Saturday, December 07, 2019

cedaw zenevaAt the 72nd session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, during which the Committee will consider the Fourth periodic report of the Republic of Serbia on the implementation of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (on February 28, 2019), an informal meeting of Committee members with representatives of NGOs from Serbia, UK and Botswana, was held (February 25, 2019).

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ksenija turkovicWith the intent to contribute to the harmonization of the legal definition of rape as a criminal act (Criminal Code of the Republic of Serbia, Art 78) with the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, as well as with the court proceedings of the European Court of Human Rights, Autonomous Women’s Centre initiated the expert meeting during which it was discussed about the positive obligations of the state.

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Rape is a crime (criminal offense) everywhere. International standards require the punishment of any sexual act without CONSENT.

It is time for the criminal offense of Rape - Article 178 of the Criminal Code of Serbia to comply with the accepted international standards.

Therefore, support the CONSENT campaign and demand from the Ministry of Justice to modify the definition of this offense in accordance with international standards.

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kd silovanje strucni skup sThe Autonomous Women's Center started organizing expert meetings dedicated to the need to change the definition of the criminal offense of rape and its compliance with the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

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childrenThe Autonomous Women's Center, on the occasion of publishing the text United for Child Protection, requested UNICEF to review models and concepts that support interdisciplinary work to protect children from abuse and neglect. It was asked to insist that the experts strictly comply with the existing standards and principles of work in this field, prescribed by international agreements, as well as by laws and by-laws of the Republic of Serbia. Children's safety and well-being can not be protected if their mother is punished in situations where the system did not function timely and comprehensively.

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alarm izvestaj sThe PrEUgovor Coalition presented the latest Alarm - an independent report on Serbia's progress in implementing policies in the areas of Chapter 23 and 24 of the accession negotiations with the European Union. It is expected that, by the end of this year, the Serbian Government will adopt revised versions of the action plans for both chapters, which is a moment for these strategic documents to be fundamentally changed in order to achieve better reform results. Bobana Macanovic spoke at the press conference on behalf of the Autonomous Women's Center.

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zasto i kako sThe conference "Why and how about gender-based violence in secondary school" marked the end of cooperation with teachers and professional associates of secondary schools who participated in the activities of the project "Zero Tolerance on Gender-Based Violence". The conference brought together over 70 representatives of schools, activists from local partner organizations and AWC associates who supported the implementation of activities over the past two years.

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Today, the Autonomous Women's Center sent a letter to the Public Procurement Directorate pointing to violations of the Law on Public Procurement and the Law on Social Protection by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs and the possible occurrence of harmful consequences in connection with the implementation of the Call for Proposals to the associations to establish a National SOS Helpline to support women with experience of violence.

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azcOrganizations, members of the Women against Violence Network, are submitting open questions to the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs regarding the third open call for the establishment of the National SOS Helpline for Women Victims of Violence, published on the Ministry's website on the 27th of September 2018.

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zasticena sUnwanted physical contact, touching and getting into a woman/girl’s face or men masturbating in public, as the most explicit types of sexual harassment, have been experienced by every third girl in Serbia. The most common type of sexual harassment that every second girl in Serbia has experienced, is wolf-whistling, sending kisses and lip licking. These are some of the findings of the research of the AWC – “Young people and the experience of sexual harassment”.

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