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…Iz Kruga — Vojvodina participated in the workshop: Violence against women and health

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Orga­ni­za­tionIZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, Ivana Zel­ic, coor­di­na­tor of the SOS ser­vice and Miladin­ka Mija­tovic, con­sul­tant on the SOS phone, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the online work­shop Vio­lence against women and health. The work­shop was held on Tues­day, March 9, from 7 to 9 pm, via the Zoom appli­ca­tion.

On the occa­sion of mark­ing the Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day, EU info point Novi Sad and EU info point Nis, in coop­er­a­tion with the Autonomous Women’s Cen­ter, orga­nized an online con­ver­sa­tion on the top­ic of vio­lence against women and the impact on their healt

The work­shop was led by psy­chol­o­gist Tan­ja Ign­ja­tovic, in front of the Autonomous Women’s Cen­ter in Bel­grade. In addi­tion to indi­vid­ual con­sult­ing work with women with expe­ri­ence of vio­lence, she coor­di­nates train­ing pro­grams for rep­re­sen­ta­tives of insti­tu­tions, research, pol­i­cy analy­sis and advo­ca­cy. Her main areas of exper­tise are gen­der-based vio­lence against women in inti­mate part­ner­ships, the insti­tu­tion­al response to vio­lence against women and domes­tic vio­lence, child abuse against moth­ers who have expe­ri­enced vio­lence, gen­der equal­i­ty poli­cies in edu­ca­tion pro­grams, and the edu­ca­tion system’s response to gen­der-based vio­lence.

The top­ics of the work­shop were: life in vio­lence and psy­cho­log­i­cal con­se­quences on women and their envi­ron­ment, legal mech­a­nisms for pro­tect­ing women, the impact of vio­lence on women’s health, strate­gies for over­com­ing and get­ting out of vio­lence, intro­duc­tion to oppor­tu­ni­ties for pro­tec­tion from vio­lence and sources of sup­port.

- Vio­lence against women is a major social prob­lem that threat­ens women’s right to a free and healthy life. Although women most often sur­vive vio­lence by hus­bands, inti­mate part­ners and oth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers, the respon­si­bil­i­ty to react to vio­lence lies with all mem­bers of soci­ety, because vio­lence is not a pri­vate mat­ter of an indi­vid­ual. By endan­ger­ing the lives of women, vio­lence makes it impos­si­ble to achieve gen­er­al equal­i­ty, devel­op­ment and peace in soci­ety — says Tan­ja Ign­ja­tovic.