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Representatives … Iz Kruga — Vojvodina at the nineteenth Wave conference

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Ivana Zel­ic and Mar­i­jana Canak in front of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA par­tic­i­pat­ed in the nine­teenth WAVE con­fer­ence held in Budapest from 30 Octo­ber to 1 Novem­ber 2017.

The con­fer­ence enti­tled From back­lash to effec­tive response: step up togeth­er for the pro­tec­tion of women and girls from all forms of vio­lence brought togeth­er 230 par­tic­i­pants from around the world. Speak­ers from our area includ­ed Alek­san­dra Nestorov (Autonomous Women’s Cen­ter, Bel­grade), Valenti­na Andrasek (Autonomous Women’s House, Zagreb), Sen­ka Sekulic Rebac and Kristi­na Mihal­je­vic (Women’s Room — Cen­ter for Sex­u­al Rights, Zagreb), Dubrav­ka Simonovic (Spe­cial Reporter on Vio­lence over women from Zagreb).

The con­fer­ence was offi­cial­ly opened by Ter­ry Rein­tke of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, who spoke via video on sex­u­al vio­lence and the impor­tance of women’s voic­es against male vio­lence.

On the first day of the con­fer­ence, three ses­sions were held. The ses­sion, enti­tled Con­trol­ling Women ‘s Bod­ies, Minds, and Lives — Roots and Man­i­fes­ta­tions of Vio­lence Against Women, and How to Respond to It, addressed the top­ics of online vio­lence and tech­no­log­i­cal resources to con­trol women’ s fatigue and body, the impact of pornog­ra­phy on the sex­u­al devel­op­ment of young peo­ple, and women ‘s repro­duc­tive rights. The ses­sion Inter­sec­tion­al Forms of Vio­lence and Its His­tor­i­cal Roots pre­sent­ed the com­plex forms of mul­ti­ple dis­crim­i­na­tion and vio­lence (eg. gen­der inter­lac­ing, minor­i­ty eth­nic­i­ty and dis­abil­i­ty). The third ses­sion was ded­i­cat­ed to the effec­tive sup­port and pro­tec­tion of chil­dren in the con­text of part­ner vio­lence.

On the sec­ond day of the con­fer­ence, all open top­ics were deep­ened through work­shop work, with the for­mu­la­tion of rec­om­men­da­tions and guide­lines for fur­ther work on pre­vent­ing vio­lence against women.