"Him and Her - Two Roles in One Play"

A 30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.

Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova and Bistra Boneva
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: 2000

The film, based on real facts, reveals the story of two women jailed in the Sliven Prison who have killed their husbands due to being subjected to domestic violence for many years. Both the women, from victims of violence became themselves perpetrators and tell, in a dramatic way, how they have taken the matter into their own hands and made the bloody murders as a result of their helplessness and fear.
The women's confessions alternate with the jail psychologist's expert opinion expose not only the psychological features of the victim but also those of the perpetrator. Without providing a definite assessment, the film reveals the myths and realities of domestic violence in Bulgaria, the traditional patriarchal stereotypes and the people's psychology which impose on the Bulgarian society a culture of silence and tolerance to domestic violence.


"Five Male/Female Issue"

30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.


Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova and Bistra Boneva
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: in the year 2001

The film's authors present five different points of view of perceiving the female and male social roles in the contemporary Bulgarian society. The gender massages suggested by advertisements, arts, theatre and religion are revealed in a dynamic and unique way.
The "male" and "female" as cultural and social categories are presented also through the prism of the children in the village of Pataleniza and the school principal who were involved in the Gender Education Program of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation in search of new and attractive methods of interpreting gender differences and needs.
The film highlights the role of NGOs and the alternative models they suggest for bringing up children in the spirit of tolerance and acknowledgement of human rights.


"The Female Energy"

30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.

Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: 2001


The documentary deals with matters that at first glance seem to be of no importance. It goes back to the socialist period when the "female energy" was put to work. After this historical review in black and white, the authors focus on issues of public importance like poverty, labor market and gender aspects of the existing discrimination. The unpaid home assignments are not considered and included in the gross national product. Women entrepreneurs are only 17.8% from the total number of entrepreneurs in Bulgaria.
Women in the private sector are subjected to hidden and obvious inequality and the labor conditions and salaries are not guaranteed according to the Bulgarian Code of Labor.


"Glass Ceiling"

30- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of UNIFEM - TRUST FUND.


Authors: Zornitsa Gyurova
Producer: Lyudmil Kolev
Production: 2001


Equal participation of women in decision-making is not just a matter of moral justice and democracy. It is important not only for transparent and responsible governance but also for a balance complying with the society structure. Glass Ceiling makes a historical and social study of the Bulgarian women's fight for equal access to politics. In Bulgaria the democratization process is accompanied by pushing women out of the real power structures - a process which takes Bulgaria away from the EU standards.
Bulgaria is still among the countries in Europe that does not have functioning state mechanisms to secure real gender equality of women and men. The constitutional principle of formal equality and non-discrimination does not protect women from violation of their human rights and does not guarantee equal access to the public resources.


"Unspoken Silence"

A 52- minute documentary, co-production of the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation realized with the support of the Democracy Commission to the Embassy of the USA in Bulgaria.

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Authors: Bistra Boneva
Producer: Agnes Filipova
Production: 2000

The sensitiveness of the Bulgarian society of violence against women and marginalized ethnic groups is still a priority of the non-governmental organizations and it is difficult to break up the conservative patriarchal stereotypes both in society and outside it. Every debate on the hidden women's discrimination in the family and outside it is perceived as a feminist whim. It is still hard for the women from ethnic groups to fight for their personal and civil autobiography. However, women do have the right to make this choice by themselves. In order to change the way the world perceives you, you should make also a personal effort, should realize the necessity to change your "I" outside the family, and should take the responsibilities and challenges required by the modern society.

The most important thing is to break up the silence and not feel guilty just because you are a woman and has taken your live in your own hands.

Only if you require this from yourself, you may require it from the others as well. The rest is hidden in the unspoken silence.

"ROMA WOMEN WIN IN BULGARIA"

Publication by Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation

ПЪТЯТ НА РОМСКИТЕ ЖЕНИ ОТ МАХАЛАТА ДО ОБЩИНСКИЯ СЪВЕТ - корица
The "Roma women win in Bulgaria" publication is supported by The project “Roma Women Win” / CSDP 2004 Lot 1-014. The project is funded by the European Union under the PHARE Program “Development of Civil Society - 2004”.

Authors:
Kalinka Slivkova, Stoila Bongalova, Radostina Yakimova
Translation: Elena Stoyanova

Publication can be downloaded here
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Gender and Media - gender education methodology

Produced and written by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation and edited by the Bul Koreni Publishing house in 2003 with the kind support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bulgaria (Matra/ KAP Program).

Authors:
Bistra Boneva
Dr. Mariya Neikova
Assoc. prof. Dr. Teodora Petrova


The Gender and Media methodology aims at university teachers who would like to devote to gender education and its challenges.

On the other hand, it could be used by a wider audience: journalists, professionals and representatives of institutions whose activities are directly connected with resolving the issues of men and women in Bulgaria.

