The Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM held a two-day seminar "Gender Equality at the Local Level - Achieved Results, Key Achievements and Future Perspectives" aimed at improving Local Action Plans for achieving gender equality and greater integration of women at the local level.

The seminar was held at the Bianca Hotel in Kolasin, and it was attended by representatives of local governments, primarily municipal secretariats, which are responsible for implementing activities in the field of gender equality. On the first day of the seminar, lectures were given by Dina Knežević, Advisor to the Ombudsman and Nada Drobnjak, President of the Committee for Gender Equality in the Parliament of Montenegro.

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In his introductory speech, Marko Pejović, CEDEM Program Manager, spoke about the results of research that confirm that the culture that makes women accept a dependent role in the family is still strongly present, even among young people, and that synergy of all actors in this process is necessary. It is especially necessary to pay attention to local self-governments and start the process from the bottom up, because we are witnessing that the achievement of key indicators and desired conditions is observed only at the national level, but if we want these indicators and the desired conditions to be really achieved, we must turn to the local level and make additional efforts in that direction.

In the first lecture, Dina Knežević referred to the international framework of gender issues, and in that sense reminded of the most important international documents that deal primarily with human rights and freedoms, and then issues of gender equality. She also spoke about the institutional mechanisms for achieving gender equality, emphasizing the importance of gender analysis at the local level and its methods. Nada Drobnjak emphasized the importance of integrating the gender perspective, and in this regard they talked about the most important principles of tooling, but also about gender-sensitive budgeting, and the need for greater involvement of women in the decision-making process. She reminded the participants of the principles of informing the local public about the policies of introducing gender equality, and therefore of the Law on Local Self-Government.

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The second day of the seminar focused on the practical aspect of gender equality. Maja Raičević, Executive Director of the NGO Center for Women's Rights, held two lectures aimed at explaining methods of gender mainstreaming and introducing participants to the necessary steps to integrate gender equality at the local level. She supported the lecture with many examples from the practice of European countries, which additionally inspired the participants to consider models of introducing similar measures in the action plans of Montenegrin municipalities, and additionally emphasized the importance of gender analysis in adopting strategic documents in this area.

The seminar was held within the project "Sharing responsibility - promotion of gender equality policies", which CEDEM is implementing with the support of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights.

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The Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) held a round table "The role of the media in encouraging civic participation in the decision-making process", with the aim of analyzing the current situation in the field of civic participation through the e-government portal and making a set of recommendations for media and the Ministry of Public administration in order to increase citizen participation in the decision-making process and raise awareness of the importance of participation in this process. The round table was held at the CentreVille Hotel and was attended by representatives of civil society organizations and public administration.The media play a key role in informing individuals, providing an inclusive and critical platform for public dialogue and debate, and creating policies that will benefit citizens. "By performing three types of roles, the media as disseminators of information on the decision-making process, a tool for education on the decision-making process and a platform for shaping public opinion can encourage citizen participation in the decision-making process," said Marko Pejovic, program manager at CEDEM.

There has been a special platform on the website since 2015 - eParticipation and the obligation of the Ministry of Public Administration is to measure the extent to which institutions publish calls for public hearings, consultations, participation in working groups and public announcements, and on the other hand citizens' comments. "The process is much more transparent than it used to be, because on the eParticipation portal you can see all calls and public announcements of public administration institutions, as well as the reports that accompany them," said Mirjana Begović, Head of the Directorate for e-Government Development at the Ministry of public administration, and added that "in the period until 2018, there were only 4 comments on drafts and proposals of laws and strategic documents by citizens." Since April 2019, the version of this site has been improved and in 2019 there were 179 public calls, and in the first half of 2020 the number of public calls was already 169.

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In 2020, only 1 comment was submitted through this platform, which is why it is necessary for the media and the civil sector to inform citizens more through their communication channels, and on the other hand greater agility of public administration institutions because it happens that the report on public hearings is published. as a separate part, which further complicates the search. However, Begović stated that in the coming period, the Ministry of Public Administration will make additional efforts to educate officials and arrange the available content on this portal, but also appealed to civil society representatives to subscribe to the publication of public calls, in order to receive information by e-mail about holding public hearings.

