Changes to the Rulebook on specific conditions and standards for providing SOS Line services to women who have experienced violence

Following three consultation meetings held this year on Zlatibor, in Belgrade and in Vrnjacka Banja with women’s organizations – members of the Women against Violence Network, the Autonomous Women’s Center and the Network have submitted recommendations to the Rulebook to the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues, the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality and the UNDP Office in Belgrade.

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Minister Without Portfolio, Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, Signed the Petition and Held Meeting With Women’s Organizations

slavica djukic dejanovic peticija sSlavica Djukic Dejanovic, Minister without portfolio who is in charge of demographics and population policy, and member of the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality, supported and signed the petition calling for the proclamation of May 18th as the Day of Remembrance of Murdered Women Victims of Violence.

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Minister of Justice, Nela Kuburovic, Supports the Petition

nela kuburovic peticija sOn the invitation of the Ministry of Justice, representatives of the Autonomous Women’s Center, Vanja Macanovic and Vedrana Lacmanovic, met on November 7th with the Minister of Justice, Nela Kuburovic, and Ministry representatives. On this occasion, the Minister, Nela Kuburovic, signed the petition calling for the proclamation of May 18th as the Day of Remembrance of Murdered Women Victims of Violence.

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Deputy Prime Minister, Zorana Mihajlovic, Supports the Petition – If It’s Possible and If It’s Needed, the Law Should Be Improved

zorana mihailovic potpis sThe Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and President of the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality, Zorana Mihajlovic, gave her support and signed the petition to proclaim May 18th the Day of Remembrance of Murdered Women Victims of Violence.

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Commissioner for Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic Supports the Petition – It’s Essential to Determine Individual Responsibility

brankica jankovic potpis sThe Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Brankica Jankovic, supported the petition to proclaim May 18th the Day of Remembrance of  Murdered Women Victims of Violence. She put her signature on the petition at the Commissioner’s Office, as did all employees of this institution.

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Press release: Proclaim May 18th - Day of Remembrance of the murdered women victims of violence

peticija okt 16During the press conference held on 17th of October in Media Center in Belgrade, Autonomous Women's Center and Women Against Violence Network officially started collecting signatures in support of a petition to designate May 18 - Day of Remembrance of the murdered women victims of violence. This date was chosen because in 2015, within a period of 72 hours, on the 16th, 17th and 18th of May, seven women were killed in domestic-partnership context.

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Press Release: React before a crime is committed, not after!

Since the beginning of this year till now we’ve seen that at least 24 women were murdered by their male partner or family member, as can   be deduced from media articles about domestic violence. The last murder happened on September 17th 2016, in Nanomir (near the city of Valjevo), where Z. I. (47) was murdered by her husband R. I. (57) with a hunting rifle. Too many times have we been left asking if there really was no way to prevent such murders?

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Conclusions of the WAV Network meeting: the system is protecting itself, not women!

At a meeting of the Women against Violence Network held in Vrnjacka Banja at the end of July 2016 we concluded that there are worrisome trends pertaining to conduct of institutions and their employees on preventing and suppressing violence against women. Instead of providing professional support and helping women, representatives of institutions (frequently guided by personal attitudes and prejudice) avoid taking responsibility for how they act when they receive reports of domestic violence.

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Call for an International Action Day against Feminicide of Yazidi Women

3 August 2016 marks the 2nd anniversary of the Feminicide and Genocide by Islamic State (IS) against Yazidi people in Sinjar/Shengal. On 3 August 2014 IS attacked and captured Sinjar, which is the historical homeland of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority whose ancient religion is linked to Zoroastrianism. During the IS-massacre in Sinjar up to 5.000 Yazidis were executed. At the same time approximately 5.000 Yazidi women and children were captured. They were appropriated as spoils of war and sold as sex slaves to Muslim men or given to ISID commanders.

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Stop femicide – Network WAV's press release

ni jedna zena manje ni jedna mrtva vise sLast night in Žitište, man has murdered his wife for making decision to leave him, than he killed her girlfriend and 3 men, and wounded more than 20 persons. In Knjaževac another man killed his wife. We appeal to the public, overwhelmed by anger and deep sadness regarding the third mass murder in Serbia in the past three years and another serial of killings motivated by hatred towards women, as the events from days around May 18th 2015.

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