Ministry of Defence of Montenegro Committed to Improving Working Conditions for Women and Men

At the request of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Montenegro, UNDP SEESAC is coaching the Ministry to conduct a gender-sensitive survey on employees’ job satisfaction. The survey findings will enable the MoD to better understand how to improve the working environment and career prospects for men and women.

In close cooperation with the MoD, UNDP SEESAC organized tailored training courses for the selected personnel of the MoD and members of the Armed Forces (AFs) in charge of the survey. The initial training was held in November 2019 for nine representatives of the MoD and AFs and enabled the development of the survey proposal. The second training aimed at strengthening data collection capacities was organized in February 2020, also at the request of the MoD.

After the MoD finalized the collection of data, SEESAC was requested to organize coaching sessions with a smaller group of personnel responsible for data analysis and reporting. SEESAC delivered four on-line coaching sessions from mid-March to May 2020, due to travel restrictions imposed by the Governments in the Western Balkans region during the COVID 19 pandemic. The report will enable the MoD to develop gender-responsive and evidence-based policies.

This activity is implemented through the Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans project that 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.