Serbia has made "certain progress", officials concluded at the session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
During the session, the Serbian government delegation presented the report on the implementation of the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights Suzana Paunović told Tanjug that the Serbian delegation successfully presented the second and third report on CEDAW implementation at the 55th session of the Committee in Geneva on Thursday.
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This issue of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) Civic Update newsletter describes NDI's work to support the political activism of people with disabilities. It contains examples of work conducted by NDI in Albania, Bulgaria, Liberia, Malawi, Kosovo, and Iraq. Read more
This manual describes public hearings as an integral part of the work of parliamentary committees. It serves as a guide for members of parliamentary committees in Kosovo on conducting a public hearing. It includes information on types of hearings, sources of external assistance, and responsibilities of committee members and staff. Read more
The assessment is designed to identify the specific elements and approaches which were most effective in encouraging women’s participation and leadership in political parties. Although drawn from NDI programs, the information gathered in this assessment is intended to be used by both individuals and organizations as a road map to help facilitate women’s political leadership worldwide. Read more
This report analyzes Serbia's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It examines Serbia's implementation of each of the provisions specified in CEDAW through two types of analyses: an assessment of national laws relevant to women’s rights and their compliance with CEDAW; and an assessment of the extent to which women actually enjoy the rights and protections set forth in CEDAW. Read more
The Initial Report on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms ofDiscrimination against Women (hereinafter referred to as the Convention) for the period from 1992 to2003 (the first six months) relates to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (hereinafter referred to as theFRY) and the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (hereinafter referred to as S&M). Having inmind the changes in the organization of S&M in relation to the FRY as well as the position of itsmember states, it has been agreed that the Initial Report should consist of two parts. The... Read more
The handbook provides a comparative overview of gender-aware legislation and practices in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. It also describes a comprehensive approach to influencing legislation and implementation processes, and provide detailed checklists for reference when analyzing legislation and its implementation. Read more
This study provides analysis of global best practices of engendered constitutions using CEDAW as an analytical framework. It also analyzes existing or in some cases, draft constitutional texts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia according to CEDAW provisions and reviews political party platforms for commitment to gender. Read more
This publication is the result of concrete activities supported by UN Women and the “Equity in Governance” (EiG) project which aimed at translating international commitments and national gender equality policy to the realities of local governance in Albania. Key insights, Experiences and lessons learned were discussed and presented to a wider public during the conference on “Gender Equality and Local Governance”, organized by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (MoLSAEO) in cooperation with UN Women and the EiG project in Tirana in March 2011. The conference... Read more
This training material discusses organizational development in order to explain how people function within an organization. It addresses group decision-making and the role of the leader in maximizing the skills of a team. It can be used as a resource in campaign development workshops. Read more
This report describes women's portrayal in media and their limited participation in the creation of media policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also includes results of the media monitoring and assessment held in Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, and Uzbekistan. . Read more
Even though Balkan countries are shy of the European average when it comes to women in politics, their presence in public life is growing.
Montenegro has the first female defence minister in its history, while Serbia got its first woman Central Bank governor. Kosovo has its first woman president. The new women prime ministers in Republika Srpska and Slovenia will additionally increase the number of females in the region's governments.
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NGOs in Serbia fear that in the coming reshuffle, the government will veer from the European standard of having at least 30 percent of women in its ranks.
Belgrade-based daily Danas reports that a letter cautioning that women should make up at least 30 percent the new government was sent on Monday to all members of the national parliament.
Members of the parliamentary Committee on Human and Minority Rights, and Commissioner for Equality Nevena Petrušić also received the letter.
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This report is the result of a three month project on violence against women in the Kosovar Albanian community. It is intended to assist in the development of policies, programmes and projects to combat violance against women in the region. It reveals the findings of the project and urges that interventions be constructed in the framework of human rights and empowerment of women, rather than from a welfare and protection perspective. Read more
Women are taking an increasingly active role as decision-makers in Serbian politics, but some bloggers say more steps should be taken to ensure greater participation at the highest levels of government.
While there were virtually no women in politics in Serbia in the recent past, the situation changed since the democratic changes in 2000 that culminated with the passage in 2011 of the country's election law, which stipulates women must constitute 30 percent of Serbia's parliament.
At present, women constitute 33 percent of MPs.
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Loznica town management senior official Ljubinka Gordanic is one of the many high-ranking women that heads to work each day in the west Serbian town. In the country as a whole, women make up 51.4% of the population and just 2% occupy executive posts. In Loznica, out of the 176 town administration employees, 114 are women -- exceeding the European standard of women accounting for 30% of an administration.
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In spite of the EU request that the number of women is increased in all representatives bodies, in Serbian Parliament these days there is ongoing debate as to how the legal 30 percent of women in every caucus is cut to 25 percent. That, however, seems not to be sufficient. Thus the DS and SPS have filed an amendment to the proposal Law on election of deputies which rejects the mechanism according to which a woman whose mandate expires is to be replaced by another woman.
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In spite of the EU request that the number of women is increased in all representative bodies, in Serbian Parliament these days there is ongoing debate as to how the legal 30 percent of women in every caucus is cut to 25 percent.That, however, seems not to be sufficient. Thus the DS and SPS have filed an amendment to the proposed Law on election of deputies which rejects the mechanism according to which a woman whose mandate expires is to be replaced by another woman.
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The vice-president of the Gender Equality Council and state secretary in the Labour and Social Policy Ministry, Snezana Lakicevic, says women have far more opportunities in Serbian politics than was the case even a few years ago.
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