Thursday, July 09, 2020

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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Autonomous Women's Center organized the international conference “The poverty risks for women who have experienced violence and for multiple marginalized groups of women” on 8th of November 2012, in Belgrade. At the conference were presented key features and initiatives for improving social inclusion policies for women who have experienced violence and other marginalized groups of women in Western Balkan countries and the European Union. There were presented poverty risks for these groups of women in the midst of the financial crisis, with a special focus on the impact of reduced funding and cutbacks in services and benefits on women's rights in Europe.

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The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its Substantive Session of July 2012 adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and granted Special consultative status to Autonomous Women's Center.

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Autonomous Women’s Center and the Network for European Women’s Lobby Serbia launched an initiative to establish an independent expert body on violence against women – Observatory on violence against women.

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Within the project “Civil Society for Governmental Accountability and Poverty Reduction in Serbia”, women civil society organizations from Serbia: Sandglass, Krusevac; Fenomena, Kraljevo; DamaD, Novi Pazar; Association of Roma Women Osvit, Nis; Lighthouse, Loznica; Women’s Center, Uzice and Autonomous Women’s Center, Belgrade monitored budget execution for 2009 on the local level and analyzed the integration of gender in specific budget programs. Analyses were published in the book For Poverty Reduction: Gender Equality and Accountable Government.

Publication  For Poverty Reduction: Gender Equality and Accountable Government in Serbian language is available here.

The Cost of Domestic Violence against Women is Serbia was calculated by the Autonomous Women's Center. Analysis includes only the cost of budget beneficiaries who operate under their respective competencies relating to combating domestic violence (direct measurable costs).

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On November 17th 2011 at the Palace of Serbia AWC held the conference: "Monitoring the effects of policies and measures on combating violence against women”. The aim of this conference was to present the newly established Observatory on violence against women, an independent expert body tasked to monitor and assess the effects of policies and measures on combating violence against women.

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