Protection against discrimination is a responsible task that requires synergy of all state and social actors in order to achieve full equality of each individual, said the Commissioner for Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic at the opening of the online meeting of the OSCE Human Dimension Committee. According to Jankovic, this is of particular importance in times of crisis, such as the current situation caused by the pandemic, which has brought to light both positive and negative tendencies and processes at global and local levels.
However, despite the challenges and obstacles, the Republic of Serbia is on the path of equality, tolerance and respect for diversity, and the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality gives a full contribution to further building a society based on respect for human rights and equality, Jankovic pointed out.
Commissioner also mentioned some of the activities that the institution undertakes in the field of promoting equality, including numerous trainings and seminars, improving the position of women in rural areas, senior citizens, regional cooperation of equality bodies in Southeast Europe, and the Annual Media Tolerance Award.
The meeting entitled “Promoting Tolerance and Non-Discrimination: The Role of States and Civil Society in Promoting Inclusive and Cohesive Societies in the OSCE Region” was also attended by Anna Kirsti Carlsen, Chair of the Committee, Karen Taylor, Chair of the European Network against Racism and Regina Polak from OSCE Office for Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination.