Princess Eugenie of York visited grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) in Belgrade, Serbia and was introduced to the work of organizations that are changing the lives of victims/survivors of trafficking in persons for the better.
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By making jam, a woman-run organization is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement.
An estimated 1 in 5 women worldwide will experience disability in their lifetime. They are mothers, daughters, leaders, lawyers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and are vital members of their communities. This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December) will focus on the theme,
After almost two decades of silence and stigma, Kosovowomen survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict of 1998 - 1999 will soon get legal recognition and reparations, including financial assistance.
"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.
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.