Friday, June 22, 2018

un genevaGeneva, january 2018 - The conclusions and recommendations of the working group of the Human Rights Council, based on the consideration of the Reports of the Republic of Serbia within the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, at the 29th session in Geneva (15-26 January 2018), contain 74 recommendations formulated during the interactive dialogue Serbia examined and accepted, and another 116 recommendations that should be explored and delivered to the Council (no later than the 38th session).

Among 11 recommendations regarding violence against women, which Serbia considered and accepted, are those related to the strengthening of measures to prevent all forms of violence against women, especially domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape; strengthening the legal protection of women from all forms of discrimination and violence; launching awareness raising campaigns aimed at the effective protection of women and children against violence; establishing zero tolerance towards violence against women and formulating and implementing systemic measures against stereotypes about women; adoption of the National Strategy for Combating and Preventing Violence against Women and Girls in domestic and partnerships contexts and ensuring its effective implementation; monitoring and strengthening efforts to enforce laws, while strengthening support for victims; promoting measures to support women by providing shelters and centers for medical, psychological and legal assistance and support; promotion of education policy against violence, especially physical and gender-based violence against women and children.

The content of three more recommendations, which are required to be examined by Serbia and conducted by the Human Rights Council on a timely basis, refer to the review of the Criminal Code, Family Law and other relevant laws in order to effectively prevent all forms of violence against women; the promotion of laws related to the prevention of domestic violence and the adoption of special measures to prevent and combat multiple and intersectoral discrimination against women and girls with disabilities, especially in access to justice, protection against domestic violence and abuse, as well as education, health and employment.

Serbia has also accepted 11 recommendations on women's rights, anti-discrimination policies and gender equality.

It has been pointed out that it is necessary to continue to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights of women, to intensify efforts to combat all forms of discrimination against women, to carry out campaigns aimed at overcoming gender stereotypes, to continuously develop activities to improve the position of women, in particular to support rural women in economic empowerment measures, to empower women in the labor market, and empower women at all levels of economic, political and social life, promote their participation in public and political life, continue to increase the representation of women in state and local administration and strengthen the role of women in achieving democracy and sustainable development.

It was requested that Serbia review and in time respond to three recommendations on gender equality related to ensuring the implementation of the Law on Gender Equality, guaranteeing the equal rights of women and men, and adopting a measure for the full implementation of the principle of equal pay for work of equal value, bearing in mind gender gap in income.

The text of the conclusions and recommendations of the working group of the Human Rights Council can be downloaded here.

An independent report on the state of women's rights submitted by the AWC, ASTRA and Women in Black to the Human Rights Council can be downloaded here.

A video of the Interactive Dialogue of the Human Rights Council with the State Delegation can be found here.