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Community Building Mitrovica leads and supports a wide range of projects with a strong emphasis on the participation of people from all of the city's ethnic groups into concrete activities and community development initiatives. The grantee's activities during the grant period will include strengthening accountability and transparency of governmental decision-making through citizen-led monitoring activities, empowering young people and women to be active in the community and across ethnic divisions, implementing a large community infrastructure investment program, and strengthening communication across borders through media and cultural events. During 2012-2013, the grantee supported the further development of three independent organizations that grew out of its projects, conducted a range of educational programming in peacebuilding and human rights, organized the International Youth Conference of the Forum for Cities in Transition, and increased its leadership and management capacities.
The Casual Workers Advice Office was established in 2011 to give free legal advice to workers who have been dismissed or face other labor violations by their employers. Unfair dismissals constitute over 70 percent of its casework, followed by nonregistration of workers for unemployment insurance, wage-related problems, and underpayment of wages or nonpayment of overtime. The Casual Workers Advice Office also trains paralegals from community-based advice offices on how to use the materials it has produced on worker rights and other labor matters and assists them when dealing with difficult labor cases. This grant will assist the Casual Workers Advice Office to advise and support workers whose labor rights have been violated, train advice offices on labor laws and support them with labor cases, conduct research into factors that inhibit women from asserting and defending their labor rights, and offer free telephonic advice on labor rights.
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