The objectives of the Sub-Regional Experts’ Meeting for South East Europe were to identify positive experiences, but also to highlight the lessons learned, shortcomings and challenges facing the region when it comes to providing quality and accessible multisectoral services for women and girls who have survived gender-based violence in order for the OSCE to develop recommendations to member states for improving access to and the quality of multisectoral services. The participants in the expert round table will make recommendations, which will be discussed at the final OSCE plenary expert meeting.
The work took place in two sessions: (1) The response of the criminal justice system to violence against women and girls, (2) Services and support to the survivors of gender-based violence. Through an interactive discussion with the participation of representatives of countries, independent human rights bodies and the civil sector from Albania, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and Serbia, information on the situation and challenges was exchanged on the present situation and challenges, and recommendations were given on the directions in which further activities should be organized to improve the position of women and girls with the experience of gender-based violence.
OSCE short report is available HERE.
The comments submitted on behalf of AWC by Tanja Ignjatović are available HERE.