Press Release: React before a crime is committed, not after!

Since the beginning of this year till now we’ve seen that at least 24 women were murdered by their male partner or family member, as can   be deduced from media articles about domestic violence. The last murder happened on September 17th 2016, in Nanomir (near the city of Valjevo), where Z. I. (47) was murdered by her husband R. I. (57) with a hunting rifle. Too many times have we been left asking if there really was no way to prevent such murders?

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Conclusions of the WAV Network meeting: the system is protecting itself, not women!

At a meeting of the Women against Violence Network held in Vrnjacka Banja at the end of July 2016 we concluded that there are worrisome trends pertaining to conduct of institutions and their employees on preventing and suppressing violence against women. Instead of providing professional support and helping women, representatives of institutions (frequently guided by personal attitudes and prejudice) avoid taking responsibility for how they act when they receive reports of domestic violence.

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Call for an International Action Day against Feminicide of Yazidi Women

3 August 2016 marks the 2nd anniversary of the Feminicide and Genocide by Islamic State (IS) against Yazidi people in Sinjar/Shengal. On 3 August 2014 IS attacked and captured Sinjar, which is the historical homeland of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority whose ancient religion is linked to Zoroastrianism. During the IS-massacre in Sinjar up to 5.000 Yazidis were executed. At the same time approximately 5.000 Yazidi women and children were captured. They were appropriated as spoils of war and sold as sex slaves to Muslim men or given to ISID commanders.

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Stop femicide – Network WAV's press release

ni jedna zena manje ni jedna mrtva vise sLast night in Žitište, man has murdered his wife for making decision to leave him, than he killed her girlfriend and 3 men, and wounded more than 20 persons. In Knjaževac another man killed his wife. We appeal to the public, overwhelmed by anger and deep sadness regarding the third mass murder in Serbia in the past three years and another serial of killings motivated by hatred towards women, as the events from days around May 18th 2015.

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WAV Network’s comments and recommendations to the Civil Code

The Women against Violence Network submitted their recommendations pertaining to surrogacy to the Civil Code work group. We requested that that Articles on surrogacy (beginning with Article 2272 and ending with Article 2282) be struck from the Civil Code because they would violate women’s rights and children’s rights that are enshrined in conventions Serbia signed.

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Press release: Not One Less!

Two more women were killed by partners/family members during past weekend in Serbia, one in Prijepolje surroundings and the other in Sirča village by Kraljevo. In the second case, there were no information whether woman addressed institutions for protection from violence prior to the crime, while in the first case, woman's appeal to help lacked the adequate response from responsible authorities.

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Women against Violence Europe (WAVE) is starting the Step Up! Campaign

step up sToday the Women against Violence of Europe (WAVE) Network starts the Step Up! campaign. In the next two years WAVE members will promote across Europe the right of women who have survived violence and their children to receive support and protection.

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Protest: Not One Less!

saopstenje 18 maj sThe Network of Women against Violence, Autonomous Women's Center and Women in Black invite citizens to the protest against femicide in Serbia. The protest will take place on Wednesday, May 18th, at 17 hours, at the Republic Square in Belgrade. We demand that May 18th is declared as the Remembrance day of women – victims of male violence and we remind the state to take on the responsibility for preventing crimes against women.

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Press Release: Historic day for women’s rights: France is also abolishing prostitution!

Yesterday France adopted the so called “Nordic” model of law on prostitution. This means France voted to criminalize pimps and men who buy women in prostitution, and against punishing women who are sexually exploited. Activists and organizations welcome this decision to stop the exploitation and abuse of women in prostitution by men, and call on Serbia to follow France’s example.

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Today the French Parliament votes on abolition law

abolition prostitution sActivists who advocate for the abolition of prostitution held a street action in support of today’s vote in the French Parliament and in support of all activists in France who fought for this law. The French Senate rejected the law three times because the Senate and the Assembly could not agree on it.

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