Connection and cooperation of women’s associations in Čačak

The project “Connection and cooperation of women’s associations to a better position of women in the countryside” implemented by the association Laris from Čačak, in partnership with the Association Miona from Aleksandrovac, is supported by the Swiss government through the AKT program. Today, a meeting was held in the premises of the Intermunicipal Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the Moravica District, where the following people attended and spoke: Gorana Radovanović, adviser on the ACT project Helvetas Serbia, Ljiljana Petrović, Laris association, Biljana Petković, Miona association. In addition to them, the meeting was attended by Jovana Dubljević, financial advisor, and Maša Babić, communications advisor.
As part of the project, work is being done to improve the position of women in the countryside through public advocacy and the cooperation of women’s associations. Six women’s associations from three districts in Western Serbia (Moravički, Rasinski, Raški) are involved in the project: Strength of the village, Evgenija, Association of rural women Dragačeva, Association Čaršija, Association of rural women of Vrnjačka Banja municipality, Women’s initiative Trstenik. All activities of the project “Connecting and cooperating with women’s associations to a better position of women in the countryside” will be implemented from January 1, 2023.Research was also done on the position of women in the countryside, on the basis of which it was determined that they lack access to the Internet, help in declaring the products they market. In addition, the women look at local problems and in this sense have proposed scholarships for children’s education, they expect support in terms of education in the field of entrepreneurship and self-employment. Maintaining the market in the form of marketing local products is challenging, and they should be supported in this sense.
Councilor Gorana Radovanović pointed out that such projects contribute to the improvement of life in local communities, especially for vulnerable groups. She said that ACT was created to support civil society in Serbia in 2019, not only in the form of financing, but also in building capacities in the field of advocacy, communication, activism, and building partnerships and cooperation, and that it is coming to the end of its first phase lasting 4 years. and is preparing for the next one. She added that during the first phase, close to 200 organizations were supported, thousands of citizens who directly benefited from the services and initiatives implemented by these organizations through ACT.