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Consultation Meeting on Preparation of the First Serbian National Report on Implementation of the Istanbul Convention

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Vio­lence against women – Achieve­ments and chal­lenges in imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion’ was the title of yesterday’s con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing on com­pos­ing the First Ser­bian Nation­al Report on Imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion attend­ed by one of the …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA staff. Over 50 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al, insti­tu­tion­al and civic actors in pre­ven­tion of gen­der-based and domes­tic vio­lence attend­ed the event. Amongst oth­ers, some of the atten­dees were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of nation­al min­istries, the Human and Minor­i­ty Rights Office of the Gov­ern­ment of Ser­bia, Ser­bian Ombuds­man, Provin­cial Sec­re­tari­ats and the Ombuds­man of the AP of Vojvo­d­i­na, UN agen­cies in Ser­bia, as well as civ­il soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the SOS Vojvo­d­i­na Net­work.
After the intro­duc­to­ry address of Jele­na Tadžić on behalf of UNDP in Ser­bia, Ljil­jana Lončar from the Gen­der Equal­i­ty Coor­di­na­tion Body of the Ser­bian Gov­ern­ment pre­sent­ed the oblig­a­tions of the state con­cern­ing imple­men­ta­tion of the Coun­cil of Europe Con­ven­tion on Pre­vent­ing and Com­bat­ing Vio­lence against Women and Domes­tic Vio­lence (i.e. the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion). The process of prepa­ra­tion of the First Ser­bian Nation­al Report on Imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion was pre­sent­ed by Neve­na Petrušić, PhD, a Pro­fes­sor with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Niš, an activist and the first ever Ser­bian Antidis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sion­er at the time of her elec­tion to the post. Being writ­ten for the first time and relat­ing to the 2014–2015 peri­od, the report will be a base­line com­prised of the exist­ing data which, in their cur­rent form acc. to Prof. Petrušić, are most­ly incom­pat­i­ble with the GREVIO ques­tion­naire the rel­e­vant state author­i­ties should respond to. On the oth­er hand, this process is a unique chance for Repub­lic of Ser­bia to advance the activ­i­ties of rel­e­vant author­i­ties, par­tic­u­lar­ly as relat­ed to record­keep­ing and data col­lec­tion. Both the state and civ­il soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions will share their posi­tion on these and oth­er mat­ters by means of their (shad­ow) reports addressed to the GREVIO Com­mit­tee.

The meet­ing par­tic­i­pants agreed that the report prepa­ra­tion and writ­ing process would be chal­leng­ing pri­mar­i­ly due to very short dead­lines for its com­ple­tion. Not­ing that the 2016–2017 pos­i­tive advances result­ing from rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion, such as adop­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of the Domes­tic Vio­lence Pre­ven­tion Law, would be pre­sent­ed in the Sec­ond Ser­bian Nation­al Report on imple­men­ta­tion of the Con­ven­tion, the meet­ing atten­dees were invit­ed to coop­er­ate dur­ing the forth­com­ing Report writ­ing process, pri­mar­i­ly by exchang­ing rel­e­vant data at their dis­pos­al.

The ‘Vio­lence against women – Achieve­ments and chal­lenges in imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion’ meet­ing was in Bel­gade. Its orga­niz­ers were the Gen­der Equal­i­ty Coor­di­na­tion Body of the Ser­bian Gov­ern­ment and UN Mis­sion to Ser­bia. The two actors are part­ners with­in the frame­work of the Inte­grat­ed Response to Vio­lence against Women and Girls in Ser­bia Project togeth­er with the Swedish Embassy in Bel­grade, who is fund­ing the imple­men­ta­tion of this project via the Swedish Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment Agency.

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