THE REGIONAL FORUM “IMPROVING THE STATUS OF VULNERABLE GROUPS – GOOD PRACTICE OF DATA COLLECTION” HELD IN OSIJEK ON 05 DECEMBER 2016

The Regional Forum with the topic “Improvement of the Status of Vulnerable Groups – Good Practice of the Data Collection“ was held in Osijek on 05 December 2016 where the findings and recommendations stated in the Final Analysis titled Monitoring the Implementation of Measures of Anti-discrimination Law directed towards the Improvement of the Status of Vulnerable Groups at the Local Level: 8 studies were presented. The Regional Forum was organised by the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek, in partnership with the Informative Legal Centre from Slavonski Brod, the Serbian Democratic Forum, and the Dutch partner organisations – PAX and the Hague Academy for Local Governance”.

The Analysis comprised the reports made by 22 civil society organisations from the area of three counties: Osijek-Baranja, Brod-Posavina, and Požega-Slavonia counties which had been participating in the process of monitoring of measures of anti-discrimination law directed towards the improvement of the status of six (6) vulnerable groups (youth, women – domestic violence victims, disabled persons, national minorities, children with developmental impairment, and consumers).

One part of the measures which were the subject of the monitoring process referred to the area of employment of specific vulnerable groups: youth (“Guarantee for Youth” measures), disabled persons (employment measure of the City of Osijek intended for disabled persons), national minorities in general (implementation of Article 22 of the Constitutional Act on Rights of National Minorities in the Republic of Croatia) and specifically the Roma  national minority (programme of public works intended to include members of Roma national minority).

Other measures which had been monitored referred to the issues of providing housing care intended for domestic violence victims, providing personal assistant for children with developmental impairment, establishing a council for protection of public services’ consumers/users/ at the local level, and identifying the types and extent of stereotypes referring to disabled persons within the local community.