Here we go. Tomorrow is D-day. As part of the disarming domestic violence campaign, VDS will be organizing a conference on the topic. Considering the research and scholar profile of our organization, this event will gather journalists, politicians, social workers, NGOS, women organizations, the aim being:
First, to raise awareness on this issue and have it written on the political agenda. Second, but this will take time, to change the existing legislation to a more comprehensive and protective one for women. In fact, the policies most likely to protect women from armed domestic violence are those which focus on how private individuals acquire guns and store them. This is why this campaign focus on encouraging to harmonize national arms control legislation with their domestic violence laws. Among IANSA recommendations, one can find the following:
-Treat intimate partner and family violence as a serious crime and protect and support women who report it
-Disarm perpetrators of intimate partner and family violence
– Refuse new guns to perpetrators of intimate partner and family violence
– Require all guns to be stored safely
– Train law enforcement officials to address armed intimate partner and family violence
Jasmina Nikolic who was the king pin in organizing the conference at VDS office and myself have been working hard this week to announce the conference as broadly as we could: we made flyers, leaflets, press releases for the journalists… and we also produced our own Serbian logo, which I’m very proud to present you.
Jasmina also went on national TV on Monday the 15th, to announce the conference. I thought it might be useful and entertaining for you to have a small extract of this so I turned it into a small film that I tried to translate in English in the most accurate manner. It also gives you the opportunity to meet with Jasmina, who’s been very supportive for me, and has shown a great deal of availability.
Posted By Fanny Grandchamp
Posted Jun 17th, 2009