Monday, August 26, 2019

We would like to inform you that the Autonomous Women's Centre has a new free of charge SOS helpline

0800 100 007

As it was before, it will be available every working day from 10am to 8pm

U ime muskog naroda koricaWomen in prostitution are punished over five times more often than men who purchase prostitution services, shows the analysis conducted by the Autonomous Women's Centre (AWC) on all convictions of Misdemeanor Courts in Serbia for the offence of prostitution that occurred during 2016, first year of new legislation implementation.

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In accordance with its efforts to establish an adequate institutional system for the protection of women and children victims of domestic, sexual and partner violence, the Autonomous Women's Center submitted comments and proposals for amendments to the Law on Free Legal Aid published in July 2018.

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Proposed amendments to the Law on Changes and Amendments to the Law on Social Protection seriously jeopardize the interests of users and beneficiaries of social protection services, limiting basic human rights and introducing forced labor, as the social protection system is centralized contrary to the recommendations of the European Commission on the decentralization of the social welfare system protection.

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sednica savetaAt the second session of the Council for the Suppression of Domestic Violence, the results of the one-year implementation of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence were discussed. Minister of Justice, Nela Kuburović, presented numerical indicators on the application of the Law, stating that the increase in the number of reports of violence confirms that the victims are encouraged to seek institutional protection and support, but that there is a need for further improvement of treatment, especially in relation to cases of murder of women and others family members.

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eap sThe European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) issued a statement on the concepts of "Parent Alienation Syndrome" (PAS) and "Parental Alienation" (PA).

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foca 19 jun sThe International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, June 19, was marked by activists of the Autonomous Women's Center, at the invitation of Women in Black, in Foča to remember one of the most systematic sexual violence acts in the Yugoslavian war happening in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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zakon o azilu sThe Law on Asylum and Temporary Protection, adopted by the National Assembly on March 22, 2018, adopted some of the amendments made by the Autonomous Women's Center to the draft of this law, of which the most important one is the recognition of gender-based violence as an act of persecution. Most of the amendments concern harmonization with the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention against Violence against Women in relation to the recognition of gender-based violence as the basis for the granting of refugee protection and the introduction of gender sensitive decision-making procedures on asylum applications.

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pravda sKey recommendations after monitoring the implementation of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence for the period January-March 2018 conducted by the Autonomous Women's Center relate to the necessity of ensuring the conditions for the participation of victims of violence at meetings of the Groups for Coordination and Cooperation, providing not only sufficient competent police employees, but also organizational solutions that free them from other tasks, as well as instructions and expert support for the implementation of the Law based on the depth analysis of data.

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debata o nasiljuAre the existing international conventions and treaties implemented by governments sufficient to protect women and girls from violence in the family and partner relations? What has been achieved and what are the key gaps and challenges in the policy implementations? These were the main issues discussed at the National Debate „Violence against Women in Serbia: Between Commitments and Reality - Do we need a strategic approach to the issue“. 

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