Ivanka Jovanovic from Serbia is Executive Director of National Organization of Persons with disabilities of Serbia (NOOIS) and an expert associate in Muscular Dystrophy Association of Serbia. She has excellent knowledge of disability policy and human rights advocacy for people with disabilities.
Disability movement activist since the age of 18 when became youth activist within EAMDA’s Youth group of people with Muscular Dystrophy.
Today, she is one of the prominent leaders of the Disability Movement in Serbia with years of experience in the domestic and international disability movement. She has been a member for several years of the Council for disability issues of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Member of Ethics Committee of Serbia (Government body), member of the Government Council for Monitoring UN Recommendations which is a key national mechanism in Serbia for monitoring ratified UN conventions on human rights and fulfilling the obligations arising from them and member of the Platform of Organizations for Cooperation with United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms.
She has cooperation with the UN from 2013 and especially with the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in the field of monitoring the UN Convention implementation and working on harmonizing Serbian regulations and practices.
Currently very active at international level. She is a member of EAMDA Executive Committee (also, she has been a Vice – president in a few mandate), member in EFNA’s board (European Federation of Neurological Associations) as EAMDA’s representative and NOOIS representative in EDF (European Disability forum).
She has University level degree from Faculty for political science, University of Belgrade, Degree – Journalist, BA. Informal education: degree for certified trainer in the field of NGO management and human rights, non-discrimination, lobbying and advocacy.
She is the author or co – author of many manuals and researches.