Monday, May 21, 2018

The Autonomous Women's Center sent open letters today to Nebojša Stefanović, Minister of Internal Affairs and Zoran Đorđević, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, asking them to publish a report on supervision in the City Centers for Social and Internal Control of Police Stations Novi Beograd and Rakovica.

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The Coordinating Body for Gender Equality chaired by Deputy Prime Minister prof. Dr Zorana Mihajlović and the Autonomous Women's Center agreed at today's meeting on the recommendations that need to be undertaken to make the fight against violence against women more effective.

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szs logoAt the last session of the Press Council Commission, held on June 29, 2017, members of the Commission unanimously passed decisions that the Informer, Alo and Vecernje Novosti daily newspapers violated the Code of Journalists of Serbia with the articles regarding the introduction of new criminal offenses of sexual harassment and stalking.

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The Women Against Violence Network and the Autonomous Women's Center strongly condemn the institutions whose omissions led to the murder of O.L. by her husband M.L. in front of the Center for Social Work in Novi Beograd and are demanding the most severe punishment for professionals in these institutions!

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prEUgovor sCoalition prEUgovor welcomes the decision of the Serbian Government's Negotiating Team to publish the European Commission's Report on the current state in chapters 23 i 24 for Serbia, so called non-paper, which is available at the European Integration Office website. We consider the availability of documents from the negotiation process to be essential to the informing of the citizens, inclusion of all the actors that could contribute to this process, and most importantly, for the success and the sustainability of the reforms that are conducted.

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Upon the complaint of Autonomous Women's Center, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, for the first time in Serbia, has established a multiple discrimination against a woman who has experienced domestic violence, based on her personal characteristics - gender and nationality.

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glasne brisel sRepresentative of the Autonomous Women's Center, Vanja Macanovic, had a speech at the international conference "Loud and united" in Brussels, organized by the European Women's Lobby on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Observatory on Violence against Women and Girls. The conference was attended by more than 350 experts, professionals, decision makers, activists for women's rights and activists from all over Europe. The conefernce was followed by street demonstrations.

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mup amblem sIn April, Autonomous Women's Center addressed the Ministry of Interior with the proposals on the implementation of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has responded positively to the appeal of AWC.

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preugovor izvestaj sAt the conference in the Media Center, on 24th May 2017, the PrEUgovor Coalition presented their independent Progress Report on Serbia in the implementation of policies in the sphere of the judiciary and fundamental human rights (Chapter 23) and justice, freedom and security (Chapter 24).

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The Autonomous Women's Center is expressing concern about the statement from last week of the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Mladen Šarčević, for the Politika newspaper, regarding the accredited seminars provided by non-governmental organizations to employees in educational institutions. His statement that schools are "stuffed with everything and anything" is unacceptable, and the announcement that there will "be changes in this area".

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