Serbia: Law on Gender Equality adopted

Late last night, the Serbian Parliament approved the Law on Gender Equality, as well as amendments to the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination.

Minister for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Comic said the two laws should enable everyone to feel that they live in a slightly more just society.

The Law on Gender Equality should enable the promotion of gender equality, the systematic regulation and strengthening of institutional mechanisms for gender equality, as well as the specification of the obligations of employers and public authorities regarding the planning and implementation of measures to promote gender equality.

Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Coordination Body for Gender Equality Zorana Mihajlovic said earlier today that the Law on Gender Equality is important for creating a society with equal opportunities for women and men.

Also, she said, companies will be forced to have a certain percentage of women in governing bodies, and quotas are necessary at least at the beginning for the situation to start to change, because, she added, we need to have even more women there.

The amendments to the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination have clearer provisions and a broader list of those to whom discrimination applies. Previously, 69 amendments were submitted to the Draft Law on Gender Equality, of which 17 were accepted by the Government and the competent committee.

The Law on Gender Equality means equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities, equal participation and balanced representation of women and men in all areas of social life, equal opportunities for exercising rights and freedoms, and achieving the benefits of equal by the results of the work, the proponents of the stated law.

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