16. 8. 2022.

Prevention and elimination of child marriages in Serbia

The participants of the first round of workshops titled ’’The right to equal opportunities in the field of work and employment and measures and programs of the National Employment Service intended for the difficult to employ categories’’, had the opportunity to be informed in detail about rights in the field of work and employment, measures and programs of the National Employment Service for employment, as well as the importance of the active role of individuals in the job search process, opportunities and available resources in terms of improving professional competences, knowledge and skills.

Representatives of the National Employment Service at the held workshops brought to the interested parties measures to encourage the employment of vulnerable groups, such as subsidies for employment and self-employment, starting one's own business, acquiring practical skills, retraining programs to increase the level of competence and employability on the labor market, the program for public works, training for actively looking for employment, training according to the requirements of employers, as well as a functional basic education program.

During the first round of workshops, they had the opportunity to receive specific answers to questions regarding employment and support provided by the National Employment Service, and the mechanisms for protecting the right to work, which is guaranteed to them under equal conditions and without discrimination, were additionally explained to them.

Also, as part of the project "Prevention and Elimination of Child Marriage in Serbia", a trip to Palić was organized with a group of girls from Čantavir and Subotica. The trip was an opportunity to socialize and talk about different life options and opportunities, which was especially important for raising awareness about the situation of Roma girls and the need to support them in order to realize their full potential.

The workshops in Leskovac, Smederevo, Novi Sad, Bačka Palanka, Subotica, Vranje, Kruševac and Kragujevac, as well as the visit to Palić, were realized within the project "Prevention and Elimination of Child Marriage in Serbia" financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ) within the German development cooperation programme "Inclusion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Serbia".