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Institution or Company Name CPE - Center for Partnership and Equality
Current Location 2A, Drumetului Street,
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Sector of Activity NGO
Primary Field of Expertise Equal rights and anti-discrimination
Experience in working with
  • State institutions
  • NGO
  • National public administration
  • Local public administration
Project management experience Yes
Research activities Yes
Experience in EU funded projects Yes
Experience in international projects Yes
Awards CPE was finalist organizations of ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration (2013))
Economic reform and private sector development
  • Entrepreneurship
Sustainable development
  • Education
  • Social policies
Equal rights and anti-discrimination
  • Women and gender equality
  • Youth and social categories at risk
Geographic Experience / Focus
  • Romania only
  • Europe
Project management experience Yes
If the answer to the previous question is Yes, please give some details.

The organization has an experience of over 14 years in project management, both as the main applicant and as a partner in national and European projects, projects related to areas such as equal opportunities for women and men in the labor market and in social life, supporting women's rights, diversity, anti-discrimination, preventing trafficking and violence against women, supporting people from vulnerable groups through activities of social economy, etc.

The organization managed from its registering about 60 projects in its field, from projects financed from European funds (PHARE funds, ESF projects funded directly by the European Commission through the ISEC projects funded by the embassies / government funds and international agencies (EEA grants, CEE Trust, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Embassy of Canada, the Government of Switzerland / Thematic Fund for Civil Society Participation, International Labour Office, UNICEF, Canadian International Development Agency, etc. Open Society Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure), public institutions nationwide (National Agency for Equal Opportunities for men and women, Youth and Sports Ministry, National Cultural Fund Administration) etc.

The projects had both national and international partners such as: NGOs, central and local public authorities, educational institutions (kindergartens, schools, colleges, and universities), trade unions, employers, private companies.

The organization has accumulated rich experience in project management in all its stages, from initiation (planning activities and budgets, identifying funders, writing projects), implementation (managing budgets, coordinating partners and team work, managing relationships with beneficiaries, resources, activities), monitoring and evaluation of project activities and objectives, technical and financial reports.
Also, in other projects developed, the organization has provided training and consulting to other NGOs in organizational development and organizational management and attracting European funds management, human resources management.

Research activities Yes
If the answer to the previous question is Yes, please give some details.

"CPE initiated, coordinated and carried out (including in collaboration with various research institutes), many qualitative and quantitative research (based on tools such as focus groups, interviews and application of questionnaires, analysis of documents, etc.) in its areas of activity such as:

- National research on domestic violence and the workplace - nationally representative instrument that gives an objective and scientific image about the extent of domestic violence in Romania (2003)
- Women's access to the labor market - qualitative research to determine the needs for information, education and support that women need in the labor market (2003)
-Coverage of domestic violence. Case study: Romanian newspapers (2004) - Research coverage analysis focused on domestic violence in the messages transmitted by the media in Romania
- Impact study. Analysis of gender mainstreaming at the Good Governance Support Program of the Canadian International Development Agency by making gender analysis for 12 of the projects funded by the Program in Romania (2005)
- Men and women in organizations (2006) - qualitative research with the objective of identifying managers and employees opinions about women and men in situations directly related to work and situations that could influence the decisions of organizations
- Sexual harassment in the workplace (2007), quantitative research conducted in order to identify people's perceptions about what behaviors constitute sexual harassment, which are the manifestations forms, what are the prejudices and stereotypes in relation to sexual harassment, how do people who faced situations of sexual harassment act?
- Retirement age, pensions and other issues related to pensions. Reviews of Romanians (2007) study on retirement ages for women and men and mandatory private pensions
- New action areas for union structures: the health of employees, participation in training, performance evaluation, promotion, pay for performance (2007)
- The image of women in Romanian society. Media analysis reports (2011 and 2013), which aims to analyze the image of women and men as shown in the media and advertising (equity, gender roles and stereotypes).
- Hopes for sale. Qualitative research on trafficking for sexual exploitation in Romania and Italy in 2007-2011 (2012) - includes information on the evolution and characteristics of the phenomenon of trafficking for sexual exploitation in Romania and Italy
- Gender into policies and activities to prevent human trafficking in Romania, Italy and Spain (2014) - analysis of key pieces of legislation in the field of human trafficking in Romania, opinions and perceptions on how the prospect gender is integrated into the provisions, policies and actions to prevent and reduce human trafficking for sexual exploitation.
- Qualitative research on child labor in agriculture in Romania (2014) aiming to both describing and defining the phenomenon of child labor in agriculture in Romania and situations affecting Romanians working abroad.
- Qualitative research on the integration of vulnerable groups in the labor market (2014) - focused on identifying and analyzing obstacles faced by people from vulnerable groups (Roma people, persons with disabilities) labor market and needs support in integration
- Catalogue of gender-based good practices on prevention of trafficking in the EU (2014)
-Gender Good Practices. Research Methodology and criteria for selecting gender-based practices (2014)
-Qualitative research regarding trafficking of persons through sexual exploitation both in home country (Romania) and in destination countries (Italy, Spain) focusing on the correlation between gender vulnerabilities and their impact on each stage of trafficking (2015)
- Faces of young people in the media. How teenagers are portrayed in newspapers, magazines and forums? (2015), media analysis.
- Vulnerable teenage superheroes. Difficult road to growing-up of girls in Romania (2016), qualitative research that followed a better understanding of gender perspective, inequalities, vulnerabilities and risks affecting girls
-Meeting current system needs and difficulties faced by teenagers in Romania (2016), policy analysis."

