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.

Autonomous Women’s Center is addressing the High Court Council requesting, in accordance with its competencies, to examine the responsibility of the judges who acted in the criminal and family protection proceedings in cases of murder of two women and a child in the premises of the City Center for Social Work Belgrade - Novi Beograd and Rakovica departments.

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The Autonomous Women's Center sent open letters today to Nebojša Stefanović, Minister of Internal Affairs and Zoran Đorđević, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, asking them to publish a report on supervision in the City Centers for Social and Internal Control of Police Stations Novi Beograd and Rakovica.

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The Coordinating Body for Gender Equality chaired by Deputy Prime Minister prof. Dr Zorana Mihajlović and the Autonomous Women's Center agreed at today's meeting on the recommendations that need to be undertaken to make the fight against violence against women more effective.

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The Women Against Violence Network and the Autonomous Women's Center strongly condemn the institutions whose omissions led to the murder of O.L. by her husband M.L. in front of the Center for Social Work in Novi Beograd and are demanding the most severe punishment for professionals in these institutions!

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Upon the complaint of Autonomous Women's Center, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, for the first time in Serbia, has established a multiple discrimination against a woman who has experienced domestic violence, based on her personal characteristics - gender and nationality.

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mup amblem sIn April, Autonomous Women's Center addressed the Ministry of Interior with the proposals on the implementation of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has responded positively to the appeal of AWC.

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The Autonomous Women's Center is expressing concern about the statement from last week of the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Mladen Šarčević, for the Politika newspaper, regarding the accredited seminars provided by non-governmental organizations to employees in educational institutions. His statement that schools are "stuffed with everything and anything" is unacceptable, and the announcement that there will "be changes in this area".

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crvene cipele sOn May 18th, activists of the Women Against Violence Network, coordinated by the Autonomous Women's Center, handed over 8,000 signatures to support the Deputy Prime Minister and the President of the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality, Zorana Mihajlović, for proclaiming this day a Day of Remembrance for murdered women who were victims of violence.

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tanja europe callingRepresentative of Autonomous Women's Center, Tanja Ignjatovic, spoke at the event "Europe Calling" organized by the Women's Platform for Development of Serbia on May 9th at the Crown Plaza Hotel. "We are deeply concerned about the conservative and extreme right politics in the European Union because here we know what the consequences of such a policy. Even more we are concerned that the EU does not have mechanisms to prevent the collapse of European values by its members", said Ignjatovic.

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peticijaIncest Trauma Center - Belgrade, Autonomous Women's Center, Labris, Center for Women's Studies and Reconstruction Women's Fund demand that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia consistently implement the original content of the Educational Learning Package on the topic of sexual violence published by the Incest Trauma Center - Belgrade in November 2016, made in 2016, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and jointly promoted in public.

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Commenting on the case of Marija and Siniša Mali, directly taking the side of the mayor of Belgrade, and accusing his ex-wife in advance - the director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights, Suzana Paunović, showed that she doesn’t take into account that the one who has political power is ready to abuse it. We remind her that the imbalance of power is the basis of any discrimination and human rights violation, and we warn that, due to the lack of knowledge on this topic, she should maybe find some other business to deal with.

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