Due to the significant number of calls from mothers who are facing problems with regard to the respect of court decisions that regulate children’s contacts with fathers they do not live with, during proclaimed state of emergency, Autonomous Women's Center addressed the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Justice with the request to issue clear instructions for parents.
The Autonomous Women's Center knows that government calls for self-isolation and stay-at-home can have consequences for women and children who are experiencing violence. Home is not a safe place for victims of violence. We are concerned that avoiding social contacts and self-isolation will allow abusers to intensify control and abuse of victims and prevent them from contacting support and protection providers/institutions. The rise in violence against women and children during the Coronavirus pandemic has been reported by countries from China to the United States.
Autonomous Women's Center, Women in Black and the Humanitarian Law Center appeal to the MPs members of the Women's Parliamentary Network to vote against the Draft Law on the Rights of Soldiers, Disabled Veterans, Civilian Disabled Veterans and Family Members because the draft Law still doesn’t recognize survivors of sexual violence in armed conflict as civilian victims of war.
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.