Monday, May 21, 2018


Initial premise of the Autonomous Women's Center is that policies, in order to fight against violence against women, at the local and national level should be consistent with international standards and good practices in this field. In accordance with the strategic goals, that the Convention of the United Nations and the Council of Europe should be implemented well by the state and that in the process of joining the European Union we must respect the human rights of women, Autonomous Women's Center consistently monitors the implementation of and advocates for a comprehensive, coherent, relevant, specific, efficient and effective national policies against violence against women.

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The PrEUgovor Coalition (Group 484, ASTRA, and AWC) presented their study “Migrants in Serbia Have Irregular Status – Current Issues and Perspectives” at the Media Center on October 31st 2016. The study makes an overview of the migrants irregular status and the state service’s response. The report in particularly focuses on women, identifying gender based violence and human trafficking risks. The study was conducted by Dijana Malbasa and Vanja Macanovic from the Autonomous Women’s Center.

As a reminder, the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, in Chapter VII – Migration and Asylum, in three articles, prescribes the standards for residence status (Article 59), gender based request for asylum (Article 60) and a ban on deportation, that is, of returning the person in question to where he/she came from (Article 61).

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