Commissioner at the conference “Discrimination as a way of life”

Commissioner for the Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic opened a conference “Discrimination as a way of life” which was organized by Pescanik, where it was discussed what different social actors can do to improve the unequal position of numerous sensitive social groups members.

Stating that, according to the number of complaints submitted to Commissioner for the Protection of Equality in 2017, the most discriminated groups were women, persons with disabilities and members of Roma national minority, Commissioner stressed that the central database should be created in order to gain better insight in the real situation. She stated that it is important to educate young generations in the spirit of equality, from the family to preschool teachers and professors, but also that the state bodies should more openly consider the problems in the achievement of human rights, so that they could react adequately and ensure efficient implementation of the measures aimed to the improvement of equality.

Sasa Gajin from the Center for the Improvement of Legal Studies stated that it was unclear why the new Law on the Gender Equality is being extensively discussed and stressed that it is important to harmonize it with the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination, which is superior in the protection of all types of equality.

An issue of gender equality has to be solved parallel to other important issues in the society, said professor of the Faculty of Political Sciences Dasa Duhacek, who estimated that thesis from XIX century are still relevant in Serbia, implicating that greater participation of women at the labor market is endangering men.

Secretary of the Serbian Association of blind Jelena Stojanovic stated that position of persons with disabilities is much more difficult in smaller environments and that people still see these persons through their disability. She added that the blind and people with poor eyesight still cannot use facsimile for closing legal contracts because the laws are not harmonized.

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