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By visiting the Home in Veternik in Novi Sad yesterday, the NPM team performed the first visit dedicated to the position and rights of women with disabilities in social welfare homes, primarily to the protection of their reproductive rights. The reproductive rights of women, beneficiaries and protégés of these institutions have so far always remained sidelined, which is why today we have almost no data or a clear assessment of the situation in this area.

The visit to the Home in Veternik is the first in a series of visits aimed at reviewing and improving the position of women in closed institutions through strengthening reproductive health protection measures and possibly preventing torture and other cruel or degrading punishment or treatment. Thematic visits will include monitoring the realization of the full spectrum of women's rights, from the right to intimacy, sexual violence to reproductive rights and consent to a medical measure.

By December 2019, the National Preventive Mechanism will visit five social welfare institutions, after which a unique report will be produced on the status of female beneficiaries in domestic social welfare homes in the field of protection and promotion of their reproductive rights. Thematic visits will be implemented in cooperation with representatives of the Initiative for the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities (MDRI – S) and with the participation of medical professionals.