The awards of the Victimology Society of Serbia for 2015
Victimology Society of Serbia established three awards in 2009:
- The award for the contribution to the promotion of victims’ rights
- The award “Third way” awarded to individuals or organizations who have
contributed to the development of a non-conflict and comprehensive
approach to dealing with the consequences of war and promotion of peace
- The award for a talented young researcher
The award for the contribution to the promotion of victims’ rights
is awarded to individuals or organizations who, through their activities
and efforts, have contributed significantly to the promotion of victims’
rights and the achievement of the main goals of the Victimology Society
of Serbia. The Executive Committee of the Victimology Society of Serbia
decided to give this award to both Mr Rodoljub Sabic,
Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data
Protection and the Autonomous Women's Center.
Mr Rodoljub Sabic has given a huge contribution to the promotion
and protection of victims' rights in very important and sensitive areas
as the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal
Data Protection: the individual’s right to information of public
importance and the right of individuals to privacy. This contribution is
reflected both in the system changes of the state and society towards a
more responsible exercise and protection of these rights, and in
particular in resolving individual cases.
Through his work, Rodoljub Sabic has greatly contributed to a more
responsible and transparent work of the authorities in protecting the
rights of victims as well as in the battle against the corruption of the
system. His public speeches and the presentation of views and opinions,
have given invaluable contribution to more responsible actions of
government bodies and the overall state of awareness in society
regarding protection of victims' rights.
At the system plan he proposed together with the working group of
eminent public and professional workers the draft of the Law on the
protection of whistleblowers whose concept, unfortunately, the Justice
Department did not accept. Another concept was proposed to the National
Assembly and adopted. Also in the field of protection of the rights of
individuals to privacy he prepared and submitted to the Ministry of
Justice a brand new version of the Law on the protection of personal
data, the concept which the Ministry of Justice has also not accepted.
This clearly points to the tremendous efforts of Mr. Sabic to promote
the rights of victims on a system level, but also to the encountered
enormous resistance by the competent authorities.
Rodoljub Sabic’s contribution is huge in the protection of the
individual rights of victims in areas of his work. Of particular
importance is his contribution to improving the position of
whistleblowers and public awareness of the consequences of
whistleblowing on these brave individuals.
Because of all the above, the Board has decided that this year's award
for contribution to the promotion of victims’ rights goes to Mr.
Rodoljub Sabic in order to support him to persevere in his endeavors and
efforts, which are of great importance for improving the rights of
victims in Serbia.
Autonomous Women's Center (AWC) is a women's non-governmental
organization founded in 1993. AWC believes that life without violence is
a basic human right and accordingly provides professional support to
women and encourages individual and institutional response to male
violence against women, and also contributes to the strengthening of
women's "networks" and civil society in general. AWC services are aimed
at empowering women to overcome their traumatic consequences of domestic
violence, partner violence and / or sexual violence by providing
psychosocial and legal assistance and support. Free psychosocial and
legal assistance and support to women is provided by volunteers. Every
year they organize trainings for new groups of volunteers, thereby
contributing to the continuous strengthening of the capacity and the
continuity of the work of the SOS phone.
In addition to providing direct assistance and support to women victims
of violence, AWC conducted trainings for professionals from all relevant
services, in the field of protection against violence against women. AWC
also performs independent monitoring of implementation of public
policies and evaluates interventions of public services. They also
advocate and all that with the goal of continuous monitoring and
proposing amendments on relevant laws, in order to make sure that the
policies and practices are properly applied and to ensure the protection
of women victims of violence. In this regard of special importance are
the efforts related to advocacy aimed at the full implementation of
Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence
against women and domestic violence and the harmonization of national
legislation with this international document , as well as the adoption
of appropriate legislation relating to the free legal aid, compensation
for victims of crime with elements of violence and the like.
Because of AWC’s activism , enthusiasm and perseverance in supporting
women victims of male violence and commitment and advocacy to improve
their legal and overall position , which has lasted for more of 20
years, the Board has decided to award the Autonomous Women's Center with
the award for the contribution to the promotion of victims’ rights.
Herewith we would like to acknowledge the previous work of this
organization and all women who are today and in the previous years been
involved in the work of the AWC. We hope that this award will be a
little extra incentive to persevere in their mission, important for the
further development of civil society.
The award “Third way” iis given to individuals or organizations
who have contributed to the development of a non-conflict and
comprehensive approach to dealing with the consequences of war and
promotion of peace in Serbia. This year the Executive Committee of the
Victimology Society of Serbia decided that this award should go to Ms
Ljiljana Zizic, a sociologist, who works in the Youth Club of Backa
Palanka, a member of the NGO Society for tolerance and one of the
founders of the Advisory Educational Center of Backa Palanka.
Ljiljana Zizic was for many years engaged in projects aimed at
young people and involving cross-border cooperation of young people from
Serbia and Croatia, as well as other projects related to encouraging
dialogue, networking and finding new ways of conflict resolution at the
local and regional level. In the last few years she has given an
important contribution to the implementation of the subproject of VDS
titled Fostering victim-oriented dialogue in the multiethnic society,
within the activities carried out in Backa Palanka and Bac. She
participated in the data collection during the empirical part of the
research, the organization and realization of seminars From conflict to
a peaceful community life, as well as the development of the Manual on
best practices of application of restorative approaches in intercultural
context. She initiated the development of a local restorative team in
Backa Palanka and Bac, which should work to promote restorative
approaches in the prevention and resolution of conflicts in this area.
Bearing in mind the important contribution Ljiljana Zizic’s previous
activities and efforts gave to the development of non-conflict and a
comprehensive approach to dealing with the consequences of war and
building of peace in Serbia, the Executive Board of VDS decided to award
this year's award "Third Way" to her, believing this would be an
additional incentive for her to persevere in her work and to achieve
even more significant results in the future.
The award for talented young researcher is to be awarded to young
people for the special quality of their scientific research in the field
of victimology. This award aims to encourage young people to engage in
scientific research in the field of victimology. This year the Board has
decided to award Natalija Cecelja.
Natalija is a master defectologist, employed as a special education
teacher educator in the preschool institution "House of Imagination" .
She was a volunteer at the National Office of the President of the
Republic and Victimology Society of Serbia. During the school year
2011/2012, she has worked as a demonstrator at the Faculty of Special
Education and Rehabilitation on subjects Criminology, Juvenile
delinquency, Victimology and Violence against children in family.
Bearing in mind Natalija’s previous work and research in the field of
victimology, which is especially shown in her work on her master thesis
titled "Domestic Violence: Characteristics of legislation and
jurisprudence" which she defended at the Faculty of Special Education
and rehabilitation, University of Belgrade under the mentorship of prof.
dr. Vesna Nikolic-Ristanovic, the Board has decided that she should get
the award for the talented young researcher for especially high-quality
scientific research in the field of victimology. We believe it will
empower and encourage her to continue to engage in research relevant for