…Iz Kruga — Vojvodina participated in the webinar of the Provincial Protector of Citizens


Mem­ber of the orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJODINA Ivana Zel­ic, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the webi­nar held on June 2, 2020 on the top­ic of the rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties in a state of emer­gency. The orga­niz­er of the webi­nar is the Provin­cial Pro­tec­tor of Cit­i­zens — Ombuds­man.

The webi­nar of the Provin­cial Pro­tec­tor of Cit­i­zens was held in order to open the ques­tion to what extent the com­pe­tent author­i­ties man­aged to pro­vide sup­port and pro­tec­tion to vul­ner­a­ble groups, but also to offer cer­tain solu­tions to the mea­sures that need to be tak­en to pro­vide them with ade­quate sup­port and pro­tec­tion in these and sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions and their rights and inter­ests are effec­tive­ly pro­tect­ed.

The invi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the webi­nar was sent to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the cen­ters for social work in AP Vojvo­d­i­na, local ombuds­men, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the provin­cial admin­is­tra­tive bod­ies, non-gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions and the media. The par­tic­i­pants of the webi­nar agreed in the assess­ment that the posi­tion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties is very del­i­cate even in reg­u­lar cir­cum­stances and that it could wors­en in a state of emer­gency if the mea­sures tak­en by anti-epi­dem­ic pol­i­cy mak­ers were not adjust­ed to per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

The dis­cus­sion lists a series of prob­lems that peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties faced dur­ing the state of emer­gency — finan­cial, cul­tur­al, infor­ma­tion­al, polit­i­cal, admin­is­tra­tive and tech­ni­cal. It was point­ed out that the fight against the epi­dem­ic is suc­cess­ful only if peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are includ­ed, as actors of equal­i­ty with every­one else.

By orga­niz­ing the webi­nar, the Provin­cial Ombuds­man start­ed a series of talks that should con­tribute to the improve­ment of the posi­tion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, both in reg­u­lar and extra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances.

In addi­tion to the intro­duc­to­ry address of the provin­cial ombuds­man and his deputies, the meet­ing was attend­ed by: Ivana Zel­ic, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, Ivan­ka Jovanovic, exec­u­tive direc­tor of NOIS, Arpad Djere, pres­i­dent of the Asso­ci­a­tion of the Blind and Visu­al­ly Impaired from Sen­ta, Lazar Ste­fanovic, Ini­tia­tive for the Rights of Per­sons with Men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties, Borisla­va Per­ic Rankovic, Ser­bian table ten­nis play­er and Par­a­lympian, Son­ja Paripovic, coor­di­na­tor of the inclu­sive edu­ca­tion sup­port net­work, Juli­jana Catalinac, pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties from Som­bor and Vio­le­ta Strahin­je­vic, direc­tor of school for pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary edu­ca­tion Milan Petro­vic.