A Meeting on CEDAW Implementation Shadow Report Writing


As a mem­ber of the SOS Vojvo­d­i­na Gen­der-Based and Domes­tic Vio­lence Pre­ven­tion Helpline Net­work, …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, orga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing sup­port to women with dis­abil­i­ties, par­tic­i­pates in a CEDAW imple­men­ta­tion shad­ow report-writ­ing project in Ser­bia. Run by the SOS Vojvo­d­i­na Net­work, the project is sup­port­ed by with UN Women and fund­ed by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

Dur­ing the meet­ing in Zren­janin on 14–15 Sep­tem­ber, mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions of the SOS Vojvo­d­i­na Net­work, togeth­er with near­ly 15 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of oth­er orga­ni­za­tions and pro­fes­sion­als to be involved in the report writ­ing, dis­cussed its future for­mat, method­ol­o­gy and con­tents.

The report will con­sid­er dis­crim­i­na­tion of women in the light of the for­mal, legal and insti­tu­tion­al frame­work of the Repub­lic of Ser­bia con­cern­ing gen­der equal­i­ty, women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in pub­lic and polit­i­cal life, their edu­ca­tion, health­care and wel­fare, mar­i­tal and fam­i­ly issues, gen­der based and domes­tic vio­lence, stereo­types and media report­ing about women and gen­der equal­i­ty. It will con­tain spe­cif­ic stand­points of a total of 10 groups of mul­ti­ply mar­gin­al­ized women, such as women with dis­abil­i­ties, Roma, rur­al and eth­nic minor­i­ty women, sin­gle moth­ers, women pris­on­ers and those liv­ing in oth­er res­i­den­tial insti­tu­tions, women expe­ri­enc­ing gen­der based and domes­tic vio­lence, as well as women mem­bers of the LGBT and migrant com­mu­ni­ties. This way, the report will point out char­ac­ter­is­tic prob­lems faced by women from each of these groups.

Dur­ing 2018, a group of orga­ni­za­tions and pro­fes­sion­als brought togeth­er by the SOS Vojvo­d­i­na Net­work for the pur­pose of this project has already writ­ten a shad­ow report addressed to the GREVIO Com­mit­tee, the Coun­cil of Europe (CoE) body mon­i­tor­ing the imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion (aka the CoE Con­ven­tion on Pre­vent­ing and Com­bat­ing Vio­lence against Women and Domes­tic Vio­lence).

Writ­ten and trans­lat­ed from Ser­bian by Anki­ca Dra­gin