Working for the day when no woman suffers violence

Sep 7, 2016

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano and Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Ms. Zorana Mihajlovic today signed the project document for the project entitled "Integrated Response to Violence against Women in Serbia". © UNCT Serbia

“We continue to work in partnership to ensure that one December in the future we might be able to report that not one woman or child suffered violence during the preceding year. Only then will we have succeeded,” says Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Ms. Zorana Mihajlovic, during the launch today of the second phase of the project entitled Integrated Response to Violence against Women in Serbia. The project is being implemented jointly by UNDP, UNICEF, UNWOMEN and UNFPA thanks to the support by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) which allocated 948,719.52 euros to the cause.

Gender-based violence is a complex social problem, and it requires an integrated approach. Ms. Irena Vojačkova-Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative said that the new project aims to change the normative framework, institutional practices and behaviours pertaining to violence against women and girls at state, community and individual levels.

The Project applies the so-called "5P holistic approach", which focuses on prevention, protection, prosecution, policy and partnership, by engaging all relevant sectors (social, judicial, police, education, health), actors (government, NGOs, media) at all levels of government (national, provincial and local).

Life in fear and exposure to violence prevents women to fully realize their potentials, reduces their wellbeing, as well as their contribution to development of the society.

For more information about this project, please contact Stevan Vujasinović by phone on +381 (0)11 4155 310 or by e-mail at communications.rs@undp.org

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