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Consultant on the sos helpline of the Organization … Iz Kruga — Vojvodina participated in the panel discussion Tailor — made support

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Miladin­ka Mija­tovic, con­sul­tant on the SOS helpline of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, spoke at the online pan­el dis­cus­sion Tai­lor — made sup­port, orga­nized by the Ini­tia­tive for Equal­i­ty, Inno­va­tion and Social Engage­ment IRIDA. The dis­cus­sion was held on March 31, 2021. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via the Zoom appli­ca­tion.

The top­ic of dis­cus­sion was the sen­si­bil­i­ty of pro­fes­sion­als from var­i­ous fields, as well as the cit­i­zens them­selves, in order to bet­ter sup­port women vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence. Par­tic­i­pants in the dis­cus­sion were intro­duced to the train­ings that are orga­nized for judges deal­ing with domes­tic vio­lence, but also to the issue of sen­si­tiz­ing pro­fes­sion­als to work with women with dis­abil­i­ties.

Miladin­ka Mija­tovic pre­sent­ed and com­pared the expe­ri­ences in the work of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA from the peri­od before and dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, as well as the opin­ion that indi­vid­u­als and pro­fes­sion­als need to be addi­tion­al­ly sen­si­tized to work and pro­vide sup­port in a sit­u­a­tion of vio­lence.

- Report­ing vio­lence and tak­ing pre­ven­tive mea­sures can be sig­nif­i­cant­ly more dif­fi­cult for women with dis­abil­i­ties, who need con­tin­u­ous assis­tance in their dai­ly func­tion­ing. Inac­ces­si­ble com­mu­ni­ca­tion has also come to light, for exam­ple, women with hear­ing impair­ments have been unable to read from their lips in an envi­ron­ment where every­one wears pro­tec­tive masks. That is why it is impor­tant to con­tin­u­ous­ly orga­nize train­ings, increase cross-sec­toral coop­er­a­tion, so that we can lis­ten to each oth­er and joint­ly list the present prob­lems and approach their solu­tion. It is very impor­tant to work on sen­si­tiz­ing indi­vid­u­als, who still observe women with dis­abil­i­ties from a med­ical, not a social mod­el — says Miladin­ka Mija­tovic.

Pan­elists at the dis­cus­sion were: Slo­bo­dan Josi­movic, Deputy Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor at the High­er Pub­lic Prosecutor’s Office in Novi Sad, Tan­ja Ign­ja­tovic, a psy­chol­o­gist engaged in the Autonomous Women’s Cen­ter in Bel­grade, and Mar­i­jana Markovic, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the IRIDA Orga­ni­za­tion.

The dis­cus­sion was mod­er­at­ed by Dra­gana Coric, assis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Fac­ul­ty of Law in Novi Sad.

The com­mon con­clu­sion of the pan­elists is that it is impor­tant to start with sen­si­ti­za­tion at the fac­ul­ties, as an inte­gral part of the edu­ca­tion­al process of stu­dents, because often only for­mal edu­ca­tion is not enough, and that is where we cre­ate future experts. In addi­tion, it is impor­tant that the ser­vices pro­vid­ed by the insti­tu­tions are archi­tec­tural­ly and com­mu­nica­tive­ly acces­si­ble, and that they are equal­ly acces­si­ble to all women.