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Mr. Zoran Pašalić, the Protector of Citizens, extends best wishes to all women on 8th March, International Women’s Day, underlining that despite the state's efforts to improve their rights in all segments of life, women and girls in Serbia are still not fully equal in our society. They are frequently faced with violence and insults in the family, in intimate partner relations, in the work place, in the public space. Unfortunately, the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic mostly affect women, who face an increased volume of unpaid housework, but also economic insecurity and exploitation in the workplace.

Due to frequent violations of women’s rights and dignity over the last year, the Protector of Citizens emphasizes that strengthening economic and social position of women must be included into states’ priorities, whereas the state and society need to provide particular support to women from intersectionally marginalized social groups - women victims of violence, elderly women, women with disabilities, single mothers, migrant women, refugees, as well as internally displaced women, women of different sexual orientation and gender identity, Roma women, and women in rural areas who face violations of their rights on a daily basis.

In October last year, the Protector of Citizens presented the Report on the work of groups for coordination and cooperation the City of Belgrade, whose data suggest that since the beginning of its implementation, the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence has brought improvements in the system of protection against domestic and intimate partner violence, primarily in terms of communication between bodies competent for recording, preventing and sanctioning domestic violence. However, there are still shortcomings in the Law implementation and the work of coordination and cooperation groups, the elimination of which is necessary in order to establish more efficient and effective systemic protection of victims of violence, and a serious problem remains the lack of professional staff in social welfare centers, so the Protector of Citizens initiated activities within his competence to address the identified problems, some of which have already been rectified, Zoran Pašalić has underlined.