Friday, February 22, 2019

Violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women. Violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men. Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace.  Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993

  • Any sexual act without consent must be punished

    ksenija turkovicWith the intent to contribute to the harmonization of the legal definition of rape as a criminal act (Criminal Code of the Republic of Serbia, Art 78) with the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, as well as with the court proceedings of the European Court of Human Rights, Autonomous Women’s Centre initiated the expert meeting during which it was discussed about the positive obligations of the state.

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  • Rape is a crime: Support the CONSENT campaign

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    Rape is a crime (criminal offense) everywhere. International standards require the punishment of any sexual act without CONSENT.

    It is time for the criminal offense of Rape - Article 178 of the Criminal Code of Serbia to comply with the accepted international standards.

    Therefore, support the CONSENT campaign and demand from the Ministry of Justice to modify the definition of this offense in accordance with international standards.

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  • Initiative for changing the criminal offense of rape - Punish any involuntary sexual intercourse

    kd silovanje strucni skup sThe Autonomous Women's Center started organizing expert meetings dedicated to the need to change the definition of the criminal offense of rape and its compliance with the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

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Support for Women

Autonomous Women's Centre organizes specialized support for women who are experiencing trauma: violence in partnership relations and within the family and sexual violence and harassment.
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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.
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Educational Activities

From its beginings, AWC has developed an educational program for the Telephone helpline for women with trauma of male violence. Good Practice Development Program, since 2002, has been developing educational programs for representatives of all institutions involved in domestic violence issue.