Experience in EU funded projects Yes
If the answer to the previous question is Yes, please give some details.

"1. ALTFEM - Project for changing the image of women in society

Duration: 2010-2013
Financing: European Social Fund through SOP HRD 2007-2013.

The project aims to improve the perception on women and raising awareness of operators and media experts, social partners, public authorities on the issue of women and gender equality in the labor market.

- To identify perceptions and stereotypes against women in relation to the profession, as shown in the media and advertising;
- Developing the skills of 400 journalists, communication experts and the media, marketing and communications experts on identifying and combating gender stereotypes and organizing courses
- Increasing public awareness about the importance and benefits of gender equality and eliminate stereotypes by launching a national awareness campaign

Beneficiaries of the project: journalists, communication experts from advertisers and marketing departments, staff from central and local authorities in work and broadcasting staff from civil society organizations, including the social partners, the general public.

- Training ""StereoTipe and StereoTypes? About change in the portrayal of women and men in public communication ""addressed to journalists, specialists working in advertising agencies and marketing departments with 320 participants
- The campaign to collect signatures for the petition ""the first Romanian female personality on a banknote""
- online resource center
- Research about the image of women in media

2. AnimaNova - integration into the labor market for trafficked persons

Duration: 2009-2012
Financing: European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007 - 2013

The project was developed in partnership with five organizations from Italy, with activities in preventing and combating trafficking in persons (Associazione Parsec, ricerca e Social Intervention, Expert Italy, Ageform, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, Esprit).

The project goal:
The project aimed at increasing the skills and knowledge of at least 260 operators involved in preventing and combating human trafficking, exchange of experience, information and best practices

Project objectives
- Obtain an overview of the phenomenon of trafficking and social issues related to it, from a perspective linking the two countries, Romania, the country of origin of victims of trafficking and Italy, the country of destination for victims
- Creating framework conditions for the efficient management of situations of trafficking at local, regional, national and transnational level, through joint interventions and building partnerships
- Creating a Community of Practice to support information sharing and continuous and active learning in the field
- Raising awareness towards general public on human trafficking

Project beneficiaries: professionals, experts, representatives of NGOs and public authorities from Romania and Italy, working in the field of preventing and combating human trafficking, the general public.

The area of intervention of the project: Romania and Italy.

- Transnational events: seminars, study tours in Italy, internship sessions in Italy;
- Developing a Community of Practice (CoP) for actors in the field of trafficking and trafficked labor market integration of people with 300 members
- Organization of online training sessions in preventing and combating human trafficking and the services provided to trafficking victims
- Making a model of integration for trafficked persons in the labor market
- The research ""Hopes for sale. Qualitative research on trafficking for sexual exploitation in Romania and Italy, in the period 2007-2011"", based on interviews with representatives of public organizations and NGOs in Romania and Italy that provides services to victims of trafficking and victims of trafficking with a Romanian nationality.
- The campaign ""Protect your beloved!"", which involved a national intervention in urban level in major urban cities with general public and in rural areas, in small communities, where workshops were organized with children aged between 12 and 14 years, as well as workshops with important members of the community (parents, local authorities).
- Catalogue of organizations in Romania and Italy that provide services to victims of trafficking comprising a total of 72 organizations presentations
- Documentary based on interviews with victims of human trafficking and members of their families ""Hopes for sale""
- The campaign blog:

3. Social bakery MamaPan

Duration: 2014-2015
Financing: European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007 - 2013

The bakery is a social economy structure founded within the project ""S.E.S. - To evolve sustainable"" which aimed at creating new services and socio-professional integration opportunities to people in vulnerable groups, with difficulty integrating into the labor market. The project has provided free training and employment for vulnerable women in various situations.

