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Seminar Stop violence against women in politics

Within the project “Empowering Women and Girls for Increased Peacekeeping and Trust-building   ” Macedonian Women’s Lobby with the financial support of the British Embassy in Macedonia organized one-day seminar on the topic “Stop violence against women in politics” on which  was debated nonviolent communication towards women in politics. The seminar was held on 27 May at the Hotel Holiday Inn. The focus was put on the   importance of the topic  of sexism, hate speech towards women politicians, at the second panel was  presented Guidelines for Resolution 1325 on women, peace , and security printed in three languages. We gave  overview of the 5 principles for the promotion of inter-party dialogue of women’s sections within the political parties agreed at the seminar held in 2015 in Struga. The last panel titled How to deal with hate speech, sexism and  discrimination  in the media, representatives of political parties shared personal experiences related to sexism in politics and the media.  The seminar was attended by 70 representatives of 15 political parties in the country.IMGP0807102016-05-27-883hin34hin18

Equitable Gender Representation in Decision-Making Wednesday 30/09/2015, hotel Arka

12049103_803641143080073_4593435113947702443_nOne of the principles agreed upon on the three days seminar held in July 10 to 12 2015 Struga with representatives of political parties and parliamentary women’s sections where the parties were discussing  about bridging the political crisis was: Fostering the acquisition of quotas and their promotion and inter party and institutionally for which purpose we organized the  round table “Equal gender representation in decision-making.”

Opening remarks by  Daniela Dimitrievska, Executive Director of the Macedonian Women’s Lobby
Louisa Vinton, UN Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Skopje emphasized that
It is encouraging to see that there is a consensus among the parties, despite the current polarization that exists at the moment. The existence of a consensus between the political parties in this situation is important for achieving shared priorities of political parties. 50-50 should be our goal, but 40% is a great number and have the support of our bodies and institutions.

10:30 Session 1: Where We Have Been: Legal Mechanisms for More Equitable Gender Representation

Silvana Boneva, MP in Parliament
” To hear the voice of women and to seek a just society belonging to all alike: both men and women. Women in politics need to reach out, if we are to succeed in our intentions. “
Cvetanka Ivanova, former MP of the Assembly of RM:  I think this order is not placed today, not only in domestic law but also in international. This issue has already been put into agenda and women must exert more pressure in their parties.Ljiljana Popovska, MP in Parliament: Reasons for more women in politics:
1. Justice
2. More ideas
3. Meeting the full potential in society. “
10:50 Session 2:Where Are We Now: The Impact on Legal Mechanisms in Advancing Gender Equality Elena Grozdanova, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, State Counsellor for equal opportunities between women and men, said that the established mechanisms for gender equality are functioning. Each of them differently, but they function. Equal Opportunities Department joins at least in the part where there is competence within the Ministry.

11:00 Session 3 ; 
Where We Are Going: Recommendations for Strengthening Gender Equitable Representation in Decision Making Processes
Representatives of all political parties gave their view on the current position and future efforts and commitments that need to be done in order to achieve equal representation of both genders in decision-making processes.
DUI official stressed that the quota of 30% helped us to come here, but carries with it the responsibility to justify this figure.
SDSM representative stressed that the last Congress in the Statute of SDSM has entered a quota of 40% representation of women.
And representatives of other parties expressed their commitment to work within the parties, in the women’s sections in order to achieve and advance equitable gender representation in decision-making processes.
As a joint document at the end it was prepared joint statement to appropriate equitable gender representation in decision-making processes.
At the end of the round table participants of the seminar answered the question “Why give support to gender equity?
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Seminar Women leaders for women platform

The Macedonian Women’s Lobby implements a project funded by UN Women that strengthens the capacity of women leaders in the Republic of Macedonia. As part of our to advocate for greater women’s participation in political processes, we convened women representatives from the political parties of DOM, DUI, LP, SDSM and VMRO­DPMNE1 this past weekend in Struga.

During the seminar, the party representatives discussed mitigating conflict; advocating for the inclusion of women in party program development; and, strategies to increase women’s participation in internal party decision­making such as candidate selection. Representatives from the European Union, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, United Nations and OSCE also shared their experiences and expectations for women in Macedonia during the three day event.

At the conclusion of the seminar, the party representatives assembled agreed to five “Principles of Commons Interest”, which include:

● Fostering inter­party dialogue between women’s organizations within the political parties

● Nurturing the existing gender quotas and improving quotas within the parties and institutions

● Advocating for Financial independence of the work of women’s organizations within the parties

● Promoting the relevance of women’s organizations within the political parties to party members and to citizens

● Strengthening solidarity among women’s organizations within the political parties in condemning hate speech directed at women

With these principles, the women organizations of the political parties called for constructive dialogue to ease the current political situation. They believe their commitment to constructive dialogue is a model to overcome the ongoing political impasse.
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Working conference

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“Evaluation of the results and challenges of mentoring program for empowerment of women in local government”
was held in hotel “Aleksandar Palace” on 18th November 2014 and is an integral part of the project “We are leaders and agentsof changes in our communities,” which aims to contribute to the greater participation of women in politics and places from which decisions are made. This project contributes to the establishment and effective implementation of gender policies in the local self-government.Mentors and mentees were working in 21 municipalities on 22 local gender sensitive actions that are already under implementation and gives initial results.
The conference presented the results of mentoring actions implemented in 21 municipalities as well as the challenges and expectations of them. I was presented online platform for sharing experiences and resources, tools for research, the method of registering and tracking webinars.
Participants worked in four panels, where they exchanged experiences, knowledge and information regarding topics in the panels and set future activities in 2015
Panel 1 The participation of women in public life and decision-making
Panel 2 Women’s Health and Domestic Violence
Panel 3 new gender-sensitive services
Panel 4 Economic empowerment of women
At the end of the confeence were adopted conclusions and recommendations.
The conference was attended by about 100 participants from 21 municipalities, mayors of municipalities Tearce Mavrovo-Rostushe were present, also Presidents of the Bitola municipality and Chaska municipality, mentored councilors, members of the EOC, staff in local administration, mentors – current and former politicians, expert, presedents of non-governmental organizations and others.

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Conference “Democracy and gender equality”

In anticipation of the International Day of Democracy, the Macedonian Women’s Lobby, Club of Women Parliamentarians and WCI-Antico organized a conference “Democracy and gender equalityheld on September 14, 2012 (Friday) at 11 am in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia (hall Boris Trajkovski)

The conference was organized with the support of United Nations, National Democratic Institute, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung ,  Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

The conference aims to speak multidimensional challenges and obstacles faced by women and men in the realization of the basic tenets of democracy such as equality, participation and representation.
This conference brought together representatives of the academic community, government, parliament, civil society and international institutions.