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Grodno forum ženskog liderstva

[:sr]U Beloruskom gradu Grodno održan je treći forum ženskog liderstva. Forum je organizovala Misija OSCE u  u okviru projekta ODHIR -a “Promocija demokratizacije i poštovanja ljudskih prava u Belarusiji“. Akademija ženskog liderstva je bila pozvan da predstavi svoj rad, organizaciju, ciljeve i aktivnosti. Akademiju je predstavljao Miloš Đajić predsednik Upravnog odbora. 

Konferencija je održana na državnom univerzitetu Yanka Kupala u Grodnom. Ovo prelepo zdanje kao i svečana sala su bili posebno inspirativni za preko 100 učesnika i učesnica foruma.  Tema foruma je bila uključivanje žena u rad lokalnih samouprava. I U belarusiji kao i na drugim mestima na ovom svetu žene su manje zastupljene na mestima odlučivanja.

Ovo je bila prilika da čujemo uspešne priče žena kao i razmenimo primere dobre prakse iz Rusije, Kazahstana, Azerbejdžana, Belarusije, Švedske, Finske, Hrvatske, Srbije, Poljske, Italije…  Na samom otvaranj Ajla Van Heen iz ODHIR-a je izjavila „Važno je preduzimati zajedničke akcije, učiti jedni od drugih i osigurati učešće žena u svim sferama života, bilo da se radi o politici, ekonomiji ili bilo kojoj drugoj oblasti života“. Podsetila je da „Vlade moraju ozbiljno da razumeju svoje međunarodno preuzete obaveze o rodnoj ravnopravnosti i da aktivno rade na stvaranju uslova za razvoj dece, da obezbede ravnotežu između posla i života i jednake mogućnosti za sve žene, kao i  da obezbede mehanizme da žene i muškarci aktivno učestvuju u svojim zajednicama.“

Kroz niz tematskih radionica veliki broj okupljenih učesnica i učesnika foruma razgovaralo je o predlozima rešenja za današnje izazove. okupio je učesnike foruma kako bi pronašli praktična rešenja za identifikovane izazove.

Pokazalo se da je Akademija jedinstven projekat koji je predstavljao pravo osveženje kao nova ideja koja omogućava direktnu podršku liderkama na lokalu.

Beleške i prezentacija koju je Miloš predstavio

Women leadership Academy was established in 2011 as a National Democratic Institute program (NDI). They organized two national WLA in 2011 and 2012. After that, NDI left Serbia and in 2013 they announced a public call to continue the program. Three organizations made consortium and applied, Belgrade fund for political excellence, Center of modern skills and Center for women support. We received the possibility to continue the program. After that, we organized the fourth annual Academy. In 2017, we decided to register WLA as an organization. Our management structure is very inclusive. The steering committee, which leads the Academy, represents three organizations and has one representative of Alumni club and one representative of the program board.

Women leadership is very important, especially at the local level. If we can educate women leaders at the local level, we can improve living conditions for many women in that local community. We help and support them in different ways, such as education, mentoring programs, establishing connections with local and national NGOs and with expert knowledge. Our idea is to inspire them to start fighting for gender equality at the local level. To establish and improve local gender mechanisms, to establish and improve local women councilors’ network, to work on mechanisms for the protection of women in case of violence, establish a connection with women entrepreneurs, working on gender budgeting, etc. WLA is a well-known organization that promotes our participants in different ways, through social networks and on different occasions, such as conferences, meetings, public hearings, etc.

We have had so many good examples of their good work in the previous period. Some of our participants established solid local mechanisms of gender equality. This mechanism is a local council body that monitors all decisions, initiates different gender equality programs and reacts in the case of discrimination. In addition, some of them are working very closely with women entrepreneurs. They organized a campaign for promoting gender equality and eliminating violence against women. We can also see the work of local councilors’ women network as a good practice. Their work has made local political agenda more gender-sensitive. In this way, they could talk about all aspects of gender equality

Serbia is well placed on all lists that measure women’s participation. We have many women in high positions at different levels in our state, including the Prime Minister, President of Parliament, 34% of women in Parliament, 5 female ministers in Government, National Bank Governor, etc. However, these women do not work on the gender issue and do not look at their everyday jobs through the gender perspective. The current Government needs to show its openness and their respect for the European democratic standard.

However, the situation with gender equality, especially at the local level, is regressing. Serbia society is now completely divided. All international reports show a decrease in democratic standards, rule of law, a problem with free and equal election processes, pressure on journalists and media and strong attack on all opposition parties. The strongest opposition alliance announced a boycott of the next parliamentary elections. MEP delegation started negotiations with political parties in September to improve election conditions. For women, this atmosphere is very bad. They do not feel safe and have the fear of being attacked by the „yellow press“.

WLA participates in all activities regarding the adoption of the new gender equality law. Unofficially, the main problem is 40% quota. Through our Alumni network, we monitor local gender mechanisms. Last year, we participated in writing shadow reports for the CEDAW committee and GREVIO. We always react when some of the prominent women in political life are attacked.

I am a feminist. I want to leave a better world without discrimination, violence, sexual harassment and pay gap for my two daughters. I am in charge of the WLA steering committee because our statute says that some of the representatives of partners’ organization must lead it. For me, this is my permanent position.[:]