Saturday, November 18, 2017

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.

Representative of Autonomous Women’s CenterTanja Ignjatović participated in the Fourth National Conference of the Women’s Parliamentary Network (WPN), which was held on 4th of November 2016 in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. Participating in the working group “Women’s alliances in the fight for a better position of women in society”, she invited WPN to support amendments to the Draft Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence in order to get the best possible version of this law. She also invited the representatives of the WPN to jointly stop that the Criminal Code enter the parliamentary procedure, because there was no a public debate on 14 articles relating to compliance with the Council of Europe on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

She reminded that the women cannot agree with the part “slight form of rape”, which presents the misinterpretation of the standards of this international treaty. Ignjatović stressed that it is necessary to consider a new Draft Law on Gender Equality before it enters the parliamentary procedure, inviting representatives of the WPN to propose a date for a meeting with interested representatives of the civil sector, in order to open discussion of these legal provisions.

Tanja Ignjatović informed the representatives of the WPN and all participants of the workshop on women’s alliances that Autonomous Women’s Center and Network Women against Violence initiated the petition to proclaim 18th of May the Day of Remembrance of the Murdered Women Victims of Violence. She invited them to join this action. Local councillor from Pančevo Milica Todorović initiated collecting signatures at the workshop, in which way almost 100 signatures were collected.

The Fourth Conference of the WPN was attended by 500 female councillors from 116 municipalities, female MPs, Commissioner for Protection of Equality, representatives of civil society organizations and international organizations. The WPN Coordinators presented the results of the WPN in the previous year, goals for the next period and good practice examples in the networking of women. Besides the working group on women’s alliances, there were discussions in more two working groups: Introduction of gender responsive budgeting the Serbia – reviewing achieved results and identifying coming challenges at all levels and Gender mainstreaming of local assemblies.

Video: Conference of the WPN
Video: Working Group “Women’s alliances in the fight for a better position of women in society”

Take a look at the talk given by Tanja Ignjatović in this video: