Call for submissions – Country visit to Bulgaria, October 2019

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Ms.  Dubravka Šimonović, will undertake an official country visit to Bulgaria from 14 to 21 October 2019.

The Special Rapporteur will address violence against women broadly focusing on both its causes and consequences. In this context, the Special Rapporteur is looking for information on the following topics related to her mandate amongst others:

  • Identification of the manifestations of violence against women and girls including:
    • Violence in the family or domestic violence, all forms of gender based violence and harmful practiced against women and girls, rape, incest, violence against domestic workers and the girl-child, etc.
    • Violence in the community: rape/sexual assault, sexual harassment in the workplace, violence within institutions, and exploitation of prostitution, among others.
  • Recent analytical reports or surveys on the manifestations and prevalence of violence against women in Bulgaria;
  • Key issues and challenges faced in the implementation of the international and regional legal framework on violence against women (e.g. what are the main/most pressing legal and policy gaps in combating violence against women? What needs to be done? How can the Special Rapporteur contribute in making the situation better?)
  • Data collection on femicide/gender-related killings of women and all forms of gender based violence;
  • Any relevant information related to Bulgaria’s fulfilment of its human rights obligations to eliminate violence against women (prevention, protection, prosecution and punishment, and the provision of effective remedies for victims of violence against women);
  • Information on shelters, and protection orders and other services available to women victims of violence, and suggestions on shelters to visit in various locations;
  • Contact information of stakeholders/officials/civil society to meet with;
  • Any other pertinent information that you consider to be relevant for the visit of the Special Rapporteur.

Throughout her visit, the Special Rapporteur will focus particularly on women who encounter multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, including Roma women, LTI women, women with disabilities, migrant and refugee women, women in detention and women from remote or rural communities.

During the visit, the Special Rapporteur wishes to meet with civil society organizations, independent institutions working on human rights, human rights defenders and other advocates working on violence against women. The schedule and venues of meetings with civil society representatives will be shared in due course.

All submissions should be sent by 30 September to vaw@ohchr.org