CEE Network for Gender Issues is proud to announce Social-democratic Mentoring Programme, the third regional conference for the South Eastern region. The conference will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from October 9-11 2015.
In the Programme will participate representatives from the SD political parties and progressive NGOs.
Participants will have an opportunity to talk with experts and speakers like Ms. Christine Megson, Mr. Janko Veber, Ms. Sonja Šmuc, dr. Jernej Pikalo, Ms. Sonja Lokar, Mr. Ervin Hladnik Milharčič and Ms. Mija Javornik.
The President of the Parliamentary body for Gender Equality Nada Drobnjak, MPs of the DPS and Sonja Lokar have been invited to present the best practices of positive measures for equal political representation of women in electoral systems in SEE (South-East Europe) and in the European Union. One of the goals of the seminar was presenting the measures in Montenegro since 2002.
The seminar took place on December 18, 2014 in the Budva‘s town hall. There were more than 30 participants. Among the participants there were counselors from nearly all the parties, NGO’s activists, the students from the Budva Faculty for management, and the representatives of the media.
At a seminar there was also a discussion how political parties at local level can help women to get their fair share of power within the local assembly.
The conclusion is that the local level of political parties should help female politicians to improve their ability to stand more efficiently for women’s economic, social and personal human rights also with the support of like minded men.
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) on December 2-3, 2014 held its first of this kind seminar on the effectiveness and sustainability of gender equality mechanisms for IPA (South Eastern European Countries) and Eastern Partnership countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan..).
The aim of the seminar was to help the governments in these countries to strengthen and stabilize their gender equality mechanisms which are under constant pressure and danger of conservative backlash and of austerity measures of the indebted countries.
EIGE has developed a great gender equality index and is now preparing a special portal on how to deal professionally with real gender mainstreaming in all 28 EU member states. But non-EU member countries are not included and can profit of the expertise and support of EIGE. That is possible only if their governments explicitly include the gender equality projects, in their requests for EU funding from IPA and funding mechanisms supporting Eastern Partnership.
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.
Sonja Lokar participate in a two-day consultation in Pržno, organized by UNDP Montenegro, with a group of active women who are fighting for women’s rights in the parliament, in their parties, town halls, in NGOs and trade unions.
The conclusion of the meeting is that Montenegro needs a great woman coalition, where all women who want to increase the participation of women in decision-making about the public good, and thus ensure socially equitable and gender-sensitive development of the country, can have a support need for the changes. The goal is for the Montenegro to catch up with those countries in the region, where the percentage of women in parliaments and governments transferred 30%.
03 October 2014
Hungarian Women’s Lobby and OSCE – ODIHR from Warsaw just held a conference “Women’s Participation in Politics” in Budapest, Hungary. CEE Gender Network Chair Sonja Lokar participated in the event.
In the last Hungarian national elections less than 10% of women were elected, and the ultraconservative FIDESZ government, holding a constitutional majority in the parliament, was formed without a single woman minister. The only party to consistent gender policy is FIDESZ, but this politics are the politics of sending women back to the kitchen and children and to rob them even of their right to decide upon their bodies.
The parties in opposition are weak, their political will for fairer women’s participation and progressive gender equality policies is non existent. The last attempt to enact legislated quota miserably failed as all parties let their parliamentarians decide as they wish. Women in all political parties are weak, most of hem are not feminist, but at least some of them are ready to promote parity and gender equality.
The conclusion of the event was that the initiative for the change has to come from civil society, that a big crosscutting coalition needs to be established and the best from the SEE, from Poland and Czeck Republic and even Arab spring States might be used in order to turn the trend. Everybody was aware what is at stake: real democracy and fairer redistribution not only of power but also of economic and all other resources.