During February and March WRC went through three phases of strategic planning where they developed the organization plan with activities for the following 3 years. Within the scope of the strategic planning we’ve completed the job description and divided the responsibilities and duties of all employees.
On 21st and 22nd March executive director of WRC attended the Conference “Strengthening Regional Human Rights Defenders’ Networks in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turkey” held at the European Parliament premises in Brussels, Belgium. The following were the objectives of the Conference: Present to HRDs the international and regional mechanisms and tools they have available in relation to their protection (including those provided by the EU and the OSCE); – Provide greater opportunities for networking and exchanging experiences on effective ways to address challenges faced by HRDs, locally and internationally; – Improve HRDs interaction with European institutions’ and European Parliament’s activities in support of human rights; – Enable concerted advocacy efforts by HRDs to regional and international institutions, and two-way political dialogue between those institutions and HRDs; Strengthen visibility and voice of human rights defenders.
In February 2017, WRC addressed an open letter to the Government of Montenegro regarding the possible termination of compensation to mothers with three or more children. More on the link.
And in March WRC addressed an appeal to the Government of Montenegro as well as to the MPs of the Parliament of Montenegro for urgent solving of the mothers’ requests who at the time were hunger striking in front of the Parliament of Montenegro.
On the occasion of 8th March, International women’s day, Women’s Rights Center in cooperation with NGO Anima – Center for women and peace education organized a second Women’s March in Montenegro under the slogan “Bread and Peace and Roses”.
The March gathered more than 100 people who walked from the Independence square to the bridge “Blažo Jovanović”, after which they joined the protest of mothers who were striking in front of the Montenegrin parliament due to the reduction of compensations. The March was supported by many NGOs, representatives of Ombudsman office and certain MPs.
Photos and videos of the March on the link below: link