Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings

Serbia is a transit country as well as a country of origin and destination for trafficking in persons who are predominantly women and girls. Many of the identified victims in Serbia come from Moldova. GIZ supported the NGO Christian Children`s Fund (CCF) to train youth activists in Serbia on trafficking in children and the harm it causes. They were qualified to develop action plans and ideas in their own communities. Consequently, youth activists from different ethnic groups contributed to the prevention and reduction of child trafficking by creating their own youth projects on various aspects, problems and consequences of trafficking in children. All project proposals were combined into a joint communities’ initiative to combat human trafficking.
For further information about the project, please visit our partner’s website: (former Christian Children’s Fund).

Gender and Waste Management

At a glance, one may say that waste management is a “gender neutral” area which does not provide space for gender equality issues and the improvement of the position of women. The GIZ project “Strengthening Local-Self Government” and its successor “IMPACT – Municipal Waste and Wastewater Management” shProject-Logo IMPACTowed that everything that implies resources, community activities and decision-making is significant for the status and the benefits of both, men and women.

From 2009 to 2011 eleven local governments were supported in introducing and implementing waste management plans. They were sensitized to gender issues through trainings, with the objective of integrating a gender perspective when drafting policies and measures within those waste management plans. The process involved a variety of stakeholders, including state and local authorities, research institutions, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and citizens. The plans, all adopted throughout 2011, were the first strategic documents in a specific sector in Serbia to have defined gender-sensitive measures. One direct benefit was the integration of women in decision-making processes: all eleven municipalities have organized consultative meetings and public hearings with 50% representation of women, Roma and civil society organizations - quite a change for the communities in Serbia!

This project was one of the top ten award winning teams of the 2012 GIZ Gender Competition.

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