"Our rights were violated. We could not set our goals, make decisions, fight for us and others," said Edith Vera*, a woman who spent over 20 years in residential institutions in Serbia. A recent study has uncovered that women, like Edith, with mental disabilities who are being held in Serbia's institutions, often suffer multiple forms of violence.
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In rural Serbia, where the political and economic landscape is primarily dominated by men and few women participate in decision-making, local Women Councilors Networks set up with support from UN Women are challenging the status quo.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF today launched a joint initiative to increase protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe. The agencies plan to scale up 20 Child and Family Protection Support Hubs, known as "Blue Dots," along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.