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UT marked the International Day against Domestic Violence

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On the occasion of November 25, International Day against Domestic Violence, Sociologists Club “Fehmi Agani”, founded by the students of the study program of Sociology of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tetova, in cooperation with the Association for the Affirmation of Women, organized a debate on the topic "Stop the violence against women". Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Ibish Kadriu, in his speech addressed to the participants in this debate, said that social deviations today are numerous and society should be sensitized about these phenomena. According to him, the topic that will be treated today in this debate is a very present issue, not only in our country but in the region also. He urged the students to continue in the future with activities of this nature, because only in this way will be achieved the proper effect in society.

Professor Afrim Osmani, referring to the issue in the legal aspect, said that the best legal instrument against domestic violence and all other forms of violence on gender basis is the Istanbul Convention, which was approved by the Council of Europe on April 7, 2011, opened for signatures as of May 11, 2011 and come into force on August 1, 2014. “This convention is of fundamental importance for the protection of women and their rights, and it refers to the fact that violence against women has gender basis, respectively, violence is exerted against women are since women victims themselves. Among countries that have signed, but have not ratified it yet is also the Republic of Macedonia, which convention was signed on July 8, 2011, said Prof. Dr. Afrim Osmani.

While Professor Elisabeta Bajrami - Ollogu said that in the social aspect it has been proved that domestic violence is a very complex issue in Macedonia, where both authors and survivors tend to have many needs that should be addressed. Legislation has tried to meet the needs of people with different life choices. “In 2004, under the pressure of various international organizations and the European Union, Macedonia changed its Family Law, Law on Social Protection and the Criminal Code to address specifically the domestic violence. Family Law defines the procedures for issuing protection orders and requires that victims of domestic violence be provided with health services and psychological counseling, housing and legal aid. Macedonia amended the law in 2006 to clarify the responsibilities of various state institutions tasked with enforcing the domestic laws against family violence, including the treatment of civil protection measures. Amendments of 2006 clarified that the Public Centers for Social Work are “responsible for filing a claim in court to initiate proceedings of temporary protection measures against domestic violence, with the obligation to submit a claim in court for minors and disabled persons”, said MSc. Elisabeta Bajrami - Ollogu.

Sociology student, Mevlana Vinca said that violence against women as a worrying phenomenon continues to be present in every part of the country. "I am convinced that violence against women is a worrying problem for all of us.

We as students, but as future sociologists also, have a civic obligation to find the causes and consequences of this phenomenon and offer the best possible solutions", said the student Mevlana Vinca.

In this debate was also said that for the prevention of violence against women and domestic violence should contribute all institutions to raise the awareness for this negative phenomenon. 

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