Sunday, October 13, 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

  • Commitment or ignorance of gender equality

    neposvecenost rodnoj ravnopravnosti sThe first draft of the revised Action Plan for Chapter 23, on anti-discrimination policy, does not contain the CEDAW Committee recommendations that Serbia received in March this year, although this would be expected. Surprisingly, the new Action Plan for the Implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy, in the planned activities, budgets and impact assessment indicators, does not sufficiently integrate these recommendations. What does this say about the "commitment and seriousness" of state actors, read in the text by Tanja Ignjatovic from the Autonomous Women's Center, which is an integral part of the 19th issue of the rEUformator newsletter on Chapters 23 and 24.

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  • AWC comments on the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy for the period 2019-2020

    Commenting on the measures and activities in the new Action Plan for the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy for the specific objective 1.5. referring to the "increased safety of women from gender-based violence", the Autonomous Women's Center noted that the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which Serbia received on March 8, 2019, was not taken into account. It was also pointed out that the planned budgetary funds for the realization of this specific objective are completely inadequate (in the next two years it will be allocated 1,550,000 dinars, which is the sum of a smaller project), but also that the cost structure is inadequate (because it includes the financing of consultations, research, analysis, study and only three trainings), while the means to establish central records on the implementation of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence are unknown (planned from donor funds, but it is not yet known whether these funds are secured).

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  • There was no need to create a new National SOS Helpline: The first independent report on the activities of the newly formed National SOS Helpline for women with experience of violence

    The AWC has prepared the first independent report on the activities of the newly formed National SOS Helpline for women with experience of violence, for the period January-June 2019. The report indicates that the number of received calls in the observed period is twice less than the number displayed by the newly formed SOS Helpline, and amounts to 934 calls (155.7 calls on average per month). The other 861 calls, made up of "test" calls, should not be counted and displayed because they do not originate from callers.

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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.