Published: Monday, 03.10.2016

Presentation of the program for the prevention of sexual violence in schools

Round table “Prevention of Sexual Violence Against and Among Young People” took place in the Osijek Volunteer Center recently, under the auspices of SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci and Ženska soba (Women’s Room) – Center for Sexual Rights.

 The goal was to present the Recommendations for the Implementation of Programs for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Schools. The recommendations are the result of +54 preventive workshops for 1089 children and young people and 25 lectures for 300 persons given by lecturers in the Požega-Slavonia County and Bjelovar-Bilogora County and expert workers from SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci, all under the coordination of Ženska soba – Center for Sexual Rights.

The round table had several speakers. Zoran Relić, the director of SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci, mentioned the Programs for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in the SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci and highlighted the examples of good practice.
Speaking on behalf of Ženska soba, Anamaria Drožđan – Kranjčec presented the project “Safe from Violence” and the recommendations that were drafted as the result. The round table itself was an integral part of the project.

Krešimir Makvić, the child rights advocate in the Association SOS Children's Village Croatia, spoke about the activities undertaken by the SOS Kinderdorf International and Association SOS Children's Village Croatia.

The representatives of the project partner organization Daruvar Secondary School of Economics and Tourism, principal Dinka Kavalir and pedagogue Davorka Šorak, focused more on the prevention programs and prevention of sexual violence in schools, while Mirjana Bilopavlović, coordinator of the Center for the Support and Development of Civil Society “Delfin” from Pakrac, presented the prevention programs and advocacy efforts to prevent sexual violence in local communities. She highlighted the examples of good practice in raising awareness and sensitivity that “Delfin” implements in Lipik, Pakrac and the wider region.

Speaking on behalf of the Child Ombudswoman’s Office in Osijek, Darko Laksar presented the work of the Ombudswoman’s Office in the field of preventing sexual violence against and among young people and the importance of advocating for the introduction of prevention programs in schools and other educational institutions. Representative of the Nansen Dialogue Center in Osijek presented the GOOD Initiative and their advocacy for the introduction of citizenship education in the school curriculum.

Participating in the round table were also representatives of the state institutions and bodies, schools, civil society organizations and interested members of the general public.

The round table was the final part of the “Safe from Violence” project, which is funded by the Croatian Ministry of the Social Policy and Youth. The project is managed by Ženska soba – Center for Sexual Rights in partnership with Children’s Home SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci and Daruvar Secondary School of Economics and Tourism. Center for the Support and Development of the Civil Society “Delfin” is a collaborating partner on the project.


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