Saturday, January 18, 2020

Advocacy

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.

Representative of Autonomous Women's Center, Tanja Ignjatovic, spoke at the event "Europe Calling" organized by the Women's Platform for Development of Serbia on May 9th at the Crown Plaza Hotel. "We are deeply concerned about the conservative and extreme right politics in the European Union because here we know what the consequences of such a policy. Even more we are concerned that the EU does not have mechanisms to prevent the collapse of European values by its members", said Ignjatovic.

She said that, "if anything is common to women, regardless of all the differences that exist between them, including whether they are currently living in the European Union or outside of it, it is the experience of male violence against women".

Video of the speech is available in Serbian language.