MamaPan bakery produces healthy bread with sourdough, without preservatives and additives, using only natural ingredients. Both production and distribution are located in Bucharest. Female employees are single mothers and women in difficult situations with more than 2 children who are experiencing difficulties in integrating the labor market. 7 women in this project are part of the production team, and one is involved in the distribution. Of the total production of bread, a certain percentage is distributed free of charge to vulnerable families, single parents.

4. Innovation and promotion of women in the labor market - professional development project for women who do not have a job

Duration: 2014-2015
Financing: European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013

Objective: development and promotion of equal opportunities and gender in Romanian society in order to ensure women's equal access to employment and professional development of 460 women aged between 16-35 years, especially graduates of high school or vocational school faculty who have difficulty integrating into the labor market.

- Public awareness campaign on combating gender discrimination and promoting equal opportunities (10 events in three county regions of the country, with 200 people-teachers, students)
- Accredited 5 days courses on social and civic skills for 60 girls and women between 16-35 years, with difficulty integrating into the labor market
- Study visit to Italy in order to identify best practices in the field of gender equality, attended by specialists from NGOs and local and central authorities
- Information seminars for the promotion of gender equality with representatives of NGOs and public authorities, as well as women with difficulties finding a job.

5. We also have the right to work!

Duration: 2014-2015
Financing: European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013

Objective: the project aimed to support the integration of people from vulnerable groups such as Roma people, people with disabilities and to contribute on removing the barriers these people face in their quest to get a job and to integrate in society.

- Qualitative research (based on interviews with experts in the social field and focus groups with Roma people and people with disabilities) who aimed to identify intervention measures for the integration of vulnerable groups in the labor market and perceptions of people from vulnerable groups on the condition and their social and economic status and problems faced in terms of labor market integration.
- Discussion groups on identifying methods to combat social exclusion of vulnerable groups, especially Roma people and people with disabilities (80 participants, experts from public institutions and NGOs).
- 3 days interactive workshops on topics related to avoiding stereotypes and prejudices and efficient work with people in situations of vulnerability (118 participants: social workers, psychologists, teachers, NGO representatives).
- Individual sessions and group counseling professional and personal development workshops with persons belonging to vulnerable groups.
- A campaign in schools and high schools in Bucharest and other cities which had the objective to raise awareness between secondary school students on issues such as marginalization of vulnerable groups and accepting differences and promoting positive models that can increase self-confidence of the children (232 students included in thematic workshops about violence and bullying ways in response to influences and negative patterns, respect borders, increasing confidence and self-esteem, understanding and acceptance of differences, avoiding marginalization), 474 children from various schools participating in two educational theater shows (Bad Children and Stop bullying), followed by interactive discussions with children and teachers.
- A campaign addressed to employers on ""Diversity at Work"", which with the purpose to help improve social perception among employees and employers regarding vulnerable groups (this involved seminars with employers, human resource managers from different cities in order to deconstruct the prejudices related to Roma people and people with disabilities and raise awareness about the benefits of diversity in the workplace).

Experience in international projects Yes
If the answer to the previous question is Yes, please give some details.

"1. Be Family Friendly! Training and consulting for companies in Bucharest and Ilfov (2009-2011)

- Increasing the level of information and awareness and skills development of managers from public and private companies in Bucharest - Ilfov in the field of labor flexibility and reconciliation of family and professional life.
- Rewarding companies who conduct most effective flexible work programs and reconciling work and family life programs.

The target group consisted of 100 managers, human resources managers, human resources specialists and 2,125 employees from public and private companies.

- Realizing the “How to develop and implement policies and programs for work-life balance in companies” guide.
- Training for 100 managers / HR managers from companies in the Bucharest-Ilfov region in issues concerning flexibility in working time and reconciliation between work and family life.
- Consulting for 15 companies in Bucharest-Ilfov region, to facilitate the introduction of policies and measures on flexible working hours and reconciliation between work and family life.
- Work Life Balance Award competition organizing and awarding companies with the best programs to reconcile family life with professional life (6 companies awarded).
- CPE has partnered in this project with a nongovernmental organization in Spain, Fundación Mujeres - Spain, working in the field of supporting women's rights. The partnership consisted of visits to share experiences from organizations and companies in Spain, with very good results in the development of work-life balance programs which was attended by managers of human resources at various private companies in Romania. CPE’s duty was to identify the Spanish organization partner and to collaborate on the program of study visits organized in Spain.

