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Violence is always isolation

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IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA host­ed mem­bers of the IRIDA orga­ni­za­tion on Fri­day, June 26, 2020. It is an asso­ci­a­tion of women with activ­i­ties in the field of women’s and oth­er human rights from Novi Sad, which, in coop­er­a­tion with the SOS Women’s Cen­ter, launched the cam­paign Vio­lence is always iso­la­tion. Active mem­bers in the real­iza­tion of the cam­paign who respond­ed to the invi­ta­tion of our orga­ni­za­tion are: Alek­san­dra Gru­jic, Isido­ra Pak­lar and Velimir Milo­sev.

The cam­paign start­ed on May 1 and will be real­ized by July 1, 2020. It is car­ried out online, through the social net­works Face­book and Insta­gram, but also by past­ing posters with SOS con­tacts in res­i­den­tial build­ings and bars through­out Novi Sad. The idea of the cam­paign is to raise the vis­i­bil­i­ty of avail­able sup­port sys­tems for women with expe­ri­ence of vio­lence, which is pro­vid­ed in the city IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA and SOS Women’s Cen­ter.

One of the goals of the cam­paign that was launched on social net­works is to point out the increase in part­ner vio­lence, which inten­si­fied dur­ing the state of emer­gency, due to the sev­er­al-hour con­fine­ment of the vic­tim in the same space with the per­pe­tra­tor. That is why it is impor­tant to joint­ly raise aware­ness about this prob­lem, in order to pro­vide the nec­es­sary pro­tec­tion and sup­port to vic­tims of vio­lence, but also to estab­lish zero tol­er­ance for part­ner vio­lence — IRIDE mem­bers point out.

The orig­i­nal idea was to launch an online cam­paign dur­ing the state of emer­gency, due to the inabil­i­ty of mem­bers of the orga­ni­za­tion to vis­it bars and put up posters. We were think­ing in the next direc­tion, the quar­an­tine is over, the mea­sures have been eased, but peo­ple will still feel numer­ous con­se­quences, both eco­nom­ic and oth­er in nature — says Velimir.

That is why at the begin­ning of the cam­paign it was called Safe in Iso­la­tion. After the end of the state of emer­gency, we real­ized that there is no need for such a name, since women are no longer lit­er­al­ly in iso­la­tion, but vio­lence is always iso­la­tion — says Alek­san­dra.

It is impor­tant to point out that IRIDA does not have its own finan­cial resources for the imple­men­ta­tion of cam­paigns, but the over­all suc­cess of the orga­ni­za­tion is achieved through ded­i­cat­ed work, effort, engage­ment, per­se­ver­ance and good orga­ni­za­tion of mem­bers.

Alek­san­dra Gru­jic, Miladin­ka Mija­tovic, Ivana Zelic, Isido­ra Pak­lar i Velimir Milo­sev

A large num­ber of celebri­ties respond­ed to the cam­paign by shar­ing pho­tos of the posters on their Insta­gram and Face­book pro­files, thus pro­vid­ing addi­tion­al sup­port. The post with the most views on Face­book is 4880, which start­ed the cam­paign. Two posts have about 1,300 views, while the oth­ers have between 150 and 450 views.

Posters were placed in 51 bars across the city and the cam­paign was talked about on Radio Novi Sad in the Sum­mer After­noon show. Valu­able mem­bers of IRIDE received a lot of sup­port­ive and encour­ag­ing mes­sages for their work.

Dur­ing the past­ing of posters and con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple about the pres­ence and inten­si­fi­ca­tion of vio­lence dur­ing the state of emer­gency, peo­ple showed con­cern and want­ed to help. Peo­ple were very hap­py to respond to the cam­paign, they rec­og­nized the right mes­sage, they sup­port­ed our work — Velimir points out.

Alexan­draI think it is impor­tant to talk about vio­lence. When peo­ple read a poster to think aham, vio­lence exists, I will not ignore that prob­lem.

On the posters you can find impor­tant num­bers that can help you fight vio­lence and where you will get the nec­es­sary sup­port. Impor­tant num­bers: SOS Women’s Cen­ter: 069–1936899, 061–6412992 and IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA: 066–447040, 021–447040.

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