quarantined. One day while she is working in her cabinet Kina Asenova is hearing a kid crying on the street. She is going out to see what is happening and sees the family’s six-year old child shaking on the ground and screaming. She finds out that the boy wants a snack very much and the family cannot afford that kind of expense... She goes to the shop, buys a box of the snacks and gives it them. ‘The next day we started distributing food. We gave it away without judging people’s race. We give as well for mentally disabled and people with different diseases’.
Kina is health mediator from 2008, but she works with people on different projects from the 2000s. People trust her. Her colleagues – Atanaska Mutafova, Asen Stoyanov, Atanas Atanasov, Ivan Ivanov and the mediators from Tundja Municipality daily do work in the villages Kukorevo, Kozarevo, Veselinovo, Drazhevo, Hadjidimovo. They work all day long, even on weekends. ‘Since Bulgaria declared state of emergency because of the Covid pandemic we are every day on the field, we give information on the infection, explain them why it’s important to stay at home. We are tracking people who came back from abroad and we make sure that they follow the quarantine guidelines. We have such people in almost every village.’

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