2. Genderis – the gender dimension in policies and activities to prevent trafficking in Romania, Italy and Spain (2013-2015)

The project was funded by the European Commission, the ISEC program and had 3 organizations as partners in Italy and one in Spain (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (Italy), DIFFERENZA DONNA - Associazione di donne alle controls violenza Doñana (Italy), Fundació SURT- the Dones (Spain), UNAR - the National Anti-Discrimination (Italy).

The activities developed in partnership were:
- The analyze of policies and activities to prevent trafficking for sexual exploitation form gender perspective (the EU, with particular emphasis on the situation in Romania, Italy and Spain) and realization of a report.
- Documentation of good practices on prevention of trafficking for sexual exploitation from gender perspective at European level and developing a catalog of best practices.
- Developing and disseminating a working tool on gender mainstreaming in the activities of prevention of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
- Piloting three types of activities to prevent trafficking for sexual integrating a gender perspective in Romania, Italy and Spain.
- Development of guidelines and recommendations for developing and implementing policies to prevent trafficking for sexual exploitation from gender perspective.

3. AGREE AGricultural job Rights to End foreign workers Exploitation - project to prevent exploitation of migrant workers in agriculture (2014-2016)

The project AGREE has been financed by the EU program for preventing and fighting crime and was implemented by NGOs and trade union confederations in three countries: Italy (Associazione Bruno Trentin ISF-IRES, CITTALIA - Centro Europeo di Studi e Ricerche per I common e le città), Spain (CONC - Confederación Sindical Obrera fees from Nacional de Catalunya, Fundación Cipriano Garci CCOO de Catalunya) and Romania (CPE), CNSRL-Brotherhood).

The project aimed to lead to a better understanding of the operating practices of female workers and migrant workers in agriculture, to develop effective intervention strategies in combating the phenomenon. The activities have involved training and dialogue between experts and other operators in the sector by creating networks of local action involving representatives of local authorities, workers in the field, etc. A major objective of the project was to analyze the phenomenon of severe labor exploitation in agriculture, especially migrants and enhancing the prevention and fighting against this type of exploitation, both through qualitative analysis and by looking at how they make it in the partner states (Italy, Spain, Romania) implementing Directive 2009/52 / EC.

4. Girl - project interventions on gender rights and freedoms of women and girls trafficked for sexual exploitation (2014-2016)

The project was funded by the European Commission with partner organizations from Italy (Culture Lavoro, Expert 4 Europe), Spain (Surt) and Romania (CPE ADPARE).

- Developing a qualitative research regarding the phenomenon of trafficking in sexual exploitation in the country of origin (Romania) and in destination countries (Italy, Spain) that tracks the correlation between the vulnerabilities of gender and their impact on each stage of trafficking phenomenon from recruitment (including new forms of recruitment through the internet and social media) to exit the operation and traffic situations.
- Organization of training sessions on gender vulnerabilities in correlation with trafficking in girls and women for sexual exploitation. The beneficiaries were people working in organizations that provide services to victims.
- Organizing activities to prevent trafficking for sexual exploitation in terms of gender, in Romania, the country of origin and in Italy and Spain as countries of destination, namely: workshops with children, parents and local authorities in 10 rural communities in Romania, organizing public events in 5 cities in Romania, information campaign carried out through the media, workshop with Romanian women working in Italy and Spain, a campaign to clients in Italy and Spain.

International partnerships Yes
Flagship products / Best practices:

"1. MamaPan social bakery - the project described in section Experience in projects financed by the EU

