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…Iz Kruga — Vojvodina participated in the meeting Prevention and eradication of femicide in Serbia

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Ivana Zel­ic, coor­di­na­tor of the SOS ser­vice of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the online meet­ing Pre­ven­tion and erad­i­ca­tion of femi­cide in Ser­bia. The orga­niz­er of the meet­ing is Fem­Platz, and the meet­ing was held on March 29, 2021. from 11:30 a.m. to 15:00 p.m.

The results of the new research on the char­ac­ter­is­tics of femi­cide and the attempt of femi­cide in Ser­bia for the peri­od 2015–2019 were pre­sent­ed at the meet­ing. The research was real­ized by the Women’s Research Cen­ter for Edu­ca­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Fem­Platz and the House of Gen­der Knowl­edge and Pol­i­cy.

The meet­ing was opened and mod­er­at­ed by Kosana Bek­er in front of Fem­Platz, who greet­ed the present par­tic­i­pants and intro­duced them to the sub­ject of the research. Lec­tur­ers at the meet­ing were: prof. dr Neve­na Petru­sic, doc. Dr. Natal­i­ja Zunic, Dr. Kosana Bek­er and Dr. Vida Vil­ic.

Natal­i­ja Zunic defined the term femi­cide, spoke about the types and dis­tri­b­u­tion of femi­cide and pre­sent­ed sta­tis­ti­cal data of mur­dered women for the peri­od from 2014. to 2020.

Neve­na Petru­sic spoke about the sub­ject, goals and phas­es of the research, legal qual­i­fi­ca­tion, places and means of com­mit­ting the crime, the pro­file and san­i­ty of the execu­tor of the femi­cide, but also the pro­file of the vic­tim and crim­i­nal sanc­tions.

Vida Vil­ic pre­sent­ed rec­om­men­da­tions for the pre­ven­tion and sup­pres­sion of femi­cide and gave guide­lines on what needs to be done in the field of social action, changes in crim­i­nal leg­is­la­tion and the man­ner of pro­cess­ing femi­cide.

After the pre­sent­ed results, the par­tic­i­pants were invit­ed to a joint dis­cus­sion on the nec­es­sary steps to improve the pre­ven­tion of femi­cide in Ser­bia.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, Ivana Zel­ic empha­sized the impor­tance of the media when report­ing in cas­es of femi­cide.

- Report­ing is usu­al­ly sen­sa­tion­al­ist and cas­es of vio­lence are roman­ti­cized, where it is point­ed out that the mur­der was out of pas­sion, that it was a mat­ter of great love and strong emo­tions. On the oth­er hand, sen­sa­tion­al­ist media head­lines overem­pha­size stereo­types about vio­lence against women with dis­abil­i­ties and vio­lence or femi­cide is explic­it­ly jus­ti­fied, due to the con­di­tion in which is a woman found, or a bul­ly of life cir­cum­stances psy­chi­cal couldn’t stand. It is often about mur­der a woman with a dis­abil­i­ty, or a woman with a chron­ic ill­ness speaks of a mur­der out of com­pas­sion, because in that way fam­i­ly suf­fer­ing is alle­vi­at­ed - says Ivana Zel­ic.