On the occasion of International Human Rights Day and marking 30 years of activities of the Autonomous Women's Center in Belgrade, an expert meeting was held with representatives of organizations from the Women Against Violence Network and the European Women's Lobby Network in Serbia. The meeting discussed the new Directive on the prevention of violence against women and domestic violence, as well as the amendments to Directive 2012/29/EU on minimum standards for victims of crimes. Representatives of the Center for Women's Rights from Podgorica also participated in the meeting.
Valentina Andrašek, a former member of the Observatory for Violence Against Women of the European Women's Lobby from the Republic of Croatia, in her introductory presentation highlighted the key features and challenges of these Directives, which expand the existing EU legal frameworks and harmonize them with the Istanbul Convention. Dijana Malbaša, lawyer, member of the Observatory for Violence Against Women of the European Women's Lobby from the Republic of Serbia, spoke about the provisions of the EU Directive on the prevention of violence against women, which are of key importance for laws and policies in Serbia at the current moment, and Marija Anđelković, lawyer, director of the organization ASTRA - Action against human trafficking, spoke about changes in the EU Directive on minimum standards of rights and support for victims of criminal acts in relation to laws and policies in Serbia.
In the second part of the expert meeting, Gorjana Mirčić Čaluković, public prosecutor, presented perspectives and challenges for changes in legislation and public policies in Serbia with the aim of harmonizing with EU Directive standards, highlighting priorities and the possibility of action. The participants were extremely active in citing problems in practice and in the application of existing legal solutions, in which colleagues from Montenegro also made an important contribution, pointing out difficulties, but also examples of good solutions that could be adopted in Serbia. In the coming year, women's organizations will try to jointly prepare proposals for necessary amendments to laws, policies and practices that would enable better protection of women and all victims of criminal acts with elements of violence.
You can see the proposal of the Directive on the prevention of violence against women and domestic violence HERE.
You can see the amendments to Directive 2012/29/EU on minimum standards for victims of crime HERE.