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  Country: Bulgaria
Name: Stanimira Hadjimitova
Organization: Gender Project for Bulgarian Foundation

Position: Director 

Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF) was set up in 1995 as NGO in public benefit. There are 2 people working full time and 4 people part time. GPF is an advocacy group for promotion of gender equality in all spheres of the private and social life in Bulgaria, Europe and globally. 

GPF is a member of the European Women’s Lobby and the National Council on Gender Equality to the Council of Ministries of Bulgaria. The main spheres of work are: Development Education and ODA policy; Economic Rights of Women; Political Empowerment of Women; Media and its Role for Overcoming Gender Stereotypes; Roma Women Empowerment; Domestic Violence.

Recent projects

In 2013 GPF started to work on a 3-year project “Minorities Realities in the News” under Call EuropeAid/131141/C/ACT/Multi, as a partner of Minorities Rights Group International, UK.  The specific objective of the project is: Journalists serving EU audiences are better equipped with the necessary tools and skills to shape public & decision maker opinions in new ways through achieving high quality, well informed, analytical & sensitive stories concerning the specific development needs, progress & problems of minority & indigenous communities in the global South.  In September 2013 a new project “Support for Empowerment of Women from Northwestern Rural Region of Bulgaria”, financed by the NGO Programme in Bulgaria of the EEA Financial Mechanism will be started. GPF participates in the Working group on next planning period 2014-2010 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. As a member of the Bulgarian Platform for International Development (BPID), GPF took part in the CONCORD PCD Annual Seminar on January 30-31 2013 and its representative was included in a special TRIALOG Study visit to Brussels with PCD Focus, May 27 – 30, 2013.

Voluntary positions:
Represents GPF in the National Council on Gender Equality to the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria; Bulgarian NGO Focal Point to Stability Pact Gender Task Force 1999 - 2008; Board member of the Bulgarian Donors Forum; Member of the Civil Council to the Parliamentarian Committee on Civil Society Issues (2001-May 2005); Advisor for the Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, USA since May 2001; Board member of the Bulgarian Fund for Women. Stanimira has been selected among more than 100 nominations to be portrayed in the Calendar 2011 “Women Inspiring Europe” of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

Previous employer: 1992 – 2000, a shareholder in two private companies for export of professional tools and agricultural products

Education / Professional background
1972 - 197, Technical University of Sofia, Engineer in Authomatisation, MSc

1984 – 1986 , Economic University of Sofia, Postgraduate Certificate in International Economic Relations

In the period 1996 – 2010 received additional training in: Global Education; Gender Mainstreaming in Political Parties; Leadership and fundraising; NGO Governance and Board Development; Fundraising and Grant-making; Gender Budgeting; Gender Analyses; Domestic Violence