Sunday, March 24, 2019

Violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women. Violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men. Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace.  Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993

  • CEDAW Committee: Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Serbia on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women

    cedaw zapazanjaThe United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) prepared its Concluding observations in which it points out numerous problems and areas of concern in the implementation of the Convention. The coalition of organizations – Autonomous Women’s Center, ASTRA, Women in Black – which prepared an alternative report and was present at the 72nd session of the Committee, expresses its satisfaction with the content of the Concluding observations. We would like to highlight recommendations made to Serbia to take measures to combat the anti-gender discourse and its adverse impact on the State party’s achievements in the area of women’s rights; strengthen the knowledge of the judiciary, prosecutors and lawyers on the Convention and their capacity to invoke and directly apply it in court proceedings; monitor the use of misogynistic language referring to women in public statements and media reporting, and ensure that women’s rights activists are able to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association without intimidation or reprisals; that cases of alleged intimidation or reprisals against civil society activists are duly investigated, that civil servants that obstruct the prosecution of attackers are held accountable.

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  • Conference: Give voice to survivors of sexual violence during conflicts in Kosovo

    konferencija kosovoTo mark International Women’s Day – March 8th, the representative of the Autonomous Women’s Center participated in the conference on sexual violence during conflicts in Kosovo, organized in Pristina by the Jahjaga Foundation and the Embassy of Germany.

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  • Award ceremony of AVON’s donation to the Autonomous Women’s Center

    avon akcijaAs part of the “Say NO to violence against women”, the AVON Company has awarded a donation to the Autonomous Women’s Center for the continuation of the implementation and improvement of the project “I can say no – Love is not violence”, with the aim of support to education of youth on different types of violence.

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Support for Women

Autonomous Women's Centre organizes specialized support for women who are experiencing trauma: violence in partnership relations and within the family and sexual violence and harassment.
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Initial premise of the Autonomous Women's Center is that policies, in order to fight against violence against women, at the local and national level should be consistent with international standards and good practices in this field.
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Educational Activities

From its beginings, AWC has developed an educational program for the Telephone helpline for women with trauma of male violence. Good Practice Development Program, since 2002, has been developing educational programs for representatives of all institutions involved in domestic violence issue.