Wednesday, January 23, 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.

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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The Autonomous Women’s Center (AWC) submitted a letter to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Institute for the Advancement of Education in which it states that the new Curriculum for the First Grade of Grammar School indicates a missed opportunity for the integration of gender related topics and the gender perspective into the content of mandatory and optional school subjects, as well as into the general recommendations for the achievement of the Curriculum.

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Within the public debate on the Draft Law on Gender Equality, the Autonomous Women's Center prepared comments on the new text of the Draft. General comments relate primarily to the need to harmonize legal provisions with international treaties ratified by Serbia, to deletion of the concept of multiple discrimination in the new text of the Draft, definition of concepts, and establishment of incomparably lower standards than those set out in the previous Draft.

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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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preugovor 13 04 sThe prEUgovor coalition presented the latest independent report on Serbia's progress in implementing policies in the areas covered by chapters 23 and 24 of the European integration, as well as an assessment of the approach of the Government of Serbia and the European Union to reforms in the field of the rule of law.

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pravda sAfter the first three independent monthly reports, the fourth independent report of the Autonomous Women's Center on the implementation of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence relates to the three-month period from September to November 2017.

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azcWithin the framework of public consultations on the Draft Law on Gender Equality organized by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, the Autonomous Women's Center submitted its comments on the Draft Law, as well as comments made by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance independent trade unions of Serbia and others.

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ostvareni napredak i nedostaci sThe Compliance Study of the Criminal code of the Republic of Serbia with the binding standards of the Convention is guided by the importance of the existence of an adequate legal framework in the area of criminal substantive law, especially after the amendments to the Criminal code, adopted in November 2016. The aim of the Study is to point out the most important changes resulting from the adoption of these amendments to the Criminal code, the degree of compliance with the existing obligations assumed by the ratification of the Convention, and in particular the key segments of criminal justice protection that continue to deviate from the Convention's standards whether due to inadequate changes or whichever changes to the law.

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min omladine i sportaOn 26.12, representatives of the Autonomous Women's Center took part at the consultative meeting of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on the preparation of the Action plan for the implementation of the National Strategy for Youth for the 2018-2020 period, for the areas of health and well-being, and the safety of young people. The meeting was attended by non-governmental organizations representing interests, gathering or conducting activities for young people.

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