Room for women and girls: Female voices from refugees and migrants in Serbia (BRIDGE and ChildHub Webinar)

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Date of webinar: 
26 Mar 2020
Start and finish time of webinar: 
14:00-15:00 CET

Anđa Petrović works as a Project Manager at ADRA`s Women’s Center in Belgrade, Serbia. The Women's Center provides a safe space adapted for various types of services, assisting refugee and migrant girls and women presently accommodated in an asylum center in Belgrade. Anđa is a social worker with experience in preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV). She has spent the last 4 years working with refugee and migrant women and girls on different levels entailing case management, facilitating GBV workshops, researches, advocacy, conducting trainings for professionals, participating in sectoral meetings, etc.

This webinar is being organized as part of the regional project "Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender-Based Violence Awareness in Europe - BRIDGE" which has the aim to strengthen the statutory response to gender-based violence (GBV) affecting children and youth on the move in EU countries.


The BRIDGE project is supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

A series of webinars are being organized as part of the BRIDGE project to discuss issues of GBV and share good practices.


About the webinar:

The number of people that are forced to flee their homes is on the increase every year. They are facing various challenges including lack of security, protection and difficulties to meet their basic needs. Girls and women who find themselves in transit countries or arriving in countries of destination represent a specifically vulnerable group that requires additional attention and a specific approach in responding to their needs.

The webinar will present ADRA’s study, "Room for Women and Girls: Female Voices From Refugees and Migrants in Serbia", which presents 91 testimonies of women and girls from Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan who were settled in an asylum center in Belgrade during 2018. The study was developed based on research conducted through semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions and which gave the floor to women's and girls' voices so that they can be narrators of their specific experiences. This was a one-year qualitative research examining how gender shapes the experience of female migrants and refugees in Serbia.

The webinar will give participants the opportunity to receive first-hand information about the experiences of migrant women and girls in the asylum center in Serbia, the challenges they face and their experiences in relation to access to education, issues of health and wellbeing, safety and gender-based violence, resilience and empowerment. 

The study presents a set of recommendations that are focused on promoting female voices. Moreover, as the women and girls in the research identify numerous challenges, thus this study can serve as a basis for service providers to have a better understanding of the challenges and gaps in service provision and protection.


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