During 28 and 29 of March, Partners Serbia in cooperation with the Commissioner for Protection of Equality (Commissioner) and supported by the Sigrid Rausing Trust organized a workshop “Mediation in Discrimination Cases”. The aim of the workshop was to provide further support to local mediators and empowering them to become more involved in facilitating and solving community conflicts.
The workshop gathered 24 mediators, from all regions in Serbia, who are specifically trained for conducting mediation in discrimination cases, as well as case managers within the Commissioner’s office. The workshop focused on reflecting mediators’ knowledge and exchanging experiences, and above all on connecting and strengthening cooperation between mediators and Commissioner’s office, in order to improve the practice of referring cases and resolving them in a peaceful manner.
Part of the workshop was dedicated to promotion of mediation in local communities, primarily in those with a large number of marginalized groups and the lowest percent of filed complaints to the Commissioner. It was concluded that, in order to increase the use of mediation in different social areas and especially in combating discrimination, it is crucial to develop cooperation of various stakeholders, including state institutions, local self-governments, civil society, media, judiciary, as well as local mediators.
The workshop was moderated by the experienced mediators Dragana Cuk Milankov and Vera Despotovic.