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Improving Service Provision to Women with Disabilities and Women Survivors of Violence

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Orga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing sup­port to women with dis­abil­i­ties …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, in coop­er­a­tion with the UN Enti­ty for Gen­der Equal­i­ty and Empow­er­ment of Women (UN Women) fund­ed by Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, has start­ed the imple­men­ta­tion of a project on advanc­ing the sys­tem of ser­vice pro­vi­sion to women with dis­abil­i­ties and women expe­ri­enc­ing vio­lence.

The project aim is for insti­tu­tions and oth­er gen­er­al and spe­cial­ized ser­vice providers to women vic­tims of all forms of vio­lence to devel­op their capac­i­ties for imple­men­ta­tion of the stan­dards incor­po­rat­ed in the Con­ven­tion on Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Women (CEDAW) and Istan­bul Con­ven­tion re. treat­ment of women with dis­abil­i­ties expe­ri­enc­ing any kind of vio­lence, espe­cial­ly sex­u­al vio­lence.

Besides par­tial sta­tis­tics, Ser­bia and Vojvo­d­i­na have no sys­tem­at­ic analy­ses on domes­tic and part­ner­ship vio­lence faced by women with dis­abil­i­ties. This project will col­lect data on the num­ber of women with dis­abil­i­ties expe­ri­enc­ing gen­der based vio­lence, as well as their expe­ri­ence with sup­port ser­vices in health­care, wel­fare and secu­ri­ty. The action research will be imple­ment­ed in coop­er­a­tion with orga­ni­za­tions of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and women’s orga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing sup­port to women expe­ri­enc­ing vio­lence in munic­i­pal­i­ties and towns where there are Cen­ters for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence: Novi Sad, Sub­ot­i­ca, Srem­s­ka Mitro­vi­ca, Vršac, Zren­janin, Kikin­da and Som­bor.

The research will indi­cate to what extent are the ser­vices of health­care, wel­fare, the police and judi­cia­ry acces­si­ble to women with dis­abil­i­ties and pin­point the lead­ing obsta­cles encoun­tered by women with dis­abil­i­ties when approach­ing pro­tec­tion ser­vices. At the same time, best prac­tice rec­om­men­da­tions for chang­ing the exist­ing pro­ce­dures and approach­es will be sent to rel­e­vant min­istries and provin­cial sec­re­tari­ats in order to improve the legal and strate­gic frame­work. Five munic­i­pal­i­ties will be select­ed for fur­ther men­tor­ship in order to imple­ment best prac­tices in pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ized ser­vices to women with dis­abil­i­ties. The project will result in a pub­li­ca­tion includ­ing sit­u­a­tion­al analy­sis, overview of results and rec­om­men­da­tions, good prac­tice and con­clu­sions.

This text is pub­lished with the sup­port of the Euro­pean Union. Atti­tudes expressed in it are the sole respon­si­bil­i­ty of the End­ing Vio­lence against Women in West­ern Balka­ns and Turkey: Apply­ing Norms, Chang­ing Con­scious­ness Pro­gram and do not rep­re­sent the posi­tion of EU.

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