The BKV Fund was formally established in 2010 to honor the memory of Biljana Kovačević-Vučo, a leading human rights defender in Serbia, and to further the causes to which she was committed. The Fund has established the annual Biljana Kovačević-Vučo Award for Human Rights Defenders, which is the foundation of our work in the sphere of human rights, and leads a number of projects that, in partnership with others, seek to research and disseminate accurate information about past and current issues relating to transition –including transitional justice, confrontation of the past, and transparency- in Serbia, with a view to promoting public debate and strengthening citizen participation in the political process and oversight of government.
The Biljana Kovaceviv-Vuco Fund is proud to announce Slobodan Jovanović is the winner of the 2013 Biljana Kovaceviv-Vuco Award for Human Rights Defenders.
At a ceremony at Belgrade City Hall Mr. Jovanović was announced as the 2013 Award laureate.
In addition to Mr. Jovanović, Živorad Branković and Valentina Krstić, Svetlana Šarić and the faculty and staff of the Teacher Training College in Vršac, were shortlisted for the Award.
The BKV Fund is proud to be associated with all of the shortlisted nominees. They have made an impact on our schools, our legal system, our public institutions and our homes through their efforts to train educators, campaign for the improved legislation to protect children, combat corruption and abuse of public office by public officials, and protect women and children from domestic violence.