April 20, 2015
Director of the Institute for Strategic Research and Adviser to the Minister of Defense for Gender Equality, Jovanka Šaranović, PhD, participated in the Regional Conference and Consultations on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 of the UN in the region of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), held in Vilnius (Lithuania) from 19 to 20 April 2015.
Regional Conference and Consultations were jointly organized by the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, the OSCE Secretariat and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, "UN Women". In the introduction, the meeting was addressed by President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Director of the ODIHR Michael Georg Link, the Regional Director of "UN Women" for Europe and Central Asia Ingibjorg Gisladottir, as well as Jovanka Šaranović, as state representative, in the year when Serbia took over the Chairmanship in the the OSCE.
As the priorities of the Serbian Chairmanship of the OSCE in terms of gender equality, Šaranović noted the Addendum to the Gender Action Plan of the OSCE and the activities of the OSCE Special Representative on Gender Issues. She also presented the key achievements of the Republic of Serbia regarding the implementation of UNSCR 1325: a five-year extension of the first National Action Plan (NAP), the establishment of the Coordinating Body for Gender Equality of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the Women’s Parliamentary Network (made from women - members of the National Assembly, regardless of their party affiliation), who presented the Women s Platform for the Development of Serbia for the period up to 2020.
It was pointed out that the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Concept of Gender Equality as its strategic orientation, being consistently implement it for all these years, and as examples of achievements in this area, it was listed: the establish and functioning of all institutional bodies and mechanisms for Gender Equality provided by NAP, increasing the percentage of women in the Defense System, as well as creating preconditions for increasing their representation in the command and operational responsibilities, the opening of all levels of education in the defense for women, regular maintenance of the course "Gender in Multinational Operations" at the Center for Peacekeeping Operations, started training managerial staff, formed a network of certified instructors, cooperation with key international organizations and participation in regional projects.
The key elements for the Republic Serbia s success in the field of Gender Equality are the following: political will, openness to inter-departmental cooperation, good cooperation with civil society, as well as improving the capacity under the mentorship of international organizations.
April 02, 2015
For the fourth time, Peacekeeping Operations Center implemented the course “Gender in multinational operations“ from 30 March to 03 April. On that occasion, Head of the General Staff of Serbia General Ljubisa Diković meet with Rana Rahal, chief officer for gender equality in the UN mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Milos Strugar, former Deputy Head of the mission. The meeting was attended by Deputy Commander of Joint Operations Command, General Slavoljub Janicijević, Director of the Strategic Research Institute and Gender Advisor to the Defence Minister, Jovanka Šaranović PhD and Acting Chief of the Center for Peacekeeping Operations, Colonel Nikola Dejanović.
The meeting it was discussed about the importance of protecting the civilian population in crisis regions, gender issues in the United Nations system, the implementation of Resolution 1325 in the Serbian Army contingents in multinational operations, as well as experiences from the UN mission in Lebanon. Ms. Rahal and Mr. Strugar were special guests and lecturers on the course “Gender in multinational operations“ and the lectures were also given by Director of the Strategic Research Institute, Jovanka Šaranović PhD on “Gender and Security Sector Reform“, as well as a researcher Tatjana Višacki , with the theme “Why is gender important and why training?“.
March 08, 2015
First International Scientific Conference Women in Sport, held on March 8, 2015 at the Izvor Hotel in Arandjelovac, was organized by the Faculty of Sport University Union - Nikola Tesla, Sports Association of Serbia and the Alliance for School Sports Serbia with the support of Municipality of Arandjelovac. More than 100 sports, academics and scholars from the region took part at the Conference.
In accordance with the Sports Development Strategy for the period 2014-2018. and the Action Plan for its implementation which was adopted by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, at the proposal of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, it was defined the purpose of the Conference - the exchange of knowledge, experiences and information relevant to the resoving theoretical and practical issues of women s participation in sport, with particular emphasis on sport in the Republic of Serbia. The conference was also aimed to highlight the current problems and the specifics of women s sports and to offer solutions and propose actions for its further progress and development.
Thematic units that were represented at the Conference covered the following areas: socio-economic and socio-psychological context of the place and role of women in sport; the position of women in sport within specific social groups (military, police,...); strategy of integration of women in sport in relation to Sports Development Strategy for the period 2014-2018; legislation in terms of the position of women in sport; positions, opportunities and challenges of women s participation in sport in Serbia (women in sports media, business management, sportswomen, women coaches / judges); specificities of women in the sport of persons with disabilities and special needs; education of staff in terms of women s sport.
As representatives of the Ministry of Defence, Jovanka Šaranović, PhD Director of the Strategic Research Institute and Gender Advisor to the Defence Minister and Biljana Stojkovic PhD, from the Strategic Planning Department, took participation at the Conference. In addition to participating in the first session, one of the speakers on the topic: Impact of physical ability of women to their involvement in the Military, Jovanka Šaranović also participated in the promotion of the book Women and Sport author Milka Djukic, PhD from the Faculty of Sport, University Union-Nikola Tesla, as one of the reviewers. Military officer Biljana Stojkovic has exhibited with the theme: Aikido skills (self)defense of women against violence.
As part of the Conference there were presented a number of original works by authors from different government agencies, educational and scientific institutions and sporting organizations in Serbia, which is the underlying theme of the complex covered, from several scientific angles. The papers, which have been subject to professionally review, will be published in the Proceedings which will be issued in print and e-format.
Unique conclusion of the Conference is that women should have equal treatment in the system of Sport of the Republic of Serbia, as envisaged in the Sports Development Strategy for 2014- 2018 and National Action Plan, with broad social and media support.