The coalition of non-governmental organizations consisting of the Autonomous Women's Center, the Humanitarian Law Center, Women in Black and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, within the Public Debate, sent comments on the Draft National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Gender-Based Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (2021-2025). The main objection refers to the need that astrategic document dealing with the problem of gender-based violence against women recognize and name sexual violence in armed conflicts as a form of gender-based violence against women, and accordingly envisage women victims of rape and violence in armed conflicts as one from the category of women whose rights are guaranteed by this strategy.
The Autonomous Women's Center submitted to the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs comments and suggestions for amendments to the Proposal of the National Strategy for Prevention and Combating Gender-Based Violence against Women and Domestic Violence for the period 2021-2025.
The Autonomous Women's Center appealed to the Coordination Body for Gender Equality and the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue to do everything in their power, including the temporary withdrawal of the Official Statistics Program in the Republic of Serbia in the period 2021-2025 from the parliamentary procedure, until the Republic Bureau of Statistics checks whether all relevant statistical areas also contain data on gender / demographics, in accordance with the Draft Law on Gender Equality and other public policy documents of the Republic of Serbia.
The Autonomous Women's Center, in cooperation with Group 484 and ASTRA - Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, as a member of the Coalition prEUgovor, submitted comments and proposals in a public debate on the Draft Law on Prohibition of Discrimination. Bearing in mind that the working group for drafting did not accept most of the proposals made by the AWC during the public consultations on the initial bases of the law, the already submitted proposals were repeated and additionally explained, as well as new ones
After the working group for drafting the Law on Gender Equality accepted most of the proposals submitted by the Autonomous Women's Center in the process of public consultations, new proposals submitted by AWC, as a member of the Coalition prEUgovor, in cooperation with Group 484 and ASTROM - Action against Trafficking in Human Beings were submitted for public discussion. The most important proposals referred to the articles that envisage the formation of an alimony fund, gender equality in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health, and in the field of advertising.
The Autonomous Women's Center pointed out that the Draft Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Serbia until 2030 does not refer to all laws, public policy documents and international agreements concerning gender equality, the prohibition of gender-based violence and gender discrimination, and the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights and health, which is completely unjustified and inconsistent with the policy of the Republic of Serbia.
On the occasion of March 8, International Women's Day, EU info point Novi Sad and EU info point Nis, in cooperation with the Autonomous Women's Center, realized an online presentation and discussion on "Violence against women and health" with a focus on mental health, which was facilitated by Tanja Ignjatović.
The Autonomous Women's Center appealed to the Coordination Body for Gender Equality and the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue to do everything in their power to supplement the content of the Draft Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Serbia until 2030 and the Draft Action Plan for the period from 2021 to 2023 for the implementation of this strategy, which the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development has put up for public discussion.
The Autonomous Women's Center, together with about 20 civil society organizations, participated in a meeting with the Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue on social protection and social policy issues, in order to review the current situation in the field, establish a dialogue on issues of importance and topics that are priorities in the coming period.
During the public consultations, the Autonomous Women's Center submitted comments and proposals regarding the Baseline for the Drafting of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination. It was proposed, among other things, to standardize the used terms, harmonize the proposed amendments with the relevant EU Directives, that the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality have a deputy, as well as to specify the meaning of the procedure before the court "on the same matter", i.e., to clearly state that it is a discrimination proceeding, and not any court proceeding.