International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 Nov 2013

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The International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women was marked in Serbia at the Conference „Due Diligence in Combating Violence against Women in Serbia“.

Mr. Nikola Selakovic, Minister of Justice and Public Administration, Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, Mr. Muhedin Fijuljanin, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Mr.  Meho Omerovic, President of the Board for Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality in the Parliament of Serbia, Mr. Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, Ms. Stana Bozovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social policy, Mr. Vladimir Djukic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Helath and Ms.  Brankica Jankovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy attended the conference at Klub Poslanika.

“So far, the UN in Serbia had a major role in establishing institutional response to solving violence against women issues, in accordance to the international standards and obligations in this field. This year, the Republic of Serbia has once again confirmed its determination and displayed active efforts in promoting and protecting human rights through recent ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, further supporting the Convention becoming effective in binding governments throughout Europe to change or readjust the laws, implement practical measures and provide necessary means for creating zero tolerance for gender based violence”-  said Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia.

„Over the last ten years, the Republic of Serbia has established mechanisms of gender equality on all levels of power - legislative, executive, as well as independent supervisory mechanisms on a state, regional and local level. Institutions were established , laws and strategic documents aimed at preventing and combating gender based violence were designed, and priorities in this field were defined in the National strategy for Prevention and Combating Violence against Women in Family and in Intimate Partner Relationship. Authorities were actively in charge of implementing General protocol for cooperation of institutions and organizations in cases of violence against women in family and in intimate partner relationship, as well as specialized protocols in line ministries. However, we are facing a serious challenge of consistent implementation of this quality institutional framework. Due diligence in this field implies that the State must not be limited exclusively to the protection of women survivors of violence. It is our duty to initiate and take measures to prevent the occurrence of violence through efficient and timely sanctioning of perpetrators and by empowering survivors while  supporting them to provide safe and secure future for themselves and their children “- added Ms. Brankica Janković, State Secretary of Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy.

Main results that the national institutions have achieved so far in prevention and protection of women against violence were presented including the new web platform www.sigurnakuca.net, created jointly by UNDP and Fund B92 as one-stop-shop-info-center on Violence against Women in Serbia. 11 women’s non-governmental organizations that are managing SOS call centers for victims of violence received grants that will help them to continue their work.

The conference was organized by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy and supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It represented the first out of many activities that will be organized in Serbia as a part of the global campaign “16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women”.

For more information about the Joint UN Programme „Integrated Response to Violence against Women in Serbia“ please visit: http://www.rs.undp.org/content/serbia/en/home/operations/projects/poverty_reduction/integrated-response-to-violence-against-women-in-serbia.html