The edition covers in four chapters the issues of gender theory, human rights - gender aspects, education, communication, media and evaluation tests.


Gender Education Manual

Produced by the Gender Project in Bulgaria Foundation, Sofia 1999
Gender Education Manual
The methodology is elaborated with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bulgaria (Matra/ KAP Program).

I n this Manual, addressed to teachers, there are model syllabi for teaching and programs for gender education for students in classes IV - XI.

The edition includes articles and methods submitted by the American NGO Protector of Human Rights adjusted to the Bulgarian reality as well as the Bulgarian teachers' experience who have experimented successfully the course.


" The Business Start-up Guide


Produced by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, Sofia 1998, with the financial support of the Global Fund for Women - USA.

Based on materials published by the European Network for women's local employment initiatives (LEI). It includes basic concepts of innovative thinking and generating innovative ideas for business, testing of the ideas, market studies and competitiveness of the ideas.




Export Guide - Better Business for Women


The guide is produced by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, Sofia 1998, with the financial support of the Global Fund for Women - USA.

The design of the guide is mainly based on materials published by the European Network for women's local employment initiatives (LEI).

This guide has been designed for women entrepreneurs who would like to expand their business by exporting. The guide includes practical advice how to study foreign markets, first steps in export, how to make connections with partners abroad, how and where to advertise products, how to fill in export documents, etc.


WOMEN CAN DO IT - III in Bulgaria - Joint Concern for Our Municipality National Report

The report is written by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, Sofia 2004, in Bulgarian and English, as part of a regional project of the Stability Pact Gender Task Force with the support of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

Authors:
Violeta Vlahova
Stanimira Hadjimitova
Bistra Boneva
Center of Political Sciences team: Venelin Stoichev, Rositsa Kabzeva, Vera Markova, Paskal Boyadzhiiski, Ivelina Aleksieva, Bilyana Pilts, Gabriela Marinova

The report contains the presentation of the project, activities, media coverage, analysis of the inquiries completed after each seminar giving an idea of women's current problems, conducted by the Center of Political Sciences, and the national evaluation meeting.


WOMEN CAN DO IT - III - Locally Elected Women Making a Difference - SEE REGIONAL REPORT

The report is written by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, Sofia 2004, in English in implementation of the regional project Women Can Do It-III of the Stability Pact Gender Task Force and funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

Authors:
Stanimira Hadjimitova
Sonja Lokar

The report contains a description of the project and its goals, the local approach to the project implementation, details of the project activities and the national campaigns, outcomes and recommendations.

Gender Task Force Bulgaria 2000- 2001

Designed and written by Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, Sofia 2001, in Bulgarian and English, with the support of the Government of Austria.

Authors:
Stanimira Hadjimitova
Kalinka Slivkova
Ana Micheva

Center of Political Sciences team: Emil Koshlukov, Venelin Stoichev, Rositsa Kabzeva, Svetlana Doncheva, Vera Markova, Gabriela Marinova

The booklet contains a description of the Women Can Do It project in Bulgaria, the goals, methodology, seminars, outcomes and assessment of the 36 project seminars and empirical and sociological survey conducted by the Center of Political Sciences ordered by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation.


Roma Women Can Do It Booklet

Roma Women Can Do It Booklet This booklet was republished with the support of the Stability Pact Gender Task Force within the Roma Women Can Do It regional project in 2003.

The booklet is a bilingual edition - published in Bulgarian and English and aims at Roma women. The main topics covered are: politics - woman's way, language is power, techniques of domination, communication and problems solving, stress overcoming, techniques of communication and discussion, creative way of problem resolving, political campaigns and initiatives.



Roma Women Can Do It in Bulgaria Booklet

Roma Women Can Do It in Bulgaria Booklet The booklet is produced by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation, Sofia 2003, within the implementation of Roma Women Can Do It project as part of a regional project of the Stability Pact Gender Task Force with the financial support of the Norwegian Government.

The report contains details of the trainings, the outcomes and the experience acquired during the project implementation in Bulgaria.



Information Kit for Parliamentarians and Media

Information Kit for Parliamentarians and Media The Information Kit is produced by CEE women's NGOs by the initiative of Network of East-West Women Polska (NEWW-Polska) and with the financial support of UNIFEM. It applies to women parliamentarians.

For more information on the project visit home page: web site http://www.neww.org.pl.

The main vision of the project is to take advantage of the forthcoming integration with the European Union to strengthen women's economic rights and gender equality. The main objective is to support the socio-economic and gender equality of women from Central and Eastern Europe and to encourage the EU members and the other European countries to cooperate and work together more efficiently. This is a vision of Europe where all citizens are equal regardless of the fact whether they belong to the EU or whether they are male or female.

The translation from English and the section about Bulgaria have been prepared by the Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation. The Bulgarian edition is being published and edited with the financial support of Centre of Women's Studies and Policies in Sofia.

The Information Kit can be downloaded here
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