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Malina Stanojevic: The “Dragon Lady” breathes new life into rural Serbia

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

As president of the Save the Village Association, Malina Stanojevic stimulates the equal development of rural women's entrepreneurship and provides employment for local families.

Press Release: UN Women and Sweden launch new initiative in the Western Balkans focusing on financing and budgeting for gender equality

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

UN Women and Sweden will aim to reform policies and financing actions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia to accelerate the implementation of national and international gender equality commitments.

Members of the police, social protection and judiciary institutions in Serbia and Montenegro commit to protect women from violence

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A series of online seminars in Montenegro and Serbia aimed to raise awareness among police, social protection and judiciary representatives about how to prevent the neglect of violence against women cases under emergency and restrictive measures, such as those enacted during COVID-19.

In the words of Biljana Stepanov: “To help women stay safe, we are developing a mobile SOS app to report violence”

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Biljana Stepanov is the director of Center for Support of Women (CSW) in Serbia, Board President of SOS Vojvodina Network, activist and worker in providing support for women who experience violence. Stepanov is talking about the challenges women faced in reporting violence during the state of emer-gency and how this prompted CSW and SOS Vojvodina to innovate to address the needs of women at risk of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, they are developing a safe virtual platform for...

In the words of Zibija Sarenkapic: “To quickly respond to the needs of women survivors of violence, we decided to digitize our services.”

Monday, August 31, 2020

Zibija Sarenkapic is one of the most vocal advocates for women’s rights in the town of Novi Pazar, in southwestern Serbia. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the related measures, her organization, DamaD, has found an innovative way to approach women survivors of violence with the support of a UN Women project with the Ministry of Interior, funded by the Norwegian embassy in Serbia.

In the words of Jasna Pejic: “I didn’t have a chance, but I want my daughters to get educated and live their lives free from violence”

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Jasna Pejic is one of thousands of women who received hygiene and humanitarian kits as well as essential information distributed to at-risk groups across Bosnia and Herzegovina during the COVID-19 crisis under the EU-UN Women programme: Support to priority actions for gender equality. She spoke to UN Women about what this support meant to her.

From Where I Stand: “Rural women are now facing an extra burden of child-rearing, housework, and other unpaid care”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Snezana Zivadinovic heads the Association for the Development of Creativity in Aleksinac, Central Serbia, and is a vocal advocate for an equal distribution of care and domestic work, especially in rural areas. The coronavirus has increased the demand for care work in many families in rural areas of Serbia where the workload falls heavily on women and girls. Zivadinovic speaks to UN Women about the situation and how her NGO provides solutions under the UK-UN Women programme ‘Redistribution of unpaid care work’.

Women confront pandemic-related violence against women across Europe and Central Asia

Monday, June 1, 2020

Both globally and across Europe and Central Asia, home confinement and stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated violence against women and girls. In most countries, women’s organizations, hotlines and front-liners have noted sharp increases in calls and reports from locked-down survivors afraid that they have nowhere to turn.

In the words of Nada Sataric: "Now is the time to acknowledge women’s unpaid care work"

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Nada Sataric, founder of Amity NGO, is a vocal advocate for the rights of older persons in Serbia, and women in particular, as one of the most vulnerable groups. With the COVID-19 outbreak, existing vulnerabilities have deepened, putting older persons at higher risk. In addition, lockdown measures have banned older Serbian nationals from leaving their homes. Sataric speaks to UN Women about the situation and how her NGO provides solutions under the UK-UN Women programme "Redistribution of unpaid care work".

In the words of Marijana Karajovic: “It is truly rewarding to make women’s struggle during COVID-19 a little easier”

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Marijana Karajovic, 29, is a volunteer who recently joined the Serbian Red Cross to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. She was tasked with distributing humanitarian and hygiene kits to marginalized groups of women under the EU-UN Women programme “Support to priority actions for gender equality”.

Take five: “Women's social entrepreneurship is the right recipe to overcome this and every crisis”

Monday, May 4, 2020

Jelena Hrnjak is a programme manager at Atina NGO, which advocates for the rights of victims of human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. As partner of an EU-UN Women programme in Serbia, Atina was focused on women’s social entrepreneurship to economically empower survivors of human trafficking.

Take Five: “It is necessary to implement special measures to protect women and girls at risk of violence”

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Brankica Jankovic, the Serbian Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, has been actively advocating against different forms of discrimination against women. She spoke to UN Women about discrimination against women in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as the new draft law on amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Law. The draft law is being developed with the support of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “...

Take five: “Femicide should be recognized as a specific criminal offense”

Friday, May 1, 2020

Ivana Milovanović is a court judge in the Serbian town of Nis who has been focusing for years on gender-based violence. She helped provide accurate data to the researchers who developed the study on femicide in Serbia under the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

Take five: “In times of pandemic, women with disabilities remain invisible”

Friday, May 1, 2020

Svjetlana Timotic is the founder of NGO “…iz kruga Vojvodina” (Out of Circle-Vojvodina) from Serbia, dedicated to eliminating violence against women with disabilities and ensuring accessible services for women with disabilities in situations of violence. The NGO is an implementing partner of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

In words of Tatjana Stojsic Petkovic: “The COVID-19 crisis deepens the marginalization of women with disabilities in Serbia”

Friday, May 1, 2020

Tatjana Stojsic Petkovic is a psychologist, laughter yoga leader, activist for the rights of women with disabilities, and provider of psychological workshops and individual support to women with disabilities in the NGO ‘...iz kruga - Vojvodina’ (…Out of Circle-Vojvodina) from Serbia. With the support of the EU-UN Women programme “Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” Ms. Stojsic Petkovic is a...

In the words of Jelena Ruzic: “Economic losses will be tremendous, and women farmers do not even dare to calculate them now”

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Jelena Ruzic and 122 women from Serbia involved in a UN Women-run, EU-funded project are asking decision makers to consider the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on individual women agricultural producers, and protect them.

Ekaterina Yakovleva: How a Serbian blogger fights for conscious consumption, bag by bag

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Ekaterina Yakovleva made a polyester mesh bag to shop for fruit and vegetables. People across Serbia now use her eco-bags as environmentally friendly alternatives to disposable plastic bags.

Take five: “After this pandemic, we will have to work much harder than before to improve Roma women’s lives”

Monday, April 13, 2020

Slavica Vasić is the chair and one of the founders of BIBIJA Roma Women's Centre in Serbia, a partner of the EU-UN Women regional programme “Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Mind”. She spoke to UN Women about the impact of COVID-19 on Roma women and girls and vulnerable groups in Serbia and in the region, and how the lives of many women will change after the outbreak.

In a Serbian town, survivors of domestic violence are sewing face masks for those in the front line of COVID-19 response

Monday, April 6, 2020

In an undisclosed location in Sombor, Serbia, 41-year-old Marija Tomic* is putting the finishing stitches on face masks. She has made hundreds of these fabric masks since Serbia declared the COVID-19 epidemic in March.

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Monday, March 16, 2020

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

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