Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Advocacy

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. In accordance with the strategic goals, that the Convention of the United Nations and the Council of Europe should be implemented well by the state and that in the process of joining the European Union we must respect the human rights of women, Autonomous Women's Center consistently monitors the implementation of and advocates for a comprehensive, coherent, relevant, specific, efficient and effective national policies against violence against women.

01 engThe scarce data on the experience of youth concerning sexual harassment, as well as media reports on these cases, point to the need for higher education institutions to ensure systematic information of employees and students about the unacceptability of such behavior, support measures for those exposed to harassment and timely institutional reaction. That protection from sexual harassment should be improved, is confirmed by over 650 requests students sent to Serbian universities through the online platform of the Autonomous Women’s Center, requesting education without harassment. 

To support students’ requests, and bearing in mind the responsibility of higher education institutions to protect students from all forms of discrimination and violence, the AWC submitted a request to all state and privately-owned universities in Serbia for ensuring greater protection of students from sexual harassments and for recommending to their faculties the adoption or amendment of existing internal regulations to improve the protection from and prevention of sexual harassment.

AWC also sent universities a model bylaw on the prevention and protection of students from sexual harassment and blackmailing, developed in the previous period.