After the working group for drafting the Law on Gender Equality accepted most of the proposals submitted by the Autonomous Women's Center in the process of public consultations, new proposals submitted by AWC, as a member of the Coalition prEUgovor, in cooperation with Group 484 and ASTROM - Action against Trafficking in Human Beings were submitted for public discussion. The most important proposals referred to the articles that envisage the formation of an alimony fund, gender equality in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health, and in the field of advertising.
The Autonomous Women's Center pointed out that the Draft Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Serbia until 2030 does not refer to all laws, public policy documents and international agreements concerning gender equality, the prohibition of gender-based violence and gender discrimination, and the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights and health, which is completely unjustified and inconsistent with the policy of the Republic of Serbia.
On the occasion of March 8, International Women's Day, EU info point Novi Sad and EU info point Nis, in cooperation with the Autonomous Women's Center, realized an online presentation and discussion on "Violence against women and health" with a focus on mental health, which was facilitated by Tanja Ignjatović.
The Autonomous Women's Center appealed to the Coordination Body for Gender Equality and the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue to do everything in their power to supplement the content of the Draft Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Serbia until 2030 and the Draft Action Plan for the period from 2021 to 2023 for the implementation of this strategy, which the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development has put up for public discussion.
The Autonomous Women's Center, together with about 20 civil society organizations, participated in a meeting with the Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue on social protection and social policy issues, in order to review the current situation in the field, establish a dialogue on issues of importance and topics that are priorities in the coming period.
During the public consultations, the Autonomous Women's Center submitted comments and proposals regarding the Baseline for the Drafting of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination. It was proposed, among other things, to standardize the used terms, harmonize the proposed amendments with the relevant EU Directives, that the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality have a deputy, as well as to specify the meaning of the procedure before the court "on the same matter", i.e., to clearly state that it is a discrimination proceeding, and not any court proceeding.
During the public consultations, the Autonomous Women's Center submitted comments and proposals regarding the Baseline for the Draft Law on Gender Equality. It has been proposed, among other things, to harmonize the use of terms, define new terms more precisely, supplement the articles regulating specialized services for victims of gender-based violence, including proposing a model for financing these services, specifying the competent ministries for law enforcement in certain areas, disciplinary responsibility for public officials who violate / do not implement the provisions of the Law, as well as the need to regulate the supervision over the implementation of the Law on Gender Equality.
The Autonomous Women's Center addressed the Protector of Citizens, as well as the Ministers in charge of Family Care and Demography, Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Issues, regarding statements in the media stating that "no one in Serbia has been deprived of a child due to poverty." Recalling that the official data on the work of centers for social work in Serbia for 2011 and 2012 contained such data - which AWC informed about and requested to act ex officio the then Ministry of Social Welfare, the Protector of Citizens, the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, as well as the Republic Institute for Social Protection.
The Autonomous Women's Center appeals to the Higher Public Prosecutor's Office in Belgrade to grant all witnesses and victims who have survived sexual violence by the suspect Miroslav Aleksić, ex officio, the status of particularly sensitive witnesses in accordance with Art. 103 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.