Sunday, November 19, 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.

Autonomous Women's Center has prepared amendments to the Draft Code of Criminal Procedure, which were handed over to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Ministry of Labour and Social Policy is responsible for implementing the National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women in the Family and in Partner Relationships whose one of the goals are Other strategic areas and changes to the penal legislation.

In April 2010, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women in the Family and in Partner Relationships. Adoption of the strategy was preceded by considerable advocacy activity of Autonomous Women's Centre in order of ensuring the quality of this document. Some of the document you can find below in Serbian language.

Autonomous Women's Center, through the Ombudsperson, submitted amendments to the Draft Law on Social Protection relating to the introduction of new services (status of parents caregivers), and the consistency of the legal provisions of the plurality of

The Government of the Republic of Serbia on March 30th 2011 adopted the First National Report on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in the Republic of Serbia for the period 2008-2010, with the adopted comments of the Autonomous Women's Center.

During the round table "Together with Europe: Proposal on records of domestic violence", which was held on 16th of December 2010 at the Sava Center in Belgrade, organized by the Autonomous Women's Center, the Provincial Secretariat for Labour, Employment and Gender Equality and the Project "Fight against sexual and gender-based violence "(Gender Equality Directorate and UNDP) it was promoted the model of the central (common) on records of domestic violence and unified records on violence in the family for 8 services (police, prosecution, courts -Criminal, misdemeanor, the court the dispute of family relations; centers for social welfare; medical institutions; specialized services to support victims).

Autonomous Women's Center sent to the working group for drafting the new Criminal Procedure Code their comments on the proposed text of the Code relating to the definition of particularly vulnerable categories of victims and witnesses.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.

The Ministry of Health on April 8th, presented a draft of the Special Protocol for Protection and Treatment of Women Exposed to Violence of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. Autonomous Women's Center has provided comments on the draft of the Special Protocol, some of which were adopted.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.

Network Women Poverty Development (50 women's organizations) has prepared comments to the Law on Amendments to the Law on games of chance, which were submitted to the Committee for Gender Equality, with the request that they submit them to the Assembly Committee because it is in accordance with their mandate.

These amendments suggest that 5% of the funds for sport renamed in the funds intended for organizations which are working to improve the status of women.

Autonomous Women's Center has done general comments on the Model of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence, whose authors are Saša Gajin, Violeta Kocic - Mitaček and Tanja Drobnjak, and which was done as a project activity of the Center for Peace and Democracy Development and was financially supported by the European Commission Delegation.

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The overall objective of the (independent) monitoring of the implementation of the Concluding Comments of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is to contribute in raising the responsibility of the Government in the implementation of gender-sensitive policies and Concluding Comments of the CEDAW Committee in the field of violence against women / domestic violence.

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Adoption of the amendment that increased the penalties for the crime of domestic violence was preceded by a civil action initiated by the Autonomous Women's Center, Women's Research Center and Victimology Society of Serbia, together with the Ombudsperson and his Deputy, and supported with the signatures of more than 60 civil society organizations. Two amendments to the Criminal Code are fully. However, the Assembly has not accepted an amendment on protection against domestic violence under the Criminal Code which guarantees to all those persons who need the protection provided by the Family Law.