On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, the Autonomous Women's Center held an online expert meeting on The needs and rights of minor children and other family members after femicide. That is the second expert meeting intended for women's civil society organizations within the Strong Resistance Movement of women human rights defenders for protecting women victims/survivors of gender-based violence and their children project, funded by the European Union. Forty-six representatives of women's organizations from the countries of the Western Balkans and the European Union attended the meeting.
The Network of associations of citizens, journalists and media against violence, which supports the demands of the civil protest "Serbia against violence", reminds the Minister of the Interior, Bratislav Gašić, and the director of the Security and Information Agency, Aleksandar Vulin, of the demands of citizens to resign and thus open up space for the reform of the security system that is captured by party interests does not stand in the way of widespread violence. The Autonomous Women's Center is a signatory to the statement.
Citizens’ associations, journalists and the media demand that competent institutions urgently take concrete steps in order to fulfill the demands of citizens from the protest. For years, we have been pointing at the destructive effects of media content that promotes violence, spreads panic, misinformation, malicious content and manipulation. This kind of media scene has developed solely because the laws of this country are being flaunted systematically, and the institutions (judicial, ministries, independent bodies) do not react to the violation of valid laws and accompanying by-laws.
The Autonomous Women's Center is one of the organizations for the protection of human rights that is a signatory to the call to REM members to resign. The long-term monitoring of media coverage fully justifies the demands of the citizens participating in the "Serbia against violence" protests.