On October 29, 2021, the Center for Democracy Foundation and the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation organized a public debate “Agenda 2030 and the Law on Gender Equality – How to Achieve Successful Implementation”. The debate was organized as part of the activities of the Thematic group “Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls” within the “SDGs for ALL” Platform.
Participants of the debate included Prof. Dr. Marijana Pajvančić; Katarina Štrbac, Special Adviser on Gender Equality to the Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue; Brankica Janković, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality; Natasa Gospić, Serbian Chamber of Engineers; Doc. Marina Savković, PhD, Singidunum University; Miloš Đajić, Center of Modern Skills; Nataša Vučković, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy Foundation; Ivona Gvozdenović, Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation; Marija Srdić, an entrepreneur from Kikinda and others.
In her opening remarks, Natasa Vučković pointed out that the 2030 Agenda, with its sustainable development goals, is an integrated strategy for social and economic development, which the member states of the United Nations have undertaken to implement and incorporate into their policies. The 2030 Agenda, as a set of values and developmental principles, has been incorporated into the new Law on Gender Equality, many innovations have been introduced for both the public and the corporate sectors, and now it is important to establish what needs to be done to implement the law effectively.
Prof. Dr. Marijana Pajvančić presented the analysis “Gender Equality in the Context of Sustainable Development and Solutions Contained in the Law on Gender Equality” prepared within the Social pillar’s Thematic group “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls”.
Katarina Štrbac pointed out that the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue is committed to achieving the sustainable development goals, and the new Law on Gender Equality and the Gender Equality Strategy have been adopted. She added that the gender equality index for 2021, despite the progress in some areas, is still not satisfactory.
Brankica Janković emphasized that the substance of the of sustainable development goals is to include the most vulnerable members of the society, and that the gender perspective must be incorporated into healthcare, social protection and other areas crucial for social inclusion. The adoption of the Law on Gender Equality, as well as the strategy, though a big leap forward, is not sufficient to change the real life parameters and the situation on the ground.
The main conclusion of the public debate is that it is of critical importance to continue to work on the implementation of the new Law on Gender Equality. The analysis “Gender Equality in the Context of Sustainable Development and Solutions Contained in the Law on Gender Equality” formulated some key ingredients of the public policy which will be further promoted and advocated for during the upcoming work of the Platform. Within the Thematic group on gender equality, two additional debates will be organized, both dedicated to various issues in the field of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
You can watch the recordings of this event at this LINK