Program summary

Program " Support to anti-discrimination and gender equality policies in Montenegro " is one of six actions that will be implemented through direct management where as the implementing partner of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights recognized the Office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with which the Government has multiyear experience nad successful cooperation in the field of social inclusion and protection of human rights, primarily the improvement and promoting gender equality policies.

The Ministry for Human and Minority Rights has the task of developing a legislative and regulatory framework, and to "ensure the practical implementation of non-discrimination and practical implementation of gender equality in practice" , so there is need for increased horizontal coordination with other relevant actors in the organs of state administration, local government, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

UNDP, as a partner in implementing the programme, successfully implements its catalytic role in building trust and cooperation among different stakeholders, including Parliament, Government, the judiciary, political parties and civil society.

The total value of the project is EUR 908.000,00 and the contribution of the EU in the amount of EUR 735.000,00, then UNDP contributes EUR 73.077.00 and the co-financing of Montenegro will be in the amount of EUR 100,000.00.
This project will contribute to the protection, promotion and enjoyment of human rights and equal opportunities. The project addresses the need for stronger implementation strategies, as well as anti-discrimination policies and gender equality policies, but also it is focused on the improvement of the system of protection of human rights of persons deprived of their liberty.

The Programme “Support to the anti-discrimination and gender equality policies” will contribute to the protection, promotion and enforcement of human rights and equal opportunities in Montenegro.

The Programme is made for a stronger implementation of anti-discrimination framework, especially towards Roma, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, persons with disability, women and minorities. It will be established efficient and effective system for accomplishment of gender equality and women’s empowerment standards. It includes multi-donor financing facility to provide resources for human rights protection, from national to local levels.

This document relates to the establishment of a modern and effective system for protection and promotion of human rights, with strong institutional and administrative capacities. This is the key priority of Montenegro in the negotiation process under Chapter 23 and 24.

The entire project will be aimed at the following:
1) Reducing the level of discrimination in Montenegro through raising awareness of the general public about the human rights of marginalized groups, as well as raising the level of informed among discriminated persons on their rights and the instruments for protection in accordance with the new legislation;
2) Increasing the understanding, knowledge and commitment of civil servants, police, justice officials and politicians to work in accordance with international standards the EU concerning human rights, and providing effective services for those who are victims of any kind of discrimination. It will contribute to the development of special activities for strengthening capacity building of the judiciary and law enforcement, and the implementation of anti – discrimination laws and the Law on the Ombudsman and the newly adopted amendments to the Criminal Code in relation to hate crimes;
3) To contribute to the capacity of the building for human and minority rights and to coordinate activities related to the anti-discrimination and gender equality with other relevant national and local institutions;
4) To contribute to a more effective and multidisciplinary response to a discrimination by strengthening the cooperation between the mechanisms of the institution in charge of the anti-discrimination;
5) Strengthening of target groups (Roma, LGBT, disabled people and women) at the local level to participate in the political and economic decision-making;
6) Improvement of NGO capacity to impact on the anti-discrimination policy through the monitoring based on the evidence;
7) The elimination of harmful practices, such as unequal opportunities for women in employment, decision-making and political participation and domestic violence.

The proposed Project is in line with a series of strategic documents, ongoing initiatives and national priorities.

The overall objective is to achieve compliance with international human rights standards and EU requirements in Chapter 23: Judiciary and fundamental rights, and was created with the aim to support change public perceptions and stereotypes related to marginalized groups, as well as raising awareness of citizens about the legal and institutional framework for protection from discrimination.