Adoption of the amendment that increased the penalties for the crime of domestic violence was preceded by a civil action initiated by the Autonomous Women's Center, Women's Research Center and Victimology Society of Serbia, together with the Ombudsperson and his Deputy, and supported with the signatures of more than 60 civil society organizations. Two amendments to the Criminal Code are fully. However, the Assembly has not accepted an amendment on protection against domestic violence under the Criminal Code which guarantees to all those persons who need the protection provided by the Family Law.

20 women's organizations of civil society have compiled comments to the Draft of the action plan for the implementation of the National Strategy for improving the position of women and promotion of gender equality in the Republic of Serbia (2010-2015). The comments were endorsed by 46 women's organizations.

You can take a look at the comments here.

44 women's NGOs sent an open letter to the Gender Equality Directorate in which they expressed their concerns about the attitude of the Directorate towards the women's organizations.

The letter is available in Serbian language here.

Autonomous Women's Center has done an analysis of where the money goes from the "grants to NGOs" budget line of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.

Deputy Prime Minister's Team for Implementation of SPR has initiated the program Contact Organizations for Civil Society for the implementation of the Strategy for Poverty Reduction in Serbia, which should contribute to the development of a mechanism of communication and cooperation between governmental and non-governmental sectors, to facilitate the definition of recommendations and opinions of a wider civil society, and to contribute to civil society organizations (CSOs) in key processes linked to the SPR implementation in the Government (policy development, program implementation, monitoring and reporting). Autonomous Women's Center is a Civil Society organization who’s focal point are women.

Seven Contact organizations for Civil Society (Citizens' Initiative - target group youth, Autonomous Women's Center - target group women, The Power of Friendship - Amity - target group elderly, Society for the Protection and Promotion of Mental Health in Children and Youth - the target group children, Centre for Independent Living - target group persons with disabilities, Group 484 - target group refugees and displaced persons, Roma information center - target group Roma people) prepared the proposal for the Government of the Republic of Serbia for institutionalization of cooperation with civil society.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.

Meeting on "Drafts of specifications of services and minimum standards for the first group of priority of social protection" was organized within the project Support for the implementation of the Strategy for Social Protection to support the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy on defining and developing structural and functional service standards in the field of social protection.

During the meeting of the representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Deputy Prime Minister Team for implementation of the Strategy for Poverty Reduction and Civil Society Contact, held on 20th of February, the proposals for the improvement of gender policy in education were presented.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.

Autonomous Women's Center and Women's Research Center from Nis sent their suggestions and recommendations for improving the existing system of legal protection from domestic violence with brief explanations. The proposal is based on the technical discussions held in the framework of project activities of the Autonomous Women's Center, as well as from the research of criminal practices, conducted in cooperation with the Women's Research Centre from Niš.

Proposals for the introduction of the policy of gender equality in the Revised plan for the implementation of the priorities of the European Partnership and Multi-annual Indicative Planning Document (MIPD) 2007-2009 for Serbia.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.

Theses prepared for the fifth meeting of the Sinergijska Group on Gender Equality in the Canadian Embassy in the CIDE organization.

The whole document available in Serbian language here.