Backlash in Providing Assistance and Support to Victims in Estonia
The WAVE Network in frame of the WAVE Step Up! Campaign, drafted, in cooperation with an Estonian member organisation, an open letter to the Estonian Government and members of Parliament, to express the concern for the 2017 state budget allocations for women’s shelters, which had been cut extensively compared to previous year. Therefore, the Estonian government was called upon to allocate the missing funding, to ensure the women shelters remain and are allocated appropriate funding. On the 18 January 2017, WAVE received a positive response from the Estonian Government.
However, the Estonian government failed to allocate additional funding for 2017 to keep the service provision to abused women in women’s support centres at the adequate level that existed previously.
On 15 December 2016, the WAVE office sent a letter to the Estonian President, Kersti Kaljulaid, as well as Members of Parliament and Members of Government. Within the letter, WAVE commended Estonia's record in promoting and protecting women's human rights, and therefore its excellent reputation in the international and European arena.
Estonian Campaigners and NGOs Present Statement to CEDAW
From 7-9 November 2016, Estonian women’s organisations briefed the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the UN in Geneva. The Estonian state is being reviewed for its progress on ending discrimination against women and achieving gender equality during this 65th session for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
6 May 2016 - Campaign Launch with Goodwill Run in Tartu
For the second time, the Women’s Support and Information Center participated in the Goodwill Run in Tartu, organized by the Children’s Foundation of University of Tartu Clinicum. For each registered participant, sponsors of the run donated €5. The participating campaign organization in Finland took part in the run, which not only raised money for the children’s foundation, but also simultaneously raised awareness about domestic violence.
On 25 May 2016, with the support of UN Women Orange Day, NPO Women’s Support and Information Center disseminated a national press release raising awareness about the Step Up! Campaign, and also published the press release on social media, through their Facebook profile and on their website.