How should gender equality principles be applied when a business company is planning its internal CSR strategy? Expert Iryna Alkhouka, member of the  National Council on Gender Policy at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus and Head of International public association "Gender Perspectives", explained to us why gender equality observance and corporate social responsibility are measures helping business in times of crisis. You can read more in the interview the expert gave for the ODB website.

A training seminar for consultants of the Clearing House programme "The Art of Managing – from Goal-Setting to Effective Results" was conducted from June 30 to July 1, 2015 in Minsk. Participants of the event examined methods of increasing effectiveness of providing consultation services from the idea of a project to its implementation in Belarus with international technical assistance.

On July 1, 2015 Minsk hosted a training seminar on how to cover EU activities in Belarus. Participants of the seminar examined methods and modern strategies of informing the Belarusian public about EU projects and international technical aid as well as financial support provided to the country. The event was attended by representatives of Belarusian non-profit organizations, offices of international programmes and regional authority structures.

Ms Raluca Popa, one of the key speakers at the Minsk International Conference on Gender Equality, Project Advisor of Gender Equality Division of DGII of the Council of Europe, in her interview to ODB-Brussels explains how equal rights and opportunities for men and women are being promoted, their connection to the protection of human rights worldwide, as well as why these values are universal and important not only for Belarus.

On June 15-16, Minsk hosted the international conference "Ensuring Gender Equality in Social Life". The event was organized by the Department on political matters of the Council of Europe, the Democratic Governance and Gender Unit of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk and Belarusian State University. The conference was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

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