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Gender Centre RS and OSCE Cooperate on Preparation of Local Gender Euqality Action Plans

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The Gender Equality Centre of the Government of the Republic of Srpska and OSCE Mission in BiH signed yesterday, March 25, 2014, the Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the “Programme of support for local community in RS in the preparation of local gender equality action plans for the period 2014-2015”.

Kendall Palmer and Mirjana Lukač at the signing ceremony (Photo: Gender Centre)

The Memorandum was signed by Kendall Palmer, Deputy Director of the Programmes Unit on behalf of the OSCE Mission in BiH, and Mirjana Lukač, the head of the Gender Center of RS Government, in a special ceremony held in the Building of Association of Cities and Municipalities of RS.
Kendall Palmer reiterated the dedication of the OSCE Mission to provide support to work and activities of BiH institutions and CSOs in the area of elimination of gender stereotypes and creation of opportunities for participation of women in public and political life.

“The Gender Centre is our strategic partner if the Republic of Srpska in the area of development of gender equality gender plans at the level of local administrations. We aim to assist the Gender Centre in those processes to ensure that action plans on local level of govenment will be prepared and implemented“, Palmer said at the signing ceremony.

Mirjana Lukač offered details on the programme which is implemented in partnership with the Association of Cities and Municipalities of RS, in the period February 1 – September 30, 2014.

The programme covers the realisation of four trainings for representatives of local administrations in five regions of RS (Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Eastern Sarajevo, Trebinje and Doboj) for the adoption and implementation of local action plans in the municipalities in RS.

“After the completion of the programme, certificates will be presented to the municipalities that adopted locla Gender Action Plans. The programme also contributes to the implementation of the Gender Action Plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013-2017”, Mirjana Lukač said.
The Gender Centre is convinced that the implementation and advancement of principles of gender equality in the local communities is of key importance for the welfare and development of the population of Republic of Srpska.

“Local communities have specific responsibilities, both in terms of the local population and in terms of implementation and adherence to principles, standards and obligations that arise from the legislation, policies and programmes in RS and BiH, regional and international documents and standards”, states the Gender Center on its website with more information on the programme.

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