After two and a half years of service, the Women’s Center of Uzice received a license to provide SOS phone line for people with experience of domestic violence.

By obtaining a license for this service, the Women’s Center Uzice has become a part of the social protection system, which means that it meets all the standards and conditions for providing this service prescribed by the Ministry of Labor, Veterans and Social Affairs.


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 Jevtović, the Head of the Police Department Uzice, Ms. Tanja Ignjatovic 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.

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 visits .

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 2011.

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:

a) Subsidies 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.

The 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 future.

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.

Women’s 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.

Knowledge 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.