Announcement regarding extension of regional cooperation between equality bodies from Central Eastern Europe

Commissioner for the Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic took part at the Second Conference of Central Eastern European Equality Bodies in Zagreb, organized by Ombudsman for Gender Equality of Croatia. The meeting titled „Challenges of statistical collection based on discrimination“ presents the extension of cooperation that was grounded by the mutual Statement on Cooperation, which was signed at the first conference held in Belgrade last year.

Commissioner Jankovic accented that collection and processing of discrimination data is a great challenge for the work of institutions and that, during the one year period, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality has realized the pilot project of producing discrimination indicators for three sensitive social groups: women, persons with disabilities and older persons.

The goal of developing indicators is the follow-up of anti-discrimination policies effect, but also the measuring of citizens exposure to discrimination in important areas of life, such are employment, education, social care, health care, security and others, said Commissioner.

“This is the way in which we contribute to building of society of full equality and our institution will continue its work on defining of action stream in accordance with real and measurable data”, said Commissioner Jankovic.

Conference was opened by Croatian Ombudsman for Gender Equality Visnja Ljubicic and representative of the Croatian Assembly president Irena Petrijevcanin Vuksanovic. Beside Commissioner Jankovic, other speakers at the conference were representatives of equality bodies from the regional countries.  Among them were Ombudsman of Republic of Croatia, Commissioner for the Protection against Discrimination of Republic of Albania, Ombudsman of Montenegro, president of Commission for the Protection against Discrimination of Macedonia and others.

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