Increasing capacities of the Persons of Trust in the Ministry of Defence of Republic of Serbia to prevent and respond to gender-related discrimination

Vrdnik, 10 – 11 December 2019

Twenty-two Persons of Trust that are providing primary peer support in cases of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse participated in the seminar delivered by UNDP SEESAC. It was organized at the request of the Ministry of Defence of Serbia, to strengthen the capacities and enable Persons of Trust to work on prevention of discrimination and to effectively respond to cases of discrimination and harassment.

The interactive seminar ensured that the participants learn about the importance of gender equality in the defence system, international standards, as well as national legislative framework in the anti-discrimination area. It resulted in the improved practical knowledge and increased skills of Persons of Trust to recognize gender-based discrimination and distinguish it from the other forms of abuse at work. Furthermore, the seminar enabled discussion and networking.

In 2020, UNDP SEESAC will continue with education of the Persons of Trust at the request of the MoD of Serbia to further enhance  capacity of internal complaints mechanism to prevent and response to gender-based discrimination.

The Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans project is financed by the governments of Norway and the Slovak Republic. With the support of UNDP SEESAC, the project provides the Ministries of Defence and Armed Forces in the Western Balkans with a platform where, over the next three years, they can exchange ideas and develop policies to ensure long-term and sustainable inclusion of the gender perspective in defence policies and practices.