The Fourth National Conference of the Women’s Parliamentary Network, held at the National Assembly House at Belgrade, was focused on the results achieved by the WPN coordinators in the last year, objectives for the coming period and best practice examples of women networking.
The participants, mostly coming from Serbia, were working in one of the three working groups. Some of the discussed topics in three working groups were: Introduction of gender responsive budgeting the Serbia – reviewing achieved results and identifying coming challenges at all levels.
CEE Sonja Lokar participated in one of the working groups.
The Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues (also known as CEE Gender Network) is launching a special issue of our Newsletter with corresponding reference material and contributions from some of the participants for 2016 Korčula School.
The fifth in a row Korčula School think tank on Gender Equality will take place in Korcula on the 27th and 28th of August 2016. The topic this year is the refugee and migrant crisis through a gender lens.
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Every year world celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Despite all of the achievements, gender equality still represents distant future.
Women are still not equally paid, political representation is almost non-existing in many parts of the world, and reproductive rights are in danger. More needs to be done.
Check out CEE GENDER NETWORK message for this years International Womens Day 2016.
In the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) expert consultation: «From Practices with Potential to Good Practices on Increasing Women’s Participation in Political Decision Making” participated EU member states experts like CEE Gender Network’ Sonja Lokar.
The goal was to select 12 national good practices transferable and recommendable to apply in other member states concerning gender maistreaming, capacity building and awareness raising in the field of women’s political decision making.
CEE Network got the consent of EIGE, EWL and all present experts to advocate together for an EU initiative to organise the transfer of best practices using the expertise of women activics for the SEE and Northern Ireland, regarding the enabling of the crucial role of women in preventing armed conflicts, stopping them and transforming them into a peace and reconciliation processes, in conflict ridden EU neighboring countries (Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, and MENA Region).
Party of European Socialist (PES), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Forum for Democracy and Solidarity held a two day international conference “Ukraine, Moldova, Georga: European Choice” in Kiev, November 15-16.
“Crucial decisions concerning development of our countries are taken by global actors, this make our nations ungovernable. The governments can not deliver according to the expectations of the people, and when national leaders do not know what to do, they become populists and go to war in order to generate political support. The only way out of it, is to work out a social democratic reform of democracy an all its institutions, working together, SD from the EU and SD in aspirant countries”.
CEE Network representative Sonja Lokar added:
We should do it by including women in this endeavor, on equal footing with men, as women are most vitally interested in peace, participatory democracy, decent, equally paid work, in universally available, efficient social services: education, heath, child care, care for elderly, social protection in case of unemployment….
Sonja Lokar also held a consultations with the team of young activist, working on the joint LP WF project named New SD Platform for Ukraine.
The CEE Network for Gender Issues maintains close cooperation with the Tha’era Network of social-democratic women in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon.
The Tha’era Network has most recently expressed its, quote,“strong support and solidarity with the Ittihadeya Young Women whose legitimate struggle for freedom of expression and peaceful protest is but a continuation of Egyptian women’s uprising, extending through every stage of the ongoing changes that Egypt has gone through, from 25 January 2011 and 30 June 2013 onward, in order to lay the foundations for a modern democracy; one in which women are participants in political action on an equal footing with men, based on the guaranteed right of full citizenship for everyone.”
The CEE Network expresses its solidarity with the women’s movement in Egypt, has signed the Tha’era petition and urges others to join in.
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