From March 25 to 28, 2018 the representatives of the RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON attended a self-care workshop organized for members of women rights organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro at Splendid hotel in Becici.
The workshop was held with the aim to provide insight into feminist self-care policies, that is, to support activists to continue a very important job and to have commitment and motivation, which are key to working with people in a vulnerable position who are beneficiaries of their work. The main idea was to give those who help others a certain place and time to reinforce and regenerate. The workshop gathered 70 activists of feminist organizations from four countries of former Yugoslavia – Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar, Bijeljina, Trebinje, Nis, Vranje, Leskovac, Belgrade, Pancevo, Niksic, Podgorica, Kotor etc. as a part of the regional program “Empowering Women Organizations and Movements to End Violence Against Women”
Through interactive workshops the participants had the opportunity to get to know each other by exchanging experience in working with victims of violence and to develop a vision of individual, organizational and region-wide capacity building programs for self-care and collective care.
On September 14 and 15, 2017 a representative of the Association “RS Ministry of the Interior Women Network – RS WPON” participated as a speaker at the workshop “The Role of Police in Combating Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims” organized in Banja Luka by TAIEX – the European Commission Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument and the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss effective measures taken by the police to combat domestic violence and protect victims. The main focus was placed on the matter of interviewing techniques and protection of women and children. In addition, the workshop addressed the issues of the effective implementation of existing legislation, the harmonization of domestic violence laws in force in the entities and the Istanbul Convention, the statistics gathering and inter-institutional cooperation.
The implemented activities of the RS MoI Women Network on prevention and suppression of domestic violence were also presented during the workshop.
On 08/09/2017 at the Jelena Hotel in Banja Luka, a representative of the Association “Women’s Network of MUP RS – RS WPON” as a panelist-exhibitor participated in a workshop organized for 25 representatives of civil society organizations by the OSCE Mission to BiH on “Domestic Violence as a Security Threat” “.
From April 17 to 20, 2017, a representative of the Association „RS MoI Women Network – RS WPON“ participated as a speaker at a workshop dedicated to the formation of the Initiative Board for the establishment of Women Network in the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia, organized by the Serbian MoI and Swedish Police in Serbia. She shared her experience in establishing the Republic of Srpska MoI Women Network – RS WPON with 20 representatives of the Republic of Serbia Ministry of the Interior, who would be the bearers of future activities for the formation of the Association / Network.
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During March 2014, the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior and the Association “Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior Women Network – RS WPON“ organized workshops on “Gender Equality, Women Rights and Women Security Needs” under the IPA 2010 project. The workshops were held in PSC Bijeljina (March 5, 2014), PSC Banja Luka (March 6, 2014) and PSC Trebinje (March 26, 2014) with twelve representatives from each of these three centers taking part in them.
RS MoI representatives as well as those from non-governmental sector were speakers/lecturers at the workshops.
On June 23, 2012 a representative and a chairperson of the RS MoI Women Network participated as a speaker at the session “Introduction to Advocacy and the Power of Women’s Advocacy” held within the workshop “Building Capacity of Association of Women Judges in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Area of Advocacy”. This workshop was held at Blanka Hotel in Vlasic and was organized by the Atlantic Initiative and DCAF in cooperation with the Association of Women Judges in BiH.
The presentation was followed by a discussion in which the workshop participants showed great interest for the activities of the RS MoI Women Network and WPON. They pointed out to the establishment and existence of WPON and RS MoI Women Network as very constructive and as a significant step in the implementation of the gender equality principle in police services.
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