Women against Violence Network

Žene protiv nasiljaThe “Women against Violence” Network is a coalition of specialized women’s non-governmental organizations that render individual support services to women, and work on changing the social context in the goal of decreasing violence against women in Serbia.

The Women against Violence Network was established in 2005, emerging from women’s continuous networking in Serbia around the issue of decreasing violence against women, with the main goal of strengthening and connecting specialized women’s organizations which render services to survivors (SOS line, counseling, centers, shelters, safe houses, crisis centers, etc.)

The Women against Violence Network is open for association with all organizations and individuals working on the issue of reducing violence against women directly or indirectly, through research, advocacy of women’s right to life without violence, education, lobbying for laws protecting from violence, and who accept and implement the Network’s basic principles.


Network Bodies

Network Bodies

WAV accomplishes its basic goal through individual or joint work of members, and by means of the Network Bodies:

Conference (Assembly)

  • The Network’s highest ranking body, consisting of one, or two at most, delegated representatives of each member organization, authorized to speak for the whole organization. Each organization has one vote.
  • Adopts documents of the highest importance for Network functioning (work rulebook, strategic and action plans), elects (gives mandates) to representatives of the Group for Development of Activities and Plans (Managing Board), elects (gives mandates) to the Coordinator, and decides on member admissions and expulsions.
  • Meets once a year and adopts an action plan for the following year. If there are no resources for holding a Conference meeting, decisions are reached via an e-mail list (zeneprotivnasilja), and exclusively when the Group for Development of Activities and Plans convenes it.
  • All decisions are made by simple majority vote (51%)

Group for Development of Activities and Plans (Managing Board)

  • Coordination body consisting of 7 members, elected by the Conference
  • Mandated for political decisions between Conference sessions
  • Authorized to:
    • put into action the Network’s priorities
    • when needed, establish and monitor work groups for specific issues
    • summon the Conference (Assembly)
    • support development of PR activities
  • Responsible for development of all important documents and recommendations to the Network
  • Maintains communications about important issues via monthly meetings or e-mail, cooperates with the Coordinator, encourages communication on the e-mail list (zeneprotivnasilja)

Coordination

  • Works for the Networks Office and acts as contact person for the Women against Violence Network.
  • Closely cooperates with the Group for Development of Activities and Plans; responsible for supporting planning and implementation of the Network’s strategic decisions; coordinates projects; fundraises for Network activities; organizes and monitors Network administration; recommends and delegates jobs to Network members.

Contact Persons

  • One or two women delegated by each organization for a 1 year period in charge of communications with the Network.

Thematic or Work Groups

  • Established for conducting specific tasks (action plan, writing projects, fundraising team, etc.)
  • Answer to the Coordinator and the Group for Development of Activities and Plans

 

Vision

Vision

A society where women live and make independent decisions without violence or fear of violence.

Strategic Fields of Action 2010 – 2012

Strategic Fields of Action 2010 – 2012

The Women against Violence Network vision may be accomplished through three fields of action:

    1. Strengthening Network capacities and resources:
      Improving interconnectedness, knowledge and skills, equipment, material security and raising action taking capabilities and efficiency of the Network and its members for the purpose of accomplishing strategic goals.

    2. Strengthening the Network’s and its members’ influence on relevant national and local policies:
      Creating Network strategies in regards to using mechanisms to influence: national and local policies, institutions which adopt and implement laws.

    3. Improving public visibility of the Network and its members, and especially in relation to women, funding agencies and institutions.

Context – Network and Its Environment

Context – Network and Its Environment

Since its beginnings (1993) women of the Autonomous Women’s Center have been dedicated to women’s networking. They banded into networks in the 90’s and continued on into this decade because of ever increasing responsibilities.

Today Serbia has several state mechanisms (laws, strategies, plans, institutional bodies and mechanisms for gender equality) for decreasing violence against women. The Women against Violence Network has come across old problems within the new institutional mechanisms, most of all in relation to recognition of organizations’ expertise and organized support of their work. Specialized women’s organizations which render services to women who have survived violence, still face financial insecurity – existing funding agencies and means of fundraising do not enable financial security and long-term planning, state mechanisms are underdeveloped, and there is a lack of awareness about the need to develop and support alternative means of rendering social services pertaining to violence against women.