At the panel "Through cooperation to better results
in the struggle against violence against women", representatives of
relevant institutions in Uzice discussed about the implementation of the Council
of Europe Convention on violence against women and the necessity of cooperation
of all stakeholders in the community, as a prerequisite for better
implementation of this international document.
The spokespersons were Ms .Dragica
the Head of the Police Department Uzice, Ms. Tanja
from Autonomous Women's Center, Ms. Ivana Stojiljkovic,
MP, Ms. Natalija Vasilić, President of the
Council and Ms. Radmila Gujaničić
from the Women’s Center Uzice.
Participants at the panel were representatives
of the health institutions, police, Centre for Social Welfare, Women’s
Councilors Network from Uzice, Bodies for gender equality, local government
Uzice, women’s groups from Uzice and municipalities of the Zlatibor District. It
was noted that the legal solutions are not bad, but they are not implemented.
It was pointed out that the state must show to perpetrators its determination
to implement the laws, and also in every other way to discourage their
violence. Special theme was establishing SOS helpline for women victims of
violence at national and local level. It was concluded that cooperation is
necessary in order to achieve zero tolerance of violence against children and
Women Movement Women Network was a project providing assistance to rural women in
self-organizing by forming associations in rural localities (LC) in the
Municipalities of Bečej, Zlatibor, Uzice and Prijepolje).
The project has had a major impact because it included over 3.000
women and launched a number of initiatives: cooperation between villages, the
affirmation of women creativity and economic potential, the design and creation
of employment programs for women and giving subsidies for farming (financed
from the government budget of local communities), as well as a number of study
Women Economic and Environmental Initiative from
Belgrade (WEEI) was in charge of this project, in which the WCU was a leading
partner organization. The project was launched in 2007 and lasted until
Assistance to Development of Women Cooperatives in Uzice financed by Caritas Vienna. The following initiatives were
equipped through this project: Education Cooperative “Sofija”, Agriculture Cooperative “ZZ Pro
Femine”, Business Cooperative “Alijansa” and Medical Cooperative “Sv. Mina”.
Moreover, the following activities of these cooperatives were
provided financial backing:
for the foreign language classes for students, the unemployed, the pensioners
and high school students and courses and of sewing and knitting, organized by
an education cooperative “Sofia”.
b) Health education of the population in rural and suburban local
communities on prevention of obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol and
stroke, organized by the Medical Cooperative “St. Mina”.
Legal representation of women workers for Impol Seval (Aluminum
Rolling Mill Sevojno) against discrimination
Group of women workers from “Impol Seval” addressed the Women’s
Center Uzice in 2005 about discrimination they experienced in the process of
privatization. By the decision of the Board of Directors of the company, it was
envisaged that working women, as a part of the social program in the case of
voluntary termination of employment, receive € 50 less for each year of service
than it was planned for their male counterparts.
result: WCU with the professional support of an expert in
labor law and legal theory submitted a written request for annulment of the
decision and initiated mechanisms of representation in relevant institutions
(such as the Council for Gender Equality of the Government of the Republic of
Serbia, the Committee on Gender Equality, Ministry of Labor, Employment and
Welfare) and put pressure by the media, women organizations such as AWIN,
Reconstruction Women’s Fund and by support given by the Vice-President of the
Trade Union Congress of Serbia Slobodanka Brankovic. This decision was reversed
and a new decision was rendered that women are equal in rights with their male
counterparts. Adopting of this decision created conditions that women workers
who retired in 2003, under even less favorable conditions, since the difference
in compensation was enhanced to the benefit of male workers, could claim their
rights in court. This representation resulted in that, at that moment, more
than 60 women acquired their rights and the general public in the country and
abroad have been informed of the outcome, making this case a positive example
of representation and serves as a prevention of violating women rights in the
The Campaign Economic Equality and the Campaign For Us for Others
These two campaigns were launched after the 8th of March in 2003,
where at the meeting of Women Network organized by AWIN (Association for
Women’s Initiative in Belgrade), strategy of active participation of women
organizations in creating policies for the employment of women, which was based
on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted.
Center Uzice participated in these campaigns together with 10 other women
organizations from the whole Serbia.
Women for Women to Work, a
project designed for unemployed women of the economic profession that has resulted
in high employment rate: even 38% of women found employment two months after
training; either opened their own accountancy agencies.
is power, a
project aimed at gaining additional knowledge and skills, additional training
of 40 unemployed women from the labor market in order to assist them in
finding employment. The training lasted six months and included training for
computer skills: the basics of computer skills, MS Word, Excel, IT accounting
and usage of the Internet. The women were provided free transportation. Within
two years, all women who have undergone training have found employment.