Last week, on December 7th and 8th, 2023, the Regional Conference of Women Judges took place in Belgrade, organized by the U.S. Embassy. On the first day, the conference was inaugurated by David Reese Jennings and Ivanka Olenik from the U.S. Department of Justice at the embassy in Belgrade.
In the section on strengthening collaboration among associations of women judges, Nataša Filipović, the president of the Basic Court in Požega, moderated a discussion with Tamila Ipema from California and Mirjana Popović from Montenegro. Following that, a workshop on strategies for strengthening regional networks was held.
During the inaugural day, Jasmina Krunić from ASTRA delivered a speech on project writing and applying for funds.
On the second day, Milana Rikanović from UN Women led a panel on strategies to combat gender-based violence, featuring judges such as Tamila Ipema from the U.S., Ivana Milovanović from Niš, Kornelija Ivanušić from Croatia, and Melika Murzetić from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was followed by a workshop on effective professional contribution, lobbying, and strategies to combat gender-based violence.
Addressing the issue of human trafficking, Marija Anđelković from ASTRA moderated a panel with judges Radmila Dragičević Dičić, Kornelija Ivanušić, and Olivera Pejak Prokeš. The conference concluded with an interactive session presenting best practices by women judges, summarizing key points, conclusions, an action plan, and the official closing ceremony.
All participants actively contributed to the discussions, making the conference a significant platform for promoting women in the judiciary and enhancing its influence in the region.