Gender Equality Seminar for New Women MPs

Sep 23, 2016

Sabac, September 23-24 - New women Members of Parliament are attending a two-day seminar on the topic of promoting equal representation of women in institutions and work towards eliminating gender-based violence. The seminar is co-organized in association with Women’s Parliamentary Network and OSCE Mission to Serbia. It is part of a wider project entitled Strengthening the Oversight Role and Transparency of the Parliament which is being implemented by UNDP and supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Topics illuminated by discussions today and tomorrow will include evolution of women’s political activism in Serbia, work of the Women’s Parliamentary Network 2013-2016, discussion on the work plan 2016-2017, comprehensive response to violence against women, work in the Parliament and experience of women leaders.

The participants in the seminar will have an opportunity to learn from experiences of long-serving MPs joined by the President of Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Ms. Sonja Licht and Programme Officer, Gender Partnership Programme of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Ms Mariana Duarte Mutzenberg.

Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP Serbia, Ms Steliana Nedera said that UNDP is grateful for the opportunity to build continuous and strong partnership with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and MPs and congratulated MPs from the Women’s Parliamentary Network on their achievements that include lobbying for amendments to the Criminal law to include harsher penalties for sexually-motivated violence, Law on Police  based on Istambul Convention and Law on Budget.  She stressed the importance of gender equality to resposive and accountable democratic societies and women’s representation in elected institutions.She informed the participants about the new phase of the joint UNDP, UNFPA, UNWOMEN and UNICEF project entitled Integrated Response to Violence against Women and Girls in Serbia, aimed to further improve legal and policy frameworks, strengthen prevention system and assistance mechanisms for survivors of violence and improve access to effective protection from violence through sustainable delivery of general and specialist services.

For more information, please contact Stevan Vujasinović by phone on +381 (0)11 4155 310 or by e-mail at communications.rs@undp.org

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