The association „RODA“ is organizing a roundtable “Zatvorenice majke – #perspektiva#” (“Mothers in jail – #perspective#”) on the 20th of January 2015, starting at 10 a.m.. The roundtable will be held in “Mala kuća dječjih prava” (a children’s rights organization’s building) at Teslina 10 (street) in Zagreb, and is organized in cooperation with the Ombudswoman for children, as a part of the project “MA#MA – Strengthening jailed mothers for their parental role and including them into the work-market”.

At the roundtable, the following speakers will be present: Ph.D. Ivana Milas Klarić, Croatian Ombudswoman for children; Ivana Zanze, executive director of the association Roditelji u akciji (Parents in Action) – RODA; M.A. Maja Gabelica Šupljika, deputy of the Ombudswoman for children; Marija Knežević, psychology student, Croatian studies; Tajana Novosel, law student, Law Facutly; Monika Bašić, B.A. social work; Amanda Mataija, student of Social rights.

In order to move forward the future young professionals to an active engagement in this field, last year, the association RODA has created an open competition to award the best student papers on the topic of „Rights and needs of jailed parents, their families, and especially children.“ The chosen student papers include new information about social exclusivity of jailed mothers, but also open a new perspective to the invisible victim of this situatuon – the child(ren) of jailed parents. The proeces that precedes the leave for jail, the time of sentence-serving in prison, prison visits to their parents or the lack of them will all mark the childhood and lives of these children. Not only that they cannot escape from the mistakes of their parents, but very often, through stigma, isolation and shame, they are „serving“ the sentence along with their parents. In case the mother is in prison, the problems and social exclusion of these children are greater.

All interested persons are invited that with their prsents, questions and comments contribute to the discussion which will follow after the speaker-presentations. The presentations will range from discussing the needs and rights of children whose parents are in jail, opportunities to improve the communication between children with jailed parents, to opportunities for the improvement of practice.

The intention of this announced event is to gather and link together professionals in order to engage in the collective solving of this unrecognized problem.

The participation at this roundtable needs to be confirmed by the 19th of January 2015 at 12:00 (noon) at the latest, by calling the number 01/6177 500 or through this online form.

The doctors’ initiative for regulating of the right on conscientious objection in medicine, together with CESI – Center for education, counseling and research are organizing a round table called “Conscientious objection in medicine”. The round table will be held on 21st of January 2015 in the Novinarski dom (Croatian Journalists’ Association building) at the address Perkovčeva 2 in Zagreb, starting at 11:00h.

A conscientious objective allows doctors the rejection of providing certain medical services. An example of this would be the availability of legal abortion. The doctors’ initiative is of the opinion that conscientious objection is a problem, not only for the availability of abortions, but in a wider field of reproductive medicine (contraception, emergent contraception, sterilization, miscarriage, prenatal diagnostics, in vitro fertilization, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, taking care of pregnant women, raped girls and women, information giving and educating about planning of pregnancies); preventive medicine (vaccination) and in palliative medicine and oncology (treatment of pain, patient’s will expressed in advance, etc.)

The round table will thematise the question of conscientious objective in medicine. The moderator will be Vesna Kesić, and the speakers will be: Gorjana Gjurić:  Conscientious objection in medicine Herman Haller: Abortion induced through medicaments Dubravko Lepušić: Conscientious objection – experiences from practice Jasenka Grujić Koračin: What is there to do? Dalida Rittossa: The question of the constitutionality of conscientious objections by doctors in cases of abortion

The announced round table represents a significant step forward in the increase of visibility of those who want to point out the effects of rejecting the doing of certain medical services due to conscientious objection on the availability and quality of standardized and legal health protection and on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights and specialized rights of patients.

The doctors’ initiative is advocating and demands the regulation of the question of conscientious objection in medicine.

The attendance of the round table needs to be confirmed on the email:

Věra Jourová, European Union’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality has said how, from now on, the rights of violence victims will now be guaranteed also beyond their own countries, wherever they may be in Europe. It is estimated that inside the European Union, every fifth women, faced with violence in a part of their life. The physical violence is often caused by a person who the victim knows well, such as the partner.

Better protection is to be guaranteed for violence victims in all EU member states, especially the victims of domestic violence and stalking. According to the new rules, injunctions, protection and writs given in one member-state are now quickly and efficiently recognized across the EU, through a simple confirmation.

The person who suffered domestic violence will feel safe when travelling out of their own country, since it is only necessary to bring with them the writ/confirmation by which they are protected from the perpetrator. Before, victims had to go through complicated steps, in order for their protection to be recognized in other EU member-states, and they needed to start the process of confirming their situation in every country. Now, the original confirmations/writs will automatically be recognized in other member states. This means that the victim can travel without having to go through these complicated and exhausting processes.

The position of domestic violence victims has been improved by the new mechanism, which consists of two separate instruments: the Regulation

Poboljšanje položaja žrtava nasilja te bolja zaštita unaprjeđeni su donošenjem novog mehanizma koji se sastoji dvaju odvojenih instrumenata: Regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters and the Directive on the European protection order.

More information can be found on the pages of the EU Representation in Croatia.