At the premises of European Youth Capital, the meeting of the resident representative of United Nations Development Program, Ms. Francine Pickup with the representatives of the civil sector in Novi Sad was held. In accordance with the topic, OPENS presented its plan for support to women, and this year, that is the campaign called “I Am What I Am”.
“Many young people are victims and they those who have negative opinions about violence to some extent. Young people are those with whom we should work on prevention, understanding that even one slap in the face means violence. There is a research according to which young people are extremely tolerant towards violence and according to which they do not see a slap in the face as violence, and see jealousy as an expression of love, which is definitely wrong. They should be worked with in order to decrease the violence towards women and girls”, Dobrila Marković, Program Coordinator Assistant says.
Representatives are primarily focused on working with women and victims of violence from Safe Women’s House, Marriage and Family Counselling Centre, SOS Female Centre, and OPENS will also be presented to UNDP together with them.
“First and foremost, I am here to present the services of our centre which primarily deals with women and girls who have been through or are going through violence. I would like to focus on what we have been doing in the last couple of years, which is the prevention of all young girls and boys to enter into this kind of situations”, Milana Popović says before SOS Female Centre.
United Nations Development Program is the largest multilateral source of development aid in the world. UNDP was formed during 1965 by merging Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance and the Special Fund. The establishment of UNDP is seen as the expansion of activities of UN far away beyond the initial projects for the sustainability of peace and safety.