2. WLB working directly with companies - the project described in section Experience in international projects

3. We all have a story! – Prodiversity and proinclusion program in kindergartens (2014-2016)

The project aimed to support kindergartens open to all children, regardless of their status, the existence of a disability, by ethnicity, nationality, skin color etc. The project involved the main activities:
- Training sessions to raise awareness and to remove stereotypes in the areas of gender, ethnicity and disability, which was attended by 105 teachers from 37 kindergartens in Bucharest.
- Training for teachers in three working methods pro-diversity and pro-inclusion: Persona Dolls (promotes diversity and acceptance, developing at the same time social skills and emotional needs of children, their ability to manage various problems, cooperate with others and to recognize and control their feelings in a positive and healthy way), Life stories method (promotes the ability of educators to understand ways deep in stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination can impact a person's destiny, the opportunities its self-esteem and expectations from themselves and from others) and Sand game method (allows the child to tell his own in a well-defined, with the ability to use symbols, figures and characters from plastic), to explore new ways of action for the future and express their fears and fantasies, the child acquires also a new understanding of their own power while modifying the sand, acting differently, making decisions).
- Support of 25 kindergartens in the methods described above.
- Organizing special activities related to diversity: visits to the Museum of Roma culture, where children participated in workshops held by Roma craftsmen (silver, music, floral decorations) and listened to their stories about how they learned to craft; visits to MamaPan Social Bakery where the employees are working mothers who raise their children alone, or mothers who have more than 2 children and have difficulty finding and keeping a job and attending Sensory theater sessions, where children have experienced the unseen world, being led into this adventure by blind guides, who helped them discover the surrounding space with no view, exploring it by only by smell, taste, sound and touch.
- Organizing workshops for parents and children on gender related subjects.
- Organizing the Diversity Festival, a two days event, attended by parents and children, which included: projection of thematic films, drawing, painting and modeling, exhibition of drawings and paintings, playground, exhibition and sale of products made by social economy business, Sensory Theater and thematic workshops.
- Realization of publications and resources for educators, parents and children on the diversity subjects.

Papers/ Articles Published

My rights and yours are equal. How to encourage friendship, equality and respect since kindergarten. Manual for teachers and educators (2016)

Horses in the land of the rainbow - A collection of pro-diversity stories (2016)

How do we form a fair portrayal of girls and women in print? Guide for Journalists (2016)

Why is gender an important factor in the process of trafficking for sexual exploitation? Guide for professionals, with a special focus on the trafficking for sexual exploitation of Romanian women and girls (2016)
Guide for moms, dads, educators and teachers on education for girls and boys without stereotypes (2013)

Gender Matters! A practical handbook to implement gender sensitive initiatives to better tackle human trafficking (2014)

Protect your loved ones. AnimaNova campaign story. Community intervention model (2012)
Model of socio-professional integration of victims of human trafficking (2012)

Women who wrote the history (2012)

Gender stereotypes in advertising and media. Lecture (2012)

How to develop and implement policies and programs for work-life balance in companies (2011)

How promote diversity management in organizations. A practical guide for managers and HR managers (2008)

How to effectively manage cases of discrimination in the workplace. A practical guide for unions and NGOs (2008)

How to manage situations of sexual harassment. A practical guide for managers, human resources managers and trade union representatives (2007)

How to promote equality at local level. A practical guide for representatives of public institutions, trade unions, employers and NGOs from County Commissions for Equal Opportunities structures (2007)

The introduction of mandatory private pension funds. Critical issues for Romania (2007)

Gender equality and pension reform. Some critical issues for Romania (2007)

Classroom management. Guide for teachers and schoolteachers (2007)

About developing emotional and social skills of children, girls and boys, aged up to 7 years. Guide for teachers in pre-school (2007)

Managing diversity in organizations. Benefits for employees and companies (2007)

What unions can do for a fair system of remuneration of women and men employees? (2007)

Fighting discrimination in the workplace. Best Practice Guide for Business (2007)

Management differences. About efficiency and performance in the management of women and men employees (2006)

Gender differences in leadership (2006)

Gender differences in management performance (2006)

Efficiency in the professional and personal life (2006)

Revaluation of situations and stages of recruitment and selection of personnel, in terms of gender differences and stereotypes (2006)

For an efficient, transparent and fair financial reward for women and men employees (2006)

Maternity Protection. Parenting. Guide for HR managers and supervisors (2006)

Healthy lifestyle of professional employees, men and women. About occupational health programs (2006)

Training and professional development adapted to specific needs of men and women employees. Effective Practice Guide (2006)

Zero tolerance for domestic violence. Lecture and book for students (2005)

Media coverage of acts of domestic violence. Best Practice Guide for Journalists (2005)

Gender differences in children upbringing and education (2004)

User information and best practices in the field of equal opportunities for women and men (2004)

Gender mainstreaming. Methods and tools (2004)

How to develop a healthy lifestyle. Ways of mainstreaming gender in health education (2004)

Optimizing teens at a personal level in foster care (2004)

Education guide to prevent human trafficking (2003)

Awards CPE was finalist organizations of ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration (2013))
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