Commissioner on the importance of gender equality in the field of education

Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Brankica Jankovic, participated in the work of the Round Table where the Draft Action Plan for achieving gender equality of the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade was considered.

Gender equality in the field of education is extremely important, because it is a social area where you can do the most; it is where a systematic elimination of gender inequality begins, in order to attain a different picture in the future generations, said Commissioner. It is very important that the gender balance is promoted at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, which is a nursery of future carriers of judicial functions – judges, prosecutors and lawyers, and often ministers, members of Parliament and other decision-makers in public and political life.

Jankovic stressed that the activities envisaged by the Draft Action Plan are in line with several recommendations of the measures given by the Commissioner in its Annual Report, contributing to the promotion of equality in higher education institutions. She reminded that the topic of this year’s competition in the simulation of the trials in the field of discrimination, traditionally organized by the institution of Commissioner, which was won by a team of students of the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade, was from the area of gender equality.

Among other things, the Draft envisages a series of exact activities, such as analyzing the presence of gender stereotypes and prejudices in the curriculum and among teaching staff, more effectively prevention of gender discrimination and sexual harassment of students and employees, gender equality in development of personnel or reconciliation of professional and family responsibilities.

The conference was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, prof. Dr. Zoran Mirkovic, while other speakers at the opening were the Rector of the University of Belgrade, prof. Dr. Ivanka Popovic, Head of the OSCE Democratization Department in Serbia John Clayton, Head of the Institute of Social Sciences and Center for Human Rights prof. Dr. Ivana Krstic and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Zoran Mihajlovic. Draft Action Plan was presented by prof. Dr. Dragica Vujadinovic, prof. Dr. Tanasije Markovic and prof. Dr. Ljubinka Kovacevic.

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