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Executive director of WRC, Maja Raičević participated in the introductory panel discussion in the conference on combating violence against women, organized by OSCE. At the conference first representative research on violence against women carried out in South-East and East Europe was presented. The conference gathered high level representatives of governments, EU, UN, experts and representatives of civil society in order to exchange key results of the research and agree on the following steps in combating violence against women. 

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With this project, the “Women's Rights Center” aims to provide young women with space to acquire and share knowledge in the field of women's political, economic, social and cultural rights, to establish cooperation and solidarity in the field of women's activism and the arts, as well as their direct participation in creation and realization of activist content through a series of activities that include theoretical and creative workshops.

 The project envisages the realization of a “Small School of Breaking Patriarchy ” – which includes the organization of training on the political, economic and cultural rights of women, the history of the women's movement in Montenegro and the problem of gender based violence against women;  drumming workshop “Beat of  the Protest” which concept includes preparation of the musical program for the purpose of  marking the International Women’s Day in Montenegro and the “Short Course of Cutting of Patriarchy” which includes training in the area of design and feminist activism.

The project is implemented with the support of the Fund for Active Citizenship, through the program “For a stronger voice of civil society organizations” and with the financial support of the US Embassy in Podgorica.

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Women’s Rights Center won the Award for affirmation of human rights and civic activism for 2018, awarded by Center for civic education within the scope of the festival “FastForward”.

“Montenegrin society lives and balances on duality, whose insufficiently emphasized part is duality towards women. Women are celebrated and praised, but also limited and oppressed in individual and professional strivings. We still have a strong misogyny present, which is visible through family violence and through public attacks on those women who, in their fields of acting, work and speak autonomously. All of this, of course, stands for those women who were wanted enough to be born. What about those who were unwanted? For years Women’s Rights Center has been systematically and responsibly providing support to women victims of violence. And through the #Unwanted campaign, who couldn’t leave anyone indifferent, they’ve have put that well hidden topic in front of everyone so it could not be ignored anymore.” stated the executive director of Center for civic education, Daliborka Uljarević, on the occasion of giving the award.

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Panel discussion was held within the conference “Protection of human rights and freedoms in Montenegro”, marking the International day of human rights. Conference was organized by the Council of Europe, Civic alliance, EU Delegation to Montenegro and Montenegrin association of lawyers.

President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro talked about GREVIO recommendations and the need for their efficient implementation in Montenegro, and the joint message of the panelist was the necessity of more intensive efforts in the area of prevention and protection from violence against women.

Participants were: Ms. Vesna Medenica, president of the Supreme Court of Montenegro, Ms. Valentina Pavličić, representative of Montenegro before European court for human rights, Mr. Suad Numanović, member of the Board for human rights and freedoms in the Parliament of Montenegro, Mr. Paul Planas, OHCHR, Mr. Bojan Božović, member of the Board of Montenegrin association of lawyers.

Moderator of the panel was Maja Raičević, executive director of Women’s Rights Center.

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On the occasion of marking the 10th December – International day of human rights, representative of Women’s Rights Center, Marko Jusić participated in the Living Library organized by the Volunteer Club and Student parliament of the Gymnasium “Slobodan Škerović”. The goal was to provide students with the opportunity to talk to representatives of marginalized groups and those who work directly with them, to hear the experiences of the “books”, ask questions and learn. Besides WRC representative, participants were: Duška Šljivančanin, representative of Ombudsman office, Serđan Baftijari, representative of Roma youth organization “Walk with us – Phiren amenca”, and Stevan Milivojević, representative of LGBT Forum Progress.

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Women’s Rights Center launched an online survey during November on discrimination at workplace. Survey is a part of an overall research which is conducted within the project Furthering women’s labour rights, which will last for 4 years and is financially supported by the European Union.

Besides the survey, WRC has done a thorough legal analysis of labour legislation in Montenegro and it’s harmonization with international legislation, our research team has conducted interviews with representatives of various institutions such as police, prosecution, courts etc., as well as interviews with citizens who previously, through the online survey, accepted to be further interviewed.

Legal analysis, results from the survey and interviews will be part of the report to be completed in February 2019. Once finished and translated, WRC will organize a public presentation of the findings and the report, and also broadly disseminate the collected results.