Tuesday, June 19, 2018

andora sAndorra became the 10th member state to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, triggering the entry into force on 1 August 2014. This ratification marks a new era in the promotion and protection of women’s human rights in Europe and beyond!

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The group of non-governmental organizations addressed the Open Letter to the public and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, regarding the amendments to the series of laws which entered parliamentary procedure as matters of urgency, without public debate or consultations with professional community, demanding the urgent withdrawal of laws from procedure.

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Autonomous Women’s Center, Network Women against Violence and Network for European Women’s Lobby have organized the round table on the position of victims of rape and other sexual offenses in Serbia. The aim of the round table was to consider the existing legislation and practice in relation to the criminal offenses against sexual freedom and the necessity of their compliance with the standards prescribed by the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Round table was organized within the European campaign “Act against Rape! Use the Istanbul Convention!” which is implemented by the European Women’s Lobby in cooperation with the Council of Europe in 33 member states of the Council of Europe.

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konferencija sAutonomous Women’s Center organized a two-day international conference “How the women’s movement influenced government policy” to mark 20th work anniversary. The conference was attended by 30 women's organizations from the region and 47 organizations from Serbia, as well as over 200 participants from state institutions and other organizations.

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10-11-201310/11/2013, Belgrade

Autonomous Women’s Center, in the partnership with 28 women’s organizations from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia has organized the International Conference dedicated to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. At the Conference, all representatives of all the civil society organizations, which shares human rights values, were invited to sign Declaration of the civil society organizations on preventing violence against women.

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izvestaj-cedawGovernment delegation of the Republic of Serbia presented its Second and Third periodic report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination of women (CEDAW), at the 55th session of the UN Committee for elimination of all forms of discrimination of women, which was held on July 18th, 2013 in Geneva. Government representatives spoke about legislative and institutional measures conducted in Serbia with the aim to improve the position of women in the country.

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Autonomous Women's Center, as organization with consultartive status with UN ECOSOC, gave comments on the Recommendations in regard to Universal Periodic Report for Republic of Serbia.

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csw57Representatives of Autonomous Women's Center participated at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women from 4th to 8th of March 2013 in the UN Headquarters in New York. Priority theme of the session was “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. AWC submitted Written Statement on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls in Serbia for the 57th session.

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Autonomous Women's Center started implementation of the project “Coordinated efforts - toward new European standards in protection of women from gender based violence”, funded by the European Union.

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Autonomous Women's Center and Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration organized the round table to present initiative for improving the system of mandatory maintenance (alimony) on 20th of November 2012, in Belgrade. The round table was organized within the project “Towards Social Cohesion – influencing social inclusion policy for multiply marginalized groups of women and victims of violence”, which was funded by the European Union.

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