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…Iz Kruga — Vojvodina participated in the webinar Prevention of violence against women with disabilities in residential institutions

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The coor­di­na­tor of the SOS ser­vice, Ivana Zel­ic, and the con­sul­tant on the SOS hot­line, Miladin­ka Mija­tovic, par­tic­i­pat­ed in a two days webi­nar on Pre­vent­ing Vio­lence against Women with Dis­abil­i­ties in Res­i­den­tial Insti­tu­tions. The webi­nar was held on March 23 and 24, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. via the Zoom apli­ca­tion.

The webi­nar is orga­nized by Fem­Platz, with­in the project Acces­si­bil­i­ty of Ser­vices for Women with Dis­abil­i­ties Sur­vivors of Vio­lence in Res­i­den­tial Insti­tu­tions, imple­ment­ed in part­ner­ship with the MDRI — S, Ini­tia­tive for the Rights of Per­sons with Men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties, with the sup­port of the Unit­ed Nations Fund for Vio­lence against Women.

The top­ics of the webi­nar were the posi­tion of women with men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in res­i­den­tial and psy­chi­atric insti­tu­tions, spe­cif­ic forms of vio­lence against them and exist­ing pro­tec­tion mech­a­nisms.

Ivana Zel­ic, on behalf of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, spoke about the sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive rights and health of women with dis­abil­i­ties and sup­port ser­vices for women who are in a sit­u­a­tion of vio­lence, prin­ci­ples in work and prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ences.

- Women with dis­abil­i­ties in res­i­den­tial insti­tu­tions sur­vive var­i­ous forms of vio­lence, from ver­bal to phys­i­cal, by oth­er users and employ­ees, to sex­u­al vio­lence and gross vio­la­tions of repro­duc­tive rights. Any form of vio­lence against women is unac­cept­able, includ­ing vio­lence against women with dis­abil­i­ties in res­i­den­tial and psy­chi­atric insti­tu­tions, which are invis­i­ble in soci­ety, and are exposed to var­i­ous forms of vio­lence — says Ivana Zel­ic.

Pho­to: Webi­nar par­tic­i­pants

Dr. Kosana Bek­er from Fem­Platz pre­sent­ed the forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions of vio­lence against women with dis­abil­i­ties in social pro­tec­tion insti­tu­tions, while Mar­i­jana Jovic spoke on behalf of the Women’s Peace Group about the posi­tion of women with dis­abil­i­ties in social pro­tec­tion insti­tu­tions dur­ing the pan­dem­ic and ways of sup­port.

With­in this project, part­ner orga­ni­za­tions focus on the pro­hi­bi­tion and pre­ven­tion of con­tra­cep­tion with­out informed con­sent, the pro­hi­bi­tion of forced abor­tion and the pro­tec­tion of the sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive rights of women with men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. The pri­ma­ry ben­e­fi­cia­ries are women with men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, who are in insti­tu­tion­al accom­mo­da­tion or have a his­to­ry of insti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion, who are work­ing on empow­er­ment and infor­ma­tion on pre­ven­tion and mech­a­nisms of pro­tec­tion against vio­lence, self-advo­ca­cy and the cre­ation of infor­mal forms of self-help.