The ISHHR Local Organising Committee is pleased to report its one-day preparatory workshop, which was held in Novi Sad on the 24th November 2016, was a productive and rewarding event!
There were a number of speakers who presented at the event; specifically, representatives of state and regional authorities, including State Secretary Dr Nenad Ivanišević of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and representatives of the Provincial Secretary for Social Policy, Democracy and Gender Equality, as well as Mr Gian Matteo Apuzzo from the Central European Initiative and Mr Gordana Hol-Radidic of STARTTS. ISHHR Council Member and a representative of the Western Norway Violence and Trauma Resource Centre, Mr Patrick O’Loughlin, as well as Ms Chiara Redaelli of the Geneva Graduate Institute also spoke at the event.
Furthermore, it was hugely important that a number of representatives from civil society organisations in Serbia (particularly Vojvodina) presented at the event; they gave a unique insight into the services provided by their organisations and the challenges they experience in delivering this assistance to displaced people.
We were thrilled that more than 70 participants, including representatives of civil society organisations, especially grassroots organisations, could attend the workshop. We’re especially grateful to the participants who traveled from Croatia, the Czech Republic and Macedonia in order to attend.
The initial feedback suggests the workshop:
- Provided the opportunity to bring together individuals of a range of different disciplines and a broad range of professional expertise;
- Brought together of representatives from national and state levels of government well-established civil society organisations, new or emerging grassroots organisations
- Fostered dialogue between participants;
- Provided a platform for both government and non-government civil society organisations to deliver a summary of services delivered by their organisation; including their organisation’s successful programs and areas to be improved in the future; and,
- Presented an opportunity for participants and speakers to identify challenges shared across disciplines and discuss ways to tackle these issues.
The ISHHR Local Organising Committee remains grateful to the workshops co-funders, the Central European Initiative (CEI) and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), without whose support, the workshop could not have been possible. We are also enormously grateful to Ms Tatjana Lazor Obradovic, Director of the Centar za proizvodnju znanja i veština (“KNOW HOW Center ”) and her colleagues, who were the primary organizers and driving force behind the workshop.
We thoroughly look forward to work with the ISHHR Local Organising Committee in preparation for the 10th ISHHR Conference which will take place between the 26th-29th September 2017 in Novi Sad, and are looking forward to seeing familiar faces from the workshop at the Conference!