My last stop

Georgiana Ilie

On my last stop in the reporting travels I was in Belgrade for two extremely hot days. I visited the Autonomous Women's Center, an NGO devoted to affirming women's rights and combat domestic violence.

As with every trip, I was fascinated to see how every country finds different solutions and sets up different systems to help women in need.

In Serbia one of the most important components is the hotline where women who are threaten and battered can call for information and counseling.

In Romania there is no national hotline for victims of domestic violence and the few that work in the countryside are not known to the public. It seems that there is a different social pattern when it comes to asking for help.

After all my travels, after meeting so many dedicated activists and admirable people who managed to turn their lives around after abuse, after all the studies and documents and statistics, it seems that every country and every regions manages to find its own way of responding to the most widespread breaking of human rights.

There is no unique perfect model, but a variety of solutions, adapted to the cultural quirks of each place. And that is the most important thing, as long as they manage to help victims and prevent violence.

I can't wait to start writing.

Fellow Bio


Georgiana Ilie

Georgiana Ilie, from Romania, writes in-depth features for numerous magazines on subjects including culture, human rights, environment and inspirational people.


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