On the day the debate on the Draft Law on the Establishment of the Facts on the Status of Newborn Children Suspected to have Disappeared from a Maternity Ward in the Republic of Serbia, the so-called "Missing Baby Act", the Autonomous Women's Center and ASTRA - Action Against Trafficking in Persons urge MPs to show their independence and solidarity with the mothers of the missing babies and vote against the passage of this law.
In the agreement with the authors of the song "The Big Wedding" Radio Television of Serbia has decided to keep the song in the Beovision 2020 competition, with changes to the text to which the Autonomous Women's Center reacted by claiming the song promotes violence and murder of women.
Autonomous Women's Center requires immediate withdrawal of the song "Big Wedding" performed by Bora Dugic and Balkubano from the Beovision 2020 competition from all platforms of Radio Television of Serbia where the song is published, because of promotion of violence against women.
On yesterday’s Press Council session, regarding media coverage of the abduction of minor Monica K, all the complaints filed by her parents, the Network of Children's Organizations of Serbia, as well as the Autonomous Women's Center, were adopted.
Today, in the Media Center, the first baseline report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Serbia has been presented. Although GREVIO welcomes the state’s commitment to eliminating gender-based violence against women, as well as legislative changes taken in this direction, there are a number of areas that need urgent response and improvement, such as a small number of underfunded specialized services for women with experience of violence, mainly provided by NGOs. The urgency of establishing a consultative dialogue with women’s organizations is also emphasized, as well as the need to ensure adequate and long-term financing for the specialized services they provide.
Autonomous Women’s Center, which has submitted the alternative report on the implementation of the Convention to the GREVIO Group, is satisfied with the largest number of presented findings and recommendations. It remains to be seen whether and how many recommendations will be included in the new strategic document on preventing violence against women.
The Autonomous Women's Center addressed today four complaints to the Press Council against the daily newspapers Serbian Telegraph, Informer, Alo and Courier, regarding the reporting on the case of the abduction of minor Monica K. We remind that named daily newspapers published on the front pages in a sensational way the statements of the suspect Ninoslav Jovanovic, sharing details about the crime committed against Monica K.
The Autonomous Women's Center addressed today open letters to the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Culture and Information and the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection regarding the reporting of several daily newspapers on the case of the abduction of minor Monica K. and publishing leaking information from the investigation.
The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection issued a warning to the Center for Protection of Infants, Children and Youth because of irregularities in the processing of personal data, as the Center recorded telephone calls within the counseling services, without the legal authorization or consent of the person who’s data was recorded on all three lines - SOS Helpline for women with experience of violence, SOS Helpline for children and Parents Helpline.
In order to monitor the measurable effects of the reforms in the European integration process of the Republic of Serbia, members of the prEUgovor coalition drafted the second edition of the Institutional Barometer, which analyzes the work of six selected institutions with the competences in the areas of Chapter 23 (Justice and Fundamental Rights) and Chapter 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security). Autonomous Women’s Center applied the created methodology to the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality.
With the action „Stop Killing Women!“ organized on December 6th it was marked the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, with about fifty activists from the Autonomous Women's Center, Women in Black from Belgrade, NENA - a group for peace and women's rights from Leskovac, Women's Association Anima from Djulic (Bosnia and Hercegovina), and the CURE Foundation from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina). On this day, women around the world go to the streets to commemorate the murdered women and to remind the states that they are responsible for combating and preventing crimes against women.