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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.


Announcing Social-democratic Mentoring Programme for South Eastern region

6 October

ljubljanaCEE 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.

Seminar on positive measures for equal political representation in Budva

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.

EIGE’s seminar on gender equality mechanisms for IPA and Eastern Partnership countries

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..).

10382976_771045299631578_7258913521811744969_nDue to CEE Gender Network years long work on this issue in SEE, Sonja Lokar was invited to present an overview of the current situation and trends.

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.

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.

UNDP Montenegro meeting in Pržno

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.

10501984_10204171789329442_7301405591800999285_nThe 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%.

Sonja Lokar participated in a conference “Women’s Participation in Politics” in Budapest

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.

10672296_1515325748684909_1667753013379204277_nIn 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.