The e-petition portal will be improved in the coming period, because one of the most common problems in the previous period was referring petitions for issues that are not within the competence of the Government, which is why the improved version of this portal will include the competences of local governments. Begović referred to the portal Sistem48, which is available in several cities of Montenegro, through which requests for the issuance of documents can be submitted, as well as to report problems within the competence of services, bodies and companies of local self-government.

The key challenges in the e-participation process are lack of interest of citizens, insufficient promotion, insufficient knowledge of IT tools, omissions in publishing procedures, while the recommendations are raising citizens' awareness, educating citizens to use IT tools, promotion, education of public administration officials and administrators.

After the presentation of the representative of the Ministry of Public Administration, the participants of the round table contributed to the preparation of recommendations for the media and the Ministry of Public Administration.

Recommendations for the Ministry of Public Administration: 1) publication of documents must be accessible to all, with attention to the ALT text; 2) work additionally on SEO optimization; 3) proactive role of the Ministry of Public Administration and promotion of services in cooperation with all relevant actors, with special emphasis on social networks; 4) websites or portals must be user friendly; 5) further work on the education of officials, especially those in charge of responding to comments; 6) greater respect for comments at public hearings will encourage citizens to participate.

Recommendations for the media: 1) proactive placement of information related to the decision-making process and promotion of mechanisms through which citizens can contribute to better policy policies; 2) together with non-governmental organizations, research organizations or public administration institutions, may organize projects, gatherings and other activities that have raised the awareness of citizens about the decision-making process; 3) effective intervention of large media was the opportunity to ensure citizens are favorably engaged in the decision-making process and thus improve the quality of strategic documents at national and local level and 4) the media should act as a catalyst to encourage citizen participation in this process in order to gather relevant groups for activities.

The round table was held within the project "E-democracy: civic participation in the digital age" which CEDEM is implementing with the support of the Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro.

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U Crnoj Gori je uspostavljen zakonodavni i institucionalni okvir za socijalnu inkluziju RE populacije. Ipak, iako su usluge Zavoda za zapošljavanje dostupne svim korisnicima, u praksi ne postoji dovoljna informisanost ove populacije o njihovim pravima. Takođe, visoka stopa nezapošljenosti ovih lica ukazuje da mogućnosti koje su predviđene za njihovo zapošljavanje nijesu dovoljno iskorišćene. 

Uključivanje društveno ranjivih grupa na tržište rada prepoznato je kao prioritet u svim strateškim dokumentima koji se bave pitanjima zapošljavanje i socijalne inkluzije. Saradnja između centara za socijalni rad i Zavoda za zapošljavanje, odnosno lokalnih biroa za zapošljavanje, što se posebno odnosi na razmjenu podataka između centara za socijalni rad i Zavoda za zapošljavanje i sa ciljem sprovođenja individualnog plana aktivacije, prepoznata je kao jedna od prioritetnih mjera u oblasti socijalne unkluzije RE populacije u više strateških dokumenata. Jedan od preduslova za unapređenje saradnje između lokalnih biroa rada i centara za socijalni rad jeste dalja decentralizacija u pružanju usluga iz oblasti socijalne i dječije zaštite. Osim toga, neophodno je razvijati mjere koje imaju za cilj radnu aktivaciju radno sposobnih korinika prava iz socijalne zaštite.

Kao jedan od zaključaka ove publikacije izdvaja se mjera kojoj treba posvetiti posebnu pažnju - podizanje samopouzdanja samim pripadnicima RE populacije, kako bi se podstakli da se aktivno uključe u rješavanje pitanja koja se tiču njihovog uključivanja na tržište rada, kao i obezbjeđivanje mjera za podsticanje samozapošljavanja ovih lica. Jedan od modela koji bi omogućio efikasno uključivanje na tržište rada RE populacije jeste razvoj socijalnog preduzetništva, koji se pominje u više strateških dokumenata, kao jedan od ciljeva. Međutim, do sada nijesu preduzimane konkretnije mjere za stvaranje uslova za djelotvorno funkcionisanje socijalnih preduzeća.

Publikacija je dostupna ovdje, a objavljena je u okviru projekta "Do socijalne, kroz ekonomsku i sigurnost i jednakost svih!" koji je podržan od strane Ministarstva za ljudska i manjinska prava. 

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