16 Days Campaign Spotlight: Zene na delu [Women at Work], Belgrade, Serbia

Zene Na DeluBy Neida Lazo

More than 20 percent of women in Serbia – one in every five – is a victim of physical violence at some point during her lifetime. Women's rights activists in Serbia have diligently campaigned for years to address this staggering statistic. Since 1991, when the first SOS women's crisis hotline was established, women's groups have helped to secure a 2002 law criminalizing domestic violence, which was revised three years later to secure better legal protections and options for women survivors of abuse. These changes in the legal treatment of gender-based violence has encouraged greater public awareness of the issue. As a result, increasing numbers of women have summoned the courage to report abusive acts. Read more »


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