November 07, 2011
The representatives of the National Assembly visited the Strategic Research Institute within the program of visits to the national security institutions organized by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The topic of this visit were the strategic development directions of the defence system reform with emphasis on the gender perspective. The presentation was opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, prof. Dr. Tanja Miščević, who introduced the guests to the work and structure of the Ministry, and Defence Policy Sector in particular. The Director of the Strategic Research Institute, Dr. Jovanka Šaranović, presented the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 within the defence system of the Republic of Serbia. After that, the representative of the Peacekeeping Operations Center of the Joint Operations Command GS SAF, Major Goran Topalovic, presented the activities of the Center and made specific remarks on gender aspects of the engagement in the peacekeeping operations.
October 29, 2011
The book "In Step with the Time – Ministry of Defence and Serbian Armed Forces on the Road of Gender Equity Objectification" was presented at the Book Fair by the authors, Jovanka Šaranović, PhD, the Director of the Strategic Research Institute, and Zoran Kilibarda, Associate professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Security Studies.
The book "In Step with the Time – Ministry of Defence and Serbian Armed Forces on the Road of Gender Equity Objectification" with its title and its connection with the word "road" or "journey" is the expression of intention to point out the long lastingness of the reinforcement process of one deeply humanistic idea in which the periods of gradual evolutional progress, moments of stagnation, and occasionally daring steps are recognized.
This publication is appearing in the year when the first generation of female officers educated and trained at the Military Academy was introduced; in the year when, after conclusion of the defence sector reform, the possibilities for women and men to be engaged as professional officers under equal conditions were created, and to serve the armed service voluntarily for the first time; in the year when the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 started, and which is related to women, peace, and security.
The book presents the results of empiric research (which is the essential part of scientific research projects) which followed every phase (step) of implementation on the road to gender equity objectification in the defence system. Some of those results influenced on making the systematic solutions like: the beginning of education for female cadets at the Military Academy; popularization of military profession at youth population; building of the Guidelines for Communication Strategy of the MoD and SAF.
July 01, 2011
Director of the Strategic Research Institute MoD, Jovanka Šaranović PhD, took part in the debate 'The role of women leaders in the field of defense and national security' which was held on 26 to 27 June 2011. in Sarajevo, organized by Supreme Allied Command for Transformation NATO and with technical support from the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey. NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation is dedicated to increasing the capacity of Member States and partners in developing their human and operational skills of engagement, some of which are among the most important talents and abilities of women.
Speakers were the high representatives of the region (Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia), Norway and the United States. One of the goals of maintaining these strategic discussions, as it is for October 2011th The planned meeting of defense ministers of NATO member countries, is to be given concrete recommendations for action in education, training and career development in civil and military sector.