Women's organizations from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia (55 organizations) sent a letter of support to the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, its causes and consequences, which refers to the entrusting the children, violence against women and violence against children, and which will be presented at the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Committee. The initiative for this action came from the Women's Network of Croatia, which also submitted a letter of support (signed by 41 organizations).
The signatory organizations have confirmed the importance of the Report, which documents the numerous difficulties faced by women with experience of violence in the processes of entrusting children and determining the model of seeing the violent partner, the father of the children, including endangering their safety. It also documents the seriousness of the harm caused by the use of the pseudo-scientific concept of "parental alienation," which occurs around the world, but also the promising practices of countries that limit its use in expert evaluations and the judiciary.
The application of the concept of "parental alienation," strongly supported by organizations for "fathers' rights/men's rights," enables institutional violence against women and children, discrimination against women in the social protection system and processes before family courts, accusations of women for "false reporting" domestic violence, especially sexual abuse of children, as well as violation of the right to a fair trial.
The organizations have confirmed their readiness to provide the competent state bodies, as well as professional bodies in the field of justice, social and health care, with information about this extremely important Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls and to request its implementation and operationalization.
Letters of support from the Western Balkan region are posted on the SHERA Research Group website.
The Women Against Violence Network forwarded the letter to the President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the competent ministries for foreign affairs, justice, family care, social protection, and the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality.
Letter of support from women's organizations from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia is available at this LINK.
Letter from the Women's Network of Croatia is available at this LINK.
Letter from the Women Against Violence Network to the Government of the Republic of Serbia is available at this LINK.
Lettets on the SHERA Research Group website are available at this LINK.
The Women against Violence Europe Network (WAVE) statement are available at this LINK.
Report of the UN Special Rapporteur is available at this LINK.