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Thank you!

We would like to thank Sonja Lokar for her tireless work in support of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the region.
Sonja has been at the helm of the CEE Network for over two decades and is a valued friend and colleague.
We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Karolina Leaković and Mija Javornik to the activities of the CEE Network in pursuit of women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Sonja, Karolina and Mija have made a mark and valuable contribution to the development of the CEE Network for Gender Issues and to the deliberations of its International Board. We look forward to many joint initiatives in this direction in the future.

4th National Conference of the Women’s Parliamentary Network in Serbia

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.

04-11-2016-foto-4-nacionalna-konferencija-zpm_239x0The 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.

Read 4th National Conference of the Women Parliamentarians Network in Serbia Report

Korčula School edition “Progressive Men and Women on the Move for Gender Equality” August 2016

Dear Readers,

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.


Gender Equality

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.

Newsletter “Progressive Men and Women on the Move for Gender Equality” August 2016

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We hope you will find the Newsletter useful and we encourage your contributions, comments and references.

CEE Network for Gender Issues team

The views and opinions expressed in the newsletter are those of the authors and do not
necessarily reflect the official position of the CEE Network for Gender Issues (also known as CEE Gender Network).


International Women’s Day 2016

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.


EIGE’s conference on good practice on women’s political decision making

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 Maki​ng”​ 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).

Sonja Lokar participated in conference “Ukraine, Moldova, Georga: European Choice”

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.

unnamedMarina Muskelishvili from Georgian Centre for Social Studies summerised the situation in these three countries in one paragraph:

“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 Tha’era Network espressed a strong support with the Ittihadeya Young Women

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.

Learn more: Tha’era Network

See Statement_of_Solidarity