Ms Serani Siegel, project manager, and Ms Dušica Đukić, project assistant, informed the participants on activities envisaged by the project, as well as on the expected end goal which should be achieved by making of the “Study on wellbeing and security of women - perspective of conflict resolution”. The project will be implemented in the coming three-year period in 10 OSCE member states: Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, and Kosovo, and it entails work in the field, data analysis, reporting on main findings of the research, and informing the public on the project results. During work in the field, at least 16,000 women will be interviewed in every state, out of which 900 will be from Montenegro, and within qualitative research experts will be interviewed and discussions will be organised in focus groups.
The making of this study is based on the methodology used by the EU Agency for Fundamental Human Rights in its Study on Violence against Women, and it will also cover additional issues relating to violence in conflict, in order to examine the frequency of violence against women in areas affected by conflict. First results are expected to come in in the second half of 2018, when brief overviews of data sorted by countries will be presented.
Participants in the meeting discussed possible challenges which may arise during implementation of the project and presented the legislative and institutional framework from the field of gender equality in Montenegro, as well as results achieved so far in this field.
Chairperson of the Gender Equality Committee and a member of the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms Ms Nada Drobnjak presented activities of the Gender Equality Committee and the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms in the field of preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, with special emphasis on the results of the international conference “General and specialized support services for women who have experienced violence - quality and availability assurance”, which the Gender Equality Committee organised in November 2015, where the Podgorica Declaration against violence against women and domestic violence was adopted.
In addition to MP Ms Drobnjak, the meeting was also attended by the Deputy Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro, as well as representatives of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Police Administration, Ministry of Health, and Institute for Public Health.