Gender equality is fundamental to responsive and accountable democratic societies. Women’s representation in elected institutions in equal proportion to men is key to the credibility and legitimacy of parliaments, national assemblies and local governments. Yet, globally, just over a fifth of members of parliament are women.
The intention behind this publication is to present a lesser-known side of the National Assembly on the occasion of its jubilee – 80 years since the completion of construction and the first session of the Assembly of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia held in this monumental building rich with history.
Parliaments are essential to overseeing government and passing laws. In today’s changing world, however, not even the most essential institutions may be left without capacity to meet the popular demand for instant news and more direct communication with citizens, such as that presented by a variety of social media channels.
This public opinion poll was conducted as part of the Strengthening the Oversight Function and Transparency of the Parliament Project, implemented by the UNDP in collaboration with the Serbian National Assembly and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
All the envisaged project activities were realised in full-scope. In practice, the project made a big difference in regard to all three outcomes of the project, i.e. a visible advance was made in respect to the National Assembly work and the normative framework regulating it.