Peace and security and engendering humanitarian action

Women’s Corner. Photo by UN Women/Bojana Barlovac
Photo: UN Women/Bojana Barlovac

Since the Syrian refugee and migration crisis began in 2015, UN Women has supported the Government of Serbia to secure the safety and dignity of women and girl refugees and migrants and to develop a gender-sensitive asylum system that meets international humanitarian standards.

Women and girls make up 64 per cent of asylum seekers in Serbia, according to the Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RRMRP), and face increased risks of gender-based violence during their often protracted stay.

To build long-term resilience, UN Women supports national institutions and women's NGOs to ensure that women’s specific needs are met and that gender is integrated into Serbia’s planning and response to refugees and migrants. 

UN Women in Action in Serbia

In November 2017, UN Women opened Women’s Corner in the Adra refugee centre. This safe place allows women refugees and migrants to rest, take their mind off their long journeys and uncertain futures, meet Serbian women and enjoy music, discussions, art workshops.

Working with a mobile team from the NGO Atina, UN Women provided prompt 24/7 support and self-help workshops to women refugees and migrants in Belgrade, Sid, Subotica, Presevo and in Bogovadja.

Supported by the joint UN Women-Oxfam project Migrants and Refugees crisis in the Western Balkan countries, the Belgrade Center for Human Rights in 2016 wrote in October 2016 an Asylum Act Gender Analysis that included a list of amendments to Serbia’s draft Asylum Law.