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… Iz Kruga — Vojvodina participated in Wave training for combating sexual violence against women

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The coor­di­na­tor of the SOS ser­vice of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, Ivana Zel­ic, and the con­sul­tant on the SOS phone Miladin­ka Mija­tovic, par­tic­i­pat­ed in an online train­ing on the top­ic of com­bat­ing sex­u­al vio­lence against women. The orga­niz­er of the train­ing is WAVE (Euro­pean net­work of women’s orga­ni­za­tions active in the fight against vio­lence against women). The train­ing was held on Feb­ru­ary 17 and 18, from 10 am to 2 pm via the Zoom appli­ca­tion.

The aim of the train­ing is to strength­en the capac­i­ty of women’s NGOs and oth­er advo­ca­cy actors, in order to improve poli­cies, expand knowl­edge and co-oper­ate on sex­u­al vio­lence in the West­ern Balka­ns and Turkey.

On the first day of the train­ing, the par­tic­i­pants were intro­duced to the stan­dards of good prac­tice that are applied in pro­vid­ing sup­port to women vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence. The train­ing was led by Dr Cliona Sai­dlear, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Irish Rape Cri­sis Cen­ters Net­work (RCNI), who spoke on the appli­ca­tion of stan­dards in work­ing with vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence. The orga­ni­za­tion works to gath­er evi­dence and exper­tise to rep­re­sent the inter­ests of vic­tims and apply the best answers to pre­vent sex­u­al vio­lence. On the first day of the train­ing, the con­tri­bu­tions of spe­cial­ized NGOs, cen­ters for sex­u­al vio­lence, police and gov­ern­ment were pre­sent­ed, with an intro­duc­tion to the exist­ing guide­lines and poli­cies that define these dif­fer­ent roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties.

On the sec­ond day of the train­ing, the stan­dards of good prac­tice applied in the cen­ters for sex­u­al vio­lence in Ser­bia were pre­sent­ed. The train­ers of the sec­ond day of train­ing were: Bil­jana Stepanov, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Sup­port of Women, Dan­i­ca Todor­ov, coor­di­na­tor of the Cen­ter for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence in Novi Sad, Ste­van Mila­tovic, gyne­col­o­gist and mem­ber of the work­ing group of the Cen­ter for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence in Novi Sad and Radosla­va Aral­i­ca, local coor­di­na­tor and mem­ber of the work­ing group of the Cen­ter for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence in Zren­janin. The train­ers intro­duced the par­tic­i­pants to the work of the Cen­ter for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence in Ser­bia, as a unique exam­ple of prac­tice, which com­bines two types of ser­vices from the social and health sys­tems, in order to ful­ly pro­tect women vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence.

In 2018, the orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, with­in the project Improv­ing Sup­port to Women with Dis­abil­i­ties, which was imple­ment­ed with the sup­port of UN WOMEN, and with the finan­cial sup­port of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, devel­oped Guide­lines for health work­ers in sit­u­a­tions of vio­lence against women with dis­abil­i­ties. The guide­lines apply to the Cen­ters for Vic­tims of Sex­u­al Vio­lence. The key top­ic of the sem­i­nar was the recog­ni­tion of the specifics of the way in which rights are exer­cised, that is, they meet the needs of women with dis­abil­i­ties who have expe­ri­enced domes­tic vio­lence, with an empha­sis on sex­u­al vio­lence. The first part of the sem­i­nar cov­ered the top­ics of rec­og­niz­ing stereo­types and inter­sec­tion­al dis­crim­i­na­tion against women with dis­abil­i­ties, ter­mi­nol­o­gy, eti­quette and mod­els of dis­abil­i­ty. The sec­ond part of the sem­i­nar focused on the role of women with dis­abil­i­ties in dif­fer­ent areas of life, the bar­ri­ers they face and the specifics of the vio­lence to which they are exposed.

In Ser­bia, as a result of the Stop — Pro­tect — Help project, sev­en cen­ters for vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence have been estab­lished at gen­er­al hos­pi­tals (in Novi Sad, Sub­ot­i­ca, Srem­s­ka Mitro­vi­ca, Vrsac, Zren­janin, Kikin­da and Som­bor). The imple­menters of the project are the Provin­cial Sec­re­tari­at for Health in coop­er­a­tion with the Cen­ter for Sup­port of Women. Par­tic­i­pants were also intro­duced to the ways and stan­dards that the cen­ters apply in their work, as well as the chal­lenges and obsta­cles that pro­fes­sion­als face in pro­vid­ing these ser­vices.

The ulti­mate goal of the train­ing is to improve the readi­ness of ser­vice providers to pro­vide sup­port to vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence, by pro­mot­ing stan­dards of good prac­tice, which have already been estab­lished by oth­er coun­tries in the West­ern Balka­ns and Turkey.