Gender equality in focus

Gender equality in focus

The implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was the focus of a two-day workshop which concluded on Wednesday in Konjic, a city situated south of Sarajevo.

The workshop was organized by the OSCE Mission to BiH, the BiH Ministry of Security and Gender Equality Agency, with support of other relevant institutions in this field.

As it was announced from OSCE Mission to BiH, the event was the occasion to gathered gender focal points from numerous institutions, including the State Investigation Protection Agency, the Border Police, the Directorate for the Coordination of Police Bodies, the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, the Agency for Education and Professional Training, and the Police Support Agency.

Head of the OSCE Mission, Ambassador Jonathan Moore, stressed the importance of integrating gender perspectives into the current BiH Strategy for Prevention and Combating Terrorism 2015-2020.

“I hope the workshop helps the participants to advance their skills so they are able to fully implement domestic and international legal provisions and standards related to gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the security sector”, emphasized Ambassador Moore.

The Head of the Department for International Co-operation at the BiH Ministry of Security, Ankica Tomic, stressed that the education of gender focal points is a key precondition for incorporating gender perspectives and gender equality principles into the Ministry’s work.

“This is very significant in the context of modern security challenges, especially preventing and combating violent extremism which requires a multi-sector and comprehensive approach”, Tomic said.

The workshop was also attended by a representative of the BiH Gender Equality Agency, Sasa Leskovac who said that this Agency highly appreciates the opportunity to inform the participants about their work as well as to pass practical examples on how to integrate gender perspectives into the policies and legislation which guide their work. Leskovac added that he is looking forward to extending similar initiatives to other BiH Ministries./IBNA