The second generation of trainers for Gender Equality in Politics: Women in Montenegro deserve more

May 26, 2017
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The second generation of trainers for Gender Equality in Politics: Women in Montenegro deserve more

Representatives of parliamentary political parties who have acquired the title of trainer for Gender Equality, were officially awarded the certificates. This event is organized in the framework of the program "Support for anti-discrimination and gender equality policies IPA 2014", jointly implemented by the Office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Montenegro, the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights and the European Union Delegation to Montenegro.

The President of the Parliament of Montenegro, Ivan Brajovic said on this occasion that it is not enough to just have the quota of women representation in the parliament on paper, butthe law needs to ensure gender equality. He said that such programs can empower the entire community and create conditions for the interests of more than half of the Montenegrin population to be adequately articulated. "It is necessary to promote the right values, education, and economic empowerment of women and contribute to the daily change ofour attitudes towards their role and representation in certain professions," said Brajovic.

Minister for Human and Minority Rights, Mehmed Zenka emphasized, among other things, that the situation of women in Montenegrin society is much better than it was. "We have a lot of positive results and progress in this direction, but we must not be satisfied with that, because women in Montenegro deserve more space - to express their creativity and their audacity in politics. The Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, in cooperation with the UNDP and the EU, sincerely and unreservedly will strive to achieve this goal, both in politics and in all other spheres of life", said Zenka.

UNDP Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Montenegro, Fiona McCluney said that the aim of this educational program was to contribute to a better understanding of gender equality and the importance of women's participation in public life and decision-making within political parties. "Through a series of training sessions which have been conducted in the past year, 16 representatives of political parties improved their skills and knowledge on the role, rights and contributions of women in politics, and they will continue totransfer this knowledge", said McCluney.

Head of Political, European Integration and Trade Section of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Plamena Halacheva explained that last year's parliamentary elections did not overcome gender gap in politics despite the fact that quotas were introduced for this purpose. There are still no women among leaders of political parties and very few of them in the decision-making structures.

According to the Head of the Parliamentary Committee for Gender Equality, Nada Drobnjak, women want equal foundation with men, to reach the goals of sustainable development. " In 2030 we want to say that the Montenegrin society have used all their capacities, both male and female, because knowledge and skill, lies both in women and in men. I believe that long before 2030 we will be proud that we have succeeded and we came to the fact that a woman is valued for her knowledge and skills, "said Drobnjak.

Programme Manager for Gender Equality in the Office of the UNDP in Montenegro, Kaca Djurickovic announced that the programme will focus on further education within political parties, but also the creation of strong and accountable institutions in the country where equality should be lived de facto, not only de jure. "We believe that the leaders of political parties and institutions will be there to support these processes. Of particular importance is the process of political association of women and forming women's political network that is in its development phase", concluded Djurickovic.