Incest Trauma Center – Belgrade, Serbian and the European Women’s Network against Sexual Violence organized and held International Conference against Sexual Violence from 27th to 29th September, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Conference opened with presentation of European Women’s Network against Sexual Violence VIDEO.
After that, president of the European Women’s Network against Sexual Violence, Dušica Popadić, welcomed all participants and lecturers.
The Conference consisted of a total of 13 sessions, during which survivors of sexual violence and numerous experts from all over the world spoke about sexual violence and raised a number of important issues and topics.
The detailed program and information about all the lecturers can be found HERE.
We emphasize that Honorary Speaker on the Conference was Judith Lewis Herman, M.D. who gave a lecture on the topic „Truth and Reconciliation: Justice from Victim’s Perspective.”
The Conference contributed to openly and decisively speaking about sexual violence and to raising numerous issues related to legislation and ensuring access to justice for all survivors of sexual violence. Furthermore, numerous models of quality direct work with survivors of sexual violence were presented, and need for education and supervision of persons working directly was presented. In addition, the importance of networking and multisectoral cooperation in the field of sexual violence and ethical journalistic coverage of cases of sexual violence was emphasized.
During the Conference work of European Women’s Network against Sexual Violence was presented, also as its co-founders and members. Presentations were held numerous representatives of the European Women’s Network against Sexual Violence: Ljiljana Bogavac, Incest Trauma Center, Serbia, topic: „Speaking Publicy on Sexual Violence – the Road to gender Equaliy“; Maja Mamula, Women’s Room, Croatia, topics: „Sexual Violence – Unpacking the Contex“ and „Impact of Direct Work with Sexual Abuse Survivors on Helpers“; Nada Koprivica, SOS Center for Women and Children Victims of Violence, Montenegro, topic: Prejudices toward Sexual Violence – Key Mechanism to Keep Status Quo; Maja Plaz, Association SOS Help-line for Women and Children Victims of Violence, Slovenia, topic: „Court Expert Witnessing in the Best Interest on the Child Survivor of Sexual Abuse; Kristina Mihaljević, Women’s Room, Croatia, topic: Young Activist’s Voice: Young Activists Speak Out and Youth Policies in the Framework of Sexual Violence“; Dušica Popadić, Incest Trauma Center, Serbia, topic: „Power and Vulnerability of Women and Child Human Rights Defenders“. Mirsada Tursunović, Our Voice, Bosnia and Herzegovina, topiv: „Break the Conspiracy of Silence!“; Ajna Jusić, The Forgotten Children of War, Bosnia and Herzegovina, topic: „Children Born of War“, Zaffira Shah, topic: „Importance of Training and Supervision for Workers in the field of Sexual Trauma; Cliona Saidlear, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, topic: „Changing the Law from the Outside“; Ulla Lemnberg and Joanna Lundqist, Change Attitude, Sweden, topic: „Hidden in the park“: A Unique Game against Grooming.
All presentation will be available on our FACEBOOK PAGE and on our web.
The Conference of the European Women’s Network against Sexual Violence is financed by the European Union under the Support to Civil Society Facility 2015 within the project “Childminders United Regionally against Sexual Assault” implemented by Incest Trauma Center, Belgrade.