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. It has also helped to develop a gender-sensitive asylum system that meets international humanitarian standards.

Women and girl refugees and migrants face increased risks of gender-based violence during protracted stays. To build long-term resilience, UN Women supports national institutions and NGOs to ensure that women’s specific needs are met, and gender is integrated into Serbia’s planning and response to refugees and migrants. 

UN Women in Action in Serbia

In 2017, UN Women opened the 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, and 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 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 an Asylum Act Gender Analysis that included a list of amendments to Serbia’s draft Asylum Law.