East and Southeast Europe
The Regional Office FNF ESEE covers 23 countries in East and Southeast Europe. The Regional Office in Sofia coordinates the following Project Offices in the region: Bulgaria and North Macedonia, Greece, Romania and Moldova, Western Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, Ukraine and Belarus, South Caucasus and Turkey.
Prisoner of Conscience: Volha Loika, Belarus
Volha Loika, a lead political editor of Tut.by, an independent news site in Belarus, was detained on 18 May 2021 along with several other journalists from the same publication. Her arrest was part of an operation against Tut.by which included raids of its offices, arrests of a dozen of its reporters and editors, and an investigation into suspected tax evasion and “posting prohibited information”. LEarn more about this prisoner of conscience.
Meet Gayane Abrahamyan from Armenia
Armenian politician, journalist, and activist Gayane Abrahamyan has long been devoted to different causes, from raising awareness of domestic violence to advocating long-needed judicial reforms. “I’m showing that there are no limits to what a woman or anyone else can do”, she says.
A rebel with a cause
Journalist and former MP Gayane Abrahamyan on fighting for a better future, judicial reform, and awareness of domestic violence in Armenia.
Strategic Rethinking: New NATO Strategic Concept and EU Strategic Compass
The main goal of the conference is to discuss the complexity of current risks and threats to the regional and global security, predominantly those arising from the Russian aggression against sovereign Ukraine. Keeping in mind the potential global dimensions of this war, the conference will also discuss possible responses to the Russian hybrid warfare against the democratic world, including weaponization of the energy supplies, propaganda, fake news, cyber-attacks and others. At the same time, it will take into consideration all other threats such as terrorism, migration, natural disasters, climate change and many others.
Serbia: Gays and lesbians “temporarily” declared personae non-gratae
Europride begins today in Serbia. Although thousands of protesters have once again taken to the streets in Belgrade against the large-scale event and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić had previously announced the cancellation of the Pride event, the international pressure was too great. In the conservative world view of the Serbian president, same-sex partnerships and alternative life plans have no place. LGBTIQ activist Stefan Šparavalo talks about equal rights and social participation in Europe.
Liberal Communicators Network: Non-Profit Academy 2022
Mission-driven Communicators: WANTED. Apply for the Liberal Communicators Network -Non-Profit Academy by 1 May! The Academy empowers liberal communicators to adapt cutting-edge communication strategies, innovation, and marketing trends for the specific context of the mission-driven sector. Do not miss the chance to learn from thought leaders such as Rory Sutherland, Ogilvy UK; TED Global Speaker; best-selling author. Organized by ELF, in cooperation with FNF ESEE.
#FemaleForwardInternational Publication for East and Southeast Europe
Download now the #FemaleForwardInternational Publication for East and Southeast Europe. The liberal stories of female leadership and empowerment worth sharing span across a wide spectrum – human rights, civil society, media, education, law, academia, art, entrepreneurship, business, economics, politics, public policy, international development, foreign policy, defence, diplomacy, migration, and more. Meet the 33 ambassadors from 16 countries.