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    • Journalists want more informations about positions of women in security sector

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    • Date: 04 March 2013
      The differences in security needs of man and women and reporting about women employed in security sector were the most interesting themes of training organized by Belgrade center for security policy (BCSP).

      For the second year in a row journalists visited security institutions during BCSP training
      For the second year in a row journalists visited security institutions during BCSP training
      Belgrade center for security policy (BCSP) organized on 28th February and 1st March training for journalists about specifics research in security sector, with focus on challenges faced by women employed in the security institutions.

      Fourteen journalists from local and national medias attended two-day seminar named  “Gender equality in security sector”. The aim of this training was improving the ways of  reporting practices about security topics and gender equality.

      Different security needs of man and women

      Zorica Mrsevic, associate professor at Faculty of Europen Legal and Political Studies and researcher at Institute of Social Sciences, explained how different are security of men and women in the context of natural disasters. She noted that there is difference in vulnerability of man and women in the situations of natural disasters.

      “It is very important to recognize different role of woman because disasters are not gender neutral. We need to present woman like actor in disaster, not only like victim. If we repeat the same gender relations, we repeated the same unsafe conditions and we will have the same proportion of victims in the situations of natural disasters for consequence. Consciousness that there are gender differences implies consciousness that disasters more affects marginalized and poor”, stated Mrsevic.

      State representatives, academia and civil society experts responded to numerous questions from journalists
      State representatives, academia and civil society experts responded to numerous questions from journalists
      Tanja Ignjatovic, coordinator of development of good practices in the field of domestic violence in Autonomous Women's Center, talked about different security risks for man and woman in a partner relations. She noted that “different distribution of power allows domination of one family member and that causes violence in partnership”. She highlated different contexts that can  threaten security of woman.

      “When woman is pregnant she becames more vunerable and violence starts mainly in that period because it’s easier for man to establish power and control over her. Unemployment and ownership of property what women doesn’t possess are other factors that pose a risk for women, and because of that women are forced to leave home if they want to free themselves from offender. In many situations women sacrifice themselves becouse of role of the mother, in order to protect children”, said  Ignjatovic.

      Major Goran Topalovic, currently at the head of group for monitoring and coordinating at the Center for peacekeeping operations in Belgrade, gave journalists insight about security of men and women in context of war.

      In words of major Topalovic from 80 million of war victims even 60 million are women. The war did not invented gender-based violence and sexual abuse, but then this phenomenon is more expressed. It is interesting that raping was declared as war crime only when men became victims too. Accepting responsibility from men is very important because women are more vulnerable in context of war. Topalovic also noted that his experience from multinational operations says that there is no task which woman couldn’t do equally well as man at the same position.

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