OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

04/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/02/2019 02:31

Gender mainstreaming in parliament focus of OSCE-supported workshop in Skopje

An OSCE-supported one-day gender assessment workshop focusing on ways to strengthen women's participation in the parliament took place in Skopje on 2 April 2019.

The workshop gathered some 30 participants, including Members of Parliament from the Committee for Equal Opportunities of Women and Men, the Women Parliamentarians' Club, as well as other staff of the parliament. The event was organized in close co-operation with the National Democratic Institute.

'Gender equality is not simply about the number of women and men represented. It is also about gender-sensitive law making, gender-responsive oversight and gender-sensitive Parliament Service policies and practices,' said the Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Clemens Koja.

Member of Parliament Daniela Rangelova, Chairperson of the Parliament's Committee for Equal Opportunities of Women and Men, said: 'The Parliament is undertaking important activities related to the empowerment of women and establishment of efficient gender institutional mechanisms and public policies in the country.'

'This workshop provided us with new insights and it will inform future activities to be undertaken. It is already clear that there is a need for a more systematic approach related to gender mainstreaming in our parliament. We are looking forward to working with the OSCE on the challenges identified throughout today's discussion.'

The Mission will analyse the data collected during the assessment workshop and prepare a detailed report with an action plan for the parliament's consideration.