Nov 2021


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is marked with the aim of raising awareness of the fact that women around the world are exposed to rape, domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence. General recommendation no. 19. The UN Committee on Violence against Women and the Istanbul Convention define violence against women as a violation of human rights and as a form of discrimination against women that is directed at a woman because she is a woman or that disproportionately affects women.

The third workshop for students of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, in preparation for the campaign "16 days of activism against gender-based violence" on November 25, 2021 was held via Google Meet by women's rights activist Sanja Sarnavka on "Fighting violence against women: experience activists ".

Throughout the workshop, male and female students discussed the fact that many victims do not report abuse, are rarely identified and adequately prosecuted by the competent institutions. In the institutional vacuum, it is precisely women's associations that advocate for women's human rights that have been key to establishing a system of care for victims of domestic violence. They were the first to establish SOS telephone lines, provide psychological support and legal advice, and establish safe houses. On the role of civil society associations in the fight against violence against women, especially B.a.B.a, which she led, activist Sarnavka presented the experience gained through many years of work.