Girls have their say within the Parliamentary Week in Serbia

Nov 14, 2017

"Girls have their say" discussion, Photo by UNDP Serbia

The Educative Centre of the Serbian National Assembly organized, for a third year in a row, the Week of Parliamentarism is Serbia, supported by the British Embassy in Belgrade, USAID, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UNDP. From 13-19th November 2017 at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and throughout Serbia, numerous events, exhibitions, debates and lectures were organized to highlight the importance of the parliamentary work and stimulate citizen participation in democratic processes.  

For example, on November 14th the MP Dubravka Filipovski, in the name of the Women’s Parliamentary Network, took part in the discussion titled „Girls have their say“, organized at the Primary School “Vuk Karadzic” in Belgrade. Addressing the pupils, Ms. Filipovski emphasized: „I am the Member of the Parliament for a third mandate now, and am here today to show you that men and women can do the same jobs equally well “. During the one-hour discussion with girls and boys, several other successful women coming from the world of politics, arts, public life, and culture, also shared their experiences and values for which they stand, such as gender equality and women's solidarity. In this way, Brankica Janković, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Nataša Miljković, a journalist and a host at the national broadcaster Radio and Television Serbia RTS, Dr Ljiljana Mažibrada, a medical doctor, Borka Tomović, an actress, and Jelena Šušnjar, a designer, joined the global campaign titled: Inspiring Girls. This international initiative aims to connect successful women of different professions with the girls from 10 to 14 years of age, in order to show them, through their own examples, different opportunities in life and career development. At the same time, the campaign inspires young girls to make their own life choices ambitiously and achieve their professional goals. As it was pointed out at the event, gender stereotypes are formed in children between the ages of 5 and 7, and the goal of the campaign is to diminish or completely abolish the traditional classification of jobs into „men's“ and „women's“ ones.

The Women's Parliamentary Network in Serbia was founded in 2013, as an informal parliamentary group, which consists of the women MPs in the National Assembly. Since its foundation, the Network has achieved significant results, improving gender equality, particularly related to the introduction of gender-accountable budgeting, the formation of 53 MP women’s networks across Serbia, as well as further strengthening of regional and international cooperation.

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