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Novi Sad: Preparing a Shadow Report on Implementation of the Istanbul Convention

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IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA is one of the orga­ni­za­tions con­sti­tut­ing the SOS Vojvo­d­i­na Net­work that, in coop­er­a­tion with the UN Agency for Gen­der Equal­i­ty and Epow­er­ment of Women (UN WOMEN) and sup­port­ed by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion with­in the Imple­ment­ing Norms – Chang­ing Minds pro­gram, imple­ments the project of prepar­ing two shad­ow reports in the field of gen­der-based dis­crim­i­na­tion and vio­lence for the 2016–2017 peri­od. The first report will be sub­mit­tet to the GREVIO Com­mit­tee in charge of mon­i­tor­ing the imple­men­ta­tion of the Coun­cil of Europe Con­ven­tion on Pre­vent­ing and Com­bat­ing Vio­lence against Women and Domes­tic vio­lence (the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion). The sec­ond of the two reports pre­pared with­in this project will con­cern imple­men­ta­tion of the Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Women (the CEDAW Con­ven­tion) in the Repub­lic of Ser­bia.

After the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing in Zren­janin at the begin­ning of March, the sec­ond meet­ing in the series of con­sul­ta­tions re. Prepa­ra­tion of the report to the GREVIO Com­mit­tee was held in Novi Sad this week. The meet­ing in Zren­janin was aimed at del­e­gat­ing top­ics and fields each of the orga­ni­za­tions would be cov­er­ing in the report, set­ting dead­lines, as well as agree­ing about details con­cern­ing imple­men­ta­tion of the entire process. The two-day meet­ing in Novi Sad was held in order to dis­cuss details con­cern­ing the cur­rent phase of the project and chal­lenges in the field of pre­ven­tion and pro­tec­tion from vio­lence against women and domes­tic vio­lence in the Repub­lic of Ser­bia, along with rec­om­men­da­tions the report to the GREVIO Com­mit­tee should con­tain.

The meet­ing brought togeth­er over 20 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of orga­ni­za­tions and inde­pen­dent experts par­tic­i­pat­ing in writ­ing of the reports. Along with …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, rep­re­sent­ed by Anki­ca Dra­gin on this occa­sion, anoth­er four mem­bers of the SOS Vojvo­d­i­na Net­work attend­ed the meet­ing – the Zren­janin Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter, Roma Asso­ci­a­tion from Novi Bečej, Women’s Sup­port Cen­ter from Kikin­da and Women’s Alter­na­tive from Som­bor. Women’s Lead­er­ship Acad­e­my and SOS Women’s Cen­ter rep­re­sent­ed Novi Sad orga­ni­za­tions, while Osvit from Niš and Fenom­e­na from Kral­je­vo rep­re­sent­ed South and Cen­tral Ser­bia, along with three orga­ni­za­tions from Bel­grade — Ati­na, Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Research Cen­ter and Bel­grade Fund for Polit­i­cal Excel­lence.

Pre­pared by Anki­ca Dra­gin